Plant-Based Recipes to Add to Your Restaurant’s Menu

There’s never been a better time to add vegan meals to your restaurant’s menu! With plant-based options becoming more and more in demand, a few vegan options could expand your market considerably. 

November is World Vegan Month! Now’s the time to test out some vegan options for your menu. 

Consider the following exciting, ethical dishes:

Vegan Imitation Dishes

Sometimes the best way to expose someone to something new is to make it familiar. These vegan recipes take inspiration from dishes commonly made with animal and animal products and subtract the animal.

Vegan Spaghetti and Meatballs

Spaghetti and sauce is vegan itself. Though, alone it probably won’t satisfy a hungry diner. To fill that void, vegan meatballs are what you need. Though they take some extra prep than traditional meatballs, fulfilling the dish while calling it vegan is a mighty accomplishment. It’s a dish that your diners will be appreciative of and recall when they’re deciding where to eat. 

The only odd, vegan-y ingredient they require is vegan parmesan cheese, which is easily and cheaply made

When done, all that’s needed is some expertly cooked pasta, home-made sauce, and voilà! It’s delicious and healthy dinner anybody can love.

Vegan Mac & Cheese

Macaroni and cheese is an American staple in the heart of most american childhoods. Tap into that nostalgia with a cheese-free, goodness-filled rendition of it. Your vegan guests will love you for bringing this dish back into their life, and that love translates to return visits! 

Mushroom Stroganoff

Few dishes encapsulate hardiness and satisfaction like stroganoff. Classically made with beef or sausage and sour cream, a vegan version seems a distant dream. 

Quit dreaming! With mushrooms and coconut milk, your restaurant can bring this healthy version to the palates that yearn for it. Usually made with beef, chicken, or sausage, a hearty mushroom substitution is the perfect swap. 

Chipotle Portobello Tacos

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Tacos are a universally adored food, and one sure to be a hit at your restaurant. Add vegan mushroom to that description, and you’ll have hesitation, questions, then adoration. 

When cooked right, mushrooms can be made to taste and feel like any meat. Add in beautiful vegetables like bell peppers, pickled onions, and fresh avocados, and you can expect to see those tacos on social media. A delicious house-made sauce is all you’ll need to take your guests from impressed to indebted. 

Full-On Vegan Dishes

Imitations have their place. To draw from a deeper pool of vegan foodies, you’ll want options that cater to that difference. Unabashed and proud vegetable mains are not only a testament to the skills of your chefs, but to the versatility of vegan foods. 


This classic french dish needs no animal products to get mouths watering. With a combination of perfectly seasoned zucchini, squash, and eggplant, this delicious meal will leave no customer dissatisfied.

With the use of a mandolin, you can present this dish in a stylish way. Alternatively, you can cook it traditionally, which simply involves cutting up the ingredients and serving in a bowl.

Vegan Black Bean Chili

Few dishes warm your body like a hearty chili. Problem is, without meat and cream, most people will think you’re selling them a thin bean soup. How misguided they are! 

Beans are just as capable of providing the protein and warmth as any meat slab, with richer flavor to boot! With the right blend of spices and patience, you can get that chili deliciousness for half the cost. 

Side Dishes

Sometimes a taste is all it takes to make a fan. Integrate some of these appetizers or side dishes to interest those not ready to commit to a full vegan meal. 

Baked Protein Packed Vegan Buffalo Cauliflower Dip

Cauliflower is not the vegetable you’d expect to get saucy. Those tiny, ghostly trees just don’t spark excitement. Yet, this dish takes that produce and makes it a star.

Throw off those “only meat has protein” believers with this hot, creamy, and filling dip. Make a stock of it before the doors open and shock those tenacious enough to try it. 

Vegan Bruschetta Cheese Ball

To really unsettle your diner’s preconceptions of what’s possible in the kitchen, hit them with the vegan cheeseball. All it could take to transport your customers on a rich, cheese-free (including vegan cheese), mouth-feel journey is a ball of goodness. With cashews as the primary ingredient, this appetizer is filling, hearty, and good for days!

Cheeseballs can be refrigerated while your customers come to grips with this cheese-free reality before ordering it!.  

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