5 Vegetarian Small Plates That Will Make You Join the Meatless Movement

The popularity of meatless dishes is soaring as conscious foodies incorporate more plant-based recipes into their diets. Many restaurants offer a variety of dishes to cater to this growing demand. Stay on-trend from the comfort of your own kitchen with these vegetarian small plate recipes, perfect for hosting a unique and tasty dinner with friends. 


#1. Almond Crusted Tofu Bites with Lemon Ginger Dip 

Do your meat-loving friends have strong opinions on tofu? This recipe may be the perfect way to change their minds. Every bite of this dish is packed with flavor, plus it’s high in protein. A hint of sweetness from Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Sugar adds depth to the nuttiness of this savory meal. Eat the bites by themselves or as a fun substitute for croutons on a salad.  

almond crusted tofu bites and lemon ginger dip


#2. Sauteed French Beans with Vanilla Spiced Truffle Oil

For the crunch and taste of green beans with an elegant spin, make these Sauteed French Beans with Vanilla Spiced Truffle Oil. Although the flavors of this dish are complex, making it takes only 15 minutes. French beans have a natural, understated sweetness that pairs well with Organic Fairtrade Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Extract. Shallots and truffle oil provide a savory counterpart, resulting in a full-bodied, nuanced dish. 

Sauteed French Beans


#3.  Fragrant Toasted Almond Pilaf

This recipe combines simple flavors in complex ways, resulting in a dish that tastes as vibrant and colorful as it looks. Every individual element adds to the dish, and they are all married together by the soft nuttiness of Pure Almond Extract, subtle but present throughout. For an eye-catching presentation, top with lines of colorful garnish. 

Fragrant Toasted Almond Pilaf


#4. Creamy Vegan Lemon Asparagus Soup

If your dedication to plant-based eating goes beyond the occasional vegetarian dinner or Meatless Monday kick, make Creamy Vegan Lemon Asparagus Soup. Although soup is typically thought of as a cold-weather dish, this one is bursting with warm-weather flavors, like asparagus and Pure Lemon Extract. If you’re preparing for a party, you can make the barley up to three days in advance or cook it more quickly in a pressure cooker.  

Creamy Vegan Lemon Asparagus Soup


#5. Parmesan Zucchini Crisps

Instead of bread or chips, put out a bowl of Parmesan Zucchini Crisps. These baked snacks are simple to make, and you won’t feel guilty about reaching for more. Seasonings in the coating include nutmeg, garlic powder and Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Powder, creating a crispy and delectable snack. 

zucchini chips


For any home chefs interested in participating in the plant-based push, share your favorite small plates and appetizers with us using the hashtag #NielsenMasseyInspires. We love hearing your ideas. 

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