Easy Soup & Stew Recipes for Winter

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What’s better than a warm, comforting bowl of soup on a chilly day? We’ve gathered all of our FAVORITE bowl-friendly recipes to get you inspired this winter (and beyond)! Whether you prefer super creamy soups, brothier ones, stews, or mostly just care about the bread on the side, get your spoons ready and find a new favorite in this round-up!

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Broth Bases

Jars of homemade Easy 1-Pot Vegetable Broth on a cutting board with tomato paste, carrots, and herbs
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Easy 1-Pot Vegetable Broth
An easy, 1-pot recipe for homemade vegetable broth! The perfect way to use up vegetable scraps and skins to make delicious broth for soups and more!
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Bowl of our Miso Tonic made with homemade vegetable broth
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Gut-Calming Vegetable Broth (+ Miso Tonic)
When an upset stomach has you down, this is just the remedy: 1-Pot Gut-Calming Vegetable Broth with ginger, spices, and seaweed. Plus, a 3-ingredient miso tonic for a kick of flavor and comfort.
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Pouring apple cider vinegar over a chicken carcass for our Chicken Bone Broth recipe
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How to Make Bone Broth
An easy, step-by-step guide to making chicken bone broth! Simple ingredients and fool-proof methods yield a beautiful broth perfect for soups, sauces, and more!
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Using a wooden spoon to stir a pot of Chicken Bone Broth with green onion and seasonings
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Nourishing Bone Broth Tonic (5 Minutes)
A nourishing bone broth tonic made with comforting ingredients like lemon, nutritional yeast, salt, and garlic. Just 1 pot, 7 ingredients, and 5 minutes required.
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Creamy Soups

