If you are trying to eat plant based for the new year, a tofu scramble is a great alternative to eggs! It is still packed with protein, but contains no cholesterol unlike eggs. This is really easy to make, and although this one is flavored with southwest veggies, feel free to switch the veggies up according to what you have on hand or prefer!
If you are looking for a vegan main dish for Thanksgiving, this loaf would be a great option! I love plant based loaves filled with flavorful ingredients, especially when covered in a delicious gravy! This one has a mushroom gravy and it is perfect served with a side of mashed potatoes or sweet potatoes!
I love lasagna, it is classic comfort food and the type of thing I am craving this time of the year. But it is a bit more work to make with other pastas with the layering and all, and having to carefully cook the sheets of noodles. So, I make lasagna casserole instead! It still has all of the delicious things I love about lasagna, but is less work to make. This version is vegan and gluten free as well, but it tastes just as comforting and delicious as classic lasagna!
It is the time of the year when I crave warming comfort food in the form of a creamy soup. Creamy soups don’t have to be unhealthy. I swap the usual cream out for coconut milk in mine, and use a cornstarch slurry instead of a butter roux to thicken them. They taste just as rich and delicious, but you still feel good after enjoying them. This one features one of my favorite fall things, butternut squash, along with flavorful leeks and white beans for protein. It is a full balanced comfort food meal all in one bowl!
I really enjoyed goulash growing up, so I decided to create a healthier plant based version. I make this often, because it is so hearty and delicious but also healthy thanks to the protein and fiber in the lentils. I like to use gluten free pasta made of chickpeas as well, so that adds fiber and protein too!
I am craving hearty dishes this time of the year but I still want them to he healthy for me, so I like to make things like these stuffed sweet potatoes! This time I stuffed them with a spicy chickpea curry that reminds me of one that I like to order at a local Indian restaurant, it is so good! This dish contains fiber, protein and is all veggies so you can feel good about eating it!
Enchiladas are the perfect warming comfort food for when the weather cools off! These ones happen to be vegan, and they are healthier than most thanks to the butternut squash and black beans in the filling and the whole grain tortillas used instead of bleached ones. These are packed with protein and fiber but it still has the gooey cheese and delicious flavor of regular enchiladas despite being plant based!
Chili is one of my favorite things this time of the year! It is hearty, easy to make and I just make a batch and get several meals out of it! This Sweet Potato Lentil Chili is flavorful and delicious plus really healthy! It is packed with fiber and protein thanks to the sweet potatoes and lentils so you can feel good about eating it!
When the weather starts to get cooler, I love roasting vegetables to enjoy them warm instead of just cold in a salad. This Turmeric Roasted Cauliflower and Chickpeas is easy to make, healthy and so good! It is packed with fiber, nutrients, and contains anti inflammatory benefits thanks to the turmeric! This makes a nice side dish alongside something with protein, or it could even be a lighter main dish if you wanted to make it two servings, since the chickpeas have protein.
As the weather is cooling down and we are getting into warm comfort food season I am craving things like stuffed squash. A lot of times I will stuff it with things like rice or apples, but in this recipe I stuffed it with Italian flavored lentils (that remind me of the meat ragout I used to eat growing up without the meat), then topped it off with some vegan mozzarella for a delicious hearty dish. This is packed with fiber and protein so it will fill you up but won’t weigh you down. This is perfect for a chilly Fall or Winter night!