Not sure about anyone else, but as soon as the calendar hit September 1, we shifted right into fall mode. We've been pumpkin picking, Halloween planning, and making all the yummy fall treats for creating cozy autumn memories for well over a month now! That being said, it's always a plus when those favorite fall goodies don’t come at the expense of animals or the planet, which is why we scoured the Internet for the best plant-based recipes out there. Bon appetit!
Photo by Two Peas and Their Pod
1. Sweet Potato Chickpea Chili
Hearty chilis are the perfect healthy, flavorful meal when temperatures start to drop. This one is full of all the fall flavors, with sweet potatoes, paprika, cumin, and cilantro adding in a spicy kick for extra warmth.
2. Fall Forest Salad
This is a pretty unique recipe because, according to its author, it used to be a popular dish among medieval Europeans who lived in forest villages. It definitely has a certain fairytale-forest vibe to it, given that it’s an eclectic mix of roasted orange carrots, chestnuts, mushrooms, green lentils, brown rice, pecans, and fresh dill.
Photo by Minimalist Baker
3. Pumpkin Pie
What’s fall without pumpkin pie? One of the Internet’s favorite vegan bakers, Dana Schultz (better known as the Minimalist Baker online), has a great vegan recipe for a delicious pumpkin pie. This is a really simple, one-bowl recipe, and best of all, it’s also gluten-free and naturally sweetened.
4. Vegan Carrot Ginger Soup
Ending a chilly autumn day with a comforting soup is one of the best things about fall. This yummy carrot ginger soup is vegan and gluten-free, with some added pumpkin seed oil swirls to top it off.
5. Smoky Tomato Lentil Soup
This recipe just goes to show how truly tomatoes are, making great additions to both summer dishes and hearty fall recipes. This soup packs a flavorful punch thanks to its sweet smoked paprika, thyme, kalamata olives, and fire-roasted tomatoes.
Photo by Vegan Richa
6. Sweet Potato Peanut Burgers
Yes, sweet potato fries are amazing, but sweet potato burgers deserve love too! This recipe is somewhat complex and requires a food processor to blend up the ingredients for the patties, but the results are worth it.
7. Brussels Sprouts and Quinoa Salad
A healthy fall salad is a wonderful reprise from some of the heavier fall-based recipes out there. This one calls for quinoa, sweet potato, brussels sprouts, and a yummy homemade orange balsamic vinaigrette.
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8. Miso Spinach Mushroom Ramen
This light and easy soup is brimming with ginger, garlic, spinach, and shiitake mushrooms. It’s easy and takes only about 30 minutes to prepare, making it great for busy weeknight dinners.
9. Vegan Cornbread
The classic fall side dish, this time with a vegan twist. (Psst, cornbread is also fantastic to pair with that sweet potato chickpea chili!). This recipe is pretty sweet, so if you prefer your cornbread on the savory side, try lowering the amount of sugar.
Cecilia is a freelance writer and contributor to Slow North. She writes largely about sustainability, especially as it applies to beauty, wellness, and the future of technology. She is a graduate of the journalism department at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and is based in Los Angeles, CA.