Comforting Fall Favorites

Revamping traditional fall dishes with a plant-based twist.

As the leaves change color and the air grows crisper, our taste buds begin to crave the earthy and robust flavors that are characteristic of the autumn season. Traditional fall dishes like shepherd’s pie and creamy risotto have been enjoyed this time of year for generations. With the rise in popularity of plant-based eating, it is easier and more popular than ever to reimagine these beloved classics in a delicious and health-conscious manner.

Shepherd’s pie, a quintessential comfort food, typically consists of a rich meat filling topped with a layer of creamy mashed potatoes. By swapping out the meat for lentils, we can create a hearty and delicious alternative that preserves the essence of the original dish. The lentils provide a satisfying texture and a boost of protein, while a medley of vegetables adds depth and flavor. The creamy mashed potato topping remains as indulgent as ever, offering a delightful contrast to the savory filling.

With its velvety texture and satiating flavor, risotto is a culinary masterpiece that often relies on butter, cheese, and chicken stock for its richness. Fear not, as this beloved dish can be created using plant-based ingredients without compromising its taste or texture. By utilizing vegetable broth, nondairy cheese flavors, and umami rich mushrooms, the same creamy and decadent result is achieved.