As we approach the depths of winter, we're all on the lookout for more warming, comforting meal ideas -- and believe it or not, vegetarian and vegan meals can fit the bill as much as that classic beef stew or chicken pot pie. We've rounded up four of our very favorite tasty, filling vegetarian comfort food recipes for Meatless Monday.
Spaghetti and meatballs get a vegan, gluten-free makeover with these lentil balls, flavored with tomato paste, Italian seasoning, and vegan Parmesan cheese. Up the nutrient factor even more by serving them over carrot noodles or your favorite spiralized veggie, and add a bit of homemade tomato sauce, too: you've got one of our favorite vegetarian comfort food recipes.
Traditional mashed potatoes are a classic comfort food: creamy, warm, and rich. But this sweet potato mash gives tradition a run for its money. Sweet potatoes are seasoned with anti-inflammatory turmeric and lots of antibacterial garlic, perfect for warding off winter colds. With olive oil and vegetable broth taking the place of more traditional butter and cream, this version is also deliciously vegan.
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This roasted veggie enchilada casserole is miles away from the canned soup concoctions you may have grown up with. Filled with fresh vegetables like cauliflower, sweet potato, and spinach and seasoned with spices, salsa, and cilantro, this casserole is a surefire crowd pleaser. We especially love that it uses gluten-free tortillas to make those delicious layers.
Is there any comfort food dish more emblematic than mac and cheese? While it might technically fit the bill for Meatless Monday, this The Best Vegan Mac and Cheese Recipe: Comfort in a Bowl
">vegan recipe is far more environmentally friendly and humane -- and it's super yummy, too. The sauce is concocted from a mix of almond milk, cooked carrots and potatoes, a touch of tomato paste, and every vegan chef's favorite cheesy-tasting secret: nutritional yeast. Some garlic and onion powder liven the dish up, and a bit of arrowroot powder give it that creamy thickness you remember from childhood. Your whole family will gobble it right up.
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