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10 Flavorful Flexitarian Recipes You’ll Love


Flexitarian cooking isn’t about cutting things out. Instead, it focuses on reducing your intake of animal products and bringing in more plant-based foods. What’s more, it’s a great opportunity to try new, exciting dishes through flexitarian recipes!

Following a flexitarian diet means you prioritize plant-based cuisine but occasionally eat meat or other animal products. These 10 mouthwatering recipes can help you do just that while fully embracing the foods you love.

1. Creamy Gluten-Free Mushroom Pasta With Thyme and Garlic

When you need a comforting flexitarian recipe, this gluten-free rigatoni pasta dish will surpass your expectations. It has a creamy, rich texture thanks to Pacific Foods Organic Cream of Mushroom Condensed Soup and Pacific Foods Organic Mushroom Broth.

The combination of button mushrooms, garlic, lemon juice and fresh herbs creates a bright, refreshing flavor that’s perfect for chilly nights. Try making this for your loved ones or enjoy the leftovers during lunch all week long.

View the full recipe: Creamy Gluten-Free Mushroom Pasta with Thyme and Garlic

2. Red Pepper and Tomato Baked Gnocchi

Gnocchi (pronounced NYOW-KEE) is a classic Italian pasta dish, typically crafted from potatoes, flour and eggs. Our flexitarian spin on gnocchi embraces the festive spirit of Italian food with the addition of a range of vibrant flavors. Plus, it only takes half an hour to whip up!

Simply heat up Pacific Foods Organic Creamy Roasted Red Pepper & Tomato Soup before adding your potato gnocchi, basil and kale. Top it off with your favorite cheese, such as mozzarella or parmesan, and broil for a few minutes. If you enjoy a little spice, try adding a few shakes of red pepper flakes!

View the full recipe: Red Pepper and Tomato Baked Gnocchi

3. Easy Grilled Shrimp and Veggie Bowl

If you love seafood, this flexitarian recipe is meant for you. It includes delicious grilled shrimp and a medley of colorful veggies, including zucchini, bell peppers and red onion.

The secret to this recipe lies in the marinade. Just combine Pacific Foods Organic Chicken Bone Broth, lemon juice, olive oil and earthy spices. Every ingredient perfectly complements the others and makes this dish burst with flavor.

View the full recipe: Easy Grilled Shrimp and Veggie Bowl

4. Braised Mushrooms With Polenta

This rich, savory dish is perfect as a flexitarian main course. Pacific Foods Organic Low Sodium Vegetable Broth, creamy polenta, herbs and cooked mushrooms come together to create a heavenly aroma. When you’re feeling ravenous and craving a hearty meal, this is definitely a recipe to try.

View the full recipe: Braised Mushrooms with Polenta

5. Vegan Sun Dried Tomato Cream Pasta

If you’re looking for something warm and hearty, this pasta is it. Made with delicious sun dried tomatoes, it’s a tomato-lovers dream. Plus, the addition of Pacific Foods Hemp Unsweetened Original Beverage results in a perfectly creamy pasta without the milk.

View the full recipe: Vegan Sun Dried Tomato Cream Pasta

6. Udon Noodle Soup With Baby Bok Choy

This feel-good soup has a dazzling display of veggies to entice even the pickiest eaters. Baby bok choy, cremini mushrooms and carrots add color and subtle flavor. Pacific Foods Organic Chicken Bone Broth, ginger, onion, soy sauce and spicy sesame oil deliver maximum flavor.

View the full recipe: Udon Noodle Soup with Baby Bok Choy

7. 15-Minute Spicy Red Miso Ramen

This delicious flexitarian recipe takes only 15 minutes to prepare, making it great for hectic nights or a quick lunch. All you need is a few simple ingredients, including Pacific Food Organic Low Sodium Chicken Broth, ramen noodles, eggs and portobello mushrooms. Scallions and spinach unite to create another layer of refreshing flavor.

View the full recipe: 15-Minute Spicy Red Miso Ramen

8. Vegan Instant Pot® Jackfruit Tacos

Try a flexitarian taco night and let your Instant Pot® do most of the work for you. This recipe uses jackfruit, which has a meaty texture much like pulled pork. When it’s green, it has a neutral flavor, which means you can season it to savory perfection.

Tropical fruits like diced mango and pineapple balance the spicy jalapenos and sriracha hot chili sauce in this recipe. The mingling of sweet and spicy makes this dish feel vivacious and fresh—a surefire crowd-pleaser.

View the full recipe: Vegan Instant Pot® Jackfruit Tacos

9. Easy Shrimp and Vegetable Paella

If you’ve ever wanted to try your culinary hand at paella, this flexitarian version makes it easy. The combination of browned shrimp, peas, bell peppers and white rice creates a light, elegant meal that’s super satisfying.

Besides an easy prep, you’ll also enjoy an easy cleanup. Everything from the shrimp to the rice is cooked in a single saucepan, which means less time washing dishes.

View the full recipe: Easy Shrimp and Vegetable Paella

10. Baked Pumpkin Goat Cheese Risotto

Creamy, warming and slightly sweet, this flexitarian recipe is an absolute showstopper. Cranberries, pumpkin, shallots, garlic and red pepper flakes pack a powerful punch of complementary flavors in one beautiful bowl. You could easily pair this luscious dish with a side salad or grilled sandwich.

View the full recipe: Baked Pumpkin Goat Cheese Risotto

Enjoy Wholesome Flexitarian Cuisine Right in Your Kitchen

As you start your flexitarian journey, remember the most important thing is to find recipes you love. At Pacific Foods, we support your lifestyle with recipes that are delicious, accessible and a joy to cook. Explore more recipes or shop our products so you can create a perfect meal that tastes like home.