Warm Up With These Vegan Comfort Food Recipes
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The secret to making tasty vegan comfort food involves finding big flavors and protein-rich ingredients. As temperatures drop, warm up with one of these tasty vegan recipes.
Protein-Packed Vegan Chili Recipe
This vegan chili is loaded with protein thanks to all the beans in the recipe. It comes together in just about an hour, most of that being hands-off cooking time, so it's an easy weeknight meal. To make it even more filling, consider serving over a bowl of rice, quinoa or other grain.
1 Tbs. olive oil
1 white onion, chopped
1/2 red bell pepper, chopped
1 garlic clove, crushed
1 Tbs. cumin
2 tsp. chili powder
1 Tbs. paprika
1 28-ounce can crushed tomatoes
1 cup vegetable stock
1 16-ounce can black beans
1 16-ounce can kidney beans
Heat the oil in a large pot over medium heat.
Add the onion and bell pepper and cook until soft and slightly browned, about three minutes.
Add the garlic and spices to the vegetables and stir until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
Stir in the tomatoes, stock and beans.
Simmer for 45 minutes to an hour.
Serve topped with sliced green onions, avocado or vegan sour cream.
Vegan Shepherd's Pie Recipe
This delicious dish tastes almost like a traditional shepherd's pie, but it uses cooked lentils instead of ground beef. The end result is an easy, tasty dish that is sure to satisfy comfort food cravings.
2 pounds of potatoes, cooked until soft
2 Tbs. coconut oil
2 Tbs. nutritional yeast
1/4 cup almond milk
2 cups lentils, cooked
1 Tbs. olive oil
1 cup chopped carrot
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 Tbs. flour
2 cups vegetable broth
1 tsp. thyme
1 tsp. rosemary
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. onion powder
Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
Mash potatoes together with coconut oil, nutritional yeast, salt, pepper and almond milk and set aside.
Heat olive oil in sauté pan over medium heat.
Sauté carrots and onions until soft, then sprinkle with flour and cook one minute more.
Add broth, thyme, rosemary, salt and pepper and cook until thickened.
Stir in lentils and then pour the mixture into an oven-safe dish.
Top with mashed potatoes and smooth to form an even crust.
Bake for 30 minutes.
Allow the dish to cool for a few minutes and enjoy.