3 Autumn-inspired Vegan Jar Recipes

3 Autumn-inspired Vegan Jar Recipes

I’m not going to lie, I’ve never been an autumn/winter person. I am easily dismayed by the onset of darker evenings, constant rain and waking up to a room as cold as the arctic circle. While cosy evenings and scented candles help my seasonal blues to an extent, I feel much more at ease in the summer, when the days are long, the weather is decent even in England and I can go outside without having to brace myself. Many people find this surprising as I lived in Russia for the first nine years of my life (hello -40 degree weather) and while I’ve retained many ‘Russian’ characteristics, my ability to withstand the cold has faded alongside the stereotypical accent.

However, the one thing I adore about autumn is the food. I’m talking everything pumpkin, cinnamon and roasted vegetables. You know that scene in Miranda when she lists all the things she loved about Christmas? Yep, that’s me when it comes to autumn. I had a lot of fun constructing these jars because their simplicity does not compromise that hint of seasonal flavour. As usual, the recipes are vegan friendly, healthy and packed with micronutrients. And of course, eating food from a jar does the trick of making your life that much more Pinterest-worthy. Well, in my case, I cannot make any other aspect of my life suitable for Pinterest except for food: I’ve been frantically reading style blogs to try and bring some coordination into my wardrobe, and the only plant I kept in my room withered away from neglect before I managed to miraculously revive it #almostRIP.

Anyway, while I created a ‘base’ for these jars (e.g. the curry and the tofu), feel free to switch up any of the vegetables and/or dressings, eating them either straight away or storing in the fridge overnight. Many of the ‘components’ can be cooked in bulk for meal-prepping purposes. I am a big fan of spices myself (and thoroughly believe Autumn is all about spices, whether that’s in candles or in edible things – unfortunately, those are mutually exclusive) but you can adjust the amounts in accordance with your own preferences. Before I can ramble on for 365 more words, let’s leap straight into the recipes:

Butternut Squash and Pumpkin Curry in a Jar

  • Servings: 2
  • Difficulty: easy
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Hearty, warm and packed full of spices, this recipe just sings Autumn. Perfect for cold evenings and as a satisfying lunch. Served over a bed of rice and with leafy greens for an extra crunch.

Vegan Mason Jar curry

Autumn Inspired Curry Recipe

Credit: whatismaria.com


  • 1 cup (228g) butternut squash, chopped into small cubes
  • 1 cup (228g) pumpkin of choice, chopped into small cubes
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1/2 medium onion, diced
  • 1/2 can (200ml) light coconut milk
  • 1/2 can (227ml) canned tomatoes
  • 1.5 cups (355ml) vegetable stock
  • 1/2 cup (50g) green lentils
  • 1 tsp mild curry powder
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • two large handfuls of kale
  • 1/2 cup (85g) dry sushi rice, to serve
  • Raw zuccini and spinach, to serve


  1. Heat either cooking spray or a dash of oil of your choice in a large pot. Add in the pepper, onion, butternut squash and pumpkin, stirring for 3-5 minutes on a medium heat.
  2. Add in the vegetable stock, coconut milk, canned tomatoes, vegetable stock, lentils, curry powder, cumin, turmeric, nutritional yeast and tomato paste. Bring to the boil, before lowering the heat and simmering for 30-35 minutes until the butternut squash and pumpkin are cooked through. Add more water/vegetable stock and salt to taste if necessary. Meanwhile, cook the sushi rice according to instructions in a separate pot.
  3. Add the kale into the curry and stir until wilted.
  4. Assemble the jars: distribute the rice evenly between the jars, before topping with the curry, the raw zuccini and the spinach.

The next recipe is quicker to make and is much more ‘salady’, thus carrying a hint of summer nostalgia while remaining sufficiently autumnal:

Turmeric Tofu and Edamame Protein Jar

  • Servings: 2
  • Difficulty: easy
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Served with a pumpkin-tahini dressing, this jar is packed full of vegan protein and nutritional value. There's no better way to get in your five a day than from a jar!

Turmeric Tofu Salad Recipe

Tofu Salad Recipe High Protein

Credit: whatismaria.com


  • 100g edamame noodles (although, as these may be hard to get hold of, any noodles or pasta can make a viable alternative)
  • 225g tofu
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh basil
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 small zuccini, chopped
  • 150g vine tomatoes
  • large handful of baby spinach
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • For the sauce: – 1 tbsp tahini

  • 1/4 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp agave nectar
  • lemon juice to taste


  1. After draining thoroughly, chop the tofu into bitesize pieces. Heat up cooking spray/oil of choice in a frying pain. Add the tofu and the turmeric, stir-frying for 10 minutes until slightly crispy. When almost done, add in the soy sauce and ensure the tofu is fully coated.
  2. Meanwhile, cook the edamame noodles/noodles of choice according to instructions – this usually involves cooking them in boiling water for 5-10 minutes.
  3. To make the dressing, simply combine the tahini, the agave nectar, the paprika and the lemon juice, whisking together and adding more lemon juice until the desired consistency is reached (should not be too runny).
  4. Distribute dressing evenly between two jars, before topping with the noodles, tofu, red pepper, zuccini, spinach and tomatoes. I added some fresh raspberries for a hint of sweetness, although this is completely optional.

