Ready to kick meat to the curb (or at least cut back on your consumption), but not sure what to substitute? You’ve landed at the right place!
Today, we’re discussing my top plant-based recipes: which ones made the list, why, and how to make them.
Get ready to get excited about being in the kitchen! Let’s dive in!
Dr. Pingel’s Top 15 Favorite Plant-Based Recipes
Each of the recipes below contain some of my favorite foods and offer a fun twist on some classics that may not be so good for you. Make sure to go through the entire list of plant-based recipes … these are definitely ones I categorize as “must-try recipes” for my friends and family!
1. Carrot Ginger Turmeric Soup with Roasted Chickpeas
Featured in my 7-day detox as well as the Total Health Turnaround Program, this Carrot Ginger Turmeric Soup with Roasted Chickpeas is one my very favorite plant-based recipes.
It’s not only flavorful but also contains naturally detoxifying foods that support both digestive and liver health.
2. The Best Ever Lentil Sloppy Joes
Appropriately named The Best Ever Lentil Sloppy Joes, this recipe is rich and flavorful, yet free of inflammatory red meat and gluten. Plus, it’s filled with some great ingredients designed to leave you feeling satisfied and energized!
Featuring 12 g of protein and more than 30 percent of the fiber you need each day, it’s no wonder it made my list of favorite plant-based recipes!
3. The Ultimate Mocktail: Dr. Pingel’s Blueberry Shrub Recipe
If you’re looking for a cool, refreshing beverage, you’ll want to give this blueberry shrub recipe a try.
Not only is it filled with delicious flavors such as sweet blueberries and refreshing mint, but it also features some of nature’s most healthy ingredients, such as blueberries and apple cider vinegar.
4. Easy Vegan Crab Cakes
There’s nothing quite like the delicious and indulgent taste of crab cakes. But what should you do if you’re trying to avoid seafood? I have just the answer that you may be searching for in this list of plant-based recipes: my Easy Vegan Crab Cakes!
The base of these Easy Vegan Crab Cakes is made of artichoke hearts and jackfruit. Artichoke is high in digestion-supporting fiber and has an incredibly rich nutritional profile.
Meanwhile, studies have shown that consuming just 20 grams of jackfruit extract significantly reduced blood sugar levels and improved glucose tolerance in people both with and without diabetes. 
That’s a major win-win when it comes to health benefits and taste!
5. Blueberry Vanilla Quinoa Bowl
Quinoa for breakfast? Don’t let the idea scare you away. This Blueberry Vanilla Quinoa Bowl is just as good as—if not better than—your typical breakfast oatmeal, which is why it made the cut for my top plant-based recipes.
You may be surprised to learn that quinoa contains eight essential amino acids, making it a complete protein.  But you may be even more surprised to learn that it actually has twice the amount of protein as oatmeal—and it’s known to promote digestive health. How incredible is that?!
6. Easy Homemade Hummus
Looking for a quick and easy healthy snack? Look no further! My Easy Homemade Hummus recipe is delicious, filled with nutritious ingredients, and ready in only 5 minutes! As a bonus, you can pair it with fresh veggies for the ultimately healthy and filling treat.
So, why did it make the list of my favorite plant-based recipes? This hummus is so delicious that it’s become a top-requested item from my family and friends at gatherings. It’s guaranteed to be a hit at yours, too!
7. Sweet Potato Black Bean Nachos
Featuring filling sweet potatoes, protein-packed beans, and a variety of health-promoting spices, these nachos will leave you feeling satisfied and energized until your next meal.
But that’s not all that these Sweet Potato Black Bean Nachos have to offer.
They also contain black beans and kidney beans, which have been linked to lower spikes in blood sugar. 
8. Easy BBQ Cauliflower Wings with Vegan Ranch Dipping Sauce
Who doesn’t love a good wing recipe? These BBQ cauliflower wings offer a vegan, healthy spin on a classic food, making it a great addition to this list of amazing plant-based recipes. But you don’t have to be vegan to love this recipe.
They are coated with the most delicious maple sriracha sauce guaranteed to please everyone.
9. The BEST Tasty Vegan Shish Kebab Recipe!
A vegan shish kebab is an easy way to pack a bunch of nutrient-dense veggies (and fruits) into your system. They’re definitely a favorite in my household.
In fact, I like to make this with my kids to encourage healthy eating that they’re excited about. Anytime I get them into the kitchen with me, they’re more likely to enjoy what they’re eating because they helped make it!
10. The Best Vegan Burger Recipe for Your Next BBQ
I can’t have a list of top plant-based recipes without including an incredible burger option. Besides, what goes better on the grill than juicy, filling burgers—with a twist?!
So, what’s the twist? It’s totally customizable! You start with a base such as beans or lentils, and then you mix your base with nuts or seeds, vegetables, or whatever else you’d like to incorporate.
Next, you need to include the “glue” to hold it together, such as soaked chia seeds, sweet potato, tahini, nut butter, or a sticky grain.
Finally, you add in your favorite spices. And that’s it! Super easy, super delicious!
11. Decadent Vegan Chocolate Tart Recipe
While it looks like a typical chocolate tart, this recipe has a plot twist: it features one of my favorite healthy fat sources—avocado!
While I was creating this vegan tart, it dawned on me that I should mix my love for chocolate with my love for avocado. And it’s perfect for this dessert because it provides the creamy, rich texture you expect in a decadent chocolate tart.
Every list of amazing plant-based recipes should feature one decadent dessert—and this is it!
12. Best Tasting Green Smoothie
While green smoothies often get a bad rap for tasting “grassy,” my Best Tasting Green Smoothie features tropical flavors and a natural sweetness you’re guaranteed to love.
The best part (and the reason it made my list of plant-based recipes you’ll love)? This recipe comes with a ton of health benefits—from supporting healthy blood sugar levels to relieving constipation. [4, 5]
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