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15 Comforting Meatless and Dairy-Free Soul Food Recipes!


There’s nothing quite like a rich, delicious plate of soul food that really hits the spot. Satisfying and usually a trigger for nostalgic memories, soul food is a staple in many Southern houses. Whether you’re a plant-based foodie looking to expand your cuisine, or just curious about how delicious soul food can actually be, look no further than Food Monster. We chose 15 recipes that are delicious, comforting, and will have you scraping your plate. Alright now!

1. Biscuits and Mushroom Gravy
Biscuits and Mushroom Gravy

Life can taste good with these fluffy, soft, gluten-free biscuits accompanied with mushroom gravy. It’s the ultimate comfort food side that will leave you craving for more. These are great for dinner parties, but also make great leftover snacks/sides for yourself.

2. Braised Seitan Short Ribs in Spicy Chili Sauce
Vegan Braised Seitan Short Ribs in Spicy Chili Sauce

After braising in the spicy chili sauce, these Seitan Short Ribs will be tender to the point of almost falling apart. Serve them over mashed potatoes for a smooth and creamy base. This dish is so comforting, warm, and satisfying.

3. Sweet Potato Pie
Vegan Sweet Potato Pie

Sweet potato steals the spotlight from pumpkin in this wonderful Sweet Potato Pie. Top it with pecans and coconut whipped cream to really wow your guests.

4. Jalapeño Hush Puppies
Jalapeno Hush Puppies

Some of you may be wondering, what the heck is a hush puppy? It’s basically a fried corn dog, with no dog, and whatever you else would like to pack in there! Sounds underwhelming, but it’s so good. Some days you just need something fried and indulgent, and these Jalapeño Hush Puppies are the answer.

5. Cajun-Spiced Jackfruit Sandwiches
Vegan Cajun-Spiced Jackfruit Sandwiches

These Cajun-Spiced Jackfruit Sandwiches are incredible! You have a heaping pile roasted jackfruit in a homemade Cajun spice rub, topped with a creamy vegan ranch dressing, and finished with some lettuce, tomatoes, and onions.

6. White Chocolate Red Velvet Cake Pops
Vegan White Chocolate Red Velvet Cake Pops

Want red velvet cake, but don’t feel like getting involved in the entire cake-making process? Just make these Red Velvet Cake Pops that are done in just 20 minutes! These little bites of decadence are rich and chocolatey and colored naturally with puréed beets. A white chocolate coating stands in for cream cheese and a topping of sprinkles makes them festive and giftable.

7. Raw Chia Caramel Pecan Pie

This Raw Chia Caramel Pecan Pie actually began as butter tarts. In my effort to rawify all the holiday food favorites, I remembered a Canadian Christmas classic: butter tarts. As you may be able to guess by the name, they aren’t the healthiest thing you can put in your stomach. They are pretty much white flour, sugar, butter, raisins, more butter and more sugar. Time for me to step up to the plate and see what I can do (I like to pretend I’m a superhero.)

8. Flaky Biscuits With Rosemary Butter

These unique Flaky Biscuits With Rosemary Butter will be a welcome addition to your bread basket anytime an easy, but extra-special bread is the order of the day…or night!

9. ‘Fried’ Green Tomatoes With Cashew Cream
Vegan ‘Fried’ Green Tomatoes With Cashew Cream

Fried green tomatoes are a southern classic! They’re a combination of crispy cornmeal coating and piping hot, tart, and tender cooked green tomatoes, made all the more delicious accompanied by a cool, creamy dip. In this particular recipe, the tomatoes are “fried” in the oven and are served with a dairy-free cashew cream. These are a healthier, but just as delicious, version of the original!

10. Jackfruit Fried Chicken
Vegan Jackfruit Fried Chicken

The stringy texture of young jackfruit lends itself perfectly for emulating pulled pork or chicken recipes. In this Jackfruit Fried Chicken recipe, jackfruit is marinated in a creamy soy milk marinade, battered in zesty breadcrumbs, and fried to perfection. Enjoy these with your favorite vegan mayonnaise or ranch dip.

11. Balsamic BBQ Seitan and Tempeh Ribs
Vegan Balsamic BBQ Seitan and Tempeh Ribs

These Seitan and Tempeh Ribs are indulgent, delicious and will satisfy any BBQ cravings you may get. Serve them with some mashed potatoes and cole slaw or your favorite BBQ fixin’s. They make a great appetizer or entree.

12. ‘Chicken’ and Waffles With Spicy Maple Syrup
‘Chicken’ and Waffles With Spicy Maple Syrup

Say hello to the ultimate Southern comfort breakfast. Crispy vegan chickpea chicken on top off fluffy waffles topped with spicy maple syrup! The cutlets are made from a combination of chickpeas and vital wheat gluten, which gives it a satisfying, meaty texture. They’re paired with fluffy waffles and a spicy-sweet maple syrup that will have you licking your plate.

13. Oven-Fried Pickles
Vegan Oven-Fried Pickles

Although these Pickles are baked in the oven, you’ll swear they were dunked in the deep fryer. Plus, they’re vegan and can be made gluten-free, meaning everyone can enjoy. Serve them with a vegan ranch dipping sauce to really make them memorable!

14. Beef-Style Stew
Vegan Beef-Style Stew

Although this dish sounds fancy, it is ready surprisingly fast. Seitan is used for this recipe, but Beyond Meat strips can be used, or just add more vegetables and skipped the vegan protein. The choice is yours as this Beef-Style Stew does not rely on the protein to make it fantastic. The quick gremolata, a mixture of parsley, garlic and lemon zest, adds a welcome piquant flavor and cuts through the richness of the stew.

15. Cheesy Cauliflower Baked Shells With Breadcrumbs
Vegan Cheesy Cauliflower Baked Shells With Breadcrumbs

In this Cauliflower Baked Shells recipe, a cheesy, tangy cauliflower sauce encases shell pasta and then is baked under a thick, crusty layer of breadcrumbs. It’s the perfect recipe for a date-night-in or a side to a holiday party feast. It’s fancy enough to impress but easy and simple enough to put together at the last minute.

For more delicious dishes, check out our delicious Comfort Food ArchivesWith the Food Monster App, you can take these recipes on the go with you and convert all your friends with your favorite recipes. Be the cool person at your next dinner party with over 10,000 recipes right in your pocket. It’s available for both Android and iPhone, and can also be found on Instagram and Facebook. Full of allergy-friendly recipes, subscribers gain access to new recipes every day. Check it out!

Lead Image Source: Balsamic BBQ Seitan and Tempeh Ribs

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