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When you’re busy, scheduled down to the half hour with meetings, eating right is the last thing on your mind. Sure, we all need comfort, some days more than others. Instead of reaching for a bag of chips, try these healthy, delicious catering dishes. These five comfort foods are vegan, but you and your colleagues would never know it. Whether you are vegan or not, they taste great. Try them at your next business lunch. They’re the ticket to feeling well-fed and taken care of, even on the most frenzied day.

Catering ideas for comforting vegan comfort foods: Cauliflower steaks | Image: Public School 972 / Instagram 
Catering ideas for comforting vegan comfort foods: Cauliflower steaks | Image: Public School 972 / Instagram

 

1. Cauliflower Wings or Steaks

Cauliflower is the vegetable of the moment, and chefs all over the country have taken to this “chicken of the veggie world.” Like chicken wings or drumettes, the cauliflower is baked or fried until pliable, then slathered in buffalo sauce. When nobody wants to look for forks at a casual company gathering, these finger foods will help you to cut back on cleanup time.

Catering ideas for comforting vegan comfort foods: Black bean burgers | Image: Toro Lounge / Instagram 
Catering ideas for comforting vegan comfort foods: Black bean burgers | Image: Toro Lounge / Instagram

2. Black Bean Burgers 

You can’t go wrong with the hamburger experience, even if you’re vegan. In our plant-loving era, meatless burgers are a trend not to be missed. Today’s vegan burgers, rich and salty, are just that much better. Plus, they’re filling and nutrient dense. When ordering catering, ask for the burgers without cheese but inquire whether there is a substitute vegan spread. The vegans in the bunch will thank you.

Catering ideas for comforting vegan comfort foods: Artichoke tacos | Image: Uppföda / Instagram
Catering ideas for comforting vegan comfort foods: Artichoke tacos | Image: Uppföda / Instagram

3. Artichoke Tacos 

If you’re fending off work emails, one thing that helps is tacos, insanely popular for a reason. Rich and delicious, this vegan comfort food is full of fresh herbs and hearty proteins like sweet potato wedges or sautéed artichokes. Plus, tacos are customizable and suitable for every occasion.

Catering ideas for comforting vegan comfort foods: Pancakes | Image: Protein House / Instagram
Catering ideas for comforting vegan comfort foods: Pancakes | Image: Protein House / Instagram

4. Pancakes 

Breakfast may be the toughest meal for a team to source when feeding vegans. All those eggs and bacon, not to mention butter and cream. This makes it tough for a vegan to find good eats before 11 a.m. But comforting vegan alternatives exist. There’s plenty to choose from, like pancakes studded with vegan bacon, or berries and fruits, to power up breakfast with antioxidants and micronutrients.

Catering ideas for comforting vegan comfort foods: Vegan protein poke bowl | Image: The Poké / Instagram
Catering ideas for comforting vegan comfort foods: Vegan protein poke bowl | Image: The Poké / Instagram

5. Vegan Protein Poke Bowl 

The right dressing makes anything taste better. But pair excellent veggies with excellent dressing and you have a winner. This faux-poké bowl is filled with fresh and roasted vegetables and tofu. The lime ginger dressing and roasted sesame sauce create an alchemy with the seaweed, lifting this simple bowl to an inspired place. Extra dressing, please!

No meat, no dairy, no eggs? No problem. We love making catering easy for the office.

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Christina Mueller

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Christina Mueller

Christina Mueller has been writing about restaurants, chefs, and culinary trends for more than 10 years. She has published recipes and written a cookbook that is still in a stained manila folder close to the stove. She spends her free time sharing favorite restaurants around the world with anyone who asks.

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