31 Vegan Recipes for a Perfectly Plant-Based October
These vegan recipes will keep you feeling full through fall. | Emile Eats
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October has arrived; cue 31 nights of Halloween movie on repeat! This month is all about comfort foods and seasonal produce, like squash (because pumpkins aren’t just for carving). Bookmark your favorites and sit down to a nourishing vegan meal while you binge-watch your Halloween favorites.

31 Vegan Recipes for a Perfectly Plant-Based October


Giant couscous with butternut squash & herbs
Why not ditch pasta for giant couscous? | House and Garden

1. Giant Couscous With Butternut Squash & Herbs

Did you know couscous is more like pasta than a grain? Forget the usual penne and try this hearty veggie couscous instead.

Get the recipe here.

Green Vegan Mac N' Cheese
Spinach injects a bit more nutrition to your mac and cheese. | Love and Lemons

2. Vegan Spinach Mac & Cheese

Adding greens to your mac and cheese will make you feel super grown-up.

Get the recipe here.

Vegan Swedish Cinnamon Rolls
These cinnamon buns are the perfect vegan treat. | Jamie Oliver

3. Vegan Swedish Cinnamon Buns

These incredible vegan pastries that are just perfectly sweet and wonderfully fluffy. The recipe comes from celebrity chef Jamie Oliver, so you know it’s going to be good.

Get the recipe here.

Vegan Pumpkin Gnocchi
This pumpkin gnocchi is egg-free. | The Stingy Vegan

4. Vegan Pumpkin Gnocchi

Want to try making your own pasta? Gnocchi is a great place to start. The pumpkin in this recipe amps up the fiber and nutrition, and unlike traditional gnocchi, this delicious recipe is egg-free!

Get the recipe here.

Seitan Vol Au Vent
Try seitan instead of chicken in this potpie. | May I Have That Recipe

5. Vegan Herbed Seitan Vol Au Vents

A classic vegan chicken potpie is elevated with this French twist. Perfect for dinner parties, these individual savory pastries are packed with seitan-based ‘chicken’ and flavorful veggies, surrounded by a light, buttery, and flaky crust.

Get the recipe here.

Seitan with Steak Fries
You don’t need to miss out on steak when you ditch meat. | Amuse Your Bouche

6. Seitan Steak Frites With Mustard Tarragon Sauce

There are a few entrees we just didn’t get until we went vegan. Chicken-fried steak is one of them; this vegan version is simply outstanding. Don’t skip on the tarragon; it makes the meal.

Get the recipe here.

Vegan Gluten-Free Mac N' Cheese
This vegan pasta is also gluten-free. | Gluten Free Goodness

7. Creamy Penne Pasta Bake With Zucchini

This gluten-free pasta bake won’t weigh you down. It’s also customizable, so you can throw whatever veggie you fancy into the mix for a nutritious and fiber-packed meal.

Get the recipe here.

Replace pasta with veggies in this lasagna recipe. | Mindful Chef

8. Squash, Mushroom & Butter Bean Lasagne

For the squash-lovers, this is your new go-to lasagne recipe. Thin layers of roasted squash take the place of traditional noodles, so you get your favorite fall veggie in every bite.

Get the recipe here.

This ratatouille is simple to make. | Basil and Vogue

9. Easy Ratatouille Stir-fry

We’re not saying it’s mandatory to watch “Ratatouille” while you devour this, but it’s definitely a strong suggestion.

Get the recipe here.

Savory Stuffed Butternut Squash
You don’t need plates with this butternut squash dish. | Emile Eats

10. Savory Vegan Stuffed Butternut Squash

No plates required. We love veggies that are big enough to act as edible serving ware.

Get the recipe here.

Vegan Beetroot Kale Salad with Pesto Dressing
Add some tang to your greens with pesto. | The Flexitarian

11. Beetroot & Cauliflower Kale Salad With Pesto Dressing

 The pesto adds a tasty and tangy edge to this salad. It could well become your new favorite way to eat greens.

Get the recipe here.

Carrot Fingers
Try this vegan chicken with a dairy-free cheese dip. | It Doesn’t Taste Like Chicken

12. Carrot Fingers

Everyone loves some good finger food. These mock chicken fingers are fun, healthy, and go great with vegan blue cheese dip.

Get the recipe here.

Jazz up your grilled cheese with vegan meat. | Follow Your Heart

13. Grilled Cheese With Portobello Steak and Bacon

Plain grilled cheese? Boring. Load up on mushrooms for a cheesy, meaty sensation that’s entirely plant-based.

Get the recipe here.

Instant Pot Cauliflower
Instead of a takeaway, try this instant pot curry. | Oh She Glows

14. Instant Pot Cauliflower and Butternut Thai Curry

The Instant Pot is magic. Case in point: this restaurant-quality curry dish comes together in just a half-hour. That’s probably faster than the delivery person can get to your door. Plus, no need to tip!

Get the recipe here.

Add vegan bacon to your Brussels sprouts. | The Minimalist Baker

15. Brussels Sprout Slaw With Coconut Bacon

Learn to love Brussels sprouts. They’re as good for you as they are tasty. Plus, this dish is covered in vegan bacon, which can pretty much guarantee it’s going to be amazing.

Get the recipe here.

