Have you heard of the whole food, plant-based diet ? If the term sounds familiar, a whole foods, plant-based diet refers to a diet that eschews foods that are overly processed. In other words, if you’re following a primarily whole foods, plant-based diet, then you’re relying on delicious and seasonal fruits, veggies, nuts, seeds, ancient grains, and legumes for your nutrients, while overly processed items, like some breads and pastas, are out.
While we do have an existing guide on 15 Whole Foods-Based Lunches and Dinners That Won’t Break the Bank, we figured it was high time for a new roundup of different delicious whole food, plant-based recipe ideas that are perfect for fall! We scoured the depths of our Food Monster App and came up with these 15 suggestions!
Oil-Free Mac and Cheese may be the epitome of comfort food, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be healthy at the same time! This recipe makes the homey favorite healthier by using gluten-free pasta and a cheesy sauce made from veggies and cashews. It’s delicious, wholesome, and oil-free!
Oil-Free Apple, Date, and Ginger Bars are super fast, with basic ingredients, delicious, and super healthy. These are great snacks for lunch for kids or adults! These do not even need to be baked, put in the chopper and ready. Sweetened only with dates and with the wonderful taste of dehydrated apple and cinnamon, these bars are a delicious snack, without refined sugar, vegan, and gluten-free.
Oil-Free Refried Beans are easy! You only need five ingredients for this recipe and you probably have all of them in your pantry already. Plus, this recipe does not call for any oil so your refried beans will be healthy as well as delicious.
These Walnut Lentil Burgers are delicious and hearty, real comfort food-style. The red onion relish is tangy, sweet, herby, and unbelievable good. The cauliflower broccoli purée is creamy and delicious. Serve these burgers bun-less with the purée and relish on the side and let the flavors do the talkin’.
Making oil-free Vegan Vegetable Broth is something most people don’t make, but it is pretty easy to do (aside from chopping the veggies) and it’s worth it because it’s fresh, tastes better, and is cheaper than buying it if you cook!
If you need a burger for your barbecue that’s going to be a crowd-pleaser, then try these Chickpea Mushroom Pita Burgers. Made from chickpeas, mushrooms, and basmati rice, they’re flavorful, warm, and smoky. Crisp on the outside, but soft on the inside, these burgers are delicious even when served on a salad or flourless bread.
This Oil-Free White Bean Chili is packed with spice and flavor, but for the heat-averse, don’t worry: it packs just the right amount of heat. The key to the coziness of this vegan white chili is the luscious addition of homemade cashew cream. It also includes sweet corn, as it just adds another layer of flavor and extra heartiness. Feel free to add whatever veggies suit your fancy. If you really like your mouth on fire when you eat your chili, bump up the cayenne pepper or add some chopped jalapeño.
You can make this Kohlrabi Spaghetti Alla Foriana with all kinds of budget-friendly spiralized veggie – zucchini, sweet potato, beet, carrot – any! The intense flavor from the walnuts, pine nuts, and garlic is ridiculously delicious.
Everyone knows that pesto is great on pasta or pizza, but most people probably haven’t tried it on cauliflower and potatoes. That is quite a shame though because these Oil-Free Pesto Cauliflower and Potatoes are so good!
Who said carrots were boring?! These Roasted Spiced Carrots will delight your palate in several ways! They’re tender, bursting with spices, and topped with a deliciously creamy tahini sauce. Served on a bed of alfalfa sprouts and wild rice and topped with crunchy pumpkin seeds and pine nuts, this dish will wow your guests!
Are you time-poor in the morning but still don’t want to compromise on your healthy eating habits? Well, this one is for you! This Simple, Healthy Breakfast Bowl is vibrant and yumy.
This healthy and delicious Vegan Black Bean Wrap makes for the perfect quick lunch or dinner. Just look at all that color and texture.
This recipe uses sweet potatoes instead of potatoes because the former is less starchy and far more nutritious. The hot and sour chickpea sauce is just perfect with the sweet potatoes and the slightly bitter kale. Sweet Potato and Kale Patties are amazing.
Raw Caramel Brownie Slices are perfect for anyone who has a sweet tooth and also wants to eat a delicious, guiltless raw dessert.
So simple, but so delicious. This Sesame Orange Sweet Potato bowl is possibly the best easy meal idea you’ve stumbled upon. Tender, roasted sweet potato is coated with a sticky-sweet orange sauce and paired with steamed broccoli. If you’re looking for a little more substance in you meal, you can easily pair it with grains, greens, or any other vegetable you’re craving.
Check out this weekly guide to whole foods, plant-based eating for more!
We also highly recommend downloading our Food Monster App, which is available for both Android and iPhone, and can also be found on Instagram and Facebook. The app has more than 8,000 plant-based, allergy-friendly recipes, and subscribers gain access to ten new recipes per day. Check it out!
Lead image source: Roasted Spiced Carrots