Ring in the Chinese New Year with these 7 Meatless Recipes

February 4th, 2019


Happy Year of the Pig to everyone who celebrates the Chinese New Year around the world. We invite you to include Meatless Monday dishes in your celebratory feast and wish you good fortune and great prosperity for the coming year.

According to myth, the Jade Emperor called a meeting of all the animals in the zodiac. On the way, the pig stopped to eat but then fell asleep– that’s why the pig is the last sign in the 12-year cycle. A Pig Year is considered favorable and brings good luck and wealth.

This vibrant annual celebration takes place not only in Mainland China and South East Asia, but also in areas with significant Chinese populations such as the U.S., the U.K., and Australia.

In addition to setting off firecrackers and honoring your ancestors, eating is a big part of the celebrations. Historically eaten by Chinese royalty, wonton soup is a perfect hot starter. Dumplings are a favorite and can be easily made with vegetables. A pretty jicama-stuffed bao surrounded by steamy dough is the perfect New Year’s treat. And for dessert, “good fortune fruit” can be served, such as oranges and tangerines.

Celebrate the Year of the Pig with a Meatless Monday feast!

Homemade Dumplings/Potstickers

This recipe, including ‘how to’ video, comes to us from Madeline Lu. Check out her food and travel blog for culinary and wanderlust inspiration.


Vegetable Congee

This recipe comes to us from Tina Jui of The Worktop. Find the original Vegetable Congee Recipe and additional photos on The Worktop.


Wonton Soup

This recipe comes from Ashley at Eat Figs, Not Pigs. Check out her blog for more delicious recipes.


Jicama Bao

This recipe comes to us from WoonHengFollow her on Instagram for more great plant-based recipes.


Pan-Fried Vegetarian Dumplings/Potstickers

Try this incredible two-tone veggie dumpling recipe from Red House Spice. Her blog is a great resource for dumpling making techniques and tips.


Fried Brown Rice with Vegetables

This recipe was developed by Alexandra Shytsman of The New Baguette and is featured in her free Weeknight Cooking E-book.


Easy Veggie Lo Mein

This recipe comes to us from Karen of The Tasty Bite.


Meatless Monday is a global movement, followed by millions, with a simple message: one day a week, cut out meat for personal health and the health of the planet. To find out more, look for us on FacebookTwitterPinterest, or Instagram!