Our Top-Rated Plant Based Recipes of 2023 in Plant Fueled Life

Plant Fueled Life members have rated and reviewed our recipes, and now it’s time to show you our top-rated plant-based recipes of 2023!

23. Simple Holiday Gravy

As classic as it gets. Serve this all-purpose plant based and oil-free gravy over mashed potatoes, veggie cutlets, or whatever you wish for true holiday flavor!

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“Yep, this is good, and nobody (except me) knew it wasn’t turkey gravy!”

Louise, Plant Fueled Life member

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“For how insanely easy this gravy is to make, I am not sure that I should ever bother to make another gravy!! It is very good, flavorful and familiar despite the ease of making it.”

Mellie Bri, Plant Fueled Life member

22. Cheesy Black Bean Chimichangas with Red Enchilada Sauce and Avocado

These baked plant based chimichangas, stuffed with cashew cheese and flavorful Texas Caviar, are crispy and delightfully easy to make. Top them with enchilada sauce and avocado and you’ve got a meal everyone will be raving about!

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“I was in heaven with the first bite. Wow, so good. And filling!”

Sarah, Plant Fueled Life member

21. Caramel Pecan Cheesecake

This baked tofu and cashew-based cheesecake is rich, creamy, and will blow your mind! Top with a sprinkle of cinnamon pecans and a drizzle of non-dairy caramel sauce for a decadent dessert worthy of any celebration or holiday table.

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“I made this for our family Thanksgiving and it was a huge hit, even with the omnis! Creamy and decadent-feeling, without lots of sugar.”

Sharla June, Plant Fueled Life member

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“I don’t know how the wizards did it. This is the best vegan cheesecake I have ever had. This beats the store bought ones.”

Kayla, Plant Fueled Life member

20. Cheesy Rice & Bean Burrito with Berry Blasted Freeze

Cheesy Rice & Bean Burrito with Berry Blasted Freeze Top Plant Based Recipe from Plant Fueled Life

Large whole-grain tortillas are perfect for these classic-style burritos stuffed with refried beans, rice, and cheesy sauce, plus crisp lettuce and restaurant-style taco sauce. Our sweet and tangy berry blasted “freeze” is a great accompaniment to this family-friendly, Taco Bell-inspired meal.

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“These were so good! We will be making them frequently in our house. They hit the spot.”

Kyle, Plant Fueled Life member

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“Nailed it! The taco sauce was spot on! I could literally eat this every day, it’s THAT GOOD!”

Laura Spinosi, Plant Fueled Life member

19. Kimchi Mac & Cheese and Sliced Tomato Salad

Kimchi Mac & Cheese and Sliced Tomato Salad top plant based recipes

Our Kimchi Mac & Cheese deliciously blends Eastern and Western cuisine with a mouthwatering twist on a childhood favorite, featuring flavorful umami kimchi in a rich and creamy dairy-free cheesy sauce.

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“Wow! This is incredible! The kimchi elevates this so it could be comfort food or party food — or both! I’ve made this probably half a dozen times!”

Elke, Plant Fueled Life member

18. Easy Peas-y Soup

Easy Peas-y Soup top plant based recipes

Green peas, onion, broth, and a simple seasoning of dill, salt, and pepper become a creamy, classy plant based pea soup. The lemon juice and parsley at the end send this right to the top!

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“I only had one spoonful before my college-age son ate the whole batch.”

PB_Fan, Plant Fueled Life member

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“Very quick and easy and has a lovely flavor. It’s one of my go-tos because it is so simple to make and I usually have all the ingredients.”

Marla, Plant Fueled Life member

17. West African-inspired Peanut Stew

West African-inspired Peanut Stew top plant based recipes

Peanut stews (sometimes called Maafe, Kikate, or Nikawan) are found throughout West Africa, including Senegal, Gambia, Ghana, and Nigeria. Our plant based version of this soup is rich, creamy, easy to prepare, and is an all-time favorite of our community. Check out West African-inspired Peanut Stew free on the blog or in Plant Fueled Life.

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“All the reviews are right, this is delicious! Easy to prep and prepare.”

Brenda N., Plant Fueled Life member

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“I don’t know who came up this recipe but I’m bowing to you! This is my first time making this recipe and OMG! it is amazing! Just amazing!”

Tracy, Plant Fueled Life member

16. Stupid Simple Cheesy Burger Grilled Wraps

Stupid Simple Cheesy Burger Grilled Wraps top plant based recipes

Wonderfully simple and delicious bean burgers with sharp cheddary-style cheesy sauce and all the “fixings” are wrapped in a warm tortilla and grilled until nice and toasty. Delish! These plant based wraps were loved by members. Here’s what Kera said.

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“This will be on repeat! Easy burgers and sauce! Once put together – yummo!”

Kera, Plant Fueled Life member

15. Creamy Pumpkin Soup and Cinnamon Almond Pear Sandwich

Creamy Pumpkin Soup and Cinnamon Almond Pear Sandwich top plant based recipes

Enjoy this perfectly-spiced, luxuriously-creamy pumpkin and apple soup with a simple yet satisfying sandwich packed with almond butter, fresh pears, and a hit of cinnamon.

