Now that Fall is here, I thought it would be a good time to post 14 Vegan Comfort Foods, which could be more like 25 or 30, but I thought I would keep it short. This is the time that I find myself craving warm, comforting foods on cool nights. Here are some of my favorites:
Tofu and Thai Noodles with Peanut Sauce – This dish can be eaten hot or cold, although I prefer to eat it hot. Sweet red chili sauce adds a sweetness to the peanut sauce, and sriracha adds some spice. Any meal with a peanut sauce is a comfort food in my book.
Bean and Corn Enchiladas – These have been my latest go-to comfort food. Creamy vegan cream cheese adds a richness you don’t get from regular vegan cheese. This dish goes to show that you can whip up an enchilada sauce in no time that tastes as good, if not better than store bought.
Crispy Garlic Tofu Fries with Roasted Red Pepper Tahini Dip – If you are looking for a new way to prepare tofu or know people who say they “hate tofu”, try making them into fries. These fries can be eaten as a side dish or a meal. The red pepper tahini dip is extraordinary!
Loaded Sweet Potato – This is a party in your mouth. This one potato became three meals because it was so filling. The roasted green chiles add a smoky, spicy element to the party.
Creamy Tomato Basil Soup with Spicy Vegan Grilled Cheese – Of course I had to include tomato soup with a vegan grilled cheese, right! The soup is made with roasted tomatoes. The vegan grilled cheese is made with vegan Mozzarella and spicy jalapeño for a fun kick. The combination is heavenly.
Fried Cauliflower Rice with Tofu – This dish has a load of flavor with peas, carrots, cauliflower, tofu, ginger, and garlic. Hoisen sauce and tamari add a sweet and salty flavor. I knew from the moment that I tasted it, it would be a go-to comfort food. You won’t even miss the rice, I promise!
Caramelized Onion and Spinach Vegan Quesadilla – Anything with caramelized onion is comforting to me. It adds a rich, sweet flavor that tastes great on so many dishes. I have been using it a lot lately: in pasta, on veggie burgers, in an onion dip.
Vegan Chilaquiles with Spinach and Tofutti Cream Cheese – This Mexican inspired dish is made with corn tortillas. I have heard it called “destroyed enchiladas” here in Tucson, because it is basically enchiladas in a different form – same taste, easier to make.
Green Curry with Tofu and Vegetables – If I didn’t have a blog, I would make curry all the time. It is one of those meals I never get sick of. It is like being hugged by a warm blanket. I especially love it in the winter months when my throat hurts. It soothes my throat every time.
Tofu Frittata – This frittata is slightly spicy. Of course, you can tone it down to your spice level. This is perfect for brunch or breakfast. Although, I eat it anytime of the day. It tastes great with a dollop of vegan sour cream.
African Peanut Stew – Just like my love for peanut sauce, I have a love for this peanut stew. Approved by meat eaters, this is truly addicting. It is rich, satisfying, and comforting. It is a meal all on its own.
Tofutti Cream Cheese Puffs – These rich vegan cream cheese puffs are super easy to throw together, and with only two ingredients, there is no excuse not to. I was inspired to make these because I remembered loving cream cheese puffs at Chinese Restaurants. For those of you who are gluten free, like me, these are a great alternative to the wheat based wrappers.
Mashed Cauliflower – I can eat a whole head of cauliflower just by making it into mashed cauliflower. Add salt and pepper, some Earth Balance or some vegan sour cream, and have at it.
Tofu Scramble and Black Bean Breakfast Burrito – Even though this is called a breakfast burrito, I love it anytime of the day. Tofu scramble is one of those dishes you can make however you want. By changing the vegetables and spices each time, you will never get bored of it.