25 Vegan Comfort Food Meals Under 500 Calories

If you’re in the mood for healthy comfort food, then dig into 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 weeknight? Why, it’s comfort food—those simple, wholesome, stick-to-your-ribs meals that offer much more than mere nutrition. What is comfort food, really? These are foods that conjure up memories, love, tradition, and joy. The term “comfort food” does not have a strict definition, because we each may have unique considerations for those foods that sooth our minds, bodies, and souls. For me, comfort foods are classic Southern dishes my mom would make, such as grits with greens, cornbread, fried okra, and peach cobbler. Other comfort foods include the retro plant-based fare she used to cook as a young semi-vegetarian, such as nut loaves, lentil patties, and potato salads. Top that off with my own newly discovered comfort foods I’ve added to the list in recent 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 up with calories, saturated fat, added sugars, and sodium, which can make it difficult for you to meet your health goals.

That’s why I put together this collection of my very own 25 favorite vegan comfort food meal recipes that are packed with health, flavor, and satisfaction, yet add up to under 500 calories each. From pasta dishes and pot pies to tamale pie and pizza, there is 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 plenty of leftovers that will save you time throughout the week. So, slow down, pick out a recipe, and get ready to enjoy relaxing, flavorful meals that’ll leave you feeling cozy and purring like a well-fed kitten, while also helping you to meet your health goals.

25 Vegan Comfort Food Meals Under 500 Calories

Fresh Fettuccine with Roasted Rosemary Vegetables

This Fresh Fettuccine with Roasted Rosemary Vegetables is a savory pasta dish that can be made even more delectable with homemade pasta, though you can use pre-made fresh pasta too. 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 tossing in a can of white beans to make it a balanced meal.

Easy Italian Eggplant Bake

This Easy Italian Eggplant Bake is “cheesy”, packed with vegetables, and only 265 calories per serving. Just serve it with cooked pasta or whole grains and you have a meal in one under 500 calories. Best of all, it only uses one dish. Just chop, layer, bake, and wait. In one hour, you’ll have warm, flavorful veggies!

Vegan Tamale Pie

Each bite of this Vegan Tamale Pie is full of savory flavors and textures. The recipe starts with a cornbread base, then beans, veggie crumbles, veggies, plant-based cheese, and salsa are added before it’s popped 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, fragrant mushrooms come together with tofu, onions, and garlic to make this simply creamy Vegan Mushroom Stroganoff. The tofu in this dish gives it 12 g of protein per serving and it’s ready in under 30 minutes! Pair it with a hearty veggie salad to provide a balanced meal for about 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 tasty source of nutrients and pairs well with a crisp side-salad. Each recipe makes two pizzas and with 488 calories per serving, what’s not to love? Top it with plant-based sausage to increase the protein intake.

Swiss Chard Pecan Lasagna

The original recipe calls for Swiss chard, but this dish can also be made with any leafy greens you have in your kitchen. This Swiss Chard Pecan Lasagna is only 380 calories per serving and it’s a tasty and creative way to get your daily greens. Crumble in tofu in this recipe to increase the 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 mealtime. It’s only 323 calories per serving and the tantalizing aroma of coconut and ginger is sure to make this a go-to comfort food. 

Vegan Choucroute Garnie

Another globally-inspired fermented dish that’s sure to make its way into your comfort food rotation is this Vegan Choucroute Garnie. It has Alsatian origins, and only 391 calories. Sauerkraut, vegan sausage, and root vegetables come together to make this spicy one-dish meal. 

Easy Black Bean Spinach Enchiladas with Green Sauce

The black beans and whole grain tortillas in this dish make these Easy Black Bean Spinach Enchiladas with Green Sauce a great source of protein and fiber. They’re simple, budget-friendly, and only 365 calories per serving. If you’re looking to make this dish into a meal, then pair it with a simple side salad.

Burrito with Refried Beans and Corn

This incredibly simple recipe for Burrito with Refried Beans and Corn is ready to eat in under 20 minutes. It’s only 324 calories per serving and uses six ingredients. Whole wheat tortillas, refried beans, corn, cabbage, tomato, and avocado are all you need to make a scrumptious plant-based burrito.

