Following a vegan diet shouldn’t have to mean sacrificing taste, so when cooler evenings draw in, dive into a cosy supper full of warming spices and rich flavours. Our filling dinners and indulgent puddings are the best remedy to the autumn chill, and are sure to please.
Our guide is full of classic family favourites, such as shepherd’s pie, curry and hearty chilli. You’ll also find ideas for easy midweek meals like traybakes and slow-cooker dishes. Plus, our puddings are the perfect after-dinner treat.
These dishes make the most of seasonal autumn produce too, such as butternut squash, pumpkin, sweet potatoes, apples and pears.
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1) Stuffed pumpkin
This showstopping stuffed pumpkin makes the perfect centrepiece for an autumn dinner party. First, roast a medium-sized pumpkin, then stuff with rice, fennel, apple, pomegranate seeds and pecans. To make the most of your pumpkin, try roasting the seeds in tamari, maple syrup and chilli flakes. See our guide on how to roast pumpkin seeds for more ways to toast up a savoury snack.
For more inspiration, see our vegan pumpkin recipes.
2) Satay sweet potato curry
Tuck into this satay sweet potato curry for a hearty family dinner. This gluten-free curry comes in under 400 calories and contains two of your five-a-day with chunky sweet potato and fresh spinach. Aromatic ginger, coconut and lime perfectly balance the fiery Thai red curry paste. Serve with white rice and crunchy dry-roasted peanuts for a filling supper.
See our vegan curry collection for more fragrant dishes.
3) Vegan pumpkin pie
This American-style vegan pumpkin pie is a great alternative to the classic Thanksgiving dessert. Sweet pumpkin is paired with gorgeous autumn flavours such as cinnamon, nutmeg, brown sugar and maple syrup. Prepare homemade pumpkin purée by roasting a pumpkin for 40 mins – or until soft enough to squash with the back of a fork – then blend the purée with the other ingredients and bake in shortcrust pastry.
For more sweet treats, see our vegan desserts collection.
4) Curried squash, lentil & coconut soup
As the autumn nights draw in, warm up with this curried squash, lentil & coconut soup. Seasonal butternut squash is spiced with curry powder and tumeric. This easy soup takes just 35 mins to prepare and serves six. Extra portions can be frozen for a quick meal solution on busier days.
Discover our vegan soup recipes for more warming suppers.
5) Vegan chilli
Our vegan chilli is the ultimate easy family dinner. Simply cook the veg in a frying pan for 10 mins, then chuck all the ingredients into a slow cooker and leave to cook on low for six hrs. Serve with rice or a jacket potato and top with sliced avocado, zesty lime and fresh coriander.
For more easy dinners, see our guide to vegan slow cooker recipes.
6) Vegan apple crumble
Bake this vegan apple crumble for a traditional, crowd-pleasing pudding. This classic recipe makes the most of tart Bramley apples while they’re in season. Simply pack a baking dish with apple filling, top with crumble and bake for 35 mins. Generously dollop over vegan custard or cream to serve.
See our vegan baking recipes for everything from cakes to brownies.
7) Vegan shepherd’s pie
Comfort food doesn’t get much better than our vegan shepherd’s pie. Plus, you can feel good about this family dinner, which is low in fat and calories. This top-rated dish is jam-packed with chunky veg such as porcini mushrooms, leeks, carrots and butternut squash. Make ahead and freeze for a go-to midweek meal.
For more hearty mains, see our vegan comfort food recipes.
8) Spiced aubergine bake
Layer up slices of aubergine with a coconut milk and tomato sauce in this spiced aubergine bake. This easy traybake is full of sophisticated, bold flavours such as garlic, garam masala, chilli powder, cinnamon, cumin and coriander. This vegan bake also serves six, making it perfect for large families.
See our vegan family recipes for more inspiration.
9) Pumpkin curry with chickpeas
Take advantage of seasonal produce with our pumpkin curry with chickpeas. This large dish is great for sharing at a dinner party or serving a big family on a weeknight. Our tantalizing curry is full of complex flavours such as aromatic lemongrass, cardamom and fresh mint. Serve with fluffy rice, warm naan bread and a squeeze of lime juice.
For more filling meals, see our vegan dinner recipes.
10) Sticky toffee pear pudding
Our sticky toffee pear pudding is an elegant take on an indulgent dessert. Begin by poaching fresh pears in cinnamon, star anise and cloves, then bake a squidgy sponge with rich dates and linseeds for texture. Use up the remaining poaching liquid to make a sweet syrup to drizzle on top and serve with our creamy vegan vanilla ice cream.
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