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Tips and Tricks for Preparing Vegan & Vegetarian Dishes

Learn how to make veggie dishes, sides & desserts in your kitchen.

The C&H® Guide to Vegan & Vegetarian Recipes

Whether you’re vegan, vegetarian or trying your hand at plant-based recipes for the first time, it can be tricky to prepare dishes and desserts without meat, eggs or milk. But have no fear. With the right C&H® recipes and a few tips for substituting ingredients, you’ll be making delightful veggie dishes, desserts and sides in no time. 

Veggie Recipes for Happiness

There are endless plant-based recipes out there, but to help you find some of the best vegan and vegetarian dishes around, we’ve selected some of our personal favorites to help bring the “oohs” and “aahs” to your table. 

One Sheet Vegetables with Brown Sugar-Balsamic Glaze

If you’re searching for a vegetarian dish that will turn heads, then look no further. Our recipe for One Sheet Vegetables with Brown Sugar-Balsamic Glaze is simply amazing. It’s delightfully made with savory Brussels sprouts, carrots and squash that’s sweetly covered with C&H® Golden Brown Sugar, butter and tangy balsamic vinegar. From the first to the last bite, you’ll simply love this veggie-licious dish that works great for an entrée or side. 

Want to make this recipe vegan? You can easily substitute the butter in the recipe for a plant-based alternative. While there are a number of vegan butters to choose from in the store, we recommend opting for the coconut oil in your pantry. It’s a 1:1 substitute, so just use the same measurements from the original recipe.

C&H® Sugar Tip:

Before you start cooking, make sure to cut your vegetables to the correct sizes. This will ensure all of your veggies cook evenly. 

Veggie Mini Muffins

Serve your loved ones a little vegetarian treat that packs a big flavor. Topped with a sweet, buttery streusel, this recipe for Veggie Mini Muffins combines pineapple, zucchini, carrots and apples to create some wonderful treats that will have everyone reaching for seconds. Serve them as an afterschool snack or an on-the-go breakfast treat and watch the smiles on your kids’ faces grow.

For vegan bakers, you can easily switch the eggs in the recipe for veggie substitutes. There are quite a few egg alternatives, including Homemade Applesauce, bananas, purees, silken tofu and egg replacers that you can buy in the store, but we recommend trying aquafaba. 

C&H® Sugar Tip:

You don’t have to use a blender to purée your vegetables. Instead, try using a food processor. Many home bakers prefer this method.  

Strawberry Salad with Honey-Poppy Seed Dressing

Freshen your day with our recipe for Strawberry Salad with Honey-Poppy Seed Dressing. It’s light, delicious and made with three layers of goodness, including fresh fruits, nuts and lettuce. While the recipe on our website calls for chicken, you can easily swap it out for common vegetarian alternatives, like tofu, tempeh, beans, eggplant and mushrooms. But if you really want to take the recipe up a notch, try seitan. It’s a flexible meat alternative that tastes delicious and is particularly good for substituting chicken.

Vegans, this recipe is also great for your dietary restrictions. Just leave the mayonnaise out of your recipe and substitute the evaporated milk for a vegan option, like soy milk, hemp milk, rice milk or almond milk. All of these cow-free options are great for this recipe. Simply choose the one that you prefer. 

C&H® Sugar Tip:

If you want to make mixing the Honey-Poppy Seed Dressing easy, use a canning jar. Just pour your ingredients in and shake well.