If you’re in the mood for healthy comfort food, then look to this collection of 25 Vegan Comfort Food Meals Under 500 Calories, which offer satisfying and nutritious plant-based comfort food recipes for a balanced meal, all for under 500 calories per serving.
What meal do I look forward to on a busy week? Because, it’s comfort food—those simple, healthy, stick-to-your-ribs meals that offer so much more than just nutrition. What is comfort food, really? These are foods that evoke memories, love, tradition and joy. The term “comfort food” does not have a strict definition because each of us can have unique thoughts about those foods that soothe our mind, body and soul. For me, comfort foods are classic Southern dishes that my mom would make, like collard greens, cornbread, fried okra, and peach cobbler. Other comfort foods include the retro plant-based food she cooked as a young semi-vegetarian, like nut loaves, lentil burgers and potato salads. Complete with my own newly discovered comfort foods that I’ve added to the list over the last few years: smoothie bowls, cauliflower tacos, pasta with beans and greens. The thing about comfort foods is that they fill you up from the inside out! However, many times these comfort foods can also weigh you down, as they are often really loaded with calories, saturated fat, added sugars and sodium, which can make it difficult for you to reach your health goals.
That’s why I’ve put together this collection of my own 25 favorite vegan comfort food recipes that are full of health, flavor and satisfaction, but add up to 500 calories each. From pasta dishes and pot pies to tamale pie and pizza, there’s something for everyone. Each recipe provides a meal in one, balanced with the major food groups in one serving. Plus, these hearty dishes also make great leftovers that will save you time throughout the week. So, slow down, pick a recipe, and get ready to enjoy comforting, flavorful meals that will have you cozy and purring like a well-fed kitten while helping you reach your health goals.
25 Vegan Comfort Food Meals Under 500 Calories
Fresh Fettuccine with Roasted Rosemary
This Fresh Fettuccine with Roasted Rosemary Vegetables is a savory pasta dish that can be made even more delicious with homemade pasta, although you can also use pre-made fresh pasta. Before serving, the pasta is topped with cashew parmesan, which gives it a nutty bite with a little extra protein. You can add more protein to this dish by throwing in a can of white beans to make it a balanced meal.
Easy Italian Eggplant Roast
This easy Italian Eggplant Bake is cheesy, packed with veggies, and only 265 calories per serving. Just serve it with cooked pasta or whole grains and you have a meal under 500 calories. Best of all, it only uses one plate. Just chop, layer, bake and wait. In an hour, you’ll have hot, flavorful vegetables!
Vegan Tamale Pie
Every bite of this Vegan Tamale Pie is bursting with savory flavors and textures. The recipe starts with a cornmeal base, then beans, veggie crumbles, veggies, plant-based cheese and salsa are added before being baked in the oven. In the oven, these ingredients come together to make a hearty dish with only 345 calories per serving.
Vegan Mushroom Stroganoff
Delicious, flavorful mushrooms combine with tofu, onions, and garlic to make this simply creamy Vegan Mushroom Stroganoff. The tofu in this dish gives it 12g of protein per serving and it’s ready in less than 30 minutes! Pair it with a hearty vegetable salad to provide a balanced meal with around 400 calories.
Vegan Rainbow Veggie Pizza with cornmeal crust
Nothing says comfort like a slice (or two) of homemade pizza. This colorful Vegan Rainbow Veggie Pizza with cornmeal crust is a delicious source of nutrients and pairs well with a crunchy side salad. Each recipe makes two pizzas and at 488 calories per serving, what’s not to love? Top with plant-based sausage to increase your protein intake.
Swiss Chard Pecan Lasagna
The original recipe calls for chard, but this dish can be made with whatever leafy greens you have in your kitchen. This Swiss Chard Pecan Lasagna is only 380 calories per serving and is a delicious and creative way to get your daily greens. Crumble in tofu in this recipe to increase your protein intake.
Kimchi Veggie Udon Noodle Bowl
This quick Kimchi Veggie Udon Noodle Bowl is filling and gives you an exciting explosion of textures and flavors. The Korean fermented kimchi in this dish helps promote gut health and adds a spicy-sour element to your next meal. It’s only 323 calories per serving and the tantalizing aroma of coconut and ginger is sure to make this comfort food.
Vegan Choucroute Garnie
Another globally inspired fermented dish that’s sure to make your own comfort food is this Vegan Choucroute Garnie. It has Alsatian origin and only 391 calories. Sauerkraut, vegan sausage, and root vegetables combine to make this spicy one-dish meal.
Easy Spinach Enchiladas with Black Beans and Green Sauce
The black beans and whole-wheat tortillas in this dish make these Easy Black Spinach Enchiladas with Green Sauce a great source of protein and fiber. They’re simple, budget-friendly, and only have 365 calories per serving. If you want to make this dish into a meal, then pair it with a simple side salad.
Baked Bean and Corn Burrito
This incredibly simple refried bean and corn burrito recipe is ready to eat in less than 20 minutes. It has only 324 calories per serving and uses six ingredients. Whole wheat tortillas, refried beans, corn, kale, tomato, and avocado are all you need to make a delicious plant-based burrito.