Slice of toast in a bowl of creamy white bean soup
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1-Pot Vegan White Bean Soup
Wholesome, comforting, creamy white bean soup with potatoes, thyme, and coconut milk. Plant-based, gluten-free, and perfect for chilly days! Just 1 pot required!
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Holding a bowl of vegan potato leek soup
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Creamy Vegan Potato Leek Soup
Creamy, comforting, flavorful potato leek soup that’s plant-based, gluten-free, and easy to make. Made in 1 pot with just 9 simple ingredients!
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Bowl of creamy vegan tomato soup topped with croutons
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Easy 1-Pot Tomato Soup (Vegan)
An easy, creamy, balanced, and comforting tomato soup that’s nourishing, plant-based, and full of flavor. Just 1 pot required!
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Bowl of creamy cauliflower soup
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Creamy Roasted Cauliflower Soup
Incredibly rich, creamy roasted cauliflower soup with plenty of garlic, white beans, and a hint of ground nutmeg. Just 10 simple ingredients required!
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Bowls of yellow split pea soup topped with roasted sweet potato
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Creamy Yellow Split Pea Soup (Instant Pot Friendly!)
Creamy, Ethiopian-inspired yellow split pea soup made in the Instant Pot. A delicious, comforting plant-based side or main. Just 1 pot and 9 ingredients required!
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Bowls of Creamy Potato Green Split Pea Soup topped with croutons
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Creamy Potato Green Split Pea Soup (Instant Pot Friendly!)
Creamy, comforting split pea potato soup made in the Instant Pot! Fast and easy, BIG flavor, and naturally gluten-free and plant-based!
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Holding a bowl of creamy sweet potato lentil soup topped with coconut milk and pepitas
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Warming Red Lentil Sweet Potato Soup (Instant Pot!)
Creamy sweet potato and red lentil soup infused with coconut milk and warming spices. The ultimate fall and winter dish. Made in the Instant Pot and perfect for meal prep!
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Coconut milk swirled in a pot of roasted butternut squash soup
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Roasted Butternut Squash Soup
The PERFECT butternut squash soup with plenty of natural sweetness, a bit of spice, and unbelievably creamy texture. Simple methods and just 10 ingredients required for this dreamy soup perfect for the holidays and beyond!
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Bowl of Curried Chickpea Soup topped with crispy chickpeas, coconut milk, and cilantro
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1-Pot Curried Chickpea Soup
An incredibly creamy 1-pot stew with curried chickpeas, ginger, coconut milk, and lime. A delicious plant-based meal that comes together fast!
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Big pot of vegan Curried Cauliflower Lentil Soup
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Creamy Curried Cauliflower Lentil Soup (1 Pot!)
Creamy, Indian-inspired 1-pot curried cauliflower soup with carrots, ginger, and red lentils! Subtly spiced, quick and easy to make, and perfect for meal prep!
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Using a spoon to grab a bite of our delicious 1-pot Golden Curried Lentil Soup
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1-Pot Golden Curry Lentil Soup
1-pot goodness in the form of curried lentil soup! Rich with flavor, fiber, and protein and incredibly comforting. The perfect 30-minute healthy meal or side!
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Two bowls of Romesco Soup surrounded by ingredients used to make it
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Romesco Soup with Smashed Chickpeas
Delicious vegan soup inspired by romesco sauce with red peppers, tomatoes, vegetable broth, and almonds. A 10-ingredient plant-based side or entrée!
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Bowl of Creamy Red Pepper Tomato Soup with fresh dill, roasted cherry tomatoes, and coconut milk
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Creamy Roasted Red Pepper Tomato Soup
Creamy roasted red pepper tomato soup made in 30 minutes! Savory, flavorful, and so easy to make. The perfect side to sandwiches, salads, and more!
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Baking sheet of Acorn Squash Bowls filled with creamy fall soup
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Creamy Fall Soup in Acorn Squash Bowls
10-ingredient creamy fall soup with carrots and butternut squash in roasted acorn squash bowls. The ultimate healthy comfort food this fall and winter.
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Bowl of Curried Beet Soup topped with Tandoori Chickpeas and cilantro
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Curried Beet Soup with Tandoori Chickpeas
Creamy, 30-minute curried beet soup with coconut milk, curry spices, and tandoori-roasted chickpeas! A hearty and healthy winter soup.
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Bowls of Creamy Carrot Soup topped with fresh basil
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Creamy Thai Carrot Soup with Basil
Thai-inspired, 8 ingredient, 30-minute carrot soup that’s creamy, vegan + gluten-free, perfectly sweet and spicy, and so delicious.
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Bowls of Curried Butternut Squash Soup topped with pepitas and a coconut milk drizzle
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Curried Butternut Squash Soup
Creamy Curried Butternut Squash Soup infused with coconut milk and yellow curry powder. A savory, simple soup that’s perfect for the fall and winter months.
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Bowls of our Simple Pumpkin Soup recipe with a Sesame Kale Topping
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Simple Pumpkin Soup
A simple, 8-ingredient pumpkin soup that’s savory and made completely from scratch! Healthy, satisfying, and perfect for chillier weather.
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Bowl of Butternut Squash Tom Kha Gai Soup topped with cilantro
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Tom Kha Gai Butternut Squash Soup
Tom kha gai soup with a twist. Butternut squash purée makes it creamy and luxurious and doubles the flavor. Warm, gingery, spicy, and the perfect vegan, GF-friendly soup to warm your weary bones.
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Bowl of Sweet Potato Curry Soup topped with fresh basil leaves and chickpeas
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Sweet Potato Coconut Curry Soup
A sweet and spicy soup with sweet potato, coconut milk, and yellow curry powder. Plenty creamy with a slight crunch and heartiness from spicy baked chickpeas.
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Brothy Soups

