7 of My Favorite Vegan Fall Recipes

Let’s face it, pumpkin fall recipes are so 2009. While I love a good recipe with pumpkin, I honestly don’t want it all the time. There are plenty of holiday parties and menu items centered around the king gourd, so I came up with a list of recipes I’ll be eating on a regular basis (which we’ve actually tried).


So without further adieu, I give you my list:

Millet Banana Breakfast Bars (GF)

These bars are SUPER easy to make. You can even sub the millet for quinoa. Great for on-the-go breakfast bars for earlier mornings. Get the full recipe at TaraRochfordNutrition.com.

White Bean Green Chili Enchiladas

EmilieEats throws takes me back to my childhood when we would eat enchiladas almost every other week. Easy to make, simple ingredients, and a little patience goes a long with with this delicious plant-based recipe. Get the full recipe at EmilieEats.com.

Southwest Sweet Potato Salad

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A salad without lettuce is my favorite kinda salad. 👏🏻 I’m NOT a #foodblogger, but It's SWEET POTATO SEASON & I am reveling in it full force! Here’s my recipe for Southwest Salad. 

Ingredients

- 2 Large Sweet Potato (diced)

- 1 cup of thawed frozen corn

- 1 cup of cooked black beans (rinsed & drained)

- 1 red bell pepper (diced)

- 2 green onions (sliced)

- 2 avocados, pit and skin removed, chopped

- 1/4 cup of chopped cilantro

- Juice of 2 limes

- Salt and pepper, to taste

- Olive Oil

- Jalepeno slices for serving (opt)

How to make it:

  1.  After pre-heating the oven to 400F, coat diced sweet potato pieces in a couple of tablespoons of olive oil, salt, & pepper, and add them to a foil/parchment paper lined pan. Put in fully heated oven for 20-25 minutes or until you can easily poke through them with a fork.

  2.  In a large bowl combine the rest of the ingredients. Once the sweet potatoes are cooked through, add them to the bowl and mix everything together. Taste & re-season if necessary. Serve with jalapeño slices for some heat


    Easy One-Pot Pasta

By far one of the most surprising & delicious meals we’ve ever made. Pro-Tip: Beef up the amount of protein by using chickpea or lentil pasta! I found mine at Sprouts. This recipe makes a lot and is great for leftover lunches the next day! Get the full recipe at VeganHeaven.org.

The Best Vegan Baked Beans

Need a warm side for burgers & fries? Love baked beans like I do? This is the recipe you’ve been looking for. Try the full recipe from NoraCooks.com.

Sweet Potato Lenti Curry

Filling, nutritious, and the warmth you need on chilly fall days, this meal does not disappoint. Get your fill over at SweetPotatoSoul.com.

Tempeh Tikki Masala

Another flavorful take that expanded my palette! I don’t know that I’ve ever cooked tempeh before and yet it was so easy; easier than making Tofu! Try tempeh over at SweetPotatoSoul.com.

10 Vegan Meals That'll Leave You Feeling FULL

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One of the biggest myths about being vegan is that those who live this way can never get full. While my husband and I have actually eaten seemingly more food since going plant-based, we have come up with a list of recipes that we frequently uses as weeknight meals we go to when we’re wanting to get that “full-feeling.”

Here’s a list of 10 different vegan meals you could make any night of the week.

1. Stuffed Bell Peppers

Do I even need to explain the “stuffed” part? Not only are these relatively easy to make, it’s a great dish to bring to any gathering, and leaves you feeling full. These can even be made in less than 45 minutes and there are plenty of different flavor combinations to choose from!

Check out Ahead of Thyme’s Easy Vegan Stuffed Bell Pepper Recipe.

2. Pasta Dishes

This is a go-to for weeknight dinners because pasta dishes are made of cheap ingredients, can be very versatile in flavor, and can be great for leftover lunches the next day. This is also the sort of dish that can easily be made gluten-free, if that suits your needs, as there are many (GF) options in most grocery stores made available.

Some of our favorite Pasta Dishes:

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Creamy Kale Pasta

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3. Veggie, Bean, & Rice Casserole

I know I’ve talked about this one before in my of my previous blog posts, but this honestly is one of the easiest things to make that provides a surplus of leftovers for later meals. This is also something that can be varied up depending on the types vegetables that are in season, and canned beans couldn’t be cheaper.

