Winter is a time for wearing millions of layers, watching films and eating a lot of food. Throughout the winter months, we often crave hearty, warm and indulgent meals which are commonly (but wrongly) misconceived as being reserved for non-vegans only. Rest assured that there are many wonderful winter warmers from veganised ‘favourites’ to delicious plant-based creations.
Here are some of our favourite vegan comfort foods for winter:
It’s easy to get tired of porridge over the colder months yet we must always remember that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Here are some simple recipes for jazzing up your breakfast time and adding some variation to your morning:
Sweet Potato Breakfast Bowls from Peanut Butter Runner
Sweet potatoes are a great substitute to porridge and have a wide range of nutritional benefits. Customise them as you please with berries, tahini, nut butter, granola, coconut or cacao nibs! You can also do a bulk cook and use them throughout the week – making them a really simple breakfast option! Check this page out for some sweet potato inspo!
Warm Smoothies from Running With Spoons
If you’re a smoothie person, you don’t have to worry about putting you
r blender away for the upcoming months, utilise warm smoothies instead! They’re slightly more time consuming but a perfect start to the day. We’re particularly excited by this hot chocolate breakfast smoothie!
Cinnamon Rolls from the Minimalist Baker
Cinnamon rolls are a great treat whether at breakfast, lunch or just as a lovely snack – treat yourselves to a gorgeous, cinnamon roll this winter with this easy-to-make recipe. If you don’t fancy making them from scratch you can also use the Jus-Rol option that is super simple and sooo good.
These lunch-time recipes may be a tad more filling than your typical summer lunch, but in the colder months when you just want to be wrapped in a blanket, they’ll come as a great mid-day treat:
Hearty Vegetable Soup from Genius Kitchen
Why is it exactly that hearty is the best way to describe a vegetable soup? The best thing about vegetable soup is that it’s so versatile, you can add almost anything to it. It’s also a great way to reduce waste by throwing any veggies you’ve got into it before they go bad. If you’re looking for something with a bit more substance, go for a chunky vegetable soup or try adding chickpeas or pearl barley. Or you can browse this collection of recipes.
Burrito Bowl from Oh She Glows
This is a simple yet nutritious and satisfying lunch option; it’s also a versatile option so you can add and remove ingredients as you please. Build your burrito bowl to your liking and enjoy! Here is a recipe if you want some ideas!
Jacket Potatoes with chickpea ‘tuna’ from Hot For Food
A classic lunch option is the dependable jacket potato; warm, comforting and carb heavy. You can’t go wrong! Top with vegan butter, beans and nooch, a chickpea tuna alternative or the chilli you’ve made for your quinoa bowl.
“Sausage Rolls” from the Great British Chefs
If you want a slightly lighter lunch, you can always opt for a vegan sausage roll. Grab some of Linda’s finest from most major supermarkets or experiment making your own. If you’re Brighton based, head to the Cornish Pasty Shop on Gardner Street – best sausage rolls ever.
My favourite time of any day…dinner. Here are 4 recipes that are simple to make, delicious and wholesome so that you can get home and get cosy with a great meal:
“Chicken” Stew from Brand New Vegan
This stew is perfect for the winter months, particularly if you’re feeling under the weather. I made a batch somewhat similar to a vegetable soup a few weeks back with Quorn fillets, it was fantastic and really comforting. If you don’t feel confident enough to wing it, here is a great recipe to follow.
Mac and Cheese by Vegan Yumminess
Naturally, when talking about comfort food, we must have pasta. And that pasta must be covered in cheese. There are a million ways to make a vegan mac and cheese, my personal favourite is this recipe using potatoes and carrots for a rich flavour.
Ramen from The Edgy Veg
If you’re low on free-time and need to make something fast, you can create a simple ramen dish using only a few ingredients – the essentials are instant noodles, crispy tofu and vegetables of your choice. Simply throw them all in a pan and you’ll have a flavoursome, warming dish in under ten minutes! We love this one from the Edgy Veg.
Sausages and Mash from Veganuary
A winter classic, grab your favourite vegan sausages, mash potatoes with a lot of vegan butter and add any veggies you’d like. Then cover everything in gravy! This is an incredibly simple recipe that’s filling, delicious and homely.
No day is complete without a lovely dessert and there are so many variations of vegan desserts that you can make. Treat yourself to a warm and luxurious pud at the end of a long winter’s day (or at 11am, who cares!)
Sticky Toffee Pudding from It Doesn’t Taste Like Chicken
We’ve found it rather tricky to find a vegan alternative of sticky toffee pudding in UK supermarkets – so please let us know if you know of any! There are still some great recipes online that help us manage our sugar fix! Check out this Ultimate Sticky Toffee Pudding.
Pumpkin Pie from It Doesn’t Taste Like Chicken
Autumn may have gone but pumpkin is forever – especially in the form of pie! If you fancy a relaxing afternoon baking, give this recipe a try and indulge in the beauty that is a pumpkin pie!
Tiffin from Tinned Tomatoes
Tiffin is the perfect mixture of everything that is good in the world – chocolate, biscuits and raisins! If you want something that tastes super indulgent and feels really fancy (but is actually really easy) give this Oreo Tiffin a go. It’s divine!
Vegan really doesn’t have to be synonymous with restrictive or difficult, you have so many plant-based options that there is no reason to miss out on anything you love. I hope that this has been a great insight if you’re thinking about trying out veganism, or a fantastic hub of recipes for any current vegans out there!
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