Bowl of Instant Pot lentil soup topped with cilantro and coconut milk
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Instant Pot Curried Lentil Soup (Indian-Inspired)
Comforting lentil soup with a little bit of spice, a lot-a-bit of flavor, and just the right amount of creaminess. A nourishing, plant-based meal made effortless with the help of the Instant Pot!
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Vintage spoon in a bowl of Chickpea Noodle Soup
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1-Pot Chickpea Noodle Soup
Comforting, 1-pot noodle soup made with chickpeas instead of chicken. Plant-based and gluten-free, and bursting with color, flavor, and wholesome ingredients!
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Bowl of vegan french onion soup with homemade croutons
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1-Pot French Onion Soup (Vegan!)
Comforting vegan French onion soup made in 1 pot! A quick and easy side or entrée infused with umami flavors.
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Bowl of Thai-Inspired Chicken Noodle Soup topped with thai chilies and fresh basil
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Cozy Thai-Inspired Chicken Noodle Soup
An incredibly comforting bowl of Thai-inspired chicken noodle soup made with simple ingredients in 1 pot. The perfect hearty, quick meal to serve when you need something nourishing fast!
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Wooden spoon in a big pot of Tuscan Beef Soup with Lentils
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1-Pot Tuscan-Style Beef & Lentil Soup
Hearty, 1-pot Tuscan soup with tomatoes, lentils, and ground beef. Quick and easy to make, big flavor, incredibly comforting. Naturally grain-free and gluten-free with vegan options included.
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Spoon resting in a bowl of Kale White Bean Chicken Soup
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1-Pot Chicken Soup with White Beans & Kale
Cozy, warming chicken soup. Made with 8 simple, wholesome ingredients like white beans and kale, this soup is nourishing, hearty, and incredibly comforting!
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Big soup pot filled with our Pumpkin Black Bean Chili recipe
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1-Pot Pumpkin Black Bean Soup
A fusion of Thai flavors and classic chili, this 1-pot pumpkin black bean soup is perfect for colder months. It’s nutritious, easy to make, versatile, and incredibly satisfying.
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Holding a pot of Spiced Sweet Potato Lentil Soup made with green beans
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1-Pot Spiced Sweet Potato Lentil Soup
1-pot lentil soup made with sweet potatoes, green beans, and warming spices! The ultimate easy meal to enjoy throughout the week or to please a crowd. 
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Bowls of our delicious 1-Pot Black Bean Soup topped with avocado, tortilla chips, and avocado
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Easy 1-Pot Black Bean Soup
Easy-to-make, comforting black bean soup made with simple ingredients in 1 pot! A 30-minute meal or side that’s customizable and incredibly satisfying.
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Grabbing a spoonful of Vegan Tom Yum
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Lazy 1-Pot Vegan Tom Yum Soup
Easy, sweet and sour vegan Tom Yum Soup made entirely in 1 pot with ingredients you likely have on hand right now! Weeknight comfort with tons of flavor!
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Grabbing a spoonful of Vegan Tortilla Soup topped with cilantro and avocado
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1-Pot Vegan Tortilla Soup
Brothy, vegan tortilla soup made in 1 pot! Shredded jackfruit is infused with garlic, chipotle peppers, vegetable broth, and lime. A hearty side or entrée for Mexican night.
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Blue linen with a spoon and bowl of Vegan Tomato Veggie Mung Bean Soup
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Fire-Roasted Tomato & Mung Bean Soup
Easy, 10-ingredient vegetable soup with fire-roasted tomatoes, tons of vegetables, and detoxifying mung beans! A hearty soup for the colder months that’s entirely vegan and gluten-free!
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Bowls of Everyday Vegan Lentil Soup beside a tray of vegetables
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1-Pot Everyday Lentil Soup
An easy, everyday recipe for lentil soup with potatoes, carrots, kale, and simple herbs and seasonings. The perfect plant-based main or side that requires just 10 ingredients, 1 pot, and about 30 minutes to make.
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Simple Curried Lentil Veg Soup SQUARE
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Curried Kale, Potato & Lentil Soup (1-Pot!)
Hearty, comforting curry lentil soup with potatoes and kale! Big curry flavor in this 1-pot soup that comes together in less than 45 minutes. The perfect satisfying, healthy, plant-based meal.
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Bowl of healthy vegan Mexican Chipotle Black Bean Tortilla Soup
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Chipotle Black Bean Tortilla Soup
1-Pot Chipotle Black Bean Tortilla Soup! Hearty, simple, and so satisfying. The perfect make-ahead meal for easy lunches and dinners!
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Wooden spoon in a pot of Tomato and Vegetable White Bean Soup
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Tomato and Vegetable White Bean Soup
A hearty 1-pot winter soup that's brothy and tomato-infused and chock-full of hearty veggies like squash, kale, and potatoes. White beans provide extra protein and a buttery finish. The perfect healthy lunch or dinner for colder months.
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Two bowls of Loaded Veggie Nacho Soup beside bowls of salsa and chopped red onion and lime
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Loaded Veggie Nacho Soup
Vegan, gluten-free tortilla soup that tastes just like loaded nachos! Pile this simple soup high with gluten-free tortilla chips or my DIY chili cheese fritos and your favorite veggies for the ultimate healthy indulgence.
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Stews

