We rely heavily on our meals as a source of comfort. (Anyone who's had double fudge brownies can attest to their healing powers.) And whether you've been plant-based for years or are just looking for a tasty way to use up all those veggies in your fridge, we've got you covered. Here, 30 vegan comfort food recipes that feel like a much-needed hug.
30 Vegan Comfort Food Recipes That Feel Like a Big Hug
1. Tofu Stir-fry With Peanut Sauce
Tofu soaks this garlic, soy and ginger-infused peanut sauce right up. Toss in whatever veggies you have on hand and you'll have dinner on the table in 30 minutes.
2. Vegan Buttermilk Biscuits & Country Gravy
Cashew milk? In country gravy? These warm, fall-apart biscuits pull it off deliciously.
3. One Pot Vegan Mushroom Stroganoff
No need to cook the pasta separately. Just throw all nine ingredients into a pot to bring this hearty mushroom dish to life.
4. Vegan Ramen With Miso Shiitake Broth
This simmering broth derives its deep umami flavor from kombu, a mineral-rich Japanese sea kelp. Slurping is encouraged.
5. Easy Vegan Scalloped Potatoes
Sautéed garlic, veggie broth, nutritional yeast and almond milk give this sauce its rich, cheesy flavor. (Plus, a generous helping of vegan Parm.)
6. Vegan Triple Chocolate Mousse Cake
Craving chocolate? We've got you (triple) covered. This no-bake dessert lasts in the fridge for up to five days, but we'd happily polish it off within the hour.
7. Easy Vegan Poutine
Crispy fries are smothered in a savory mushroom-based gravy in this Canadian classic.
8. Creamy Vegan Skillet Lasagna
Whoa, lasagna tastes just as indulgent when you stick it on the stovetop. Coterie member Gena Hamshaw brings this dreamy skillet dinner together in just half an hour.
9. Vegan Swedish Meatballs
This coconut-based sauce is delightfully creamy—with no dairy in sight. Pour these protein-packed gems over rice, pasta or savor them all on their own.
10. Coconut Cinnamon Buns
Sticky, sweet and golden brown, these babies prove that dessert-for-breakfast is the only breakfast worth having.
11. Vegan Chili Cheese Dogs
Cashew queso, vegan chili and fiery jalapeños team up in this hearty fan favorite. (And everything’s better on a pretzel bun.)
12. Sweet Potato Chickpea Coconut Curry
Sweet potatoes are at the heart of this flavor-packed stew, but feel free to incorporate any other veggies you have hanging out in the fridge.
13. Spicy Falafel And Roasted Veggie Naan-wich
Packed with avocados, parsley, garlic, and jalapeños, you'll want to drizzle this spicy green sauce over everything. (And there's nothing stopping you.)
14. Vegan Salted Caramel & Chocolate Swirl Popsicles
A pinch of flaky salt takes these frozen treats to the next level. Let these chocolaty pops become a permanent fixture in your freezer.
15. Vegan Chili
Warming spices, chipotle peppers and dark beer bring a robust flavor to this plant-based chili. Cook up a big batch and get cozy.
16. Immune-boosting Turmeric Golden Milk Daal
Superfoods like ginger, garlic and turmeric star in this nourishing red lentil dish. Hot tip: Add the minced garlic after the daal is done cooking to reap all the clove's health benefits.
18. Creamy Vegan Lentil And Roasted Vegetable Bake
Crispy breadcrumbs and toasted pine nuts add texture to this decadent (and surprisingly healthy) casserole.
19. Pulled Jackfruit Tacos
Hosting taco night? Count on sweet, smoky jackfruit to satisfy vegans and meat eaters alike.
20. Vegan Spinach Artichoke Dip
Psst: You don't need a wait for a party to whip up this tangy cheese dip. It happens to pair fantastically with a Tuesday night movie marathon.
21. The Best Vegan Pizza
Welcome, vegan pizza skeptics. This pillowy, plant-based mozzarella just might change your mind.
22. Vegan Tomato Soup
Need a hug in a bowl? (Same.) This recipe gets its creaminess from light coconut milk, and can be all yours in 30 minutes.
23. Instant Pot Gumbo
Swap shrimp and sausage with lentils and veggies in this spicy, Creole-inspired stew. Throw it all in your Instant Pot, then go in for thirds.
24. Samoas Cookies Ice Cream
Arguably the best Girl Scout Cookies (yes, we've argued about it), Samoas inspire this coconut, fudge and caramel-filled treat. Fold in some shortbread pieces for an added crunch.
25. Sweet Curry Corn With Mango Chutney Butter
Corn on the cob just got way more interesting. These flavor-bombs are topped with Mango chutney, vegan butter and curry powder.
26. Vegan Kentucky Fried Chick'n
This Kentucky coating is packed with paprika, oregano, Chile flakes and cayenne. You can fry the tofu-based nuggets in a saucepan, or stick them in the oven until they're golden and crispy.
27. Instant Pot Farro Risotto
White bean puree—complete with miso, lemon zest and nutritional yeast—melts right into the tender farro. Top with tangy cherry tomatoes and *chef's kiss.*
28. Vegan Mega Burritos
Skip the line. Spicy walnut and cauliflower taco meat + vegan queso + loads of guac = your dream burrito made right at home.
29. Vegan Lentil Mushroom Burgers
Thanks to crushed garlic and balsamic vinegar, these bad boys are bursting with flavor. The best part: they won't fall apart the second they hit the pan.
30. Mushroom Paella
Salty and crunchy with some lemony zing—paella is textbook comfort food. And this vegan take is no exception.