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“So good! A warm, comforting bowl of everyone’s favorite fall flavors.”

Krista, Plant Fueled Life member

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“This meal was perfection! It may be the most masterful meal I have tried from Clean Food Dirty Gril from the ease of preparation to the restaurant quality taste. I loved how the soup was just a touch of sweet, as these type of soups are usually too sweet for me. The sandwich was so simple, but delicious. I need more fruit sandwiches in the vault, because I will eat them all!!”

Chasity, Plant Fueled Life member

14. Cheesy Southwest Casserole with Avocado & Cilantro

Cheesy Southwest Casserole with Avocado & Cilantro top plant based recipes

This cheesy plant based casserole is loaded with tender rice, black beans, and veggies and brimming with southwest flavor. If you were looking for a family-friendly meal powered by plants, you found it with a Dirty kick.

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“Comfort food for the win!! Great flavorful meal.”

Danielle, Plant Fueled Life member

13. Cauli Poblano Hash over English Muffins with Sunny Side Up Sauce and Fresh Fruit

Cauli Poblano Hash over English Muffins with Sunny Side Up Sauce and Fresh Fruit top plant based recipes

Oven roasted cauliflower, poblano pepper, and potato hash is served over a toasted English muffin and drizzled with our creamy breakfast-style sauce.

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“This was really delicious! We didn’t serve it on the English Muffins but I did add the spinach to the oven during the last 5 minutes of cooking. That Sunny Side Up Sauce is SO amazing!”

CW, Plant Fueled Life member

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“So good! Thus will be a repeat in our house :)”

Joy, Plant Fueled Life member

12. Eggplant Florentine

Vegan Eggplant Florentine top plant based recipes

Layers and layers of crispy breaded eggplant slices, béchamel, and saucy veggies with French flavors make this beautiful vegan Eggplant Florentine fancy enough for company but easy enough for any day. This meal was featured in French Kiss, a Valentine’s Day plant based meal plan and is sure to make you fall in love with Plant Fueled Life!

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“AMAZING recipe!! My love for eggplant was more than satisfied with this delicious combo.”

Sarah O., Plant Fueled Life member

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“Great meal, wonderful flavors. I would definitely serve this to omni friends and family.”

Louise, Plant Fueled Life member

11. Classic Cheesy Broccoli Soup

Classic Vegan Cheesy Broccoli Soup top plant based recipes

This diner-style dairy-free broccoli cheese soup is heaven in a bowl! Tender broccoli, savory broth, and Deluxe Cheesy Sauce make this a kid-friendly soup that makes our top-rated list every year and the perfect recipe for plant based beginners.

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“This was a delicious soup and I whipped it up super fast with very little prepping! Adding this to my quick weeknight dinner makes :)”

Andrea, Plant Fueled Life member

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“This tastes pretty close to the real deal so we were delighted with it. Definitely hit the comfort spot.”

Desiree, Plant Fueled Life member

10. Provolone-style Cheesy Sauce

Provolone-style Cheesy Sauce top plant based recipes

Provolone-style Cheesy Sauce is what saucy dreams are made of, and our members don’t disagree. This mild white plant based cheesy sauce is made with cashews and sunflower seeds and goes great on pizza, pasta, hoagies, and more!

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“First time making sauce and won’t be the last”

David, Plant Fueled Life member

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“Worth the price of the membership! This is always in my freezer for pizza. I make it in the Vitamix, no stovetop needed. A staple!”

Louise, Plant Fueled Life member

9. Teriyaki Tofu Ramen Bowl

Teriyaki Tofu Ramen Bowl top plant based recipes

Tender ramen noodles are smothered in restaurant-style teriyaki vegetables (all oil-free!) and garnished with green onion and sesame seeds for a family-friendly meal that beats takeout any day!

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“Wow. Wow. Wow. This is some good food! Deeply satisfying comfort food – with a metric ton of veggies. Good for you – and so so good to eat. Made recipe as written… would not change a thing. Except maybe making more next time so that we don’t fight over leftovers. Rock on Dirty Wizards!”

Laura, Plant Fueled Life member

8. Creamy Cashew Blue Cheese Dressing

Creamy Cashew Blue Cheese Dressing top plant based recipes

Cashews, hemp seeds, and a unique blend of seasonings come together to make this creamy plant based blue cheese-like dressing. Perfect on salads, bowls, and potatoes, spread on sandwiches or serve as a dip with fresh veggies. Side note: There are more mouthgasmic oil-free salad dressings where that came from!

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“This dressing is insane good! Just licked the spoon clean.”

Nanette, Plant Fueled Life member

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“So good! I was super curious as to how you could make blue cheese dressing without….blue cheese? While you won’t mistake this for the real thing, it totally hits the spot. It’s creamy, tangy and delicious. Love it!”

