Cauliflower Recipe Roundup

"What did the cauliflower say to the broccoli? You're just a little green around the edges."

ο»ΏAll joking aside, cauliflower isn't just "white broccoli" it's an entirely different plant but broccoli ο»Ώis ο»Ώit's closest relative.

Cauliflower is also a surprisingly versatile ingredient!

From creating creamy sauces and soup to standing in as "ground beef" in tacos, quesadillas, sloppy joes, and bolognese sauce, to replacing rice and risotto and bulking up every other kind of meal to be more filling on less calories... cauliflower does it all!

There are a whopping 123 recipes using cauliflower in the meal mentor app.

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Aloo Gobi Masala
Bangkok Cauliflower Tacos
Basic Caulifredo Sauce (low fat Alfredo Sauce)
BBQ Cauliflower Sliders
Bodacious Butteritos
Bollywood Bowls
Bolognese Sliders
Bolognese Soup
Bombay Bowl
Brussel Sprout Bisque
Buffaloaded Pasta Salad
Buffalo Chickpea Chowder
Buffalo Chowder
Buffalo (or Firecracker) Cauliflower Tacos
Buffalo Tots
Bunny Chow (South African Curry)
Butternut BBQ Sliders
Butternut Sauce Penne
Cabo Tacos
Cajun Breakfast Tacos
Carnitas Chimichangas
Cauliflower BBQ
Cauliflower Bolognese
Cauliflower Carnitas Quesadillas
Cauliflower Carnitas Tacos
Cauliflower Chorizo Tacos
Cauliflower Cornmeal Pizza Crust
Cauliflower Pizza Crust
Cauliflower Nacho Cheese
Cauliflower Peanut Lettuce Wraps
Cauliflower Ranchero Tostaadas
Cauliflower Red Lentil Curry
Cauliflower Rice Biriyani
Cauliflower Samosa Tacos
Cauliflower Shawarma
Cauliflower Tikka Masala
Cauliflower Verde Bowls
Cauliflower Verde Burritos
Cauli-Lentil Tacos
Cavo Italiano Pasta
Ceviche-Style Tacos
Cheesy Cauliflower & Potato Soup
Cheese Cauliflower Scramble
Cherry Balsamic Cauliflower Steaks
Chinese Orange Chickpeas
Chipotle Potato & Corn Chowder
"Chorizo" Burrito Bowls
"Chorizo" Enchilada Verdes
"Clam" Chowder
Coconut Cauliflower Curry
Creamed Kale Risotto
Creamed Spinach Risotto
Creamy "Clam" Chowder
Creamy Risotto
Crispy Orange Cauliflower
Easy Italiano Bowl
Fettuccoine Caulifredo
Golden Cauliflower Soup
Kimchi Fried Rice
Kissing Kale Pasta
Louisiana "Clam" Chowder
Maui Luau BBQ Tacos
Meaty Adobo Chili
Moliee (Kerala Cauliflower Curry)
Moroccan Apricot Tagine
Orange Cauliflower Rice
Queso'd Cauliflower Tacos
Red Curry Soup
Roasted Cauliflower Soup
Roma Cauliflower Steaks
Ruby Risotto
Samosa Burritos
Samosa Chowder
Skinny Alfredo
Sloppy Buffalo'd Joes
Slow Cooker North African Stew
Southwest Chowder
Spring Quinoa Risotto
Sriracha Lime Cauliflower Tacos
Sun-Dried Tomato Cream Sauce Pasta
Sweet Pea Risotto
Sweet Potato & Cauliflower Curry
Sweet & Sour Cauliflower
Sweet & Sour Taquitos
Thai Cauliflower Soup
Thai Sweet Potato Curry
Thai Taquitos
Thai Yellow Curry
Tofu (or Cauliflower) Bahn Mi
Tuscany Risotto
Winter Crunch Salad
Zucchini Risotto

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Mushroom Recipe Roundup (109 vegan recipes using mushrooms)

Why did the mushroom go to the party? Because he's a fun-guy!

I asked the Meal Mentor Facebook group which ingredient collection I should do next and mushrooms were the most requested!

I was shocked when I realized there were 165 total recipes in the app using mushrooms!

TBH, mushrooms were an ingredient I thought I hated and would never eat until I was vegan/plant-based.

I first tried mushrooms in a gravy, which is still my absolute favorite way to eat them!