Pro-Tip: Buy your beans & grains in bulk to avoid weekly expenses.

Try the Veggie, Bean & Rice Casserole by V Nutrition

4. Curry & Rice

This is just the Indian version of beans & rice, but can satisfy any stomach for a long period of time. We love making this dish in our house because it takes 25 minutes or less (with the help of our Instant Pot) and typically can be made with inexpensive ingredients.

Try the Vegan Chickpea Curry Recipe by Hurry the Food Up

5. Prep-Burritos

If you’re looking for a filling lunch-prep meal, burritos are the way to go. Not only are they versatile, and easy to eat on-the-go, you can make a lot at one time and change your recipe.

Some of our favorite Burrito Recipes:

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Rabbits & Wolves

6. Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

With the help of our Instant Pot, we’ve made ourselves a merry little meal plan with this simple recipe. Sweet Potatoes are definitely one of the easiest & cheapest ingredients to find, and each person can make their own version depending on their own taste-preferences.

Check out this baseline recipe for Loaded Sweet Potatoes by Kara Lydon.

7. Vegan Pizza

While there are many different options for Pizza dough (homemade or store-bought), there are more ways to make a vegan pizza. Making your own homemade batch of dough is pretty simple, if you know how to follow instructions, and ingredients aren’t super complicated & tend to be inexpensive. You can add vegan cheese, or you can do without. You can add vegan sausage or vegan pepperoni’s to make it feel like the real thing, or you can go straight veggie. The choice is up to you!

Use this Vegan Crazy Dough Recipe from Kitchen Nostalgia

Check out this collection of 50 Awesome Pizza Ideas from KeepinItKind.com

8. Vegan Chili

Pair this dish with some Jiffy Cornbread and you’ve got a meal that will last for days! This is a meal the hubby & I frequent back to when we’re feeling lazy because our Instant Pot does most of the work. You can also make chili in a crock-pot if you’re not that fancy. Slow-cookin is good-cookin.

Try this Vegan Chili Mac from The Garden Grazer

Try our favorite Instant Pot Vegan Chili recipe by Brand New Vegan

9. Vegan Sloppy Joes with Baked Fries

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Perfect Oven Baked Fries by High Heels & Grills

Sloppy Joes are basically chili on bread. What’s not to like? These are not only filling, but great for on-the-go lunches for the next day as well. Something that goes well with this meal is a side of fries. Bake fries are easier to make than you think, and aren’t full of all the extra oil and chemicals that regular freezer fries are made of.

Try these Sloppy Joe’s with Quinoa that’s Vegan AND Gluten Free

Take it up a notch with these Mushroom & Eggplant Sloppy Joes

Bonus: Perfect Oven Baked Fries by High Heels & Grills

10. Stir-fry with Tofu with added cashews or peanuts

This is a meal that we like to mix-up often because of how many different veggie-combinations you can make. Some of the veggies we use often are: Snap Peas, Bell Pepper, Onion, Broccoli, Mushrooms, Cauliflower, Green Onion, Carrots, and Peas. Don’t let the tofu part scare you, consider that your blank canvas for flavor. Add this with rice or quinoa and you’ve got that full feeling you’ve been looking for.

Different ways to make your Tofu:

Bonus Read: How to Cook Crispy Tofu Worth Eating on SeriousEats.com

Need more recipes?

I’ve got you covered for 6 weeks with my Free 6-Week Vegan Meal Plan. Sign up for the Downloadable PDF. Follow me on by VEGAN Pinterest Board for continuing adds to my recipe collection!

Tell me what your favorite filling plant-based recipes are in the comments!

How to Host a Vegan for the Holidays

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One of your friends or family members just recently decided to go vegan and they’re coming over for the holiday feast. You’re gut drops as you realize you have NO idea what to do to accommodate them, but you would hate to miss their presence at dinner. You’ve heard how sensitive they can be, but inviting them would just be rude right?

So what do you do?

Hi there! Experienced vegan here with more tales of how to survive the holidays with people who’s eating habits differ from yours. This time, I’m talking to my fellow non-vegans on what to do when a vegan comes to dinner and how to accommodate without offending them or their lifestyle choices.

