Recipe from Home-Cooked Vegan Comfort Food and a Giveaway

Home-Cooked Vegan Comfort Food


No one knows comfort food like Joni and Celine. I just wish I lived on the west coast so I could “drop by” for dinner on a regular basis. (Well, at least until they got tired of me.)

This book is a re-design of their book Hearty Vegan Meals for Monster Appetites and contains the same recipes. If you have one you don’t need both. However, you definitely need one copy on hand at all times. Make sure to scroll down to the bottom of this post and enter the giveaway to win one of your own!

 photo by Celine Steen

photo by Celine Steen


You can get the recipe for their beautiful Kale Bagels over at Quarry Spoon. They would get rave reviews on your brunch table this weekend.

I’ve cooked from this book for awhile and the Polish Sausage and Monte Cristo sandwiches are on our menu often.  But you really can’t  go wrong with any of the recipes. If you are on a special diet you might have to make a few modifications, but trust me it will be worth it!

Home-Cooked Vegan Comfort Food by Joni Newman and Celine Steen

Photo by Celine Steen


Falafel and Tahini Sauce

You can eat them as is or fill half a pita bread with slices of tomato and cucumber, a small handful lettuce, and as many falafel as will fi t, and then top with sauce.

for the sauce:

  • 1⁄4 cup (64 g) tahini
  • Juice of 1 lemon (about 3 tablespoons [45 ml])
  • 1⁄4 teaspoon fi ne sea salt
  • 1⁄4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 tablespoon (8 g) cornstarch
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 3⁄4 cup (180 ml) unsweetened soymilk
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon ground cumin

for the falafel:

  • 1 can (15 ounces, or 425 g) chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • Juice of 1 small lemon (about 3 tablespoons [45 ml])
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon granulated onion
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons (4 g) ground coriander
  • 2 teaspoons (1.2 g) dried cilantro
  • 1⁄4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1⁄4 teaspoon fi ne sea salt
  • 6 tablespoons (30 g) panko bread crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons (18 g) vital wheat gluten flour
  • 1 tablespoon (16 g) tahini
  • 1 small roasted red pepper, chopped
  • Vegetable oil, for frying


To make the sauce: Using a blender, combine all the ingredients.

Heat over medium-high heat in a medium-size saucepan, whisking constantly, until slightly thickened, about 3 minutes. Set aside.

To make the falafel: Using a food processor, pulse the chickpeas a few times just until none are left whole. Add the remaining ingredients and pulse until combined: you want the batter to hold together when pinched, but not be completely smooth because you want some texture left. Gather 2 generously packed tablespoons (40 g) per falafel, and shape into a ball. You will get 10 falafels in all.

Use a deep fryer, or fill a heavy, deep saucepan with 3 inches (7.5 cm) of oil. Heat to 350°F (180°C). Do not overcrowd! Fry the falafel in batches until golden brown, flipping them once, about 2 minutes. Remove from the oil with a heat-proof slotted spoon. Drain on paper towels.

Repeat with the remaining falafel.

YIELD: 10 falafel, 2 to 4 servings, with 11⁄2 cups

(455 ml) sauce

Recipe Note:

If you’re not fond of deep-frying foods, try baking these instead: Preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C, or gas mark 5). Lightly coat the falafel with cooking spray. Bake for 10 minutes, covered with foil. Remove the foil and bake for another 10 minutes, or until the falafel are golden

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  1. Barbara L says:

    GREAT recipe – this is my supper tonight !

  2. Catherine B says:

    I do get cravings for bagels and cream cheese,but my fave comfort food is pizza!!

  3. Mmmm….I love falafel and would love to try other recipes in the cookbook! Thanks for organizing the giveaway :-)

  4. Favorite comfort food is mac and cheese, now that would be mac and cauliflower sauce!

  5. love mashed potatoes and mac n cheese. classic. we recently made it with vegan cheese and my kids devoured it. :)

  6. Terri Cole says:

    Soup is my favorite comfort food.

  7. Pizza!! Thanks for the giveaway!

  8. My favorite comfy food is without a doubt…Mac-n-“cheese”! Looks like a very cool book!

  9. I make my own seitan, which I use for shepherd-less pie. Hearty, lots of mixed veggies, and mashed potatoes…what could be more comforting?

  10. Looks delicious! Can’t wait to try it.

  11. RubyShooZ says:

    My favorite comfort food used to be potato soup but since turning vegan back in 1995 I’ve discovered so many other comfort foods that are much better and better for me.

    Thanks for the giveaway and for the recipe. The photos are terrific.

  12. mac and cheese!

  13. I’ve been wanting to try eating vegan, but I’m afraid of failure. I’ve normally eaten low carb, and this is just the opposite!!! Any suggestions?

  14. Mary Syrenne says:

    My favorite comfort food is a big bowl of a hearty warm soup.

