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Memorial Day cookouts have been notorious for animal-based foods. However, as more Americans continue to adopt plant-based diets for health, religious, philosophical, or environmental reasons, animal-free dishes are becoming increasingly commonplace at the unofficial summer kickoff.   From appetizers to desserts, we’ve compiled a list of recipes that are easy to make, use simple ingredients, and are packed with flavor. These delectable dishes will keep you munching all celebration long. 

1. Vegan Macaroni Salad

This plant-based take shared by @veganreciply and @healthygirlkitchen uses coconut milk yogurt to make a rich, creamy dressing. Add in some veggies, chickpeas, and dill, and you’re done!

2. Vegan Popcorn Shrimp

King oyster mushrooms are the star of this popcorn “shrimp” recipe from @lovingitvegan. Pair it with your favorite sauce and it’s ready for the table!

3. Vegan Black Bean Burger

Another find from @lovingitvegan, this homemade black bean burger is one of the “meatiest” out there. Walnuts and smoked paprika add to its robust flavor, while tomato paste adds moisture. Pair it with your favorite toppings to complete the dish, such as pickles, guacamole, mushrooms, arugula, tomato slices, or vegan cheese, aoli, or dressing. Pro tip: try using a pretzel bun for an extra special meal! Find the full recipe here.

4. Vegan Sloppy Joe

This plant-powered sloppy joe recipe uses lentils and soy for a protein-packed meal. This recipe also includes instructions for vegan coleslaw to complete the dish!

5. Vegan Pulled Pork

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This unbelievably easy recipe from @veganawesome has only six ingredients. Shredded oyster mushrooms give this dish the classic pulled “pork” texture, and seasonings like paprika and garlic powder add flavor. Pair with coleslaw or caramelized onions and add a bun.

6. Scalloped Potatoes

These vegan scalloped potatoes from @that.veganbabe make the perfect side dish to bring to your Memorial Day cookout. Cashews and plant-based milk (almond milk was used in this post, but oat milk can also be used for an even creamier texture) give this dish a smooth, hearty feel.

7. No-Bake Chocolate Raspberry Tarts

Tasked with bringing the dessert but intimidated by baking? Don’t fret! These no-bake tarts from @foodfuly are tastefully elegant without the hassle of cranking up the oven. These tarts are also gluten-free, an added bonus for you or anyone at your celebration with a gluten intolerance.

8. Vegan Pecan Pie

This last recipe is a vegan rendition of a true American classic—pecan pie! Vegan butter and coconut milk make for a blend of animal-free richness and sweetness. Remember to pick up some vegan whipped cream or ice cream to top it off!

Which recipes will you try this year? Hop over to Compassion in World Farming's Eat Plants. For A Change. hub for more inspiration or sign up for the #EatPlantForAChange monthly newsletter.


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