1. Breathe

It can be daunting the idea of hosting someone who eats completely different than you, but trust me: this is not as hard as you think. There are probably a lot of things you’re eating that could be considered vegan, so we’re in the same boat here.

2. Ask them what recipes you can make

One of the most courteous things our weekly (non-vegan) small group has done to make us feel welcome is when they ask what kind of recipes they can make that we like. If you want to get ahead of the game, go ahead and get a Pinterest account and start saving some stuff. Google is also your best friend and is loaded with thousands of vegan recipes every day. Holiday favorites can easily be converted to vegan and tastes equally as delicious for anyone to enjoy!

3. Ask them if they can bring a dish to share

I don’t ever walk into a gathering expecting a whole lot of selection which is why I like to offer & bring something to share. Desserts are often easiest to create and become instant crowd pleasers. We want to share our food with you!

Click here  to read my latest Thanksgiving recipe list find!

Click here to read my latest Thanksgiving recipe list find!

4. No “Vegan” Talk at the Dinner Table

This one is obvious, but can often be forgotten about once diets are on display for all to see at the dinner table. A vegan plate will look different than the traditional non-vegan holiday selection, so it’s easy to vomit out the words, “Whhhhyyyy are you Veeeegaaaannn?” But trust me, for everyone’s sake, diet-talk should be kept below minimum...which is none at all. Holidays are times to enjoy and celebrate what we have in common, not what divides us.

5. Make sure your vegan guests have a dessert (whether you made it or they bring it)

I’ve said this before, but it is always a sad day when the vegan in the room becomes excluded at dessert time. Everyone sitting around… enjoying their sweet treats, while their sitting with nothing to enjoy. It’s a big bummer, but converting non-vegan recipes is pretty easy these days with replacements for dairy & eggs readily available. Review #2, if you need more guidance.

Check out this dessert idea for Salted Caramel Chocolate Cupcakes:

6. After Dinner, Get Curious

If you happen to be curious, after dinner is the time to ask questions. Most vegans are compassionate people & eager to talk to you about it, so after-dinner questions are more than appropriate. Start by asking why they’ve made that choice and conversation usually starts from there.

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7. Stay Open Minded

There are many different kinds of vegans out there who chose plants, and all of their “whys” will be different. Whether or not you agree with what their reasoning is, please keep an open-mind and do the research for yourself if you want to know the truth. Everyone’s journey into plant-based living is different, but every experience has something we can learn from. Asking questions & staying open minded is the kindest thing you can do for people now days.


Did that help? Are you still stuck? Need some resources on where to go for vegan holiday recipes this season? I’ve got your back. Listed below are several amazing resources for you to read up on before your guests arrive.

Need some vegan recipe ideas? Check out my VEGAN Board Collection on Pinterest.

Need Holiday recipe ideas? Click here for the staples.

Download the FREE 6 Week Meal Plan for 6 weeks worth of plant-based shareables.

10 of My Favorite Recipes

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Something that I get asked often is, “What do you eat?” Well first off, we cook… a LOT. We also wash a lot of dishes, but that’s besides the point.

One thing I’ve had to learn to do well when making this lifestyle transition is to cook new foods that had never crossed my mind before. Over the last three years, I’ve collected over 700 vegan recipes and wanted to share the favorites that make a regular appearance on our vegan meal plan.

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Photo from Minimalist Baker

1. Vegan Eggplant Parmesan by Minimalist Baker

This was one of the first meals that Brandon and I ever cooked in our tiny kitchen back in Louisiana. There are a few time sucking steps involved, but the process is simple and the delivery is impeccable if you take your time to make this. Minimalist Baker created a timeless “date-night” classic with this recipe.

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Photo from Euphoric Vegan

2. Ultimate Vegan Carbonara by Euphoric Vegan

Another pasta dish, but oh so yummy. Back before I became vegan, my favorite dish to get at Olive Garden was their Carbonara and this takes me right back to that place without all the animal products & inflammation. It’s also pretty simple to make and sneaks its way onto our meal plans pretty frequently.

Vegan Hack: Use Banza Pasta for this one. Not only is it grain free, but your getting lots of fiber and protein!

