WHILST SPRING IN MELBOURNE IS ONLY 20 DAYS AWAY (YES, WE'RE COUNTING), WE'RE STILL FEELING THE CHILL IN MELBOURNE. THE MORNINGS ARE FROSTY, OUR FAVOURITE KNITS + COATS ARE ON HIGH ROTATION + WE'RE ON THE HUNT FOR COMFORT FOOD. SO WHAT'S A MASKED UP, SLIGHTLY DOWN IN THE DUMPS, BUT DETERMINED TO RIDE THIS WAVE WITH SMILES ON OUR COLLECTIVE FACE, BUNCH OF HERBIVORES TO DO?
Eat well, that's what. Despite these lockdown chilly days (and nights) whispering to us to hibernate + eat rubbish, we know that good nutrition helps us feel better, look better, function better - and plants have the power to deliver. So, I've rounded up a few of our favourite vegan winter recipes (with a cocktail thrown in for good measure...and desserts....ok we don't profess to be angels) that will bring equal parts joy + indulgence to your plates. Get that apron on, start chopping (it's meditative) and get ready to wow your Zoom dinner guests.
CELERIAC, HAZELNUT + TRUFFLE SOUP BY BBC GOOD FOOD
Serve with toasty bread + your fave non dairy spread. The perfect starter.
HERBED SCALLOPED POTATOES BY VEGAN IN THE FREEZER
Because nothing quite says comforting like potatoes in a creamy (dairy free) sauce. Serve them alongside your favourite roasted veggies for a true, classic winter meal.
ITALIAN STUFFED PEPPERS BY THE SIMPLE VEGANISTA
Not only does this one taste delicious, but with its beautiful colour combination, it'll look great on your insta story with the caption "Oh just something I casually whipped up".
PUMPKIN, CHICKPEA + COCONUT CURRY BY JAMIE OLIVER
If you can, make this one ahead of time so the flavours have time to develop.
SPAGHETTI BOLOGNESE BY PICKLED PLUM
Hearty, carby + full of flavour - the definition of winter comfort food. My tip - toast breadcrumbs in garlic for a delicious parmesan cheese alternative.
VEGAN CHICKEN + DUMPLINGS BY RABBIT + WOLVES
For everyone who had "make dumplings from scratch" on their list of things to do during isolation - you're welcome.
STICKY DATE PUDDING BY NOURISH MAGAZINE
Comforting, easy + a crowd favourite - a triple threat!
RAW CACAO ICE-CREAM WITH HAZELNUT PRALINE BY DONNA HAY
Because we truly believe it's never too cold for ice-cream.
BONUS: MULLED WINE BY VEGAN HEAVEN
Nothing says winter like a warm glass of mulled wine. Remember, the key to making this one vegan is ensuring you use vegan wine so read the label carefully. If wine isn't your thing you can substitute for cranberry juice.