10 Healthy Vegan Comfort Foods for Winter

A roundup of my favorite feel-good comfort foods, this list of 10 Healthy Vegan Comfort Foods for Winter will become a go-to resource for you during the winter months! Full of healthy vegan and gluten-free recipes that are still comforting and delicious.

If you’re trying to eat healthy but still stay cozy in the winter, here are 10 Healthy Vegan Winter Comfort Foods to try!

All of these recipes are wholesome, vegan, and gluten-free, and will make you feel energized and healthy! But they’re also comforting, warming, and packed with flavor, so they’re perfect for cold weather!

1. Wild Rice Stuffed Squash

Vegan Wild Rice Stuffed Squash

This vegan wild rice stuffed squash is healthy yet comforting, making it an excellent option for a hearty winter dinner. Made with wholesome ingredients like butternut squash and wild rice, It’s gluten-free and won’t weigh you down, but it’s incredibly flavorful and will please vegans and non-vegans alike.
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Vegan Wild Rice Stuffed Squash

What people are saying about this recipe

  • Blog reader Eloise says “I made this yesterday for Thanksgiving and it was the star of the party! Everyone went for seconds, even our meat-eating family members.”

  • Blog reader Laura says “Everyone – including my sausage roll loving Dad absolutely loved it. Tastes absolutely delicious and feels like a special treat to eat.”

2. Indian-Spiced Chickpea Sweet Potato Stew

Indian Chickpea Sweet Potato Stew (Vegan, Gluten-Free)

A hearty, filling meal that’s 100% wholesome, this Indian Chickpea Sweet Potato Stew is the best of healthy comfort food. It’s vegan, gluten-free, and made with whole foods like sweet potatoes, chickpeas, warming Indian spices, and greens, but it feels like a cozy hug in a bowl!
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Indian Chickpea Sweet Potato Stew (Vegan, Gluten-Free)

What people are saying about this recipe

  • Blog reader Lynn says “This one’s going on rotation especially during the wicked Canadian winter.”

  • Blog reader Neha says “This is literally so delicious, I am out of words! This will definitely be made again and again! I love incorporating sweet potatoes in foods I make at home, but they have never tasted so good before.
Indian Chickpea Sweet Potato Stew (Vegan, Gluten-Free)

3. Creamy Mushroom and Black Beluga Lentil Stew

Creamy Mushroom and Black Beluga Lentil Stew

This Creamy Mushroom and Black Beluga Lentil Stew is vegan, gluten-free, and plant-forward, but creamy and delicious. With hearty black beluga lentils, umami-packed mushrooms, and nutrition superstar kale, this is comfort food you can feel good about!
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Creamy Mushroom and Black Beluga Lentil Stew

What people are saying about this recipe

  • Blog reader Susan says it’s “a mushroom-lovers bomb-diggity!”

  • Blog reader Marion says “Creamy, hearty, flavorful, and everything else you would want in a winter dish. Definitely a keeper!”

Creamy Mushroom and Black Beluga Lentil Stew

4. Pumpkin Curry with Tofu

Vegan Pumpkin Curry with Tofu

This Vegan Pumpkin Curry with Tofu pairs authentic Indian flavors with a creamy pumpkin-coconut sauce made from whole pumpkin. It’s protein-packed and hearty, vegan and gluten-free, yet so creamy.
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pumpkin curry with tofu in a bowl

What people are saying about this recipe

  • Blog reader H says “Another ridiculously fantastic recipe. The pumpkin/cinnamon/nutmeg combo was a nice twist on the more traditional curry base.“

  • Blog reader Athena says “I made this recently and OMG another hit, Nisha! So yummy, fun, and the boiled tofu is a delight w the texture of the pumpkin & green beans. Def going to be a regular appearing fall staple!
pumpkin curry with tofu in a bowl

5. Creamy White Beans and Kale with Wild Rice

Creamy White Beans with Kale and Wild Rice

Creamy White Beans with Kale and Wild Rice - a simple yet flavorful meal for those busy weeknight dinners. Made with wholesome everyday ingredients, this recipe is vegan, gluten-free, and oil-free but doesn't skimp on flavor.
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ceramic bowl on pink backdrop with creamy white beans and kale served over wild rice

What people are saying about this recipe

  • Blog reader Aurora says “Delicious! I find many beans & rice recipes bland but this one is so good, savory and filling. Thank you!”

