For many, Australia Day means cooking up a celebratory storm and serving up traditional lamb-based dishes. However, if you want the lamb taste without the actual animal, there are many cruelty-free, lamb-friendly recipes you could try. So, fire up the oven, put on an apron, and get creative in the kitchen with these seven tasty vegan lamb recipes.

7 Lamb-Friendly Vegan Australia Day Recipes

1. Vegan ‘Lamb’ Curry

Perfect with a healthy side salad and some roast potatoes, or served over a bed of steamed rice, this hearty curry is a wonderful replacement for lamb korma or spicy lamb vindaloo. Whether it is slow-cooked or quickly whipped up, this recipe is versatile and forgiving. Also, leftovers (if you have any) freeze well for re-heatable, lazy day meals. According to the recipe creator, this dish is “easy [and] yummy [and] comes together fast.”

You can find the recipe here.

2. Vegan Roast ‘Lamb’ With Pomegranate Molasses

This easy to follow video shows you how to make a vegan roast lamb. Served hot or cold, and finished with a sweet drizzle of pomegranate molasses, this dish is unlikely to last long once it’s put on the table.

You can find the recipe here.

3. Seitan ‘Lamb’ Cutlets

Seitan used in place of meat gives this recipe a similar taste and texture to lamb cutlets, you could serve it as an entree with gravy, or pop it between a bun to make a vegan lamb-style burger.

You can find the recipe here.

4. Meaty Plant-Based ‘Lamb’ Burger

According to the recipe creators, “all you need to know is that this burger is meat eater tested and totally approved.” Next time you’re trawling the supermarket for burger buns and fillings, try picking up the ingredients for this plant-based lamb burger too.

You can find the recipe here.

5. ‘Lamb’ Stew

Instead of using lamb meat, this recipe calls for soy nuggets or TVP chunks that are browned first, to make them chewier and mimic the texture of meat. Just like a lamb stew, this meal is packed with protein, and is also a powerhouse of comforting flavor! The recipe creator says, “[This dish is] hearty, delicious, and will please even an omnivore.”

You can find the recipe here.

6. Vegan ‘Rack of Lamb’

This recipe proves that pretty much anything can be veganized. According to its creator, this rack of lamb “actually looks and tastes like the real thing” thanks to the blend of spices used to flavor it. To make the “bones,” this recipe uses leeks, but you could use anything you like to give it a really authentic look that could fool any meat-eater.

Get the recipe here.

7. Vegan Gyros with Tzatziki

Vegan Gyros – traditionally made with lamb, but also with pork, beef, or chicken – is an easy to make and easy to eat treat to serve your guests if you’re hosting an Australia Day party. Just like the real thing, this recipe has a distinctly meaty texture and taste thanks to the smokey portobello mushrooms.

Get the recipe here.

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