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Feb 27, 2013 07:04 PM

Vegan Comfort Foods

Feeling a little under the weather tonight, though not necessarily looking for traditional "under the weather" foods. What do you eat (make) when you just want comfort? Have a recipe that's a keeper? Please do share, as I am at a loss...

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  1. Macaroni & cheese (I like Chloe Coscarelli's recipe but the super fiddly one in VegNews is good too.)

    Sometimes I just make bean burritos, using the flour tortilla recipe passed down to me by my mom for maximum comforty goodness.

    A really good soup with a cheese toast as well.

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    1. re: Peaches to Poutine

      You can make your own vegan cheeses, they're very easy get "The Ultimate Uncheese Cookbook" by Jo Stepaniak (amazon) it's great

      My fave comfort foods are chickpea a la king and loaves with mashed potatoes and cashew gravy; 7th Day Adventist cookbooks are amazing at veganizing American comfort foods.. I recommend Newstart. Heres a link
      (and I'm a buddhist btw;-)

      1. re: Rory

        Yes to the 7th Day Adventists! There was a 7thDA restaurant in my hometown when I went veg in college and that was "the" only veg restaurant around and the food was great! No nouveau Asian fusion, etc. but very solid veg versions of American home cooking, with delicious mushroom gravy over loafy/croquette things, etc.. OMG, and desserts made with fresh dates. Thank you for reminding me of this - I have to see if mom still has the cookbook we bought in the restaurant's attached health food store.

    2. Grilled cheese (almond cheese) and tomato soup is one of my favorite comfort foods.

      1. Correct me if I'm wrong but I was under the impression that a "Vegan" eats no animal products such as cheese as opposed to a "Lacto Vegetarian" that can consume cheese, eggs but no meat??

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        1. re: malibumike

          Hi there,

          There are vegan cheeses that contain no dairy products.

          1. re: malibumike

            There are both soy and almond cheese available in a variety of flavors and styles. Both are dairy free.

            In my experience, almond cheese does melt a bit better than the soy versions though.

            1. re: FutureChefAdam

              Daiya is my go-to for pizza, but their wedges melt really nicely for sammiches too!

          2. Thanks all, for your replies. I haven't found almond cheese where I'm from - Toronto, Canada. But, I'm planning on making a trip to Michigan sometime in March. Any suggestions on where to buy said almond cheese?

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            1. re: Full tummy

              surely in a city as worldly as Toronto it can be found. hard to imagine it would be easier to find in our fine state of Michigan.

            2. I hope you're feeling better today! Very yummy suggestions. Since the melted-cheese category seems well filled, I thought I would list some other random things that I find comforting.

              * Butternut squash soup with veggie broth and a touch of thyme, five spice or curry powder (depending on which flavor profile you like)
              * Potato leek soup
              * Veggie chili
              * Mashed potatoes or whipped cauliflower with veggie gravy
              * Miso soup (with vegetarian broth) and lots of tofu
              * Steelcut oatmeal with dried fruits and cinnamon
              * O-chazuke (rice with hot tea)
              * Baked ziti (pasta + red sauce + olives & bake until edges are golden)
              * Toast with earth balance & cinnamon sugar
              * "Cheesy" black bean dip (seasoned vegan black beans with nutritional yeast) and tortilla chips

              I don't know where you'd find almond cheese in Michigan, but I know there are recipes online on how to make your own if you want to give it a shot. Though maybe not when you're feeling under the weather :)

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              1. re: greymalkin

                Thanks!! Great suggestions greymalkin.