  • Blog reader Bethany says “I made this for dinner and really loved it! I love white beans but don’t use them enough and the miso paste added great flavor.”

6. Instant Pot Wild Rice Mushroom Soup

Instant Pot Wild Rice Mushroom Soup (Vegan)

A creamy, protein-packed Vegan Wild Rice Mushroom Soup made in the Instant Pot! It’s made with a fraction of the effort as traditional wild rice soup, gets a protein helping hand from white beans, and is 100% creamy yet 100% dairy-free.
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Instant Pot Wild Rice Mushroom Soup (Vegan)

What people are saying about this recipe

  • Blog reader Jane says “Made this and loved it. My sister’s boyfriend who isn’t vegetarian didn’t even realize it was vegan and he really enjoyed it as well. It is also so quick and easy to make.”

  • Blog reader SH says “This soup is a big hit at my home and a great way to get my hubby to enjoy a vegan meal.”

7. Green Goddess Soup

Vegan Green Goddess Soup

A green soup that’s not your ordinary detox broth. This green goddess soup is creamy and satisfying, yet 100% wholesome, vegan, gluten-free, and even Paleo. Made with Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, and lots of fresh herbs!
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Vegan Green Goddess Soup

What people are saying about this recipe

  • Blog reader Fabienne says “Just made this as I felt I needed it after the holidays. It turned out absolutely super delicious!! Creamy and full of goodness!”

  • Blog reader Nikki says, “Thanks for this recipe! This soup has been a huge hit at our house.”

8. Creamy Lentil and Vegetable Bake

Creamy Lentil and Vegetable Bake (Vegan, Gluten-Free)

This vegan, gluten-free Creamy Lentil and Vegetable Bake is the ultimate comfort food. Sweet, caramelized roasted vegetables and creamy lentils are baked in a rich cashew cream and make for an excellent vegan main dish for any holiday gathering!
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Creamy Lentil and Vegetable Bake (Vegan, Gluten-Free)

What people are saying about this recipe

  • Blog reader Lindsey says, “Absolutely delicious! Tasted like Thanksgiving on a plate. I added in some roasted parsnips, beets, and honeynut squash and they melted in with the other veggies perfectly.”

  • Blog reader Kasey says, “Made this for Christmas dinner and it was divine! We were able to eat on it for a few days after too, and I was so sad when it was gone. I plan on making this once a week because I loved it so much.”
Creamy Lentil and Vegetable Bake (Vegan, Gluten-Free)

9. Healthy Lentil Shepherd’s Pie

The Best Vegan Lentil Shepherd's Pie

This is the best vegan shepherd’s pie you’ll try! A hearty, flavor-packed lentil and sticky onion filling meets fluffy mashed potatoes and cauliflower in this protein-rich, healthy plant based dinner recipe. The perfect healthy comfort food for winter.
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overhead shot of lentil shepherd's pie

What people are saying about this recipe

  • Blog reader Tobi says, “Followed the recipe exactly and it turned out amazing. So much flavor and super hearty. Will be making this again for sure!

  • Blog reader Leigh Anne says, “I’m not vegan BUT I am trying to eat less meat and I want to at least go vegetarian. I made this last week and it is just amazing. If you like shepherd’s pie, you will love this. Bonus points for not making me feel heavy after eating it.”
healthy vegan lentil shepherd's pie - flat lay in skillet

10. Instant Pot Spiced Red Lentil Sweet Potato Soup

Instant Pot Spiced Red Lentil Sweet Potato Soup

A creamy Indian-spiced soup that’s naturally creamy from red lentils and sweet potatoes, and made super simple thanks to the Instant Pot. With warming spices like garam masala and turmeric, this is a healthy yet hearty meal that’ll give you all the cozy vibes.
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Indian-spiced red lentil sweet potato soup with bread

What people are saying about this recipe

  • Blog reader Jackie says “I made this tonight and it was absolutely. I added a couple handfuls of spinach because I love greens in everything. Thank you for such a great recipe

  • Blog reader Heather says “Nisha, this is delicious! It was the first time I have used my instant pot because the idea of pressure cooking scares me. But I am converted! Probably one of the best meals I have ever made.”

Indian-spiced red lentil sweet potato soup with bread

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