How to make classic vegan comfort foods

EEvan February 19, 2024 7:01 AM

Whether you're a seasoned vegan or just someone looking to incorporate more plant-based dishes into your meal rotation, comfort foods are a great place to start! This article will guide you through the process of creating delicious and satisfying vegan versions of your favorite comfort foods.

Vegan substitutions for comfort foods

One of the biggest challenges when preparing vegan comfort foods is finding suitable plant-based substitutes for the animal products commonly used in these dishes. Here are some popular vegan substitutions:

  • Milk: Almond milk, soy milk, oat milk
  • Cheese: Nutritional yeast, vegan cheese
  • Meat: Tofu, tempeh, seitan, jackfruit
  • Eggs: Flaxseeds, chia seeds, applesauce

Easy vegan comfort food recipes

Now, let's jump into some delicious vegan comfort food recipes!

Vegan Mac and Cheese

The classic comfort food, mac and cheese, gets a vegan makeover with this simple recipe. The key ingredient is nutritional yeast, which gives the dish that cheesy flavor.


  • 1 box of pasta
  • ¼ cup of nutritional yeast
  • 2 cups of almond milk
  • 2 tbsp of olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Cook the pasta according to the package instructions.
  2. In a separate pan, heat the olive oil and add the almond milk and nutritional yeast.
  3. Stir until it forms a creamy sauce.
  4. Drain the pasta and mix it with the sauce. Season with salt and pepper.

Vegan Shepherd's Pie

This vegan version of the classic Shepherd's Pie is just as hearty and comforting as the original.


  • 2 cups of lentils
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 carrots, chopped
  • 2 celery stalks, chopped
  • 1 cup of peas
  • 4 potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 2 tbsp of olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C).
  2. Cook the lentils according to the package instructions.
  3. In a separate pan, heat the olive oil and sauté the onion, carrots, and celery until they are soft.
  4. Boil the potatoes until they are soft, then mash them.
  5. In a casserole dish, layer the lentils, vegetables, and mashed potatoes, seasoning each layer with salt and pepper.
  6. Bake for about 30 minutes, or until the top is golden brown.

Remember, cooking should be fun! Feel free to experiment with these recipes and make them your own.

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