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Presenting the Winners from Our Vegetarian Favorites Contest

Our vegetarian favorites contest winners are the best way to add more meat-free recipes to your repertoire.

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Grand Prize: Air-Fryer Fried Avocado Tacos

Tacos just got even more exciting! These juicy, flavorful, easy and healthy tacos are for those who are huge fans of avocado. —Julie Peterson, Crofton, Maryland

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1st Place: Sticky Sesame Cauliflower

1st Place: Sticky Sesame Cauliflower

Sesame chicken is one of my favorite takeout dishes, but I’m doing what I can to cut unnecessary calories and fat. This sticky sesame cauliflower recipe gives me an alternative that uses fresh vegetables and never compromises on flavor. —Anthony Ashmore, Bohemia, New York

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2nd Place: Eggplant Parmesan SlidersTaste of Home

2nd Place: Eggplant Parmesan Sliders

These party-ready eggplant parmesan sliders are easy for guests to grab (and are vegetarian-friendly!). The lemon-ricotta spread really adds a level of flavor to these delicious bites. —Debbie Glasscock, Conway, Arkansas

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3rd Place: Vegan Squash Soup with Naan Croutons

3rd Place: Vegan Squash Soup with Naan Croutons

This butternut squash soup is so full of flavor that you won’t miss the meat or dairy! The added can of pumpkin helps to make the soup creamy and smooth, while the coconut milk adds a light sweetness. I love to make this soup as the seasons change! —Audrey Fell, Nashville, Tennessee

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Runner-Up: Curry Pomegranate Protein Bowl

Runner-Up: Curry Pomegranate Protein Bowl

This recipe is simple and beautiful. It uses a lot of unique flavors that, when blended together, create an out-of-this-world taste sensation. You can substitute other roasted, salted nuts for the soy nuts and can use warmed berry jam in place of the molasses. —Mary Baker, Wauwatosa, Wisconsin

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Runner-Up: Grilled Chickpea Salad Sandwich

Runner-Up: Grilled Chickpea Salad Sandwich

When my mother comes to visit, she enjoys a good old-fashioned chicken salad sandwich. As a vegetarian, I make chickpea salad sandwiches all the time and finally had the guts to make one for her. After some hesitation, she tasted it and was instantly hooked! —Dannika Stevenson, Akron, Ohio

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Runner-Up: Reuben Portobello Mushroom Burgers

These portobello mushroom burgers are a hit every time I serve them. They are filling but not heavy. The sauerkraut, garlic cloves and onions can be made ahead to cut down on prep time. —Lisa Benoit, Cookeville, Tennessee

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Runner-Up: Saucy Tempeh Sloppy JoesTaste of Home

Runner-Up: Saucy Tempeh Sloppy Joes

I grew up eating sloppy joe sandwiches and can’t get enough of the messy deliciousness. Even though I eat meatless once or twice a week, I still enjoy the rich and hearty flavor of meat. I use tempeh here, a fermented soy product that is high in protein and has a savory, nutty, earthy flavor. Its taste and texture work well in dishes that usually feature ground beef, making these tempeh sloppy joes a dinner winner. —Trisha Kruse, Eagle, Idaho

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Runner-Up: Green Goddess Vegan Potato Salad

Runner-Up: Green Goddess Vegan Potato Salad

Don’t be fooled by the green color—this vegan potato salad is absolutely delicious! It’s perfect for potlucks and for those with dietary restrictions. —Laura Wilhelm, West Hollywood, California

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Runner-Up: Tofu Stir-Fry with Brussels Sprouts

I love cooking with Brussels sprouts. This tofu stir-fry recipe is the perfect quick and healthy weeknight meal. Make a scrumptious hoagie by stuffing toasted rolls with this tasty mixture. —Joseph Sciascia, San Mateo, California

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Runner-Up: Buffalo Tofu Wrap

My family loves the tofu filling in this wrap! For parties, we often serve it as a dip with tortilla chips or pita bread. My husband requests this often, and it’s super easy to double the recipe if needed. —Deanna Wolfe, Muskegon, Michigan

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Most Innovative: Easy Almond Joy Chia Pudding

Most Innovative: Easy Almond Joy Chia Pudding

I enjoy making this coconut milk chia pudding recipe because it’s easy and I can find all of the ingredients at my local market. There is no baking required, and it’s served in individual jars for guests. For more flavor, add shredded coconut. —Ashley Altan, Hanover, Maryland

Caroline Stanko
As an Associate Digital Editor, Caroline writes and edits all things food-related and helps produce videos for Taste of Home. When she’s not at her desk, you can probably find Caroline cooking up a feast, planning her next trip abroad or daydreaming about her golden retriever, Mac.

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