Top 10 Vegan Recipes of 2023 • It Doesn’t Taste Like Chicken

Cue the excitement… Roll out the culinary red carpet because the moment has arrived to reveal the best vegan recipes that captured your hearts and palates in 2023—the crème de la crème, the Top 10 Vegan Recipes of 2023!

All year long I post free recipes here on my blog “It Doesn’t Taste Like Chicken” to woo the palates of everyone from the seasoned vegan to the most sceptical carnivore. It’s my goal to wow everyone with delicious flavors and textures, and show people how easy and amazing plant-based food can be. At the end of every year, I like to take a look back and see what the most popular new recipes for 2023 were. It’s the top 10 countdown! 

But before we dive into the top 10 recipes, let’s take a look at all the exciting things that happened this year:

I released my Third Cookbook!

Craving Vegan hit the shelves in October and was an instant bestseller. Not only did it hit the number 1 spot on Amazon, but it was also the second-bestselling cookbook in Canada (and it was competing against all the non-vegan cookbooks too)!  If you haven’t grabbed your copy yet, it’s not too late! You can get your copy here plus learn how you can get a ton of free bonuses including a cooking class with me 🙂

We’re Building Seitan School

If you’ve taken one of my cooking classes before you know how much fun we have in the kitchen! This year I’ve decided to level up with my latest course called Seitan School. In this course, I will teach you how to master the art of making plant-based meat. How fun is that!? In the past my courses have been about 4 lessons long. However, I have so much great info that I want to share with you when it comes to making mock meats, that Seitan School is already over 20 lessons long and we are still filming!! Stay tuned because we plan to release this course in the new year and you will not want to miss out. Make sure you sign up for the wait list here so that you can get in on the amazing early bird specials and reserve your seat.

Meal Plan:

Our vibrant community continues to grow, and The Easy Vegan Meal Plan is now home to hundreds of members! Join us for a weekly adventure featuring brand new meal plans—complete with recipes, shopping lists, and all the essentials for savoring gorgeous plant-based meals throughout the week. Members can’t get enough of the exclusive new recipes released every week. With over 680 recipes now part of the meal plan, there’s an abundance of flavors waiting to be explored. Check it out by signing up for a free trial and unlock a world of delicious possibilities!

Now Onto the Top 10 Recipes of 2023!

You voted by making these dishes, leaving star ratings, commenting, and sharing photos online. Thank you so much for your support! It is time to see which recipes are the winners of 2023!!

This recipe is a preview from my new cookbook Craving Vegan and it was an instant hit with readers. It’s easy to make and takes just 10 minutes of prep time! Uncooked spaghetti is added to a baking dish along with water, tomato sauce, and seasonings, and then it’s baked. Yes, you read that right: the spaghetti bakes in the oven! (How cool is that?) Topped with a 5 minute homemade vegan alfredo sauce, this easy recipe will become a new weeknight staple!

“I made this last night and it was a HUGE hit.” – Michelle

I guess us vegans really do love hummus! Haha. After years and years of recipe testing, I finally shared my recipe for hummus! This hummus recipe is extra creamy, super delicious, and so much better than store-bought. (It’s quick and easy to make too)!

I make a lot of hummus and this is by far the creamiest!” – Jodi

Who knew that such a simple side could be such a hit? It goes to show that it’s always nice to go back to basics. Whether you’re a Brussels sprouts enthusiast or a skeptic, this recipe will win your taste buds over!

There are variations re. oven temp and cooking time all over the internet and in people’s grandmothers’ recipe boxes. I now ONLY use your method. 425F for 25 minutes. I taped this instruction to the inside of my kitchen cabinet. This is the ideal no fail brussels sprout formula!” – Alexandra (on Facebook)

This delicious vegan recipe is quick and easy to make with just 8 simple ingredients and takes just 25 minutes to prepare (plus chilling time). Creamy, crumbly, tangy, salty, and oh-so-yummy! 

I am emotional today, but your recipes seriously make me want to cry. I don’t know any other creator who nails recipes so well. You are amazing, I appreciate you, and so does my whole family. You have made being vegan so much easier and delicious.” – Shannon

Delicious, hearty, packed with protein, can be made gluten-free, and are easy to make! The base is made with TVP (textured vegetable protein) which is a pantry-friendly ingredient made from soybeans. These flavorful, meaty, tender meatballs are perfect for spaghetti, subs, or any other dish that calls for traditional meatballs.

Cheap, easy, and tasty 10/10!” – Martin

This recipe has become a weekly staple in my house! Tofu + Peanut Butter = perfection. It’s a flavor-packed recipe that will have you begging for more!

Another absolute banger, thanks Sam! I knew it would be good enough to make a double recipe and I was not disappointed” – Alex

If you love cabbage rolls, but don’t like all the work, this unstuffed cabbage roll soup is for you!

Oh my gosh, this recipe is so rich and flavourful. I will definitely add it to my weekly rotation. Thank you so much for your delicious food wizardry.” – Donna

I’m so happy to see that so many people, like me, are obsessed with cookie dough! Just 7 ingredients and 6 minutes and you could be enjoying spoonfuls of this delicious vegan cookie dough! Skip forming and baking cookies and just give me that batter! This recipe includes instructions for a big batch or you can make just one serving.

Oh goodness, this recipe is great! I made it exactly as written, and my little guy ate it like ice cream.” – Cheri

A complete feast including a crispy-on-the-outside, creamy-on-the-inside stuffing, tofu bites that are seasoned to taste like turkey, perfectly roasted potatoes and carrots, and garlicky green beans. The best part? It’s easy to prepare, and it all bakes together on a sheet pan! So tasty and easy you can make it any day of the week- no holiday needed!

This is a FABULOUS, easy meal. Will definitely be making on a regular basis, not just for special occasions. Thank you so much for this recipe!!” – Celeste

And the most popular recipe of 2023 is Marry Me Tofu!! It’s so creamy and flavorful, that it might inspire a proposal! This easy delicious recipe takes just 30 minutes to whip up.  Serve this vegan tofu recipe over pasta, rice, quinoa, mashed potatoes or with crusty bread for a meal that will win everyone’s heart. 💞

I made this dish twice this week. My husband and I couldn’t get enough. It’s so cremy, delicious, and comforting. I’m certain this is the dish to convert tofu haters.” – Bessie

And that’s a wrap for 2023!

Thank you to everyone who enjoys my recipes, and leaves star ratings and comments (they really help so much).

In 2024 I’m taking a break from writing cookbooks which means I plan to dedicate all my time to posting more awesome free recipes and to making new cooking courses! If you have any recipe requests or cooking class requests for 2024 let me know in the comments!

Happy New Year to all!

Sam Turnbull.



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