8 Hearty Vegan Recipes to Try This Week
For many people, starting the new year with a healthy diet is a challenging goal. When you challenge yourself to eating a plant-based diet, it seems that much more daunting. Some healthy foods just aren’t satisfying enough, so you may be left staring longingly at a bag of chips. But eating vegan doesn’t have to leave you feeling hungry! Hearty vegan meals can be just as filling as they are delicious. And, even if you’re a seasoned vegan veteran, you may be struggling to convince your friends and family to get onboard. We think these eight recipes may be your secret weapons for a satisfying, plant-based meal.
A big bowl of chili can be just what you need to warm up on a cold winter day. We’ve included this chili recipe on the list because it includes the spices, richness, and textures you may already love from your favorite chili, but it leaves out the meat. And since you can keep most of the ingredients in your pantry, you don’t have to worry about braving the cold to go grocery shopping for a lot of fresh ingredients.
Want to try eating less meat but still crave a standard meat-and-potatoes diet? We like this recipe because it is so similar to the classic dish, but it replaces the meat with affordable, nutrient-rich lentils.
Pot pies can seem like such a cozy, comforting meal, and this plant-based recipe is no exception! We’re fans of this recipe because using biscuits rather than pie crust makes it a little easier than many recipes, but the flavors and textures still scream “pot pie.”
In many households, mac and cheese is a family favorite, but it isn’t always the healthiest meal. We’ve included this recipe because it is rich and satisfying, but it can also be made without dairy, gluten, soy, and/or nuts depending on what ingredients you select. Plus, there are even instructions on how to sneak some veggies in.
Meatloaf is one of those old-fashioned dishes that seems so homey. We like this recipe because the combination of ingredients looks and tastes so traditional.
We’ve included this recipe because umami is such a rich, savory flavor that isn’t as common in vegan meals. Not only does this dish pack a nice dose of umami, but it has such an appealing balance of vegetables and carbs. Plus, it would be easy to customize with other components, like tofu or edamame.
While pierogis are popular in Central and Eastern Europe, they don’t get as much attention in the United States as we think they deserve. These filled dumplings can be so satisfying. We like this recipe because of the flavorful filling, which incorporates mushrooms, onions, cabbage, and more. While making pasta may be tricky, the results can be so beautiful and appetizing!
If your IKEA trips have given you a taste for Swedish meatballs that reaches the depths of your soul, we’ve included this recipe just for you. The hearty meatballs and creamy sauce seem like a great choice for people who want the richness of meat in a meat-free meal.
What are your favorite vegan-friendly recipes to enjoy in winter? Share your family favorites in the comments section below!