A Vegan Comfort Food Meal Plan to Chase Away the Winter Blues

Read on for a week’s worth of vegan recipe ideas that’ll keep you motivated to cook all week long. Cook your way through day by day, or just select a few favorites.

A Vegan Comfort Food Meal Plan to Chase Away the Winter Blues

This saag recipe satisfies both my need for things that are hearty and things that are creamy without a single drop of dairy added to the mix.

Monday: Sunflower Saag With Black Eyed Peas

A Philly cheesesteak is one of my ultimate comfort foods, and this vegan version made with mushrooms does not disappoint in the slightest.

Tuesday: Vegan Mushroom Cheesesteaks

Mapo tofu has held a special place in my heart since the first time I had it and experienced that fiery heat from the chiles, and that signature mouth-numbing, tingly Sichuan peppercorn effect.

Wednesday: Vegan Mapo Tofu

You’re in the home stretch as far as this week goes, and, maybe in your mad dash to get everything done before Friday, you just ran out of time to go grocery shopping.

Thursday: Sesame Noodles

Pozole is one of those dishes that I absolutely adore and crave often, but the traditional pork-based version is such a time-suck to make since it has to simmer away for hours until the meat is tender.

Friday: Vegan Red Pozole With Mushrooms

Every single time I’m in New Orleans, or even just at a Creole restaurant, I will find, and eat, all of the jambalaya.

Saturday: Smoky Jambalaya

So I'm circling back to that tradition with a hearty soup that has a little trick to achieving simmered-all-day flavor without the all-day part: refried beans.

Sunday: Beany Minestrone Soup

Make this brand-new banana bread recipe Sunday night so you can have a slice at breakfast, for dessert, or just a mid-afternoon snack throughout the week.

Bonus Round: Vegan Banana Bread

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