If you’re vegan in a non-vegan family, bringing a side dish that can double as your main course is a MUST. We’ve gathered up 10 of our favorite, seasonal stews and 10 seasonal soups that will steal the show. The best part? These recipes are so flavorful and hearty so you’ll be totally satisfied with having them as your main dish… the downside? Your friends and family might just leave you with no leftovers.
Make sure your vegan addition to the Thanksgiving feast steals the show with one of these hearty and seasonal recipes found on the Food Monster App.
1. Wheat Berries, Kale, and Butter Beans Stew
This is a simple, flavor-packed hearty meal of wheat berries, kale, and butter beans sautéed together in a little bit of olive oil with kale and onions and spices. This Wheat Berries, Kale, and Butter Beans Stew by Elsa Brobbey is filling on its own but it also is easy to make it a part of a hearty meal. Butter beans brings heft to the dish; they add a boost of protein and fiber, making it a complete meal.
2. Tomato and Potato Stew
Source: Tomato and Potato Stew
This hearty Tomato and Potato Stew by Stefani Weiss is loaded with veggies and extremely nutritious; moreover, it is simple to prepare and easy to digest. It is unbelievable how delicious this dish tastes. If you love tomatoes and comfort food, this recipe is definitely for you.
3. Mushroom Stew With Herbs
Source: Mushroom Stew With Herbs
This delicious Mushroom Stew With Herbs by Adina Beck has a rich, gravy-like consistency. It is paired perfectly over polenta, mashed potatoes, or whatever your heart desires. Stay warm this holiday season with this flavorful stew.
4. Pumpkin Stew With Wild Rice
Source: Pumpkin Stew
This vegan Pumpkin Stew by Gina Fontana can be made in just 30 minutes but has such developed flavors that you’d think it had been simmering for hours. You could easily eat this on its own but serving it over wild rice and adding blanched kale leaves really takes this dish to the next level. Garnish with pumpkin seeds and you’ll be counting down the meals until when you can have this again. The secret ingredient (cinnamon!) really enhances the flavor and kicks up the fall vibes.
Source: Red Wine Root Vegetables Stew
Honor your thanks for the seasonal flavors autumn brings with this beautiful Red Wine Root Vegetables Stew by Maria Llamas. It is made the traditional way with red wine and the earthy flavors of mushrooms, thyme, and rosemary. The result is a fantastic stew with different textures and deep flavors. Pair it with brown basmati rice, beluga lentils, or even the classic mash potato.
If you’re craving a good, hearty stew, you can’t go wrong with this one! White beans, celery, and savory mushrooms are simmered in a tomato-based broth. This Celery, Mushroom, and White Bean Stew by Alenoosh Matakupan tastes even better the next day, once the flavors have had more time to marry.
7. Delicata Squash Stew With Chickpeas and Quinoa
This Delicata Squash Stew With Chickpeas and Quinoa by Jodi Kay is the ultimate comfort food meal accompaniment. It contains Delicata squash, hearty quinoa, leeks, chickpeas, and corn, all submerged in a savory broth made golden thanks to turmeric. To get a buttery vegetable broth make sure to add the cob of corn in after you’re done shucking off the kernels. That little cob adds a ton of flavor. Enjoy!
This is a beautifully simple recipe that works great if you are trying to make lunch for a week. You start with a basic tomato base and then add some whole vegetables for nutrition and some spices to make the dish pop. You should get creative with the spice proportions so that this Cashew Spinach Cannelini Bean Stew by Florian Nouh just to your liking.
Source: Seitan, Carrot, and Pumpkin Stew
Say hello to the perfect winter stew! Everything in this Seitan, Carrot, and Pumpkin Stew by Simona Malerba is cooked until tender in a thick tomato-based broth seasoned with fresh sage, bay leaf, and cloves. It’s perfect on a cold winter night with a side of flat bread or grains.
10. Hearty Stout and Mixed Vegetable Stew
The base of his Hearty Stout and Mixed Vegetable Stew by Rinku Bhattacharya uses lots of onions, some garlic, rosemary and thyme thrown in for good measure. The vegetables are then added in and we have a wonderful deep sauce that thickens and simmers the vegetables into soft and tender perfection, in short just what winter is made for.
