Veggie Comfort Foods
Hello, Fall! There’s no denying it—the already-changing leaves, shorter days, and cooler temperatures are clear proof that the fall season is finally here. And we’re welcoming fall with open arms, with all its “sweater weather” days and seasonal coffee drinks and comfy dishes like hearty casseroles and soul-soothing soups. We are ready!
October is also Vegetarian Month—and we love any excuse to add more veggies to our menu, especially when it includes the delicious seasonal produce of fall. Vegetables are a great way to incorporate added health benefits into your meals such as essential vitamins and minerals or dietary fiber.
However, doing so doesn’t have to involve “trickery” in order to swap vegetables for traditional meat proteins. While we have made our fair share of “burger alternatives,” including a veggie burger made with a meat-lookalike plant-based protein, it’s also perfectly fine to place veggies front-and-center as the star of a dish.
These Veggie Comfort Food Recipes do just that; they showcase lighter takes on your favorite comfort food with the help of fall-favorite produce.
Watch a sneak peek of this week’s recipes below, then scroll down for more info!
So without further ado: here are three comforting, heart-warming fall meals that don’t need meat in order to delight.
Lentil Sloppy Joes
Put a healthy spin on your traditional sloppy joes by swapping the ground beef with lentils! These humble legumes come in a variety of colors and while they are quite small in size, they are big on benefits—for example: they are high in protein, iron, fiber, magnesium, and more!
Once the cooked lentils and some aromatic veggies have simmered away in a sweet and tangy tomato sauce mixture, they are ready to be piled onto some Martin’s Sandwich Potato Rolls and topped with some vinegary prepared coleslaw for added crunch. Enjoy!
Vegetable Bread Pudding
It’s not fall without a hearty casserole to warm you up on a chilly night. This one is packed full of all sorts of yummy veggies including mushrooms, asparagus, and red pepper. The sautéed veggies are then combined with egg-soaked assorted Martin’s Bread cubes and shredded cheddar cheese, then baked into a golden and delicious savory casserole that is sure to fill you up to your heart’s content.
Spaghetti Squash Parmesan
This pasta lookalike is a lighter remake of many people’s go-to comfort food of spaghetti and marinara. It may not fool you into thinking you’re eating real spaghetti, but this winter squash is a great way to pack in some added nutrients like fiber, vitamin C, manganese, vitamin B6, and antioxidants into a warm and comforting fall dinner menu.
To prepare, roast the halved squash for 35-40 minutes in a 400°F oven, then shred the squash strands and combine with a mixture of ricotta, parsley, basil, red pepper flakes, and fresh mozzarella cheese. Top with assorted Martin’s breadcrumbs and parmesan cheese, then bake until golden-brown, melty, and oh-so-delicious!
More Veggie Recipes:
- Stuffed Artichokes
- Stuffed Mushrooms
- Portobello Broccoli Red Pepper Melts
- Mushroom Blend Meatball Sliders
- Butternut Squash Flatbread
- Pumpkin Spice Cauliflower Bake
- Buffalo Cauliflower Burger
- Stuffed Acorn Squash
- Eggplant Parm Sandwiches
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