  15. Deanne O'Donnell says:


  16. I love a seitan sausage and peppers sandwich. I’m so hungry now looking at the incredibly delicious photos!

  17. So looking forward to falafel’s this weekend…..thank you, looks like a great recipe:)

  18. My favorite comfort food is mashed potatoes, with or without gravy. :)

  19. I love Celine and Joni’s work! I don’t have hem too often but loaded sandwiches and burgers are definitely comfort food for me :)

  20. I love a really good hamburger or chicken pot pie. Thanks for the giveaway!

  21. My favorite comfort food is anything with pasta. mmm carbs.

  22. I love tacos and would love to win this book.

  23. Biscuits are my comfort food. Soft, fluffy, a tad salty. MMMM I think I may go bake some now. haha

  24. My favorite comfort food is pizza with a thick crust. Actually, I would be happy just to eat the crust alone!

  25. Mmmm, baked sweet potatoes with coconut oil. Thanks for asking!

  26. Thai coconut curry (red or green)–nothing like that rich creamy deliciousness!

  27. Diane Vandermast says:

    Soup. No, Thai curries. No, mac & Daiya . No, mashed potatoes with vegan butter. Am I indecisive? :)

  28. I love falafel! I need to try this!

  29. mac n cheeeze!

  30. mashed potatoes make everything better

  31. Definitely a thick hearty soup would be my comfort food of choice!

  32. My favorite comfort food is minestrone soup.

  33. Just love falafel, thanks for the recipe!

  34. My favorite comfort food is ice cream/frozen yogurt!

  35. Favorite comfort food…warm, hearty soup!

  36. Deana Tanguay says:

    My favorite comfort food before I became Vegan was matzoh brei. Now, it would be vegan split pea soup.

  37. A pasta bowl…just heaps of warm pasta, olive oil and a little garlic. With a big spoon. :)
    Thanks for the superyumful falafel recipe and the baking directions…Yumza!

  38. Sometimes just a big pot of pinto beans and rice are great to come home to after a long day at work. Your book will help me be much more creative with my after work slow cooked meals.Thanks so much for putting this together!

  39. This looks delicious and I’m always looking for recipes for healthier comfort food.

  40. Hearty Vegan Meals for Monster Appetites has been on my wishlist, so winning this would be a dream. Kale bagels…yes, please!

  41. My favorite comfort food is vegan mac and cheese, and mashed sweet potatoes.

  42. Barley/vegetable soup – no idea why, but it’s my “go to when I’m sick” meal.

  43. This looks like an interesting cookbook. Thanks for the giveaway. That Falafel with Tahini sauce is one I’ll try for sure.

  44. Mac and “cheese” is probably my favorite.

  45. My favorite comfort food is definitely pizza.

  46. Nicole Selah Destrampe says:

    Yum I’m so making this!! I’m new to being vegan so I’ve yet to really veganize any of the old comfort foods however Pizza and Spaghetti come to mind first!

  47. Emily Luker says:

    Butternut Squash mac & cheese!! So delicious and comforting.

  48. Lima Beans and dumplings!

  49. Just one? It’s impossible to choose between pizza and mac & cheese, so I’ll say a mac & cheese pizza!

  50. Amanda J. says:

    It’s nothing fancy, but my comfort food is buttery (Earth Balanced) jasmine rice or rice noodles.

  51. Jennipher H says:

    Just found your website and love it. I am a very new vegetarian with plans to fully transition over to vegan. Thanks for all the inspiration.

  52. My favorite comfort food. Hmmm. I made up a recipe for White bean and vegan sausage soup that has to be my favorite. Even my kids ask for it.Of course, it’s hard to overlook dark chocolate and cherries or baked french fries dipped in malt vinegar. What a tough decision.

  53. Vegan mac and cheese is my fave!

  54. YUM! This book looks amazing! Thanks for the giveaway!

  55. I’ve definitely been feeling the “need” for comfort food lately, and I was surprised to find that mac ‘n cheez is IT!

  56. Hmm probably vegan mac and cheese (Brooklyn Mac has the best mac and cheese ever) would have to be my favorite.

  57. Mashed potatoes and gravy!

  58. You’ve got me wanting to make falafel for dinner tonight. That looks awesome. My favorite comfort food is definitely lasagna!

  59. Looks awesome. I would love to own this book to make kick-butt recipes for my carnivorous family!

  60. Pizza or pasta dishes. And mashed potatoes. :)

  61. My favorite comfort food is pizza!

  62. (Vegan) Mac n Cheese with broccoli!

  63. Spaghetti!

  64. Heather B. says:

    Just had a falafel wrap for lunch today, so perfect timing! I’ll give this a try!

  65. I haven’t had many Falafels that I have liked and this recipe looks good. I am definitely going to try it asap! I would love to win this book too. I have been able to convince friends who thought Vegan food had no flavor that it actually tastes just as good if not better. Having this book may just turn into another flavor seller. Looks great!!!

  66. Danyelle Cotten says:

    Pizza would have to be my all time favorite!

  67. peanut butter

  68. Lydia Claire says:

    Vegan Mac and Cheese!

  69. Lydia Claire says:

    I did a quick edit of the tweet since it was over by one space.

  70. Vegan pizza with a ton of veggies.

  71. Chelsea Ortiz says:

    Where I am, there are these two Afghan Kabob restaurants and the vegetable sides are vegan (as long as you ask for no yogurt sauce!) The spinach, squash, and potato veggie combo…soooo good!

  72. my favorite comfort food is vegan dumplings and gravy.

  73. Marge Evans says:

    egyptian red lentil and rice soup

  74. Jennifer K says:

    My fave comfort food is probably mac n cheeze

  75. My go to comfort food is pizza. Thanks for the giveaway.

  76. I love mac and “cheese” :)

  77. I love falafel!! My favorite comfort food probably has to be mac and cheese- veganized of course!

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