Here are 10 delicious recipes for vegetarian comfort food for when a craving strikes: like french fries, queso, pizza, tacos, nachos, and more!
What is comfort food? Let’s consult a dictionary, shall we? One definition is “food that provides consolation or a feeling of well-being, typically any with a high sugar or other carbohydrate content and associated with childhood or home cooking.” Ha! Alex and I have found that after starting to eat mostly home-cooked plant based foods, we still have a craving for comfort foods now and then. But making them at home, and mostly vegetarian, they can also have healthy-ish spins and be even more satisfying than the real thing. Here are our top recipes for 10 vegetarian comfort food.
Our approach to comfort food
Our basic approach to comfort food can be found in Michael’s Pollan’s short book Food Rules, Rule 39: Eat all the junk food you want as long as you cook it yourself. Pollan goes on to explain that there’s nothing wrong with eating sweets, fried foods, and pastries every once in a while. These type of treats used to be expensive and hard to make, but manufacturers have made them so cheap and easy that we’re eating them every day. If you made all the french fries you ate, you would eat them much less often because they’re so much work to put together.
We agree with this approach, and have found it to absolutely work in our lives. Those fries above are the bomb, but you have to spend about an hour to work for them! In that vein, our recipes for vegetarian comfort foods either have healthy-ish spins, or are meant to be consumed occasionally.
And now, our top recipes for vegetarian comfort food!
When it comes to fries, there’s nothing more epic than a platter of Chili Cheese Fries! Imagine: that combination of deliciously hearty chili, crispy potatoes, and gooey cheese sauce is comfort food at its finest. This spin on the traditionally heavy dish is fresher than most, featuring a vegetarian black bean chili and a lighter (but just as tasty) cheese sauce.
What’s more comforting than a pot pie? This vegetarian pot pie is crazy delicious, with a flaky pot pie crust and a savory filling of veggies and Parmesan. Or try our vegan pot pie, which has a delicious crust and sweet potato and mushroom filling. Vegetarian comfort food at its finest.
Next up in vegetarian comfort food: nachos! These sheet pan nachos are the best because they’re plant based, healthy nachos that are so flavorful no one will miss the meat! They’re topped with vegan taco meat and cheese or if you'd like, our vegan nacho cheese. You’ll never buy store-bought nacho cheese again!
Love tater tots but not processed foods? Try these homemade tater tots, made simply with potatoes and olive oil and baked until crispy. What’s more quintessential comfort food than tots? If you’d like, turn them into “totchos” (tater tot nachos) with this recipe: Tater Tot Nachos — Totchos!