Break Tradition with Vegan Comfort Foods This Thanksgiving
The weather is getting colder, leaves are changing different colors, and it’s time to bust out all of those comfy sweaters. You know what that means! Fall has arrived and Thanksgiving is around the corner.
What better way to indulge in this change of pace and the upcoming holiday than with all the comfort foods! Traditionally speaking, opting for a vegan diet is already untraditional when it comes to Thanksgiving but that’s what keeps things interesting! Non-traditional foods can be just as delicious and all the more exciting with the holiday season growing near. We’ve gathered up a bevy of international foods that’ll warm your bellies and make you feel good.
Adobo is the most common dish from the Philippines. Although the Filipino diet isn’t always vegan friendly, it’s most certainly easy to make a vegan version of most dishes. You can add in tofu or veggies into an adobo dish, since the major components of this dish are plenty of vinegar and soy sauce.
We do have to acknowledge that the United States really does comfort food well and that’s proven with some good ol’ mac and cheese. Growing up, one of the first things I learned how to make in the kitchen was mac and cheese. Yes, I started off with the Kraft box kind but I’ve since graduated into adulthood and have learned how to make the grownup version, minus all the preservatives and adding in all the good stuff. Minimalist Baker has a really great recipe that’s super simple and delicious!
Polish food is all about getting you through those cold, winter months and pierogis will do the trick. You can pack your pierogi with whatever filling you’d like and top them off with some coconut bacon or fried onions.
A tagine is a type of clay pot that’s made for cooking in Moroccan cuisine. You can easily make a tagine, which is also a sort of stew, easily without one though. The addition of harissa, a delectable spice important in Moroccan cooking, helps bring the flavors together. This is a type of dish that can feed a large number of people or can be eaten throughout the week.
Matzah ball soup probably one of the most recognizable dishes of Jewish culture. It’s also one of the most approachable and easiest dishes to make. Every year, one of my best friends makes me matzah ball soup for my birthday (my birthday is the day after Christmas, so it’s primetime for comfort food in my belly). Let’s be real here, it's one of those dishes that’ll always taste better during the holidays or when it’s cold out — it’s just better that way!
The number one Canadian comfort food of all time is poutine. It’s the ultimate food to cure hangovers and I’m sure it can cure many other ailments, too. Potatoes, mushroom gravy, and dollops of cheese on top! What else could you ask for?
A vegan version of menudo? Yes, this is totally possible, all thanks to our editor, Magdalena! We’ve talked about the difficulties of growing up with very meat-centric backgrounds, but we’ve found ways to keep our cultural identities intact as well as indulging in comfort foods. She’s got a version of her grandfather’s recipe here.
Indian food is one of the most vegan and vegetarian friendly diets around. They’ve got plenty of delicious options but the most popular and well-know would be biryani. Biryani is a layered dish, served with a type of meat but can easily be substituted with veggies. It’s nice and filling, which is an important quality in comfort foods.