When temperatures drop, do you crave comfort food like I do? You might not think “comfort” when you think of vegan recipes, but it’s actually pretty easy to make vegan comfort food!
Sure, you can eat a lot of healthy salads and veggie-packed food when you’re eating vegan, but a plant-based diet doesn’t have to be all healthy all the time. These recipes are proof that you don’t have to resort to animal products to satisfy your comfort food cravings!
Soup is total comfort food for me, and there are a few soup recipes on this list. I know I just said that vegan food doesn’t have to be healthy, but this cozy soup recipe is comfort food that’s actually good for you!
OK, so I’m not making a great case here so far for unhealthy vegan food, but I promise that not every recipe on this list is healthy. This creamy soup is packed with greens and gets its richness from pureed squash rather than from milk or cream.
“Wait!” you say, “cheese is not vegan!” It’s true. This tried-and-true recipe gets a cheesy flavor from a vegan staple ingredient: nutritional yeast. This is a recipe that my friend Leuwam – who is not vegan – used to make frequently for pot lucks. When she moved away I asked her for the recipe, because my husband and I missed it so much.
This recipe’s rich peanut sauce sticks to your ribs! You can up the comfort food power by serving it up with mashed potatoes instead of the sauteed greens that the recipe suggests.
Is there anything more comforting than mashed potatoes? Vegan shepherd’s pie is easy to make and reheats beautifully, so you can make a double batch and eat it all week, if you’re stretched for time.
Top light strands of spaghetti squash with a rich alfredo-style sauce. The secret ingredient in this decadent recipe is raw cashews! Trust me, you won’t miss the cream.
I couldn’t compile a list of comfort foods without including a dessert, and this bread pudding pulls out all of the stops.
There’s something special about roasted squash in the winter, isn’t there? This recipe uses kamut in the stuffing, but you can substitute brown rice, if you can’t find this ancient grain at your grocery store.
A plate of nachos is one of my favorite comfort foods, and this recipe from Cadry’s Kitchen is phenomenal. She’s actually recreating a comfort food recipe from her past, so you know that this dish is decadent!
I know – more soup? What can I say? On a chilly evening, sometimes all I want is a big bowl of creamy soup and a big piece of French bread to dip in it. Andrea’s simple soup is creamy without any butter, cheese, or cream.
Do you have a favorite vegan comfort food recipe? I’d love to hear what it is in the comments!