How I Use Mushrooms:

I typically use portobello mushrooms to replace big chunks of meat (e.g. steak tips, bacon) and ground up brown mushrooms to replace ground beef in things like Bolognese sauce or chili. Oyster mushrooms are also a great replacement for seafood.

Mushrooms on the Meal Plans:

Since mushrooms can be a little pricy at times (Walmart usually has a good price) and I know some people truly hate mushrooms, I try not to use mushrooms more than once on the weekly 7-day plans.


If you have tried mushrooms a few different ways and still don't like them, zucchini and eggplant can often stand in for mushrooms. Tofu, tempeh, seitan, walnuts, chickpeas, and lentils may also work.

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Below is a mostly comprehensive list of all MM recipes that use mushrooms. I say "mostly" because I'm not including pizza recipes (e.g. cauliflower crust pizza, ultimate cheese pizzas) or pizza-like recipes (e.g. pizza burrito) where mushrooms could be a topping/filling.

You can find ALL of these recipes in the app - search by their name :)

Meal Mentor Recipes Using Mushrooms

African Sloppy Joes (Vetkoek)
Aloha Burgers
Asian Vegetable Noodle Soup
Banh Mi Lettuce Cups
BBQ "Bacon" Grits
"Beef" Bourguignon
"Beef" & Broccoli
"Beef" & Peppers
"Beef" Stroganoff
Bella Bacon
Bella Big Mac
Benedict Crostini
Bulgolgi (Korean "Beef" BBQ)
Cheater Wellingtons
Chickpea a la King
Chickpea Florentine
Chickpea Noodle Soup
Chickpea Stroganoff **
Chinese "Beef" & Broccoli
Chipotle Portobello Tortas
"Chorizo" Enchiladas Verdes
"Clam" Chowder
Corned "Beef"
"Crab" Cakes **
Creamy "Clam" Chowder **
Creamy Mushroom Pasta
Cuban Ropa Vieja
Dan Dan Noodles
Dragon Teriyaki Noodles
Fajita Salad
Fajita Stuffed Spaghetti Squash
Fettuccine Caulifredo
Ginger "Beef" & Broccoli
Golden Mushroom Masala
Gozleme (Turkish Quesadilla)
Grandma's Hearty "Beef" Stew
Greek Gyros
Grilled Vegetable Noodles
Hawaiian Tacos
Hippie Loaf
Hoisin Broccoli Noodles
Hot & Soup Soup
Hungarian Goulash
Indian-Style Stir-Fry (Keralan)
Irish Nachos
Italian Skillet
Jamaican Me "Beefy"
Kale Caesar "Bacon" Wraps
Kimchi Korean Tacos
Kimchi Spaghetti
Korean BBQ Tacos
Lentil Louisiana Gumbo
Lentil Rice Loaf
Lentil Walnut Pate
Louisiana "Clam" Chowder **
Maui Wowie Bowl
Meaty Adobo Chili
Mega Meatloaf
Memphis BBQ Sandwich
Mexican Philly
Mexican Vegetable Torta
Mongolian Noodles
Moo Shu Tofu
Mushroom Gravy
Mushroom Mania Bowl
Mushroom Quesadillas
Orange "Beef" & Broccoli Noodles
Philly Cheese "Steak" Bowls
Philly Cheese "Steak" Subs
Philly Queso-dillas
Pierogi Pockets
Portobello "Bacon" Burgers
Portobello Polental Bowls
Portobello "Steaks"
Portobello Verde Tacos
Pumpkin Loaf
Quick Fajitas
Quinoa Unfried Rice
Ratatouille Stuffed Acorn Squash
Red Lentil Ragu
Roasted Vegetable & White Bean Sandwich
Savory Butternut Pie
Savory Fall Tacos
Shanghai Noodles
Skillet Fajitas
Skillet Green Bean Casserole **
Southwest Stew
Spaghetti Squash Ramen
Spaghetti Squash Stir-Fry
Springtime Teriyaki Noodles
Summer "Bacon" Wraps
Supreme Pizza Soup
Szechuan Stir-Fry
Tava (Turkish Stew)
Texas Roadhouse Spuds
Thanksgiving Chowder **
Thanksgiving Gravy
Vegetable Chow Mein
Vegetables en Papillote
Veggie Cacciatore Sub
Veggie "Quiche"
Venezia Skillet
Very Verde Enchiladas
Wild Mushroom & Kale Polenta
Winter Ratatouille Pasta
** indicates white mushrooms are used instead of brown or portobello which are usually interchangeable.
Happy Shrooming,

P.S. Chickpeas and greens were also top requests so I'll be doing those too, along with bell peppers :)

P.S. #2 ALL of the collections now have a home here.

