31 Vegan Recipes for a Perfectly Plant-Based October
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October has arrived; cue the 31 nights of Halloween movie marathon! We’re bringing you the latest installment of our monthly vegan recipes to help you celebrate the season and flex those culinary muscles. 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

1. Giant Couscous With Butternut Squash & Herbs

Giant couscous with butternut squash & herbs

Did you know couscous is more like pasta than a grain? No wonder we love it so much! Forget the usual penne and try this hearty veggie pasta instead.

Get the recipe here.

2. Vegan Spinach Mac & Cheese

Green Vegan Mac N' Cheese

When you add greens to mac and cheese, it automatically becomes an “adult” entree. Just go with it.

Get the recipe here.

3. Vegan Swedish Cinnamon Buns

Vegan Swedish Cinnamon Rolls

Get your hygee on with 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.

4. Vegan Pumpkin Gnocchi

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.

5. Vegan Herbed Seitan Vol Au Vents

Seitan Vol Au Vent

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.

6. Seitan Steak Frites With Mustard Tarragon Sauce

Seitan with Steak Fries

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.

7. Creamy Penne Pasta Bake With Zucchini

Vegan Gluten-Free Mac N' Cheese

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.

8. Squash, Mushroom & Butter Bean Lasagne

Squash Mushroom 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.

9. Easy Ratatouille Stir-fry

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.

10. Savory Vegan Stuffed Butternut Squash

Savory Stuffed Butternut Squash

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

Get the recipe here.

11. Beetroot & Cauliflower Kale Salad With Pesto Dressing

Vegan Beetroot Kale Salad with Pesto Dressing

Don’t let the fall temptations set you back on your salad regime. The pesto adds a tasty and tangy edge to what could well become your new favorite way to eat those greens.

Get the recipe here.

12. Carrot Fingers

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.

13. Grilled Cheese With Portobello Steak and Bacon

Vegan Grilled Cheese Sandwich

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

Get the recipe here.

14. Instant Pot Cauliflower and Butternut Thai Curry

Instant Pot Cauliflower

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.

15. Brussels Sprout Slaw With Coconut Bacon

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.

16. Vegan Gluten-Free Coconut Chickpea Curry

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.

17. Cheesy Chipotle Potato Flautas

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.

18. Polenta Slices With Roasted Peppers & Basil

Polenta Slices

Polenta may take a bit of time to make, then there’s the whole waiting for it to cool down frustration, 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.

19. Vegan Nacho Stuffed Portobellos

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.

20. Vegan Black Bean and Quinoa Crockpot Chili

Vegan Crockpot Quinoa Black Bean 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.

21. Gluten-Free Sweet Potato Vegan Flatbread

Vegan Sweet Potato 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.

22. Harvest Sage Red Quinoa and Spicy Fennel Bean Puree

Quinoa Bean

A dish for the true plant-based gourmand. 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.

23. Rustic Greenmarket Veggie Tofu Pot Pie

Vegan 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.

24. Hearty Vegan Butternut Squash Pizza

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.

25. Creamy Roasted Red Pepper Tomato Soup

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.

26. Rosemary Vegan Chicklins & Dumplins Stew

Rosemary 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.

27. Vegan Cioppino Soup

Vegan Cioppino

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.

28. Mushroom Bourguignon

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.

29. Hash Brown Shepherd’s Pie

Vegan Sheperd'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.

30. Vegan Meatloaf With Thick, Rich Gravy

Vegan Meatloaf with 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.

31. Balsamic Soy Roasted Garlic mushrooms

Balsamic Soy Roasted Garlic Mushrooms

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

Get the recipe here.

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31 Vegan Recipes for a Perfectly Plant-Based October
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31 Vegan Recipes for a Perfectly Plant-Based October
Check out these 31 fall vegan recipes for a perfectly plant-based October. From squash lasagna to comforting vegan pot pie, you won't go hungry this month.
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