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9 Foods You Didn't Know You Could Make Vegan

Carrot Lox

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If bagel breakfasts (with lox and cream cheese—the works) are one of the non-vegan meals you miss most, just grab a bunch of carrots. Piled high onto a bagel with vegan cream cheese, tomatoes, onions, and capers, this Carrot Lox tastes perfectly smoky. Try it in this Bagel and Lox Salad, too!

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Mushroom Bacon

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Thinking about going vegan (read: 5 Steps to Ease Your Way Into a Vegan Diet), but can't imagine life without bacon? Say hello to the incredibly versatile mushroom. 'Shrooms can disguise themselves as bolognese sauce, a topping for your morning oatmeal, or even bacon! Follow this recipe from chef Chloe Coscarelli to create a delicious vegan mushroom BLT.

Photo: Linda Pugliese

Chickpea Tuna

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With loads of seafood flavor, a perfect tuna-salad texture, and a recipe that includes whole foods, this Vegan Chickpea "Tuna" Salad is sure to win over any lunch crowd. Put it between two slices of bread, serve a scoop over a bed of greens, or dig into it as is.

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Vegan Mayo

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Sure, you could buy a vegan substitute for mayo at the grocery store. But it's also really easy to make your own. This simple recipe for Vegan Mayonnaise uses ingredients you probably already have on hand, like soy milk, apple cider vinegar, and agave. Try spreading it on one of these Filling Vegetarian Sandwiches for a homemade condiment kick.

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Cashew Cheese

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Cheese made from nuts? It sounds too good to be true, but this Garlic & Herb Vegan Cheese has no weird ingredients and gets its creaminess from soaked cashews.

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Chickpea Omelet

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With zero eggs, this Vegan Chickpea Omelet is a cross between a traditional omelet and a crepe, but the twist is it's made with garbanzo flour. Stuff it with tomatoes, onions, and avocado for a savory breakfast that's irresistible. (Love chickpeas? Then you'll really like these 6 Healthy Recipes That Will Turn You On to Pulses.)

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Watermelon Poke

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Poke—a Hawaiian delicacy that's become majorly trendy across the country—is usually made from sushi-grade tuna or salmon. But this "Tuna of the Field" recipe uses watermelon (really!) for a super creative take on a poke bowl.

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Vegan Crab Cakes with Horseradish Dill Tartar Sauce

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The secret ingredient in these Vegan Crab Cakes: artichokes! The taste and texture are so similar to crabcakes—especially once you add the zesty horseradish tartar sauce—that your guests will never believe you traded crab for 'chokes.

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Vegan Caesar Salad

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Tofu makes the dressing in this Vegan Caesar Salad with Maple Wheat Croutons thick and satisfying. It's just one of the Insanely Good Vegan Recipes for Your Favorite Comfort Foods that chef Chloe Coscarelli shared with Shape.

Photo: Ted Cavanaugh


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