People often think a whole food plant based diet has to be bland or boring. But that’s just not true. You can immitate all your favorite comfort food recipes using only plants! Whether it’s a warm bowl of soup, some chocolate pudding, or grandma’s meatloaf recipe, here are some ideas on how you can start turning your go-to comfort foods into healthy, plant-based options.
Breakfast: Chickpea Frittata
If you like savory breakfasts, this one is for YOU! This is from Homecooked Roots and is full of nutrient-packed veggies like sweet potatoes and kale. It gets it’s egg-like texture from chickpea flour and creamy red lentils. This is a satiating and delicious veggie heavy breakfast.
Lunch ➸ Golden Veggie Soup
This is a cheerful and delightful warm-up on cold winter days (or in times of crisis like we’re currently experiencing). The recipe is from Pinch of Yum. It’s creaminess comes from cashews and cauliflower! I bought crispy chickpeas (contains oil) to save time but you can always roast your own.
Snack: Cherry Chia Pudding
There’s nothing like chocolate pudding for comfort food, amiright? I used frozen cherries and coconut milk for these. There are so many recipes out there for chia pudding – find one that floats your boat and dig in!
Dinner: Walnut Lentil Loaf
Anyone else grow up in the midwest? This meal reminds me of home. Meatless loaf, blanched green beans, and air fried potato wedges make this the perfect Sunday dinner. This Lentil Loaf was adapted from Oh She Glows
Note: These meals lay the foundation for my week. I am never limited to just these meals and I always keep extra items on hand for additional snacks or meals.
I hope you enjoy these comforting whole food plant-based recipes. Only after healing myself of lifelong chronic constipation through healthful, plant-based eating did I arrive at my life’s work as a dietitian. Now, I find an immense amount of joy in helping others simply and sustainably eat foods that taste good and make them feel even better. To learn more about my approach to nutrition, click the button below.