Get out scarfs, dig out the big socks; whether we like it or not Britain’s winter season has reared its ugly head, and it’s here to stay! The only good thing about the cold and wet, however, is the guilt-free opportunity to enjoy the comfort food we crave. For those of us who are vegan, we know that cooking up those traditional winter warmers we’ve come to know as synonymous with bad weather means becoming a little bit more inventive. That’s why this month we’ve turned our attention to outlining some of the most comforting vegan winter warmers we have in our recipe roster.
6 Comforting Vegan Winter WarmersPosted · 5th November 2018
1. Vegan Pumpkin Risotto
Risotto is such a hearty dish, that is always packed with flavour. It’s the perfect dish for vegans to be able to enjoy while still getting they’re comfort food fix. Our pumpkin risotto with vegan sausages is delicious chunks of pumpkin nestled amongst tender risotto rice, teamed up with our lightly spiced vegan wholefood sausages and infused with rosemary and thyme. A real autumnal treat!
2. Vegan tofu & root vegetable soup
Soup is such a winter staple that it couldn’t not make our top list of comforting vegetarian and vegan winter warmers. But did you know that vegans can enjoy a delicious soup with a creamy and thick texture without adding cream? All you need to do is add tofu to your soup recipes and you’ve got yourself a warm, satisfying (not to mention tasty) winter soup. This recipe only takes ten minutes to prep and 30 to cook, so it’s perfect to cook in bulk for lunches throughout the cold periods.
3. Vegan Italian Sausage Stew
Mediterranean flavours aren’t just for summer, their rich ingredients often lend themselves very well to food that is comforting. Our vegan stew packs a punch with our Cauldron vegan sausages, black olives, cherry tomatoes, roasted peppers and basil. Another easy recipe, this just takes 20 minutes to cook and is bound to turn even the olive-hater into a convert!
4. Vegan tofu Saag Jalfrezi
A curry was always going to make it onto our list of comforting foods! This tofu saag jalfrezi is the perfect example of a winter warmer and, what’s even better, is that it’s ideal for vegans. The tofu has a zesty citrus marinade and is chargrilled alongside a hot and delicious jalfrezi sauce. If you’re after more curries for winter warmers, why not check out our Ultimate Vegetarian & Vegan Curry Guide?
5. Vegan Mexican Celebration Peppers
You know from the name ‘Mexican celebration peppers’ that this is a dish that doesn’t skimp on the good stuff! A take on the Mexican national dish, Chiles en Nogada (which usually consists of poblano chillies filled with picadillo, a mixture of shredded meant, fruits and spices) this recipe is perfect for vegans as it uses marinated tofu and a host of other ingredients.
6. Vegan Smoked Tofu Paella
Paella is originally a dish from Valencia with ancient roots, and is widely considered to be the national dish of Spain. As the traditional paella recipe normally consists of meat and/or seafood, our recipe is perhaps better named “arroz con cosas” (rice with things) as it doesn’t contain any of these things and is perfect for vegans! Instead we’ve packed it with flavour that still holds onto the authentic Spanish taste.