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Warming Vegan Recipes To Eat This Week

If you are a recent addition to the vegan world, you might have found the vegan lifestyle and food habits easy during the summer months with fresh salads and pasta dishes, but when the weather turns and we face colder nights you may miss an easy crockpot roast or warming stew. The good thing is that you can still enjoy vegan and healthy comfort foods! 

Vegan Curry

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For something warming that hits the spot, nothing can be better in fall than a good old curry. Now that ‘going vegan’ is becoming popular in the world there are loads of curry recipes which are vegan by nature and this makes it much easier for you to find a great spicy dish to enjoy. In previous posts, I shared a Creamy Curried Broccoli and Cauliflower Soup and Hearty Vegetable Lentil Stew with Goda Masala, but here is an additional yummy vegan curry recipe.


  • 1 can chickpeas (15.5 oz) 
  • ½ cup red lentils
  • 1 onion
  • 1 green chili
  • 1.8 oz (50g) chopped ginger
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 tbsp Garam masala
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 13.5 oz (400 ml) passata
  • 3.38 oz (100ml) coconut milk
  • Rice to serve

Start off by pulsing the onion, garlic, ginger and chili in a food processor. Place into a pan and fry for 10 minutes until fragrant. Add all other ingredients and simmer for 40 minutes. Serve with rice!

Tomato Soup

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Tomato soup is a classic comfort food and it’s one which absolutely anyone can enjoy. The fresh, warming flavor is perfect after a cold day and this recipe is simple and delicious. I prefer mine served with a vegan grilled ‘cheese’ gluten-free sandwich.


  • 5 medium (500g large) tomatoes
  • 2 tbsp tomato purée
  • 1 onion
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 handful basil
  • 16.5 oz (500ml) vegetable stock.

To start off, score a cross into the top of each tomato and boil them for a few minutes in a pan. Place directly until a bowl of ice cold water and allow the skin to peel off. Sauté onions and garlic until translucent, add all other ingredients and simmer for 1 hour. Blend until smooth.

Butternut Squash Risotto

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For a fall time classic which makes the most of the squashes we have available this season, a comforting bowl of risotto cannot go wrong.


  • 1 cup (200g) butternut squash, diced and boiled
  • 1 cup (200g) arborio rice
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp tomato purée
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 glass white wine
  • 25.36 oz (750ml) vegetable stock

Place some oil in a pan and add the garlic. Cook for 2-3 minutes. Add in rice and coat with the oil. Pour in the wine and stir until absorbed. Add the tomato purée and a ladle of stock. Stir until combined. Add cumin and some more stock. Repeat adding stock until all has been absorbed. Add in the butternut squash and cook for 10 minutes before serving with a crisp salad.

There are loads of tasty plant-based meals to enjoy as the weather cools so have fun with a few different recipes and you could end up with some new family favorites! What are your favorite fall favorite comfort foods?

Roasted Figs (Paleo & Vegan)

Figs have a short season so get to your nearest grocery now! I got mine at Trader Joe’s. I’ve been trying lots of new things with the Blonde Coconut Nectar since I used it to create my Blackberry and Blueberry Crisp. I love that its flavor doesn’t compete with the food and it doesn’t have a strong coconut taste either, just a nice sweetness. So I used it to roast the figs with a little cinnamon; sometimes the simplest ingredients are the tastiest.

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I’ve been enjoying them on oatmeal, on salad, pizza, and even a sweet potato with a little vegan butter. Just can’t get enough of these delectable figs! Plus, they are ready in a snap!

Roasted Figs (Vegan & Paleo)

  • Servings: 9
  • Difficulty: easy
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Simple, delicious, Paleo, and Vegan Roasted Figs with only three ingredients. Check out the recipe ideas for ways to eat these figs!

Tips: Figs will stay fresh in the fridge for a week or so. I like to pull out a couple every day to add pizzazz to my typical staples.



  1. Heat oven to 375.
  2. Slice the figs in half.
  3. Place on a baking pan.
  4. Coat with coconut nectar and cinnamon.
  5. Arrange the figs cut side up.
  6. Cook for ~15 minutes until they are tender and slightly caramelized.
  7. Serve warm, and store leftovers with sauce in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

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Top 15 Gluten-Free and Vegan Foods 2018

When I first found out that I couldn’t eat wheat, dairy or eggs – I wondered what I would eat. Everyone recommended Veggie Straws and Skinny Pop, and while they are gluten-free, I’ve decided to share some of my favorite allergy-friendly, vegan and gluten-free products. If you have recently discovered a gluten-intolerance and have no idea what to eat, or have a gluten-free vegan family member staying with you over the holidays and have no idea what to have in the house for them, then this list is for you!