And of course, I could not leave out potatoes, aka bae, out of this blog post (and the combination of them with cinnamon is a lot less weird than it sounds!)

Cinnamon Potato and Falafel Jar

  • Servings: 2
  • Difficulty: easy
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In combination with falafels, these chunky fries/chips make a warming dinner or an excellent lunch when cold (can also be eaten off a plate 😉 ).

Falafel salad recipe

Credit: whatismaria.com


  • Two medium potatoes (around 500g)
  • 1 can (240g) chickpeas
  • Two cups chopped broccoli, steamed or boiled
  • A small handful of canned peas
  • 1 tbsp tahini
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • 2 tbsp wholewheat flour
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1.5 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • salt and pepper
  • Fresh blueberries and spinach, to serve


  1. Preheat oven to 200 degrees C. Cut the potatoes into chips/fries, toss together in a bowl with coconut oil, 1 tbsp of the paprika, half of the turmeric and the cinnamon, before laying them out onto a greased baking tray and baking for 40 minutes, until golden
  2. Meanwhile, drain the chickpeas and add them to a food processor/high speed blender alongside the tahini, parsley, flour, garlic and the remaining spices. Blend until a smooth, paste-like mixture is formed, adding salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Form the falafel mixture into balls (should make around ten), laying them out onto another baking tray and bake for around 10 minutes until the outside is crispy but the inside remains soft.
  4. Once ready, distribute the potatoes, falafels and broccoli evenly between two jars, layering alongside fresh spinach, blueberries and green peas. If desired, add a sauce such as ketchup or sriracha.

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  1. niccimcshane September 30, 2017 / 6:13 pm

    Fab post! I’m going to give the recipes a try x

    • whatismaria September 30, 2017 / 6:16 pm

      Thank you so much dear!! I hope you enjoy them 🙂 x

  2. D. September 30, 2017 / 6:32 pm

    This looks so tasty. Thank you for sharing!

  3. Ivy & Em September 30, 2017 / 6:36 pm

    Wow these are all so beautiful! I’ll have to try them, especially the curry one-yum!
    Great post.

    • whatismaria September 30, 2017 / 6:52 pm

      Haha the curry one was probably my favourite! Thank you so much Em, I’m glad you liked the post 🙂 <3

  4. Gluecksgeist September 30, 2017 / 6:59 pm

    They already sound amazing but seeing these meals in a jar makes them look even more amazing! Great post xx

    • whatismaria September 30, 2017 / 7:46 pm

      Ahh I’m so glad you like them! Thank you so much for your comment 😊❤️

  5. kirstyjadeblog September 30, 2017 / 8:14 pm

    These are all so cute and creative! Love these ideas! x

    • whatismaria September 30, 2017 / 8:27 pm

      Thank you! I’m glad you like them 😊🌿

    • whatismaria September 30, 2017 / 9:45 pm

      If you do try it definitely let me know how it goes!! Thank you so much for stopping by and commenting ❤️

  6. Joy The Witch September 30, 2017 / 9:10 pm

    Oh my lord!! I am not vegan but those look SO TASTY I CAN’T!!!! thanks for sharing xx

    • whatismaria September 30, 2017 / 9:44 pm

      Ahh that is so so kind of you!! Thank you so much – I’m glad you like them 😊 (Loving your new blog domain btw!) xx

  7. ofteaandengland September 30, 2017 / 10:27 pm

    These look amazing!! Easy to bring to work too xx

    • whatismaria October 1, 2017 / 5:34 am

      Yep that’s always a bonus! Thank you so much 😊x

  8. lauzieslifestyle September 30, 2017 / 10:29 pm

    These jars look wonderful! I love autumn food as well and roasted vegetables are a must-have for me. I will have to try the cinnamon, potato and falafel. xxx

    • whatismaria October 1, 2017 / 5:38 am

      Thank you so much dear! Autumn food is great, isn’t it? And I hope you like it if you end up giving it a go 😊❤️️

  9. Laura @ Feast Wisely September 30, 2017 / 10:36 pm

    Great post Maria – and I hope at least that the coming autumn and winter aren’t too cold – I must admit they were a key reason I left the UK for Australia 10 years ago!

    • whatismaria October 1, 2017 / 5:47 am

      Thank you Laura! Haha it definitely makes me want to live somewhere else but I must stick through it for my educational commitments lol..so jealous of Australia and the fact that you all are heading into summer at the moment!