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53 interesting ways to use zucchini (vegan zucchini recipes)

There are 111 total recipe in the meal mentor app that use zucchini (I know!) here are 53 of the most interesting and unique ways to use up zucchini, plus some faves!


Baked Snickerdoodle Oatmeal
Basic Minestrone Soup (new)
Basil Lover's Pasta Salad (new)
Bollywood Bowls
Cajun Chili (new)
Cauliflower Rice Biryani
Chocolate Zoats
Chocolate-Zucchini Muffins
Coconut Fried Rice (new)
Creamy Couscous Salad (new)
Curry Roasted Vegetables & Polenta (new)
Enchilada Stew (new)
Farm-Style Pasta (new)
Fajita Salad
Gazpacho (new)
Ginger Noodles (new)
Greek Fritters
Green Minestrone (new)
Grilled Vegetable Noodles (new)
Grilled Vegetable Salad (new)
Gyro-Stuffed Potatoes
Layered Vegetable Enchiladas (new)
Lemony Zoodles (new)
Maui Wowie Bowl
Mediterranean Quinoa Salad (new)
Mediterranean Zoodles (new)
Mexican Scramble
Mexican Vegetable Tortas (new)
Moroccan Flatbreads
Moroccan Rice Bowls
Moroccan Tagine
Party Pinwheels #2 (new)
Ratatouille Pizzas (new)
Ratatouille Sandwiches (new)
Roasted Quinoa Pie
'Roccan Roll-Ups
Skillet Ratatouille (new)
Slow Cooker Vegetable Stew (new)
Southwest Stew (new)
Spring Corn Chowder (new)
Summer Bruschetta (new)
Summer Quinoa Salad (new)
Summer Vegetable Curry
Tropical BBQ Sliders (new)
Tuscany Pasta Salad (new)
Vegetable Rice Casserole (new)
Vegetables en Papillote
Very Verde Enchiladas (new)
Winter Ratatouille Pasta (new)
Zucchini Boats (2 ways!)
Zucchini Burgers (new)
Zucchini Risotto (new)
Zucchini & White Bean Pasta (new)

You can always interchange summer squash and zucchini in any recipe! Summer squash is basically yellow zucchini ;)

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29 vegan eggplant recipes

Here is the full list of MM recipes using Eggplant.

Bahn Mi "Meatball" Subs
Cajun Eggplant Casserole
Caponata Polenta Stacks
Chicago Deep Dish Eggplant
Eggplant Falafel (new)
Eggplant Gyros
Eggplant Involtini
Eggplant "Meatball" Subs
Eggplant Parm Subs
Fall Ratatouille
Greek Eggplant Dip (Melitzanosalata) (new)
Indian Eggplant Curry
Italian Eggplant Casserole (new)
Maghmour (Lebanese Moussaka) (new)
Marrakesh Vegetable Curry
Mexican Vegetable Tortas (new)
Moroccan Eggplant Dip (Zaalouk) (new)
Moroccan Flatbreads
Moussaka (Greek Eggplant Lasagna) (new)
Ratatouille Pizza (new)
Ratatouille Polenta Stacks
Ratatouille Sandwiches (new)
Ratatouille Spaghetti
Roasted Vegetable & White Bean Sandwich (new)
Rustic Lasagna
Skillet Ratatouille (new)
Winter Ratatouille
Winter Ratatouille Pasta (new)
Most of these can be found by searching "eggplant" in the app or web planner (or search their name directly).

Unfortunately the app and web planner only give results with "eggplant" in the recipe name or title, so this list above is more comprehensive. Bookmark the list.

I hope to have "ingredient" based searches soon :)

For peeps who don't like mushrooms, eggplant is a terrific substitute in most recipes.

You might also be able to substitute zucchini instead of eggplant (or mushrooms), but it depends. Zucchini is more watery than eggplant so it can become too soft for some dishes. It also doesn't have the same "meaty" bite as mushrooms and eggplant.

