While I may not be vegan, as a vegetarian, I do get serious FOMO when everybody around me is obsessed with their burger, wings, or steak... and I'm stuck with a salad. While the vegetarian diet is full of exciting and tasty recipes, there are some classic meaty dishes I can't help but feel like I'm missing out on.

Co-founder of The Edgy Veg Candice Hutchings saves the day because she's all about re-branding the vegan image. With her new cookbook, The Edgy Veg: 138 Carnivore-Approved Vegan Recipes, she challenges the notion that vegan recipes have to be boring and flavorless, and instead gives readers healthy, meat-free, and most importantly, exciting and tasty twists on comfort food of all kinds. Check out these recipes for a taste of Candice's plant-based favorites.

Vegan Bacon

Vegans, you can finally bring home the bacon. Check out this creative bacon recipe made of rice paper. Don’t be surprised when your non-vegan friends start stealing from your plate, because even meat lovers won't be able to resist the smoky, salty, and sweet flavor.

Vegan Cheese Fondue

Whatever happened to cheese fondue? Well, we’re bringing it back, and this version is way healthier, way easier to make than ever before, and it has a vegan stamp of approval. With potato, cashews, and rice, you get the same creamy consistency minus the dairy.

Cauliflower Wings

Buffalo and ranch are fighting PB&J for the title of the perfect match. This “wings” recipe, made with cauliflower and marinated with a winning combo of spices, proves why this pairing works, even with meat- and dairy-free alternatives.

Vegan Pumpkin Chili

Whether you’re at a tailgate, cookout, or potluck party, chili is coming to a Crock-Pot near you. Made with pumpkin (cause we can’t get enough), black beans, kidney beans, and tomatoes, this recipe is great for a healthier, lighter chili that still serves up the spice.

copycat KFC

You can’t get more classic than KFC, and with this copycat recipe, even vegans can understand the hype. The recipe recreates each part of KFC’s noteworthy recipe, from the breading to the seasoning and the can’t-live-without Nashville hot sauce. You might want to have a drink on hand cause this recipe turns up the heat.

peanut butter french toast

What could be better than a grilled peanut butter and jelly sandwich/French toast? What if I told you it was 100-percent vegan, made with all healthy ingredients like almond milk, coconut sugar, and silken tofu, and ready in less than 20 minutes? #brunchgoals

copycat chick-fil-a

Another fast food transformation is underway with this copycat Chick-fil-A recipe. With an all-natural chicken substitute made from wheat gluten, vegetable broth, and tahini, this recipe puts a healthy and vegan twist on the popular sandwich.

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