Seasonal Appetites: 5 Tasty Vegan Comfort Foods

Words by Jen Sherowski

Are you in the mood to eat? Of course you are. The rain is falling. The cold has snapped. The nights are dark and long. Like bears up on the Klondike, it’s time to forage, feast, then hibernate. If, like me, you also seek the type of sustenance that keeps the produce popping, the cholesterol in check, and furry friends from being turned into cutlets, then you’re in luck—because vegan comfort food exists. It exists, and it’s grand. Here are five decadent, delicious plant-based meals to sate your seasonal appetite and warm the soul with delicious comfort food.

Cauliflower Mac & Cheese

Cashews, Dijon and yellow cauliflower—that magical plant—make the creamy, protein-packed base for this rich, “cheesy” dish. Plus, it’s so good you can feel bold enough to challenge doubters to tell the difference, after they’ve tried it of course. Check out the recipe on Love and Lemons.

Biscuits And Gravy

A hangover favorite and perfect for breakfast, brunch or lunch! Mushroom and walnut gravy sends this recipe into the realms of hyper-meaty. Within a mellow 30 minutes it’s possible to bake the biscuits and cook the gravy, making this an easy go-to when weather’s at its worst. Check out the recipe on the Minimalist Baker.

Pasta With White Bean Alfredo Sauce

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Rich, creamy, garlicky—all the good stuff. This white sauce is also wonderfully satisfying thanks to the filling, fiber-dense white beans that comprise it. Go ahead and add this to some pasta for a hearty meal sure to warm the soul. Check out the recipe on Holy Cow! Vegan Recipes.

Soba Noodle Soup

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If you can’t pop out to the ramen shop, then this life-affirming bowl of broth and buckwheat noodles is second best. There may or not be some truth to ramen soup curing colds but it sure can help beat the winter blues. Check out the recipe on The Kitchn. 

Pumpkin Spice Pancakes

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Fall, in short stack form. Whether you call them pancake, flapjacks or hotcakes, breakfast is made better by them. Cook these up on a cold morning, drizzle with Grade A maple syrup and dig in. Check out the recipe on Hot For Food.


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