This chickpea curry will warm you up through fall. | Jessica in the Kitchen

16. Vegan Gluten-Free Coconut Chickpea Curry

Curry and rice. Sometimes, that’s all you need. Pair with a generous scoop of rice (or cauliflower rice) and a squeeze of lime, and you’re set for a warm, cozy evening.

Get the recipe here.

Add vegan cheese to these crispy flautas. | Follow Your Heart

17. Cheesy Chipotle Potato Flautas

What’s a flauta? Think taquito, but better. Use Follow Your Heart or your favorite vegan cheese to make these Mexican-inspired crispy appetizers.

Get the recipe here.

Impress your guests with vegan polenta slices. | Vegan Recipe Club

18. Polenta Slices With Roasted Peppers & Basil

Polenta may take a bit of time to make, but this meal is well worth it. Think of it as a sophisticated take on cornbread. Bookmark this next time you want to impress guests.

Get the recipe here.

Vegan Nacho Stuffed Portobellos
Ditch nachos for mushrooms with this vegan recipe. | It Doesn’t Taste Like Chicken

19. Vegan Nacho Stuffed Portobellos

Can’t decide between a big plate of nachos or a lighter meal of stuffed mushrooms? Nacho problem.

Get the recipe here.

Vegan Crockpot Quinoa Black Bean Chili
Make a warming chili this October. | Jessica in the Kitchen

20. Vegan Black Bean and Quinoa Crockpot Chili

October is officially the start of chili season. Add this recipe to your chili arsenal for a hearty bowl of awesomeness you can make while at work. Hello, crockpot.

Get the recipe here.

Vegan Sweet Potato Flatbread
Serve your next curry with this vegan flatbread. | Vegan Richa

21. Gluten-Free Sweet Potato Vegan Flatbread

Fill your obligatory October orange quota with these tender sweet potato flatbreads. They’re great served alongside curry, chili, and stew.

Get the recipe here.

Quinoa Bean
Make this vegan puree at your next dinner party to impress your friends. | K Blog

22. Harvest Sage Red Quinoa and Spicy Fennel Bean Puree

 Add “puree” to anything and it becomes fancy. Enjoy with friends or a significant other and a glass of your favorite vegan wine.

Get the recipe here.

Vegan Tofu Pot Pie
Pack this casserole with nutritious veggies. | K Blog

23. Rustic Greenmarket Veggie Tofu Pot Pie

Vegan pot pie? Oh yes, it’s definitely a thing. This casserole is packed with perfectly seasoned tofu and fall veggies, so you can celebrate the warm cozy season with every forkful.

Get the recipe here.

Hearty Vegan Butternut Squash Pizza
This pizza is tasty and nutritious. | Emilie Eats

24. Hearty Vegan Butternut Squash Pizza

It doesn’t matter what month it is, pizza is a must. The creamy butternut squash sauce takes this pizza from simply delicious to decadent, delightful, and dreamy.

Get the recipe here.

Warm your belly with vegan tomato soup. | Minimalist Baker

25. Creamy Roasted Red Pepper Tomato Soup

It’s soup season! Revamp the classic tomato soup with a hint of smoky roasted red pepper and finish with a decadent cashew-based cream. So good, you may not even need the grilled cheese.

Get the recipe here.

Rosemary Chicklins Dumplins Stew
In need of some comfort? Try this vegan stew. | Connosierus Veg

26. Rosemary Vegan Chicklins & Dumplins Stew

Bounce back from a bad mood with this incredibly comforting recipe. Not only does it taste amazing, the spectacular smells will infuse your kitchen with a sense of childhood, cozy flannel, and all the warm-fuzzies.

Get the recipe here.

Vegan Cioppino
Ditch seafood for veg to make this tasty vegan soup. | Contentedness Cooking

27. Vegan Cioppino Soup

This traditional seafood soup is veganized with the help of smoked tofu, herbs, and meaty mushrooms. Be sure to serve with a thick cut of crusty bread to soak up the fantastic broth.

Get the recipe here.

Mushroom Bourguignon
Make this classic French dish with mushrooms instead of beef. | Delicious Everyday

28. Mushroom Bourguignon

Oooh, la la. This plant-based rendition of the classic French Beef Bourguignon is equally complex, robust, and flavorful, without harming the animals, your health, or the environment. Bon appétit!

Get the recipe here.

Use hash browns instead of mash in this shepherd’s pie. | Fried Dandelions

29. Hash Brown Shepherd’s Pie

Move over mashed potatoes – hash browns are the new way to top an epic shepherd’s pie. The crisp potatoes give the meal an additional textural element that traditional casseroles lack.

Get the recipe here.

Vegan Meatloaf with Gravy
This vegan meatloaf is guaranteed to fill you up. | A Virtual Vegan

30. Vegan Meatloaf With Thick, Rich Gravy

Meatloaf not only brings a welcome wave of childhood nostalgia, but it’s also super filling. The perfect dish to make in bulk and feed the masses!

Get the recipe here.

Balsamic Soy Roasted Garlic Mushrooms
Mushrooms make the perfect vegan meat. | Closet Cooking

31. Balsamic Soy Roasted Garlic Mushrooms

Utterly. Addictive. A flavor fusion you won’t forget. Mushrooms truly are the new meat.

Get the recipe here.


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