6 Showstopping Veggie Versions of Comfort Food Classics

To celebrate National Vegetarian Week, we've rounded up 6 vegetarian versions of traditionally meat-based dishes. From chilli to banh mi, these inventive veggie versions are packed with goodness and a bucket load of flavour. Give one a go this week, you never know - you might not switch back to the original. 

Jamie Oliver's smoky veggie feijoada

Smoky Veggie Feijoada Black Beans, Squash, Peppers and Okra

This super nourishing Feijoada recipe from Everyday Super Food is one of our favourite comfort foods. Feijoada is traditionally made with beef and pork, but Jamie's smoky version, packed with squash, peppers and okra too, serves up such hearty portions you'll never miss the meat!

vegetarian banh mi recipe

Lemongrass Tofu Banh Mi

Banh Mi is one of our favourite Vietnamese dishes. Classic banh mi usually contains some kind of pork, but this recipe from The New Vegetarian uses marinated tofu instead. Topped with quick pickles, this sandwich makes for a really special lunch. And you can make this recipe vegan if you'd like to.

the best vegetarian chilli recipe

One-pot Chilli

Chilli is the ultimate crowd-pleaser. This recipe from At My Table swaps traditional beef for a whole host of veggies including green beans, red peppers and kidney beans. It's a great recipe for a gathering, and as it's made in one pot, that's less washing up for you.

best vegetarian meatball sub recipe

Ratatouille Sub

This vegetarian sub from The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook was born from the desire to create, in Deb's words, 'a sandwich as rib-sticking, belly-warming, and mammoth as a meatball sub but, you know, minus the meatballs'. And the result really is a triumph. Comforting, rich and outrageously filling we won't be surprised if you reach for the courgettes instead of the meatballs, next time.

vegetarian bao recipe

Pumpkin Bao

Bao buns are currently enjoying a vogue in the UK. This recipe from The New Vegetarian means you can make them as often as you like at home. Alice's version isn't traditional and uses pumpkin as a filling, but these little buns are so delicious, we're sure you won't give a hoot about the authenticity.

best vegetarian moussaka recipe


This recipe from At My Table has given a Greek favourite, traditionally made using minced lamb, a delicious vegetarian makeover. This hearty dish makes for a great midweek family meal and is a clever way to sneak more veggies into your diet.

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