15 Recipes for Every Craving You’ll Have During Veganuary, and for Any Time You're Learning How to Go Vegan
You’re halfway through a month of vegan eating (or maybe just looking for vegan inspiration). Stick it out with easy vegan comfort foods.
So you accepted the 30-day Veganuary challenge (this means taking on a vegan diet for the entire month of January - a movement launched in 2014 by a UK nonprofit). You've somehow managed to successfully avoid animal products for two straight weeks. Congratulations! But, as anyone who’s tried healthy-eating challenges will tell you, the midpoint in the resolution-setting journey is characterized by constant cravings, depleted willpower, and an especially persistent temptation to throw in the towel. When any feelings of accomplishment about your new veganism are shrouded in pizza dreams and the irresistible call to bite into a juicy burger, you know it’s time to shake up your strategy to get you to the home stretch.
Somwhere in between reaching your wits’ end with all the smoothie bowls, main-dish salads, and veggie soups you’ve been eating, and just quitting Veganuary mid-race, lies an opportunity. Unlike challenges with strict restrictions like Whole30 or Dryanuary, there is a lesser-discussed middle-ground one can take—a Veganuary hack, if you will—to get you to the finish line.
Queue vegan comfort food, which is the plant-based way to have your slice of pizza and eat it (vegan) too. While making vegan grilled cheeze isn’t exactly the pinnacle of #cleaneatinggoals, it might just be the trick to keep cravings for the real thing at bay—and keep you on track to complete the vegan food challenge!
And with that, here’s a list of beloved comfort foods made with plant-based ingredients for your Veganuary pleasure—and for any month of the year, for that matter!
1. Vegan French Toast
Start your morning with Vegan French Toast, a sweetheart breakfast that’s plant-based and only a wee bit indulgent.
2. Popeye Grilled Cheese
Nothing beats the crunch of toasted bread against a salty melted cheese. Except maybe Popeye Grilled Cheese, a completely plant-based version, which melts right in your mouth. That's right, no dairy products here—the recipe tells you how to make your own vegan cheese from soy milk and cashews.
3. Loaded Vegan Deep Dish Pizza
Thick dough meets a saucy interior filled with loads of veggies in Loaded Vegan Deep Dish Pizza. It’s not exactly what most Chicagoans have in mind, but it will more than fulfill your pizza-eating requirements this month.
4. High-Protein Vegan Burgers
Slap some ketchup, mustard, and two dill pickle slices on High Protein Vegan Burgers and you have yourself the meal of your (meatless) dreams. They're not the real thing, but close enough. *drool* If you're concerned about getting enough protein with your new vegan lifestyle, this recipe, made with textured vegetable protein and wheat gluten, contain 38 grams of protein per serving.
5. Spicy Korean Style Cauliflower Wings
Gochujang sauce meets cauliflower skewers to satisfy your itch for some finger lickin' food in Spicy Korean Style Cauliflower Wings. The texture it takes on is surprisingly close to the non-vegan version.
6. Vegan Nachos with Jackfruit
Get your favorite bag of nacho chips (most are naturally vegan) and learn how to make an unripe fruit taste like your favorite protein in Vegan Nachos with Jackfruit.
7. Vegan Macaroni and Cheese
All you need is lots of pasta and lots of room in your belly and you’re golden, when you make Vegan Macaroni and Cheese. Almost all. Stock up on the nutritional yeast, too; not only does it give this vegan recipe lots of umami, but fortified brands (check the label) have lots of essential vitamin B-12.
8. Vegan Reuben Sandwiches
Here’s the perfect excuse to eat sauerkraut in a recipe, instead of straight out of the jar. Vegan Reuben Sandwiches call for tempeh and a homemade special sauce, too. Delicious!
9. Vegan Sloppy Joes
Cauliflower is the surprise in these vegan Sloppy Joes, with cajun seasoning, garlic, vegan Worcestershire, and soy sauce making the thick tomato puree (aka passata) plenty exciting.
10. Spicy Vegan Spinach Artichoke Dip
Imagine the nation’s most-beloved appetizer, but made dairy-free and 100% Veganuary approved. Spicy Vegan Spinach Artichoke Dip is cheesy, garlickly, and great with a vegan bread, too.
11. Vegan Veggie Enchiladas
Stock up on the best vegan cheese for these Mexican-inspired Vegan Veggie Enchiladas. Cheddar or Jack is recommended.
12. Vegan Chicken Nuggets
Dunking breaded protein (in this case, ground chickpeas with artichoke hearts) in your favorite sweet or spicy sauce? Veganuary approved! But we're guessing you'll want to make Vegan Chicken Nuggets year-round.
13. Vegan Crunchwrap Supreme
Skip the fast-food drive-through and whip out your best taco seasoning. This recipe for Vegan Crunchwrap Supreme, a homemade version of popular plant-based sofritas (spicy shredded tofu) wraps, involves heaps of cashew crema as well as browned and crumbled tofu. Yum!
14. Vegan Carbonara with Coconut Bacon
Pasta, mushrooms, and a pool of coconutty cashew Alfredo sauce add deep flavor to phenomenal Vegan Carbonara with Coconut Bacon.
15. Vegan Chickpea Meatball Subs with Homemade Mozzarella
To make Vegan Chickpea Meatball Subs with Homemade Mozzarella, load up crunchy bread with DIY chickpea meatless balls, herbs, and a blanket of marinara and "cheese."
Create a vegan meal plan
Looking for more vegan meals? There are thousands of vegan options on Yummly, including recipes made with whole foods like lentils, soy milk, whole grains, and quinoa, as well as popular vegan products such as seitan and tempeh. Just type "vegan" into the Yummly search bar. You can also set your overall recipe-search preferences to “vegan” under “Preferences” in your Yummly profile. It's easy to create your own vegan meal plan, too, using our meal planner tool.