6 Vegan Warming Winter Recipes

6 Vegan Warming Winter Recipes

Eating a high Raw Vegan diet can sometimes be a challenge, particularly during winter. According to Chinese and Ayurvedic principles, the body can lack heat, or digestive fire, if not enough cooked food or heating ingredients are included on a regular basis. Some of these heating foods are well known, like ginger, garlic and hot peppers, but some of them are relatively unknown and somewhat surprising, like parsley, basil and dates.

So today I’ve compiled a list of 7 Vegan Recipes from good ol’ local Australian Food Blogs that include heating ingredients to keep your digestive fire burning strong throughout winter. I hope you enjoy them! Please tell us how they went for you in the comments, and if you have any tips or tricks to improve them 🙂

Vegan Copycat Sloppy Joes by My Goodness Kitchen

I don’t think I’ve ever thought Sloppy Joes could look so mouthwatering. I remember them from my school days as a pretty, well, sloppy looking meal. But Logan of My Goodness Kitchen has somehow managed to make them look utterly delectable. The recipe contains three heating ingredients; lentils, garlic and red capsicum.

I decided to give it the number 1 spot because it doubles as the kind of recipe that you can convince ornery meat eaters to try and probably sway them to eat more vegan food with 😉


Chipotle, Bean & Lime Stuffed Sweat Potatoes with Herb Salsa by My Darling Lemon Thyme

Few meals get me more excited than stuffed… anything. And sweet potatoes are in my top 5 “To Stuff” list. This recipe is chock full of heating ingredients like garlic, parsley, chili, cumin and pepper. Bonus points for it being a very straightforward, low maintenance oven recipe. They are my favorite.

Asian Slaw with Sweet Chili Peanut Tofu by The Macadames

I had to include a recipe from this blog, whose name hits a sweet spot for me. It sounds like the name of an old school Soul band and I love that kind of music.

The recipe sounds amazing too. I’m a sucker for anything with peanuts in it and as far as [mostly] raw recipes go they can’t get much more heating. Ginger, sesame oil, garlic, red pepper and of course chili combine to pack a powerful punch.

Vegan Sticky Date Pudding Recipe by Veggieful

One of the best parts of blogging is it provides so much opportunity to learn. Until researching this I never would’ve guessed dates were a heating food, but there you have it! I couldn’t be happier, as they are one of my all time favorite foods to eat on their own. Especially the Medjool ones.

This recipe uses a bunch of margarine, which I don’t consider very healthy, but I’m sure it could be substituted fairly easily. Got any ideas? Tell us in the comments.

Cultured Vegetables by Loving Gift

I couldn’t make a list like this without including one of our own recipes, now could I 😉 ? Anita, AKA Chef Neatz, is a master of fermentation (you can buy one of our many cultured veggie mixes here), and she has generously shared her secrets with us.

The main ingredient, cabbage, is a heating ingredient, and so are a few of the complimentary ingredients; kale, garlic and basil.

Raw Vegan Red Pepper Soup by Chomp Chomp

“Simplicity in character, in manners, in style; in all things the supreme excellence is simplicity.” – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Soup is simple, and especially during winter, quick, easy and delicious meals are paramount to successful healthy eating. Being able to whip up something in a matter of minutes is key when it’s cold and you’re hungry. Those are times I find very easy to reach for unhealthy snacks, so it’s important to have fast options to whip up before cravings take over. 

This 5 ingredient recipe is largely composed of a heating ingredient, red capsicum, and you could definitely add more parsley to increase its heating properties.

I hope you enjoyed the post and the recipes. Thanks for reading!