  10. Britney October 1, 2017 / 2:30 am

    I’m not sure how I would feel eating out of a jar. It’s a little odd for me. lol But the food itself sounds great. I would love to try the Butternut Squash & Pumpkin Curry.

    • whatismaria October 1, 2017 / 5:45 am

      Hahah I thought it was odd at first when I saw it all over Instagram but then I tried it myself and it was surprisingly fun! But I’m glad you like the sound of the food – thank you so much for your comment 🙂 <3

  11. Hunida October 1, 2017 / 3:06 am

    Yay! I was beginning to think I was the only one who hates the cold, lol!! And I’m just like you–I am def not pinterest-worthy in any aspect and also frantically look at the style posts and wonder why I’m so plain lol and my apartment has just a few things up on some walls. 😛

    But at least you got this! This was all Pinterest-worthy. 😄 It’s cute and looks delicious!

    • whatismaria October 1, 2017 / 5:44 am

      Omg yes, the cold is so awful, isn’t it? Just makes it so much harder to enjoy the season. My room is extremely plain in comparison to what I’ve seen on the internet – definitely need to take a trip to IKEA soon to brighten it up a tiny bit! But thank you so much, I’m so glad you like the look of these 🙂 x

  12. jyo October 1, 2017 / 4:39 am

    Such an amazing post…. goodness loaded in a jar ✌✌

  13. Life As Najida October 1, 2017 / 8:51 am

    These look so good! Will definitely have a go at these recipes xx

    • whatismaria October 1, 2017 / 8:55 am

      Thank you Najida! I hope you like them if you give them a go 😊❤️

  14. glittermaze October 1, 2017 / 10:18 am

    These look so amazing!! Can’t wait to try!! xx 💛 💛

    • whatismaria October 1, 2017 / 12:40 pm

      I hope you like them! Thank you so much xox

    • whatismaria October 1, 2017 / 12:41 pm

      Thanks girl! I’m glad you like them ❤️

  15. Agness of eTramping October 1, 2017 / 3:19 pm

    All of these jar recipes are so finger-licking, Maria! Thanks a bunch for sharing your recipes and making autumn so charming!

    • whatismaria October 1, 2017 / 3:30 pm

      Hi Agness! Thank you very much for stopping by – I am so glad to hear you liked these jars and that I’ve managed to bring a tiny bit of joy into Autumn 🙂 Have a great day! x

    • whatismaria October 2, 2017 / 10:02 am

      Thank you so much as usual 🙂 Happy monday to you as well <3

  16. crystalsandcurls October 2, 2017 / 11:29 am

    As always . . . brilliant post! These look so so delicious and I love the way you’ve taken and edited the photographs 🙂 I’ve neevr actually tried food in a jar before but considering my collection of mason jars, what a great idea! <3

    • whatismaria October 2, 2017 / 1:08 pm

      Thank you so much for your kindness Mia!! This definitely put a smile on my face – I’m so happy you like the photos 🙂 and you should definitely try it! It’s always so much more fun to eat that way hahah <3

  17. Demilade October 2, 2017 / 12:37 pm

    I love Autumn but there are definitely downsides to it. Like how it gets so dark early, it makes me not want to be productive! These jars look so yummy. I’m interested in introducing more vegan meals into my diet and these look quite good. Great photography too! xx
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    • whatismaria October 2, 2017 / 1:10 pm

      Omg yes it is definitely much harder to be productive when it gets dark!! It is great to hear that you are trying more vegan meals – definitely do let me know how it goes if you try one of these 🙂 Thank you so much for stopping by and for your comment! <3

  18. No Longer Grey October 2, 2017 / 1:40 pm

    Just looking at these makes me hungry! They all look amazing- I absolutely have to try the curry.


    • whatismaria October 2, 2017 / 2:32 pm

      You definitely should give it a go!! I’m so glad you like them 😊 Thank you very much for your comment and for stopping by xox

  19. Richard Church October 5, 2017 / 1:40 pm

    Very inventive and beautifully photographed Maria. Thank you for putting those up. The Turmeric Tofu with Noodles is my favourite, I think. Keep up the great work!

    • whatismaria October 5, 2017 / 6:39 pm

      Thank you so much for your comment Richard! I’m glad to hear you liked these photographs and the recipes – the tofu jar made a yummy meal! 😊

  20. kittyp0p October 6, 2017 / 8:06 pm

    I’m not sure if I can get onboard with the first recipe, but I know my boyfriend would really like it! The second two sound delicious (:

  21. lexipe October 8, 2017 / 10:26 am

    This looks really good 😍 definitely gonna try these

    • whatismaria October 8, 2017 / 11:15 am

      Omg let me know how they go if you do! Glad you like them 😊

  22. WifeyCz October 16, 2017 / 2:31 am

    These seriously look delicious! Thank you for the inspiration!

    • whatismaria October 16, 2017 / 6:20 am

      Thank you very much – I am glad I could inspire:D xox

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