Mouthwatering Vegan Holiday Recipes
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Written By: Suzanne Kvilhaug
The one advantage vegans have during the holiday season is their chances of putting on “holiday pounds” are slim to none. Sometimes the only thing vegan at a party is the fruit, veggies and the water. Oh yeah and if you’re lucky, lemons to put in the water. Definitely not going to go up a pants size or need a gym membership after those are your options.
Since I’m vegan, you can say that I’m bias to all of these vegan holiday recipes you’re about to read. Well, vegan or not, these are some really fun, innovative, tasty, somewhat healthy and holiday inspired appetizer and dinner recipes. The fact that they are vegan and plant-based is an added bonus.
Vegan Holiday Wreath Taco Ring
When I saw this vegan holiday wreath taco ring recipe from Food With Feeling, it was love at first sight. You’ll know why when you see it. I can’t imagine this appetizer lasting long anywhere you bring it, from the presentation to the ingredients this is one of those recipes you come across and can’t print out/pin fast enough. Made with crescent rolls (they’re usually vegan, check the label), avocados, beans, veggies and spices it’s filling, healthy and in the shape of a holiday wreath...what’s not to love? If you want to put your own spin on it, use your desired taco toppings and work with the recipe as a base.
Vegan Snack Board
Have you ever gone to a party and there weren’t any healthy appetizers and you had no choice but to dig into the chips or the bowl of candy? This array of veggies, fruit, hummus, vegan cheeses and crackers will have the vegans thanking you and the non-vegans thanking you. A vegan snacking board recipe from It Doesn’t Taste Like Chicken is versatile, interesting, and likely the healthiest option at any party you bring it to. If you’re looking to go all out, add things like candied ginger, dried apricots and red pepper jelly. Go all out..you won’t do it!
Carrots In A Blanket
Ok, this one is as clever and as cute as it gets. And who doesn’t want to be the person bringing a cute and clever appetizer to the holiday party?! This carrots in a blanket recipe from Sandra Vungi puts a vegan twist on the traditional favorite pigs in a blanket, which is obviously not vegan. Made with carrots, frozen vegan puff pastry and fresh dill - this innovative appetizer is at the very least going to spark people’s interest. Carrots instead of hot dogs...adorable, smart, healthier and inexpensive. Babe would approve!
Easy Vegan Bruschetta
Can’t go wrong with this easy vegan bruschetta recipe from Ceara’s Kitchen. Made with a baguette, garlic, tomatoes, fresh basil and balsamic vinegar, it’s simple, flavorful and a crowd favorite in the making. If you’re looking for a gluten-free option, use a gluten-free crusty bread as an alternative.
Mushroom Stuffed Cabbage Rolls
Inspired by pierogis, this mushroom stuffed cabbage rolls recipe from Vanilla and Bean is savory, hearty and filling. The stuffing is a mix of cremini and porcini mushrooms with French lentils, long grain brown rice and bread crumbs. Perfect for a cozy holiday meal and the color scheme is on point for Christmas dinner. Fa la la la la la la la la!
I’m not a huge Italian food fan and all I want to do is make this vegan lasagna recipe from Yummy Mummy Kitchen because it’s that impressive. Described as “the best easy vegan lasagna made with real food ingredients, no one can tell this lasagna is dairy, egg, and soy-free.” As for what’s inside, vegan almond based ricotta cheese that’s referred to as creamy and dreamy with layers of eggplant, zucchini and fire roasted peppers. Ok, I changed my mind, I love Italian food as of now and this one is on my list to make!
Spiced Baked Cauliflower with Spicy Lentils
My eyes looked like cartoon character eyes popping out of my head when I saw this one. This spiced baked cauliflower with spicy lentils recipe from Lauren Caris Cooks is unworldly yet it’s not even that difficult to make. Win-win! The spiced cauliflower is bursting with great flavor and sitting on a bed of spicy, thick lentils. Crispy on the outside and soft on the inside, the lentils are gently spicy and intensely tomato-ey. The way it looks is reason enough to have it as an option for a holiday dinner, nevermind how good it tastes.
Cheesy Vegan Potato Broccoli Casserole
One glance at this cheesy vegan potato broccoli casserole recipe from I Love Vegan and you’ll be sold. Made with layers of cheesy vegan béchamel sauce, thin sliced Creamer potatoes, and sliced broccoli florets, all topped off with a toasty, herb and garlic bread crumb topping. You can’t even tell this is vegan unless you’re the one making it so if there are vegan guests, make sure to let them know the good news. Looking to show off your skills in the kitchen for the company potluck? Look no further.