3. Vegetable Bean Casserole by V Nutrition and Wellness

This was something I thought was going to taste boring by the sound of it, but WOW were we surprised! It brought me right back to little-town-Texas Sunday luncheons after church where all the little old ladies (and young ladies) would carry in dish-after-dish of casserole pans in different varieties. This one is SO perfect for easy eating later too. It fed us through the next day!

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4. Sticky Sesame Cauliflower by Connoisseurus Veg

If you love Chinese Food Takeout then you’ll love this recipe. It’s everything it sounds like, and it only takes 30 minutes to make. Make it a meal by pairing it with rice and steamed veggies which are also very simple to make. This makes great leftovers for lunches the next day.

Vegan Hack: Make DOUBLE the recipe if your a big family and/or need non-hassle lunches for a few days.

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5. Make-Ahead Kale and Sweet Potato Burritos by Ceara’s Kitchen

I discovered these back when I helped a friend make/take some food to the local homeless population in Denver, and they were a hit. Naturally because of my love of burritos, they started to make a regular appearance in our kitchen. We have since learned NEW versions of this recipe as burritos are very versatile.

Vegan Hack: Swap new kids of veggies, beans, and starches for different varieties of flavors. They can be great on-the-go lunches for the week.

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6. Buffalo Cauliflower Tacos by This Savory Vegan

We’ve shared this meal with other people and they loved it just as much as we did. Crowd-pleaser meals are always good to have on hand, especially if you ever plan to share your food. The flavor you ask? It’s just as it promises and has a the healthy kick of cauliflower, which is great for disguising something you wouldn’t normally choose to eat on it’s own.

Bonus Recipe: Easy Vegan Ranch with Karissa’s Vegan Kitchen

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7. Vegan Chickpea Curry by HurryTheFoodUp

My sister brought this into our lives when she lived with us last year and we made it often! First, the flavor and nutrition density is what you want for a meal, second the ingredients are relatively cheap. Making double of this recipes is a great crowd pleaser and you could pair it with some vegan naan to take the experience even further. This is definitely one you should try and have often!

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Photo from BrandNewVegan

8. Best Damn Instant Pot Vegan Chili by BrandNewVegan

This award-winning recipe is exactly that. Chili was a crowd pleaser we had often growing up, especially when cold weather hit our area. The leftovers are even better as the flavors sit overnight together. I highly recommend investing in an Instant Pot if you don’t have one. It’s definitely worth making this recipe!

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Photo from Minimalist Baker

9. The World’s Easiest Sticky Buns by Minimalist Baker

If you haven’t caught on already, we love using Minimalist Baker recipes. She makes “sticky buns’ possible for the vegan looking for the traditional taste of home-cooked favorites. These buns are sure to make anyone blush, especially because they are easy to make and taste just as good as they look.

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Photo from The Baker Chick

10. Vegan Chocolate Salted Caramel Cupcakes by The Baker Chick

Brandon and I have been in love with this flavor combination since the day we got married. Ever since then, we’ve been on a mission to recreate that moment we bite into our favorite cake flavor, and we finally found the recipe! It’s also another crowd pleaser, and will surprise any non-vegan with how tasty life can actually be.

Vegan Hack: Buy chocolate boxed cake mix and use plant-based milk, vegan butter or oil of choice, with 1 tablespoons ground flax per 3 tablespoons of water (that equals an egg). You can also find store-bought chocolate vegan icing to save time & dishes.


Want more plant-based recipe ideas? Download my FREE 6 Week Vegan Meal Plan and follow my VEGAN board on Pinterest for new recipes I’m trying in my own personal kitchen. Need help? Send me a message and we can chat.

Qrunch Buffalo Burger Salad

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One misconception people have when they talk to me about what I eat as a vegan is that my diet is rich in… sticks & grass. Insert Eye Roll Here

“So, what do you eat…?”

While a ‘sticks & grass’ diet is far from the truth, and salads are NOT my first food choice (nor have they ever been), I have found a way to make a simple salad this is sure to please any salad-hating individual. It’s called: the Buffalo Burger Salad, and I have my web designer to thank for this one.

Since Callie kindly shared with me her burger salad recipe, I have found my own way of making it with a particular burger patty that will bring plenty and “qrunch” and flavor to your palette. This lunch & dinner friendly food combo is:

Fresh

Warm

Crunchy

Rich

a little Spicy

Gluten-Free

Nutrient Dense

and it’s actually HEALTHY.