Bowls of Chickpea Tomato Peanut Stew served with rice and fresh basil
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1-Pot Chickpea Tomato Peanut Stew (West African-Inspired)
A thick, creamy, dairy-free soup inspired by African Peanut Stew. This simple version is made with chickpeas, tomatoes, and peanut butter all in 1 pot!
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Skillet filled with a batch of our Vegan Lentil Fesenjan
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Hearty Lentil Fesenjān (Pomegranate Walnut Stew)
9-ingredient vegan Fesenjān made with lentils! A hearty stew of toasted walnuts, pomegranate molasses, onion, and spices. A comforting, Persian-inspired, plant-based meal!
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Spoon in a bowl of Instant Pot chili
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Easy Instant Pot Chili (Vegan, Oil-Free)
Instant Pot chili that’s fast, easy to make, and versatile. Hearty, warming, incredibly comforting, and savory-sweet thanks to sweet potatoes and kidney and black beans.
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Plate of Moroccan Eggplant Tomato Stew with fresh parsley served over white rice
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Moroccan-Spiced Eggplant and Tomato Stew
Moroccan-spiced tomato stew with roasted eggplant, smoky spices, and chickpeas! An incredibly comforting, satisfying 10-ingredient meal inspired by the flavors of zaalouk. 
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Wooden spoon in a pot of Butternut Squash Chili alongside ingredients used to make it
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1-Pot Butternut Squash Quinoa Chili
Incredibly delicious, 1-pot chili with butternut squash, fire-roasted tomatoes, quinoa, and two kinds of beans! Hearty, flavorful, and so easy to make!
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Big bowls of Red Lentil Chili garnished with sliced jalapeno, cilantro, and red onion
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1-Pot Red Lentil Chili
Hearty red lentil chili made in 1 pot with simple ingredients! A smoky, flavorful, protein- and fiber-rich plant-based meal perfect for cold nights and feeding a crowd.
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Bowl of Sweet Potato Black Bean Chili topped with diced avocado and cilantro
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5-Ingredient Sweet Potato Black Bean Chili
Simple, 5-ingredient sweet potato black bean chili that comes together in less than 1 hour! Easy, delicious, super healthy, and so satisfying! Throw in whatever spices you have to amp up the flavor.
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Breads (for dipping!)

Close up shot of golden brown slices of vegan garlic bread on a baking sheet
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The BEST Vegan Garlic Bread
Buttery, savory, SUPER flavorful vegan garlic bread baked to golden perfection. Gluten-free optional and just 7 ingredients and 25 minutes required!
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Partially sliced loaf of homemade gluten-free bread
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The BEST Gluten-Free Bread (No-Knead!)
The ultimate gluten-free bread that’s easy to make and vegan too! So light, fluffy, flavorful, and endlessly versatile. Just 9 ingredients required for this show-stopping bread!
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Breaking apart a piece of gluten-free flatbread
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Gluten-Free Flatbread (1 Bowl, 20 Minutes!)
Light, fluffy, and flavorful gluten-free flatbread, made in 1 bowl in just 20 minutes! The perfect companion for dips, spreads, wraps, and more!
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Slice of the best vegan cornbread with a bite taken out
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Perfect Vegan Cornbread
Easy-to-make, fluffy, perfectly sweet vegan cornbread made with 10 ingredients. The perfect comforting side to soups and chilis, or to bake into croutons for salads or stuffing.
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Stack of homemade Vegan Flatbreads
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Garlic Herb Flatbread
1-bowl, 8-ingredient flatbread infused with fresh garlic and minced herbs. Pillowy, soft, tender, and perfect for wraps or dipping.
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Using a fork to cut a corner off of a slice of Vegan Gluten-Free Cornbread
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The Best Vegan Gluten-Free Cornbread
The BEST vegan gluten-free cornbread made with 10 ingredients! Fluffy, crumbly, perfectly sweet, SO delicious! Pair with chili for the ultimate fall and winter treat.
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  1. Stuart says

    This is so awesome. Thank you for sharing and for all you do. I’m a big fan of your recipes.
    Stuart, Scotland (vegan)