15 Meatless Dishes to Try, According to RICARDO Staff

Tofu, tempeh, chickpeas; meal alternatives to meat proteins are plentiful. Being fans of vegetarian cuisine, various RICARDO team members get absolutely giddy when a new meatless recipe pops up on our site. And that’s why we’ve come together to compile this list for you. These tasty recipes will have you falling in love with vegetarian cuisine and will be a nice change from the usual General Tao tofu!

Discover (or rediscover) these 15 meatless recipes, tested and approved by RICARDO staff.

1. Spaghetti with Eggplant “Meatballs” and Tomato Sauce

Eggplant is the perfect vehicle to help you start reducing your meat consumption. These “meatballs” made with eggplant and ground chia seeds taste great with classic spaghetti and tomato sauce.

2. Chickpea Pita Sandwiches

So fresh and simple, this chickpea pita sandwich has everything required for a weekday classic. Seasoned with paprika and cumin, these chickpeas easily transform into flavour bombs, for pleasure in each bite!

3. Tofu Balls

If you’re looking to switch up the presentation of your tofu in quinoa bowls or salads, these tofu balls are perfect. The flavours will satisfy even the most ardent meat lovers! It’s a great way to be introduced to tofu.

4. Barbecue Tempeh Sandwiches with Coleslaw

Another great recipe to help introduce a new ingredient to your diet. Pairing tempeh with barbecue is simply delightful.

5. Cream of Corn with Barbecue Tofu

Speaking of barbecue sauce, give this delicious cream of corn with barbecue tofu a try. It’s easy to prepare and allows you to introduce tofu gradually to your menu. We use it two ways in this recipe, both in the soup itself and with the barbecue tofu garnish.

6. Beet and Tofu Deli Sandwich

What else can we say but “What a masterpiece!” This sandwich sits high on our list of the prettiest sandwiches on our site. This fresh recipe is ideal for those weekday lunches! Easy, tasty and affordable.

7. Stewed Vegetables with Tomato and Silken Tofu

Hello, flavour and simplicity! These stewed veggies served with silken tofu make an excellent comfort dish for the cold winter months.

8. Soba Noodle, Edamame, Red Pepper and Bean Sprout Salad

For a healthy vegetarian option, this soba noodle salad is perfect. It’s the ideal lunch for those afternoons when you want to try something new.

9. Vegetarian No-Pasta Lasagna

A hearty lasagna but without the pasta? It’s not authentic, we know, but it is still delicious with layers of tofu and plenty of vegetables (like tomatoes, artichoke hearts and asparagus). It makes for a great weekend project, and leaves you with lunches for the entire week!

10. Eggplant, Tofu and Chickpea Curry

Why not try the ultimate trio of vegetarian cuisine in one satisfying curry? With a sauce consisting of cumin, chili powder, cayenne pepper and a touch of molasses, the family will ask for this again and again.

11. Pickled Vegetable Frittata

Forget the bacon. This pickled vegetable frittata will have you looking at weekend brunch a whole lot differently. To save some time, opt for store-bought pickled veggies in a jar. You can even sauté mushrooms and bell peppers and add them to the mix. Serve a piece between two slices of bread and you’ve got the ultimate frittata sandwich.

12. Tofu and Cashew Stir-Fry

This recipe is a huge hit with both kids and adults alike, given that the sauce which accompanies the tofu is simply addictive.

13. Crunchy Tofu Rolls

Looking for a lockdown activity to partake in? Look no further than a night of making tofu rolls. Prepare all the ingredients in advance and assemble them as you eat. It’s a fun way to try tofu!

14. Crispy Tofu with Barbecue Sauce

This recipe is a great way to discover tofu. You won’t be able to resist integrating it into other dishes after your first bite.

15. Shawarma-Style Tofu with Mediterranean Salad

Okay, we’re cheating a bit here by suggesting a recipe that’ll appear in our upcoming book, Sheet Pan Everything (available on March 16). But we can’t help it: It’s a can’t-miss dish! Easy to make and served with a Mediterranean salad, it’s one of the most delicious tofu recipes you’ll ever try. We know you’ll have to wait a bit longer for the recipe, but we promise that it’ll be worth it. You can pre-order your copy here.