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10 Vegan Comfort Food Recipes for Winter

10 Vegan Comfort Food Recipes for Winter

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!

1. Spicy Kale Soup with Pepitas

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!

2. Butternut Squash Soup with Pan-Fried Collards

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.

3. Vegan Mac and Cheese

“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.

4. Peanut Baked Tofu

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.

5. Shepherd’s Pie

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.

6. Creamy Mushroom Spaghetti Squash

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.

7. Coconut Orange Bread Pudding

I couldn’t compile a list of comfort foods without including a dessert, and this bread pudding pulls out all of the stops.

8. Autumn’s Best Acorn Squash

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.

9. Puffy Nachos with Spicy Black Beans

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!

10. Velvety Cauliflower Soup

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!

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Becky Striepe

Becky Striepe is a freelance writer and vegan crafter living in Atlanta, Georgia. Her life’s mission is to make green crafting and vegan food accessible to everyone! Like this article? You can follow Becky on Twitter or find her on Facebook!


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11:50AM PST on Jan 9, 2014

Thanks for sharing. Can't wait to show my daughter the mac n cheese recipe :)

10:04AM PST on Jan 2, 2014

Thank you sharing!

3:34PM PST on Dec 24, 2013


9:46PM PST on Dec 18, 2013

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11:40AM PST on Dec 16, 2013

Thank you.
I plan to change my diet to vegan,at least for some days every week.
In Berlin the vegan trend is in.
For the love of animals.

10:45PM PST on Dec 15, 2013

It has taken time, but, I'm learning.

7:51PM PST on Dec 14, 2013

looks so good !!!

12:59AM PST on Dec 14, 2013

Thank you very much for sharing.

3:37PM PST on Dec 13, 2013

had my breakfast, had my lunch, had my dinner... I read this and now I'm hungry again, they all sound delicous!!!

4:39AM PST on Dec 13, 2013

Fantastic thank you for sharing.

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