1. Creamy Cauliflower Chickpea Soup
Source: Cauliflower Chickpea Soup
This decadent, dairy-free soup is just perfect in its simplicity. The creaminess of this Cauliflower Chickpea Soup by Stacey Isaacs is unparalleled. Yet, there’s no cream — there’s not even any non-dairy milk in it. The base of this soup is entirely made from cauliflower, onion, and garlic. It gets whizzed up in the blender and the result is like a bowl of chowder that tastes like it’s made with heavy cream. It works perfectly as leftovers — so, if you make a big pot and put it in the fridge, you will be able to eat healthy all week long.
2. Creamy Pumpkin Soup With Pumpkin Sour Cream
Source: Creamy Pumpkin Soup
Jazz up Creamy Pumpkin Soup with crispy chickpeas, pomegranate seed, toasted pumpkin seeds, and artichokes! The breaded “parmesan” baked artichokes give this meal a little extra oomph, but the soup is just as delectable without them. The pomegranate seeds were a wonderfully sweet and seasonal addition that are a definitely a necessity in this recipe by Gina Fontana.
Source: Purple Cauliflower Soup
The moment your guests try this soup, they’ll be left bewitched. This Purple Cauliflower Soup by Anarki “AJ” Tjon Affo straight from the pot looks quite striking, but it’s also absolutely delicious! The cauliflower acts as a thick creamy base to let the classic flavors shine.
4. Sweet Potato, Broccolini, and Corn Soup
This thick and creamy Sweet Potato, Broccolini, and Corn Soup by Karen Kitto is all plant-based, making it a healthy and delicious meal that will help you reach your daily quota of veggies. Sweet potato is great for flavor and helps to make it nice and thick along with the corn. The combination of the two gives the soup its wow factor. The sweetness of the veggies combined with the saltiness of the stock can’t be underestimated.
This Chestnut And Roasted Cauliflower Soup by Nancy Partington pairs sweet, nutty chestnuts with earthy roasted cauliflower, the usual aromatics (onion, celery, garlic), and a pinch of herbs de Provence. It is rich, earthy, hearty, and very satisfying on a cold day. For a bright, punchy element, swirl each bowl with parsley-lemon oil, and a scattering of crispy sprouted pumpkin seeds and a two-tone gomasio that adds crunch and a savory-salty finish.
Source: Apple, Parsnip, and Fennel Soup
This Apple, Parsnip, and Fennel Soup by Claire Ragozzino is the perfect comforting meal that celebrates the fall harvest. The apple provides sweet notes that counter the starchy, zesty parsnip. For added texture and veggies, make crispy sage Brussels sprouts to sprinkle on top. This soup is so creamy, your dinner guests will not believe that it is dairy-free!
Pumpkin Coconut Soup With Walnut Gremolata – delicious, heart-warming pumpkin soup, with crunchy, garlicky topping of toasted walnuts and coconut – it’s fall comfort food in its best. It’s a simple and quick soup, with warm spices and mildly sweet taste. The presentation of this pumpkin soup by Viktoria Radichkova will wow everyone at your Thanksgiving table but the flavors will knock their socks off.
8. Kabocha Squash and Red Lentil Soup
Source: Cheesy Roasted Cauliflower Soup
Simple to prepare but packed full of flavor with the most amazing creamy texture, this Cheesy Roasted Cauliflower Soup by Dan Waters will become the star of your Thanksgiving table. If you were ever a lover of cauliflower cheese, then this soup version will be something you adore.
Source: Oil-Free Pumpkin Curry Soup
This Oil-Free Pumpkin Curry Soup by Rae combines the warmth of pumpkin soup with curry spices that make your meal even more comforting. We can’t think of a better seasonal dish! Plus it is oil-free, vegan, nut-free, soy-free, grain-free, AND refined sugar-free.
Want more delicious, seasonal soups? Check out 15 Hearty Soups to Keep You Warm and Satisfied and The Best Quick Soups to Keep You Warm, and 15 Creamy Vegan Soups You Can Make in the Blender. Also, make sure to check out Here’s Our Ultimate Guide to Vegan Soup Recipes! for all of our favorite soup recipes!
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