Black Bean Corn Chili

This Black Bean Corn Chili is great in any weather. It pairs well with cornbread and slaw in the colder months and with greens, avocados, and tortillas during the warmer months. Once your beans are cooked, just add everything to a large pot, cook, and enjoy. One serving of this hearty chili is 258 calories and has plenty of fiber, carbohydrates, and protein to leave you feeling comfortably full. Serve it with a side salad to make it 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 cabbage, and smooth avocado crema come together to make a satisfyingly filling meal in just under an hour.

Thai Tempeh Noodle Skillet

This comforting dish made with tempeh, brown rice noodles, and veggies can be made in under 30 minutes. With 324 calories per serving, this dish is high in flavor and low in calories. The sweet and spicy flavor profile of this Thai Tempeh Noodle Skillet is sure to become a comfort favorite that’ll excite your taste buds every time.

Mushroom Spinach Tofu 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 flavorful bites of grilled vegetables, then look no further. These Vegetable Fajitas are simple, easy, and great as leftovers. This recipe works well with any veggies you have available, making them a great option for clearing out the fridge. With only 379 calories per serving, you can get in a balanced meal in one with this recipe.

Orange-Peanut Tempeh with Brown Rice

The flavor and texture of sweet oranges, marinated tempeh, and crunchy vegetables come together to make this vibrant and filling dish which provides 406 calories per serving. In under an hour, this balanced meal is ready to be served over brown rice and garnished with fresh cilantro.

Golden Beets and Chard with White Beans and Penne

This pasta dish is packed with fiber, vitamins, and minerals. Golden beets, Swiss chard, and beans contribute to the color, flavor, and texture of this comforting pasta meal which provides 261 calories per serving (double up your serving to bring it closer to 500 calories). It can also be made gluten-free by swapping out the penne for your favorite box of gluten-free pasta.

Vegetable Pot Pie Topped with Whole Wheat Biscuit Topping

This Vegetable Pot Pie Topped with Whole Wheat Biscuits is the ultimate comfort food and it’s only 364 calories per serving. Start this hearty meal by sautéing chunky vegetables and cubed tofu before coating them in a creamy plant-based sauce. Then, add the mixture to a skillet and top it with homemade whole-wheat biscuits. After about 40 minutes in the oven, you’ve got yourself a savory vegetable pot 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 filled with vegetables and adorned with spices like turmeric, garam masala, garlic, and ginger—all for 308 calories.

Vegan Guinness Stew

The plant-based version of this robust Irish classic is made with tempeh and a generous serving of vegetables. In this dish, veggies and tempeh come together 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 Vegan Guinness Stew can also be enjoyed with a side of cabbage salad.

Vegan Chicken and Vegetable Dumplings

This plant-based take on a childhood favorite is sure to bring you feelings of comfort and nostalgia. Using just one dish, this filling meal of plant protein, whole grains, and vegetables is sure to be exactly what you need to wind down and cozy up—all for 306 calories per serving.

Penne with White Beans and Greens

This Penne with White Beans and Greens is another one-dish meal that’s sure to become a go-to recipe. It’s ready in under 30 minutes and uses simple ingredients like bean pasta, white beans, and garlic to keep you fueled throughout the week—all for 266 calories per serving.

Vegan Bolognese with Lentils and Walnuts

Thanks to the tomatoes in the sauce, this Lentil Walnut Bolognese with Spaghetti is rich in lycopene, a plant compound correlated with a lowering 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 Pot Pies with Mashed Potatoes

This Green Bean Mushroom Pot Pie is perfect for friends, family, and easy leftovers throughout the week. It makes four servings, each filled with veggies and tempeh smothered in a creamy sauce and topped with whipped potatoes. Each dish contains a balanced meal of protein, carbs, fats at 485 calories each.

For other 500-calorie recipe collections, check out some of my favorites:

20 One-Dish Plant-Based Meals Under 500 Calories
20 Plant-Based Bowls Under 500 Calories
6 Delicious Plant-Based Dinners Under 500 Calories

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