The air is getting crisp and you’ve put your swimsuit away, but it’s no time to feel sad! Autumn presents glorious opportunities to enjoy the outdoors (without sweating like crazy), as well as taking the time to prepare delicious, soul-warming food using local produce. So grab a sweater and test-drive some of these awesome vegan recipes for autumn!
1. Vegan Chili with Sour “Cream”
Just one look at the picture of this delicious chili over at Oh She Glows will have your tastebuds tingling, but the vegan sour cream recipe (hint – the main ingredient is cashews!) is what really makes it stand out. Add some squash or pumpkin for even more of a fall feel.
2. Slow-Cooker Squash Stew
For those who are pressed for time, you don’t have to spend hours at the stove to have a delicious and healthy fall meal. Throw a few ingredients in your slow cooker in the morning, head out for the day, and voila! Although this recipe from the Food Network calls for parmesan, you can easily eliminate it for a vegan dish or add some nutritional yeast to replace the cheesy flavor of parmesan.
3. Roasted Carrot Hummus
This recipe celebrates the root vegetables of fall by adding roasted carrots to a vegan favorite - hummus. Our good friend Gena at Choosing Raw shares this simple but delicious recipe and even offers some suggestions for adding other roasted root vegetables like butternut squash or pumpkin to enjoy in-season autumn squashes.
4. Sugar Snap Pea Maple Nut Salad
Something about the name of this dish just brings a smile to the face – try saying it five times! Healthy, quick and delicious, this salad would make for a great side dish, main meal, or even a work time lunch when you’re tired of soup and sandwiches. You’ll love the addition of fresh red grapefruit that adds some tang. Be sure to try the ice bath technique mentioned by the Lunch Box Bunch in this recipe to get really colorful veggies.
5. Smoky Butternut Squash with Pasta and Greens
This recipe looks like the richest, most delicious macaroni and cheese dish you’ve ever imagined – except it is vegan! Trick your kids with this delectable dish and enjoy the rich, complex flavors of butternut squash mixed with a dash of liquid smoke and some spices. Add broccoli, kale, or spinach and you have a warm and healthy fall dinner. Do you have any autumn vegan recipes you can’t live without? Please share!