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Breakfast Foods

I am focusing on breakfast, because not only is it the most important meal of the day – it’s often the meal that gluten-free folks struggle with the most.

(1) Cherrybrook Kitchen Gluten Free Pancake and Waffle Mix, 18 oz

Cherrybrook Kitchen makes a pancake mix that does not require eggs. I substitute non-dairy milk and the pancakes are fluffy and delicious!


(2) Van’s Gluten Free Waffles (Original, Blueberry and Apple Cinnamon)

I love Van’s Gluten-free Waffles. They are vegan and gluten-free! I often like to eat them with peanut butter and maple syrup (don’t knock it until you try it)! My kids eat them almost every day.


(3) Simple Mills Naturally Gluten-Free Almond Flour Muffin Mixes, Pumpkin Muffin, Chocolate Muffin & Cake and Banana Muffin, 3 Count

All of the Simple Mills Mixes are delicious. I use non-dairy milk, and instead of egg I substitute 1/2 banana per egg in the banana muffin mix, 1/4 cup pumpkin purée per egg in the Pumpkin Muffin Mix and 1/4 cup applesauce per egg in the Chocolate Muffin mix in order to make them vegan.


(4) Pamela’s Products Gluten Free Biscuit and Scone Mix, 13 Ounce

I never thought that I would eat biscuits again until I found this mix! I made the drop biscuits because I don’t have time to roll out the dough.


(5) Arrowhead Mills Organic Rice & Shine Hot Cereal

This cereal is available at my local grocery store Dierbergs here in St. Louis, Fresh Thyme and Whole Foods. It takes 3 minutes to make, and I serve it with a little fresh fruit, non-dairy milk, and maple syrup.


(6) Envirokidz Organic Gluten-Free Cereal, Peanut Butter Panda Puffs, 10.6 Ounce Box (Pack of 6) 

There hasn’t been an Envirokidz Gluten-Free Cereal that we haven’t liked. You really can’t go wrong with any of them, it just depends if you want your kids to have chocolate for breakfast! They are available at Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods too.

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(7) Bobo’s Oat Bars Stuff’d Bars

Everyone knows about Kind Bars and Larabar Bars (the Chocolate Coconut Chew and the Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip are my favorites). However, my local grocery store, Dierbergs gave out a sample of these bars and I fell in love! The Bobo’s Stuff’d Bars are my favorite – I’ve had the Chocolate Almond Nut Butter Filled, The Coconut Almond Butter, and Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter and all are to die for!!!. If you don’t want to spend the extra money for the stuff’d bars, the non-stuff’d are good as well; I particularly like the Coconut Almond Chocolate Chip Bar.


(8)Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Quick Cooking Rolled Oats, 32-ounce

Overnight Oats are all the rage right now. I have been experimenting with some recipes too. Pick up some of these Gluten-Free Quick Oats and you’ll be grateful!


Gluten-Free Vegan Bread & Pasta

(9) Schar Deli-Style Bread Gluten Free — 8.5 oz(Case of 6)

This is the best gluten-free sandwich bread on the market. It doesn’t crumble and it tastes like a normal slice of bread!


(10) SCHAR | Baguettes- [Gluten Free] 12.3 Oz [1 Pack]

This is the only vegan and gluten-free baguette that I’ve found, and I won’t look any further unless I find one that can beat the price but still tastes as good. I often slice it, spread some vegan butter on it and make a toasted garlic cheese bread with it! I love it with pasta.

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(11) Andean Dream Fusilli Quinoa Pasta Gluten Free (3×8 Oz)

This pasta is a no-fuss gluten-free pasta that doesn’t get mushy or stick together. It is delicious!


Gluten-free Crackers

I love these crackers crumbled into soups, eaten as a snack, dipped in peanut butter, hummus or avocado.

(12) Simple Mills – Almond Flour Grain Free, Gluten Free Crackers



(13) Ka-Me Gluten Free Rice Crackers, Sesame, 3.5 Ounce





(14) Mi-Del GF Pie Crust, Choc Snaps, 7.1 Oz

If you are in a hurry and don’t have time to make a crust from scratch, this chocolate cookie crumb pie crust will make the rush worthwhile!

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(15) Enjoy Life Crunchy Cookies, Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Nut-Free and Soy-Free, Chocolate Chip, 6.3 Ounce (Pack of 6)

It is a hard choice between the regular gluten-free chocolate chip cookie and the chocolate chocolate-chip cookie. Both are delicious!


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What are your favorite gluten-free foods? Share in the comments!


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