Summer is over, but that’s no reason to be sad. Autumn is creeping in and it’s one of the most beautiful seasons of the year – the changing colors of the leaves, the cool weather that lets you wear your favorite sweaters and the anticipation of upcoming holidays like Halloween and Thanksgiving.
Autumn also means a new bounty of seasonal foods. That’s right, it’s time for apples, pumpkin and butternut squash. Check out 10 Delicious Ways to Cook with Apples, 10 Ways to Cook with Pumpkin, and 10 Ways to Cook Comforting Fall Foods With Winter Squash. Tantalizing aromas of warm and hearty soups and stews cooking away on the stove. Pies and cookies baking in the oven filling the house with cinnamon, cloves and allspice. For recipes galore, see our Green Monster’s Plant-Based Meal Guide for Fall.
Enjoying the foods of fall is like getting a warm hug. Get ready for fall with these 21 homey, soulful and warm recipes.
1. Curried Carrot and Parsnip Soup
This flavorful Curried Carrot and Parsnip Soup is a great way to give new life to any leftover roasted veggies you might have. It’s creamy with a little heat from the curry powder and makes a terrific meal alongside some crusty bread and a simply dressed green salad.
2. Sweet Potato Cinnamon Muffins
These Sweet Potato Cinnamon Muffins are pillowy soft with a wonderful cinnamon flavor that is complemented by the natural sweetness of sweet potatoes and coconut sugar. Then they are draped with an out-of-this-world sweet potato caramel glaze that makes them more unique and delicious than any muffin you have had before.
3. Scalloped Potatoes with Seitan Bacon
These Scalloped Potatoes with Seitan Bacon are a beloved comfort food made vegan! Soft, bubbling baked potatoes in a cheesy coconut cream sauce topped with crispy seitan bacon … what could be better?
4. Apple Loaf Cake
Fall is apple season and this Apple Loaf Cake is sweet and moist and full of apple goodness. Top a piece with some vegan butter for a snack any time, or go crazy and top with a scoop of vegan vanilla ice cream!
5. Chili sin Carne Cornbread Pie
Nothing is better than a bowl of chili when the weather gets nippy. This Chili sin Carne is not only vegan but it’s topped with a warm cornbread, which can be made gluten-free if needed. You can skip the dippin’ because it’s already there for you.
6. Harvest Cookies
These Harvest Cookies are a great option for breakfast, a snack or dessert. Filled with oats, cranberries and pumpkin seeds, these cookies taste great and are also great for you!
7. Polenta Bake With Caramelized Onions and Portobello Bacon
If you need a dish for a big gathering, this Polenta Bake with Caramelized Onions and Portobello Bacon is the perfect choice. It elevates polenta to new heights with Portobello bacon. Hearty and satisfying, this will be the hit of your next vegan potluck.
8. Carrot Cake Pudding
Try carrot cake in a whole new way with this Carrot Cake Pudding. Filled with fresh carrot juice, maple syrup, coconut milk and warm autumn spices, this dessert is comforting and delicious.
9. Black Eyed Pea Chili With Corn Fritters
This Black Eyed Pea Chili is fresh, tasty and packed with spicy flavors. But the highlight of this dish has to be the homemade corn fritters on top. Make extra because it tastes even better the next day.
10. Creamy Roasted Red Pepper Soup With Lemon Cashew Cream
Nothing tastes as warm and delicious as a bowl of homemade soup and nothing in a can will come close to this Creamy Roasted Red Pepper Soup. The lemon cashew cream adds a delicious flourish to the dish making a humble bowl of soup look gourmet.
11. Wild Rice Salad With Orange, Sweet Potato, Cherries and Pecans
Getting tired of plain old greens? Spice up your salad life with this Wild Rice Salad. It has a tasty combination of wild rice, sweet potato, orange, cherries, and pecans. It’s the best of fall in a bowl!
12. Beer Broth Veggie Pot Pie
Pot pies are comforting and nostalgic. This Beer Broth Veggie Pot Pie gives pot pies a plant-based makeover. Packed with veggies and topped with whole wheat biscuits, it’s so amazing, you’ll forget that it’s pretty good for you too.
13. Chai Spiced Baked Doughnuts
These Baked Doughnuts are infused with chai spice in the batter and the crunchy glaze making them taste like snickerdoodles. These unique doughnuts are easy to make and are sure to be a big hit.
14. Root Veggie au Gratin
This Root Veggie au Gratin is a dish that must grace your table at some point, preferably sooner rather than later. It’s a version of potato gratin that uses only root veggies and has a cashew based sauce. Try it – you won’t be sorry.
15. Raw Vegan Caramel Apple Cookies
Here’s a new twist on caramel apples. These Caramel Apple Cookies are covered in a simple caramel and topped with raisins, coconut and chocolate chips. This snack is a raw, low-fat and vegan version of a caramel apple … it’s a total win.
16. Pumpkin, Arugula and Vegan ‘Goat Cheese’ Gnocchi
This Pumpkin, Arugula and Vegan Goat Cheese Gnocchi is so delicious and comforting – not to mention ready really quickly. Gnocchi is usually a sure-fire hit with everyone and you’ll be asked for the “goat cheese” recipe all night long. This is an incredibly simple and easy mid-week dinner.
17. Snickerdoodle Cookie Baked Oatmeal
Science hasn’t proven it yet but we believe that snickerdoodle cookies can improve your overall mood significantly. Bearing that in mind, what could be better than starting your day with this Snickerdoodle Cookie Baked Oatmeal? We can’t think of a thing.
18. Mushroom and Leek Risotto With ‘Parmesan’ Tempeh
Risotto is a favorite Italian dish and this recipe will be your favorite risotto. This Mushroom and Leek Risotto is so creamy and delicious. Hearty with mushrooms and spinach, the crowning glory of this dish is the vegan parmesan made from nooch and sesame seeds.
19. Slow Cooker Stuffed Apples With Figs
It’s apple picking time and one recipe that must be on your apple to-do list is this Slow Cooker Stuffed Apples with Figs. It has apples cooked with figs, pecans, cinnamon, lemon, orange zest, and maple sugar for a beautiful and delicious treat. These are drool-worthy!
20. Kale Salad With Chili Lime Roasted Butternut Squash and Garlic Sriracha Vinaigrette
Cooler weather doesn’t mean that salads are off the table. Using lots of ingredients can make the dish so much more interesting, fun and hearty. This Kale Salad with Chili Lime Roasted Butternut Squash and Garlic Sriracha Vinaigrette is filled with flavors that just complement each other so nicely!
21. Super Simple Curried Pumpkin Fritters
Pumpkin and curry spices have a great affinity, so these Curried Pumpkin Fritters are a winner. They are fast and simple to make, and delicious. They are crispy on the outside and soft in the middle. Serve them with a spoonful of coconut yogurt or just scatter them with some fresh coriander leaves.
With recipes like these to look forward to, autumn can’t come soon enough. These dishes are sure to warm you up on even the chilliest days and nights.
Lead image source: Scalloped Potatoes With Seitan Bacon