15 Comforting Vegan Dinners for Fall and Winter
Bookmark these vegan favorites for when it's time to warm your soul on chilly autumn or winter evenings. Each one of these top recipes features warming spices or layers of flavors, and they also pack up great for lunch later in the week.
Vegan Mushroom-Stuffed Cabbage Rolls
These hearty cabbage rolls are savory, sweet, and a little spicy. They're also dairy-free, gluten-free, and vegan. "I love this, because it looks and tastes just like meat!" says Happy as a Yam. "You wouldn't even know that it's completely vegan! Perfect for Thanksgiving dinner."
Traditional Style Vegan Shepherd's Pie
Stuffed Butternut Squash
Butternut squash filled with a savory mixture of rice, Brussels sprouts, carrots, and garbanzo beans for protein is a balanced vegan main dish that non-vegans will enjoy, too. Recipe reviewer LORIKAE says, "This was a great fall-time seasonal recipe, especially for those living in the Midwest as Brussels sprouts, winter squash, and garlic are all being harvested."
Marrakesh Vegetable Curry
Loaded with sweet potatoes, eggplant, peppers, onions, zucchini, spinach, and garbanzo beans, this vegan curry is a hearty, satisfying fall meal. Reviewer nskiddo21 says, "My mom is Moroccan and I always wanted her recipe for what she called her cous cous. I decided to try this recipe just to see if it would come close. This recipe is almost exactly her recipe without taking 2 full days to prepare. Thank you so much!"
Crazy Creamy Chickpea Curry
"This is my hands-down favorite recipe I've tried on this site," says reviewer zimmerr. "Added a whole can (12oz) of coconut milk instead of just one cup, and forgot the peas at the end. Simmered uncovered for an hour instead of 10 minutes or so because my family prefers softer cauliflower, which also helped thicken. Added salt as others suggested as well. My grandparents always served curry with a variety of toppings, as desired, including plum jam, peanuts, sweet relish, coconut flakes. I added peanuts and sweet relish as last-minute toppings to this. So yummy."
Vegetarian Kale Soup
Kale, potatoes, tomatoes, and cannellini beans get together to make a big pot of fill-you-up soup. "I love this soup," says KatieMc. "The mix of brothy goodness and a variety of satisfying textures makes this a very comforting and hearty meal. With only 8 cups of liquid, it is sort of stew-like though, so I added 4 extra cups of vegetable broth and it worked beautifully. Thanks for the great recipe!"
Vegetarian Sheet Pan Dinner with Chickpeas and Veggies
"It was SO good! My daughter and I ended up just standing at the stove with a fork and eating it right out of the pan," writes Allrecipes user Kimberly Rouse. She advises you season the ingredients in a bowl and mix thoroughly before spreading the veggies onto the baking pan for a more even coating.
Vegan Thai Mac n Cheese
Nutritional yeast lends that cheesy umami while coconut milk, red curry paste, and fresh cilantro take mac and "cheese" on a fun vacation.
Vegan African Peanut Stew in the Instant Pot
"This is a delicious stew," says Buckwheat Queen. "I followed the instructions but it seemed very thick when I started to close the lid; so I added an extra cup of water. I'm glad I did. I cooked it for 10 minutes and found it had started to burn. So, adjust water before cooking. The flavor is fantastic. Thank you."
Fusion Risotto Vegan
"Super easy and fun way to make vegetarian risotto," says reviewer Katie Eaton. "It uses ingredients found easily in the kitchen without having to run out and I love using all these spices."
French Onion Soup With Browned Garlic
This vegan French onion soup gets its flavor from sherry and abundant fresh garlic. Broil or melt your favorite vegan cheese on top for ultimate cheesy goodness.
Breaded, Fried, Softly Spiced Tofu
"Over the past few years, I've settled on this ratio of spices and other breading ingredients. The crust on the tofu sticks is tasty and the texture is really wonderful," says recipe creator Miss Sriri.
Layers of lasagna noodles, garlicky tofu, spinach, and tomato sauce make up this comforting vegan lasagna.
Vegan Portobello Stroganoff
"Very good! Definitely fulfilled the creamy meaty pasta craving," Chris Frankovic Zaroor says. "Next time, I will perhaps not add all of the marinade to the cream sauce. And I will follow the other reviewer's recommendation to add the fresh minced onions to the marinade or saute first. Overall excellent!"
Vegetarian Udon Noodles with Peanut Sauce
Coat Japanese udon noodles, firm tofu, shredded cabbage, shredded carrot, and a small sweet red pepper with Thai-inspired peanut sauce for a quick, well-rounded dinner.