Paula, Plant Fueled Life member

7. Frosty Peanut Butter Cup Smoothie

Frosty Peanut Butter Cup Smoothie top plant based recipes

This one’s for the peanut butter cup lovers out there! Rich and creamy and packed with protein and nutrients, our Frosty Peanut Butter Cup Smoothie is sure to satisfy kids both big and small. Take it to the next level and top with a drizzle of peanut butter and some grated dark chocolate.

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“I expected this to be delicious but holy smokes! I had no idea it would blow my mind.”

TaraTakesTheWorld, Plant Fueled Life member

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“If you love chocolate and peanut butter this will be your dream come true. It’s a really quick, easy and healthy dessert. Will definitely make again.”

Melli Bri, Plant Fueled Life member

6. Thai Peanut Sauced Tandoori Cauliflower & Noodle Bowl

Thai Peanut Sauced Tandoori Cauliflower & Noodle Bowl top plant based recipes

This satisfying Thai Peanut Sauced Tandoori Cauliflower & Noodle Bowl features flavorful tandoori cauliflower and beans with garlicky kale and veggies over peanut-sauced noodles.

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“So good…but that peanut sauce would be good on anything!”

Sue M., Plant Fueled Life member

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“One of my favorite meals I’ve made! The flavors together are a carnival in my mouth… make this!”

Danielle, Plant Fueled Life member

5. Sage Roasted Sweeties & Zesty Italian Sausage Pasta Alfredo

Sage Roasted Sweeties & Zesty Italian Sausage Pasta Alfredo top plant based recipes

Tender fettuccine noodles, creamy Alfredo sauce, roasted sweet potatoes, and zesty Italian tofu crumbles come together in this crowd-pleasing family favorite dish.

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“This was outstanding! Such a great combination of flavors and that Italian tofu… OMG!”

Meghan, Plant Fueled Life member

4. Loaded Cauliflower Wing Gyro with Sliced Strawberries

Loaded Cauliflower Wing Gyro with Sliced Strawberries top plant based recipes

Roll up your sleeves and dig into this family-friendly Loaded Cauliflower Wing Gyro with Sliced Strawberries. Warm, soft pita bread is stuffed with crispy breaded cauliflower wings, tzatziki sauce, and all your favorite gyro toppings.

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“Each bite has a different flavor and texture. An explosion on the tongue! If you are really lazy, rip up the pita, and then throw everything on top and eat it. My pita ripped about halfway through, so this is what I did. The tzatziki sauce is superb!”

Brenda N., Plant Fueled Life member

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“We loved this, 100%! This may have been my favorite of all CGDF offerings to date. So damned good! And the Tzatziki!? Best thing ever!”

Victoria, Plant Fueled Life member

3. Mexican Melty Wrap and Cheesy Fiesta Potatoes

Mexican Melty Wrap and Dairy Free Cheesy Fiesta Potatoes top plant based recipes

Fill a tortilla with fast food-style cheesy sauce, beefy taco-seasoned crumbles, and spinach then roll it up and pop it in a hot skillet (or panini press) until golden and crisped on the edges. Top with lettuce and salsa and serve with cheese-drizzled seasoned potato bites for a drive-thru Mexican meal the whole family will be raving about, fueled by plants! This meal came from one of our most popular plant based meal plans of 2023, Ring Your Bell, which is inspired by Taco Bell favorites.

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“These potatoes are everything! I made these components into a crunch wrap and my mind was blown.”

Kayla, Plant Fueled Life member

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“This was absolutely amazing!!! Even the picky 14-year-old loved it!!!”

Kayla, Plant Fueled Life member

2. Penne Pasta with Chunky Tomato Sauce, Artichoke Hearts & Cheesy Hemp Sprinkle

Penne Pasta with Chunky Tomato Sauce, Artichoke Hearts & Cheesy Hemp Sprinkle top plant based recipes

Baby arugula adds a fresh and mildly peppery note to this simple plant based pasta dish with rich tomato sauce and tangy green olives. This delicious meal appears as one of 5 show-stopping meals in our plant based meal plan, Quickie.

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“Most excellent. Tons of flavor. Very filling. Easy to sub or keep adding. And actually something that gets me to eat arugula.”

Randi, Plant Fueled Life member

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“Amazeballs – will definitely add this recipe to my “quick meals” – the hubs loved it, and I had it on the table in half an hour”

Susan, Plant Fueled Life member

1. Mongolian Tofu Macaroni & Cheese

Mongolian Tofu Macaroni & Cheese top plant based recipes

This family-friendly twist on traditional mac and cheese features Mongolian-inspired baked tofu crumbles and rich and creamy cheddary cheesy sauce.

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“Loved this recipe – everything about it tastes fantastic! EVERYTHING!!!”

Judy, Plant Fueled Life member

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“Huge win! Loved all the flavors and very satisfying too.”

Laura Spinosi, Plant Fueled Life member

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“This will be going into regular rotation. The flavors go together so well.”

Nanette, Plant Fueled Life member

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