Now a Confession: Eggplant was literally one of the very last vegetables I incorporated into my plant-based diet. Prior to being vegan, my only experience with eggplant was eggplant parmesan LOL.

A few years back, noticing how affordable eggplants were, I started buying them up and forcing myself to find ways to use them. Hence where all the new eggplant recipes come from! Enjoy! πŸ†

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OH MY GOURD 43 vegan recipes using pumpkin

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Below is a comprehensive list of all pumpkin recipes in the app.

Search them by name :)

Here is the full list of MM recipes using Pumpkin

Baked Pumpkin Oatmeal (new)
Black Bean & Pumpkin Soup
Bread Pudding in a Mug
Butternut & Black Bean Skillet (uses pumpkin seeds)
Butternut Lasagna Rolls * (new)
Cheesy Pumpkin Pizza
Chickpea Pumpkin Curry
Creamy Pumpkin & Sage Pasta
Cornbread in a Mug *
Curried Pumpkin Lentil Soup
Gourd-ous Pudding (new)
Green Coconut Sauce (uses pumpkin seeds)
Harvest Cornbread
Harvest Rice
Kabocha (or Butternut) Red Curry
Microwave Chocolate Chip Cookie
Microwave Pumpkin Curry
PB & Pumpkin Roll-Up
Peanut Pumpkin Noodles
PSL ONOs (Pumpkin Spice Latte Overnight Oats)
Pumpkin Broccoli Mac
Pumpkin Cheese Sauce
Pumpkin Chili
Pumpkin Doughnut Holes (new)
Pumpkin Enchiladas (new)
Pumpkin Enchilada Sauce (new)
Pumpkin Falafel
Pumpkin Hummus (new)
Pumpkin Lentil Curry
Pumpkin Loaf (new)
Pumpkin Muffins
Pumpkin Pancakes
Pumpkin Pie
Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal
Pumpkin Pie Polenta
Pumpkin Pie Quinoa (new)
Pumpkin Pie Smoothie
Pumpkin Sloppy Joes
Pumpkin Spice French Toast
Pumpkin Vinaigrette
Simple Pumpkin Soup
West African Peanut Stew
Winter Panzanella Salad

  • indicates pumpkin is listed as a substitute or variation

Note: You can generally substituted mashed or pureed sweet potatoes or carrots for pumpkin. Butternut sometimes works, but since it isn't as sweet, you might want to add a little coconut sugar (or brown sugar).

OTHER NOTE: Kabocha is a Japanese pumpkin ;)

For the love of πŸŽƒ,

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a lil' love for red lentils (24 vegan red lentil recipes)

Last week's Ethiopian Lentil Stew reminded me how much I love red lentils, one of many foods I had never heard of (let alone tried!) prior to going plant-based.

My first introduction to red lentils was Indian red lentil dal. Then I discovered misr wat (an Ethiopian dish) and it remains one of my most favorite foods.

I also make the simple or Turkish red lentil soup in the app most weeks during the colder months for a simple soup.

PRESSURE COOKING: I've found that most red lentil dal or soup recipes can be made in my electric pressure cooker (4 minutes, quick release) but your PC may need up to 8 minutes. On the stove, red lentils take 15-20 minutes, so they're still pretty quick that way!

If I've inspired you to dust off the bag of red lentils in your pantry this weekend, I've created a list of all of the MM recipes in the app that use red lentils for you below.

The best part about these red lentil recipes in that the majority of them use only pantry staples `Please let me know if you make any and what your first red lentil dish was!

Talk soon,


American Chop Suey
Bollywood Sweet Potatoes
Butternut Lentil Bisque
Cauliflower Red Lentil Curry
Curried Pumpkin Lentil Soup
Dal Palak
Ethiopian Lentil Stew
Misr Wat (Ethiopian Red Lentils)
Fall Vegetable Curry
Moroccan Red Lentil Soup
Indian Red Lentil Soup
Mando Dal
Pumpkin Loaf
Red Lentil Bolognese
Red Lentil Dal
Simple Red Lentil Soup
Slow Cooker North African Stew
Smoky Lentil Soup
Summer Vegetable Curry
Sweet Potato Dal
TJ's Red Lentil Wraps
Thai Red Lentil Cakes
Turkish Red Lentil Soup
Warming Red Lentil Dal

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