The fall conjures for me nature in transition, puffy grey clouds, and the start of cold weather, and of course the warmth and comfort of fall-inspired dishes. The veggies become hardier and the broths more spicy — just what we need to forget about the coming winter!
The good news is that you can have all your fall favorites on a plant-based diet and here we preview just a few of the incredibly delicious recipes to find comfort in this fall.
It’s that magical time of the year when we discover new shades of red and some of our favorite fruit and veggies are available in abundance— pumpkins, squashes, apples, pears, beans, just to name a few!
And this means that it is also time to make our favorite comfort foods but with a healthy twist. Here are some of the plant-based dishes we're cooking up this fall. They are brimful of nutrition, oil- and refined sugar-free, and simple to make! Don’t hesitate to substitute your favorite ingredients if there is anything on the recipe list that you may not have or you simply don’t like.
Let’s enjoy this season of abundance!
Image and recipe from The Simple Veganista
Nothing says fall more than acorn squash! Although delicious on its own, the flavor is kicked up a few notches in this stuffed squash recipe from The Simple Veganista when the squash halves are filled with a cornucopia of veggies, wild rice, herbs, and spices.
What better than a warm and fragrant spicy soup on a cloudy fall day? This must-try spicy carrot soup invokes coziness and taste bud exhilaration and, thanks to the nutrient-rich carrots, it is loaded with minerals and Vitamin A, good for your skin and eye health. This is one of our MamaSezz favorites!
Image and recipe from Plants Rule
If you are a fan of Italian food, this grounding traditional Sicilian dish modified by Plants Rule will be a wonderful treat for you! Featuring irresistible eggplant, olives, capers, and basil, this stew can be eaten alone, with your choice of pasta, or any other whole grains.
Image and recipe from Sweet Simple Vegan
Turn up the heat on the colder days with this scrumptious curry combo - chickpeas and cauliflower! This Sweet Simple Vegan curry creation mixes the classic Indian spices with nurturing coconut milk and some innovative vegan ingredients like dark leafy greens and green chiles to electrify your taste buds.
Image and recipe from Shane and Simple
To me, the smell of peppers baking in the oven is one of the most divine fragrances in the world! Stuffed with corn, black beans, tomatoes, brown rice and herbs and spices, these rainbow peppers by Shane and Simple will not disappoint and will give you that additional Vitamin C to boost your immune system!
With zesty and peppery highlights, this simple but extremely gratifying vegan lentil soup is an example of how a plant-based diet can be easily accomplished. Spiced with turmeric and coriander, this meal will support your liver and skin as well as your digestion. You can eat this delightful soup by itself or you can pair it with rice, quinoa, or even baked potatoes!
Image and recipe from From my Bowl
If you crave spicy Mexican-style food, this hearty chili will warm up your chilly days! With a very simple chili recipe by From my Bowl, you can satisfy all your comfort food cravings. Pair it with corn tortillas or rice and you have a truly authentic meal full of protein and fiber!
Image and recipe by Blooming Nolwenn
Let’s face it, we all crave falafel all the time but how about trying it with a fall-inspired twist? A staple of the fall season, sweet potatoes feature prominently in this easy oil-free falafel recipe, adding complexity to the familiar flavor as well as a punch of Vitamins A and C and even calcium
Image and recipe by Earth of Maria
The fall wouldn’t be the same without beets - they are a must in any fall soup, salad, or veggie roast! An Eastern European classic, borscht has it all - from beets and butter beans to cabbage and potatoes, with vegan sour cream to top it all off. If you are looking for a delicious, filling, and nutrition-packed soup, this Earth of Maria vegan borscht is it!
Recipe and image from A Life Well Planted
My go-to plant-based food when I eat out is vegan green Thai curry! With the aromatic and spicy coconut ginger-lemongrass sauce full of hardy fall veggies, this green curry by A Life Well Planted will not disappoint! It can be easily eaten as a soup, with a grain of your choice, or even a baked potato, sweet potato, or squash.
Fall season would not be complete without pumpkin pie! Our no-bake version of this classic is so healthy and simple to make that it will no doubt become your dessert staple. Sweet pumpkin is a great source of Vitamins A, C, and E as well as fiber so don’t hesitate to treat yourself to an extra slice!
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By Sebila Kratovac
Sebila is very passionate about plant-based food and how it can help us heal from the inside out. You can often find her creating new vegan dishes and infusing them with healing herbs and spices or just enjoying being in nature. She is also an ardent artist, dancer, performer, writer, and wellness practitioner.