Healthy Meals

Plant-Based Recipes for Every Craving

written by JOSIE SANTI

As a health nut, nutrition nerd, and wellness editor, I’m a big fan of cravings (pause for shock). In my opinion, suppressing cravings is total BS. Not only are cravings your body’s way of communicating to you, but feeling guilty about cravings can lead to bingeing or an unhealthy relationship with food (intuitive eating means listening to your cravings, not suppressing them, FYI). But since our bodies would not thank us for indulging every time we wanted Papa John’s or Ben & Jerry’s, my trick for getting the nutrients my body needs while still indulging in whatever I want is finding alternative plant-based recipes.

If you crave takeout most nights of the week or go through chocolate chip cookies quicker than you go through a new Netflix series, I gotchu. Whether you’re craving sweet, salty, comfort foods, or all the above, honor your body and most importantly, enjoy your life. From a plant-based version of Gigi Hadid’s vodka pasta to decadent desserts that sneak in veggies, get in the kitchen and get creative with these plant-based alternatives that will nourish the body and satisfy taste buds. Revert back to this article when a craving strikes (because you know it will)–plants have never tasted so good. 


1. Spaghetti Bolognese


2. Paleo Buffalo Chicken Pizza


3. Spaghetti Squash Alfredo Casserole


4. Vegan Meatball Subs


5. Butternut Squash Black Bean Enchiladas with Jalapeño Cashew Crema


6. Vegan Vodka Pasta

Source: Pinch of Yum


7. Avocado Tomato Gouda Socca Pizza


8. Cauliflower Fried Rice


9. Zucchini Lasagna Roll-Ups with Spinach and Basil


10. Savory Chickpea Pancakes


11. Creamy Tomato Soup with Vegan Grilled Cheese Croutons


12. Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese


13. Vegan Spinach Artichoke Dip


14. Sweet Potato Sushi 


15. Sweet Potato Chips


16. Cheesy Cauliflower “Nachos”


17. Plant-Based “Bacon”


18. Crispy Baked Jicama Fries

Source: Isabel Eats


19. Zucchini Hummus


20. Kale Chips


21. Sesame Garlic Sweet Potato Fries


22. Seed Crackers


23. Baked Zucchini Chips


24. No Bake Almond Cookies


25. Cinnamon Chickpea Blondies


26. Raspberry Basil Nice Cream


27. Chocolate Zucchini Bread


28. Matcha Pistachio Bliss Balls


29. Chocolate Chunk Avocado Ice Cream


30. Strawberry Mango Vegan Cheesecake Bars


31. Vegan Sweet Potato Brownies


32. Butternut Squash Pudding


33. Brownie Batter Dip (with Black Beans)

Source: Lively Table


34. Sweet Potato Chocolate Ice Cream


Forget boring salads