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Qrunch Buffalo Burger Salad

Ingredients:

- 1-2 buffalo-style Qrunch Saucy Buffalo Burgers

- Handful of halved Grape Tomatoes

- ¼ of a cucumber, thinly sliced

- Half of an Avocado, sliced

- Couple of handfuls of Mixed Greens or Spinach

- Vegan Ranch

- Opt. Buffalo Sauce

Instructions:

1. Cook the Qrunch Patties as instructed (baked or skillet)

2. While patties are cooking, create your salad bed using spinach, cucumbers, tomatoes, avocados, and grape tomatoes

3. Once Qrunch patties are thoroughly cooked, slide them on top of your salad bed

4. Top with Vegan Ranch and a drizzle of Buffalo Sauce for extra kick

5. Eat & Enjoy!

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These patties are sure to please the palate as they absorb all the flavor of the ranch and buffalo sauce! My mouth is watering just writing this.

Want to know more about Qrunch and here from the inspiration herself? Take a listen to our time with Corey, the brand manager of Qrunch Organics when we had her on our LA Talk Radio show, State of the Oceans.

Trying this recipe for yourself? Post a picture of your dish and tag @ThatVeganWife and @QrunchOrganics so we can see!

How to Make the Qrunch Buffalo Burger Salad:

Just Zhuzh It: One Smart Cookie

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I don’t have a sweet tooth too often, but when I do, it hits me pretty hard. Maybe you’re the same way?

Craving sweets has been a lifelong battle of hand-slapping and attempted self-deprivation, but I never have seemed to get over sugar. So, I just accepted the joy of sugar and allowed myself to eat the damn cookie every once in a while. After yo-yo & fad-dieting, I learned my lesson. Enjoying cookies every once in a while is enjoying life, and there’s nothing wrong with that if you’re living mindfully.

There’s also nothing like a warm chocolate chip cookie with a cold glass of almond milk, and what’s harder to come by is something that’s allergen friendly. While “gluten-free” has become another “nutritionism-turned-fad,” there are real people out there in the world, like me, who range from allergen-sensitive to allergen-intolerant. In fact, according to foodallergy.org, it is estimated that up to 15 million Americans deal with food allergies, affecting 30% of children alone.

With this research in mind, and a personal story to back it up: Zhuzh was born.

Miche, the creator of Zhuzh, encountered this issue of food allergens when her family’s health began to decline a few years ago before moving to Colorado. It had seemed that they were starting to become allergic to everything, and that limited their choices on foods they could buy, eat, and enjoy. Getting to enjoy the sweet things of life began to feel far-fetched until Miche decided to take action into her own hands.

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Developed in her own kitchen, Miche created a magical recipe for cookies that were free of the Top 8 Allergens and also contained probiotics right in the flour. After friends and family tried her recipe and encouraged her to sell these cookies, her entrepreneur-spirit kicked in and she decided to share these miracle cookies with the world.

Zhuzh believes that a cookie is not just a cookie. How do they do it?

“We started with the flour blend. Sprouted beans, seeds, and grains. No rice, potato, simple starches, or gums. Our base is plant-based protein and to that, we add probiotics so more of the protein is available and your belly is happier. Read our label and see for yourself.”

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I don’t know about you, but I’ve prayed for cookies like this, I’ve attempted to make cookies like this, and never have I ever made something as delicious as Zhuzh. When trying to make something like this at home, it seemed that gluten-free makes things crumbly, hard to chew, or tastes less than satisfying. In grocery stores, milk seems to be in everything lining the shelves and finding vegan sweets in the grocery store bakery seems impossible.

These cookies, though. They changed my view of the accessibility to products like that can be allergen friendly AND tasty amazing.. If Miche can do it, why can’t other food institutions do it?

Check out my Youtube video with my raw reaction to the four different flavors of Zhuzh has to offer:

Learn more about Zhuzh.

Local to Denver, CO? Find Zhuzh Cookies @ Nooch Vegan Market.

Click here to buy your own Zhuzh Cookie.

In the meantime, since it’s the start of fall, Click here for a yummy fall dessert recipe using Zhuzh!

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Ginger Peaches with Ginger Cookie Crust

Easy and quick and exceptionally tasty grilled fresh ripe peaches with a cookie crust.