Black Bean Chili Corn
This Black Bean Corn Chili is great in any weather. Pairs well with cornmeal and salad in the colder months and with greens, avocado and tortillas in the warmer months. Once your beans are cooked, add everything to a large pot, cook and enjoy. A serving of this hearty chili has 258 calories and has plenty of fiber, carbs and protein to keep you feeling good. Served with a side salad to make a meal.
Jackfruit Black Bean and Quinoa Tacos
These Jackfruit Black Bean and Quinoa Tacos are gluten-free, high in fiber, and 360 calories per taco. Spicy jackfruit carnitas, high-protein quinoa and black beans, crunchy kale, and smooth avocado cream combine to make a satisfyingly filling meal in just under an hour.
Thai Noodle Tempeh Stir Fry
This comforting dish made with tempeh, brown rice noodles and vegetables can be made in less than 30 minutes. At 324 calories per serving, this dish is rich in flavor and low in calories. The sweet and spicy flavor profile of this Thai Tempeh Noodle Stir Fry is sure to become a comfort favorite that will delight your taste buds every time.
Spinach tofu mushroom pie
The tofu, savory mushrooms, and spinach in this dish make this Mushroom Spinach Tofu Pie a satisfying one-stop shop. This dish can also be served the next day and enjoyed for breakfast, lunch or dinner. At 255 calories per serving, it’s perfect on its own or with a fresh side salad.
Easy Vegetable Fajitas
If you’re looking for a gluten-free meal with delicious bites of roasted vegetables, then look no further. These Veggie Fajitas are simple, easy, and great as leftovers. This recipe goes well with whatever vegetables you have available, making them a great choice to clean out the fridge. At only 379 calories per serving, you can get a balanced meal in one with this recipe.
Orange-peanut tempeh with brown rice
The taste and texture of sweet oranges, marinated tempeh and crunchy vegetables combine to make this vibrant and filling dish that provides 406 calories per serving. In less than an hour, this balanced meal is ready to serve over brown rice and garnish with fresh cilantro.
Golden beets and Swiss chard with white beans and penne
This pasta dish is packed with fiber, vitamins and minerals. Golden beets, Swiss chard, and kidney beans contribute color, flavor, and texture to this comforting pasta meal that provides 261 calories per serving (double your portion to get it closer to 500 calories). It can also be made gluten-free by swapping the penne for your favorite gluten-free pasta box.
Vegetable Pie with Whole Wheat Biscuit Topping
This vegan whole wheat cookie pie is the ultimate in comfort and only has 364 calories per serving. Start this hearty meal by sautéing chunky vegetables and cubed tofu before tossing them in a creamy vegetable sauce. Then add the mixture to a pan and top with homemade whole wheat cookies. After about 40 minutes in the oven, you have a savory vegetable pie.
Easy Instant Pot Veggie Biryani
In just 35 minutes, this classic Indian dish is ready to go from the Instant Pot to your table. This Easy Instant Pot Veggie Biryani is a one-dish meal packed with veggies and garnished with spices like turmeric, garam masala, garlic, and ginger—all for 308 calories.
Vegan Guinness Stew
The plant-based version of this hearty Irish classic is made with tempeh and a generous serving of vegetables. In this dish, vegetables and tempeh combine to make a vegetable stew flavored with Guinness beer broth and tomato paste — all for 395 calories. If you want to add another Irish element to this meal, this Guinness Vegan Stew can also be enjoyed with a side of coleslaw.
Vegan pasta with chicken and vegetables
This plant-based take on a childhood favorite is sure to bring you feelings of comfort and nostalgia. Using just one plate, this hearty meal of plant-based protein, whole grains, and vegetables is sure to be just what you need to kick back and relax—all at 306 calories per serving.
Pennes with white beans and greens
This Penne with White Beans and Greens is another one-dish meal that’s sure to become a recipe. It’s ready in less than 30 minutes and uses simple ingredients like bean pasta, white beans, and garlic to keep you energized all week long—all for 266 calories per serving.
Vegan Bolognese with lentils and walnuts
Thanks to the tomatoes in the sauce, this walnut lentil spaghetti bolognese is rich in lycopene, a plant compound associated with a reduced risk of prostate cancer. The lentils and walnuts in the sauce also make this dish a great source of protein (20g!) with only 463 calories per serving.
Green Bean Mushroom Pies with Mashed Potatoes
This Green Bean Mushroom Pie is perfect for friends, family, and easy weeknight leftovers. It makes four servings, each filled with vegetables and tempeh smothered in a creamy sauce and topped with whipped potatoes. Each plate contains a balanced meal of proteins, carbohydrates, fats with 485 calories each.
For other collections of 500 calorie recipes, check out some of my favorites:
20 Vegetarian One-Dish Meals Under 500 Calories
20 plant-based bowls under 500 calories
6 delicious plant-based dinners under 500 calories