Tasty comfort foods don’t always have to be unhealthy. You can still indulge your tastebuds – without the excess calories and unhealthy fats – with these 6 plant-based comfort foods.
Who doesn’t love pizza? After all, they come with dairy cheese, ham, bacon, and sausages.
But if you’re vegan, you don’t have to lose out on the superb taste of this delicious dish. With vegan pizza, you can enjoy what others do – without the usual meat and dairy.
Vegan pizza replaces the traditional dough with a cauliflower-based one. It also makes use of vegan cheese, healthy veggies, and meatless meat for a comfort treat unlike any other.
Vegan Mac N Cheese
Mac N cheese is technically a vegetarian fare since there’s no meat involved. But if you dislike having dairy cheese, then you’ll be glad to know that there’s a plant-based mac n cheese for you!
As a healthier alternative, it makes use of vegan pasta – usually made from whole wheat, brown rice, or lentil ; bean.
As for the cheese, this comfort food features cashew cheese – which is made of cashew (of course), nutritional yeast, cayenne, garlic, turmeric, chili powder, and mustard.
Buffalo Cauliflower Bites
If you adore buffalo wings, then you’ll love cauliflower bites. It’s like having the next best thing – with no meat involved.
These bites feature a vegan buffalo dressing made of paprika and garlic powder. After battering the cauli, you can throw them in an oven or an air fryer to bake at 375F for 10 minutes.
For best results, serve/eat them with carrots, celery, and a hearty ranch dressing.
Nothing beats eating warm chili on a cold or rainy day. Now, you can enjoy it without the need for meat and other unhealthy ingredients!
With vegan chili, all you need are onions, red bell peppers, carrots, celery, and beans (black ; pinto). Throw in a handful of flavorful spices such as cumin, paprika, oregano, ; chili powder to make a heaping even meat-lovers will adore!
Vegan Chocolate Cake
Chocolate cake comes with dairy and eggs, which are no-nos for strict vegans. So if you need to cater to them – or if you just want to make a healthier recipe – then you should consider concocting a vegan batch.
To create the sponge, all you need are almond milk, apple cider vinegar, rice/buckwheat flour, cocoa powder, and unsweetened applesauce.
As for the frosting, you can create a dairy-free buttercream mixture with almond milk, cocoa powder, and vegan butter.
Plant-Based Ice Cream
Thanks to plant-based dairy, strict vegetarians can now enjoy vegan ice cream!
What’s great about this comfort food is that you won’t taste the difference. Heck, you might even consider it more flavorful than the usual ice cream.
Apart from being luxuriously creamy and milky, plant-based ice cream does not come with the usual allergens. So if lactose, wheat, nuts, or soy make you red and swollen – then this is the ice cream for you!
Comfort eating does not always have to be a bad thing. With these plant-based foods, you can eat to your heart’s content!