Three Recipes Where You Won’t Miss the Meat

Enjoy these three meat-free recipes that are hearty and delicious. We’ve all heard about or experienced the benefits of filling our diets with more plant-based fare—more energy, better sleep, clearer skin—the list goes on! But even with this knowledge, in many Western cultures, meat is still the center of most meals.

Give meat free recipes a chance

If you’ve done any poking around on the internet to find more information on how to eat healthier, you’ve probably come across the term “plant-based diet.” Well what exactly does plant-based mean? Plant-based simply means foods derived from plants, such as veggies, fruits, whole grains, nuts, seeds, and legumes.

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Many of our community members have told us that they would LOVE to get more veggies on their families’ plates (especially their meat-loving husbands!). But we’ve also heard it can be a challenge to stick a plate of steamed broccoli or some kale in front of their spouse or kids and have them gobble it up. And we get it—to be honest, that doesn’t sound exciting to us either!

Here’s a little secret we want to let you in on…

Plant-based recipes do not have to be bland!

Veggies do not have to be boring! In fact, we’re here to show you today that it IS possible to prepare healthy, plant-based meals that are packed with nutrients and still loaded with flavor!

Keep scrollin’ for three of our favorite recipes where you won’t miss the meat (and are husband approved!).

3 Recipes Where you Won’t Miss Meat

famous loaded sweet potato

Famous Loaded Sweet Potato

This is a fan favorite at Simple Green Smoothies. A filling dinner loaded with flavor that leaves you satisfied. The kale slaw on top is a winner too!

jackfruit tacos

BBQ Jackfruit Tacos

These fun tacos are the perfect edition to a backyard cookout or Taco Tuesday. Savory, chewy, and all the fixin’s of pulled pork, without the meat (that you don’t even realize isn’t there!).

Sweet and Savory Vegan Soup

Vegan Carrot Soup- meat free recipe

This thick and creamy soup is delicious AND healthy. You won’t belief that this soup isn’t full of thick cream. Feel free to add in a few toppings like pepitas for a little crunch.

carrot ginger soup

Sweet and Savory Soup (Meat-free recipe)

  • Author: Jen Hansard
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Cooking
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan


Are you ready for the best bowl of comfort soup ever? This nourishing, simple soup is full of love for the tummy. The ginger and cumin bring warmth to the digestive system, while the garlic and onion gently assist in liver detoxification. In addition, carrots are filled with beta-carotene, a powerful antioxidant, to bring even more nutrient-dense deliciousness to this recipe!



  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 small onion (chopped)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh ginger (peeled and chopped)
  • 2 cloves garlic (peeled and chopped)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 6 carrots (washed and chopped into 1/2”)
  • 1 ½ cups coconut milk (unsweetened)
  • 1 cup vegetable broth
  • 4 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • Black pepper and sea salt


  1. Heat coconut oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the chopped onions and sauté until translucent.
  2. Add the ginger and garlic to the onions, and cook for another minute. Add the cumin and stir well for 30 seconds.
  3. Add the chopped carrots and sauté for a few minutes, then add the coconut milk and vegetable broth. Lower heat to a simmer and cook for 20 minutes, or until the carrots are just tender.


*Feel free to add extra broth or coconut milk to reach your desired consistency.

Keywords: carrot ginger soup

Want more recipes just like these? Try one of our 21 Day Cleanses, full of plant powered whole food recipes.

Tags:    /   Categories: Plant-Based Meals 

By: Jen Hansard | Updated: 9.5.2016 | COMMENTS: 18


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  1. Ashlee says:

    This is the perfect soup for a cozy night in. I love that it isn’t too heavy either!

  2. Jessica says:

    The loaded sweet potato is a favorite in my house!

  3. Kim says:

    Excited to try this one out!

  4. Amanda says:

    Those BBQ Jackfruit Tacos are WOW!!

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      Don’t you love how jack fruit is the perfect pulled pork/pulled chicken substitute?!

  5. Dani mitchell says:

    I’ve been falling more and more in love with meat-free recipes… and these 3 are all amazing. I’ve made them all! The Carrot Ginger Soup is def a fall favorite, yet it’s so easy to make all year round. I love all the garlic and ginger in it— and truly feel nourished after eating it.

  6. Olivia says:

    Those Jackfruit Tacos……… O.M.G.

  7. Erin says:

    This sweet potato recipe and roasted veggie mix are staples in our house. Definitely not missing meat with either recipe.

  8. Christine Hall says:

    Hi Jen, Just wondering, since it is January 1, which 21-day Cleanse would be the best to purchase, autumn or spring?

    Also, the carrot soup, did you blend everything after cooking to make it look like it does in the picture?


    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      Hi Christine! We have a 7-day winter cleanse you could try. If you want a 21-day cleanse instead, it’s really up to you as far as which one you’d like. I’m not sure where you live but I’m in New England and since it’s still very much cold and dark here, I’d personally go for the autumn challenge for its rich flavors and comfort-type foods. If you live somewhere warmer, you might like to get a jump start on spring (the groundhog did say spring is coming early this year!) and do the spring cleanse.

      And as far as the carrot soup- yes, you do blend everything after cooking. You can use a regular blender or an immersion blender.

  9. Alison Leintz says:

    Hello! I purchased the FS21 in 2014 and lost my pdf downloads. I loved it and want to do it again. I really need to give myself a healthy cleanse or too many toxic foods. Can you resend it? Or had it changed so I should look at repurchasing ?

  10. Abilgale says:

    I am visiting my sister, and she hooked me on your website. I tried making the green smoothie using the 3 cups of fruit, but used frozen instead and it was so like soup. Should I have used less frozen fruit? Help!

    • SGS Rawkstar says:

      Hi Abilgale,

      We’re so excited your sister introduced you to Simple Green Smoothies. Is your smoothie coming out too thin? Try adding a little additional frozen fruit, and cut back on the liquid base. Also, check out our tips for making a thick and creamy green smoothie here…

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