Think of the word “comfort food” and about half, perhaps more, of the dishes that come to your mind are Southern fare. Characterized by a heritage of love for the family and tradition of weekly gatherings, Southern cuisine has brought us fried chicken, cobbler, baked beans, and hash. It’s popular for its heavily satiating amount of dairy and sugar–but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy it the vegan way.
Below, we share four vegan recipes of classic Southern favorites.
Whether you’re in for a warm bowl to comfort you in the winter or a tasty appetizer to a full-course dinner, this chicken-less pot pie soup will get you pumped up. It’s packed with spices, made creamy with soy milk, and rounded off with chopped up meat-free chicken.
What soul food list would be complete without barbecue? In this recipe, the pineapple-whiskey mixture lends seitan a sweet, tangy, rounded flavor. It’s sandwiched in between a nicely-toasted bun, of course; we recommend a side of Cajun corn and bean salad or taste coleslaw to complete your meal.
Gumbo is that Southern dish that you can go heavy on the vegetables in and legitimately enjoy. This recipe from Cilantro and Citronella is loaded with mixed beans and okra, and uses miso paste to produce a depth of flavor.
We don’t know about you, but we love the idea of comforting vegan dessert. Let this vegan pecan pie recipe convince you: instead of eggs, Namely Marly used silken tofu. It bakes up and tastes just as well as it would with eggs, and is definitely bound to be a favorite in the house.