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Bowl filled with gorgeous vegan mixture!

Quick Vegan Calzone Filling (GF)

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  • Author: Chantal | Fresh is Real
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10-15 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 cups 1x
  • Category: Plant-Based
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Plant-Based, Gluten-Free, Vegan, Nut-Free, Allergen-Friendly
  • Diet: Gluten Free


This gorgeous vegetable mixture is great on steamed rice, overtop a baked potato, grilled veggie sandwich, with pasta or stuffed into Homemade Sourdough Calzones (GF)!

This recipe is easy to customize with what you have on hand. Don’t be afraid to play around with the ingredients! Use my list as a guide to inspire you! 


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil (sub with water for oil-free version)
  • 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil (optional)
  • 1/2 cup white onion, chopped
  • 1 celery stalk, chopped
  • 1 carrot, grated (3/4 cup)
  • 1 garlic clove, minced (or 1/4 tsp garlic powder)
  • 12 cups Napa cabbage, chopped
  • 1 potato (any kind), grated
  • 1/2 cup tomato passata (tomato purée)*
  • 12 tablespoons GF tamari
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds (optional)
  • 1/2 teaspoon curry powder 
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 green onion, finely chopped
  • 12 tablespoons fresh cilantro, finely chopped

More add-in ideas:
Chopped mushrooms, green peppers, peas, tofu, baby spinach, hot sauce, plant-based cheese.


Step 1
Gather all your ingredients and prepare all the vegetables before you start cooking.

Step 2
In a large skillet, add the olive oil and sesame oil with the onions, celery, carrots and minced garlic. Cook for a few minutes then add the remaining vegetables: grated potatoes, cabbage and seasoning. Reserve the chopped green onions and cilantro for later. Toss around until all the vegetables are tender and cooked through. If you find your mixture too thick, add a touch of water or a little more tomato passata/purée.

Step 3
Once the vegetables are cooked, and the mixture is ready, taste and adjust the seasoning (if necessary). Toss in the chopped green onions and cilantro and gently mix in. Turn off heat and set aside, cover if you wish, until ready to serve. 


Remember that you can customize this mixture with vegetables you have on hand and season to your preference. Think of how you will be eating the veggie filling. Add seasoning to complement what you will be serving it with. The key is tasting your mixture when it’s almost ready and add more seasoning to make it just right for you and your family.

If you can’t consume one of the ingredients I suggested, please leave it out and use something else. 

Serving Ideas: Served warm and fresh overtop a baked potato, with steamed rice, tossed with GF pasta or stuffed in GF dough—calzone style. The vegetable stuffing is equally amazing on its own.

Storage: You can make this mixture ahead of time if using it for the Homemade Sourdough Calzones. It will store well in a sealed container in the refrigerator for a few days. You can also refrigerate leftovers.

*Sub with 1-2 tablespoon tomato paste, 1/2 cup tomato pasta sauce or a few tablespoons of BBQ sauce. Please add more if the suggested quantities are not enough. The finished mixture will vary based on the vegetables you use.