5 Vegan Holiday Dishes | I Eat Plants


I’ve been having a busy holiday season.  How about you?

So for today, I will keep things brief.  We’re getting to the end of the holiday season, but you may have a meal or two left for which you may need to feed a vegan guest. It’s the holidays: we all want to eat, but most of us love to spend time with our family and friends- and hopefully, that’s the best part of the day.

I’ve said it before, but I’ll reiterate: most vegans will be very touched that a non-vegan host thought of them and cared enough to make sure there was something at the meal they could eat, even if it’s not something fancy.

To that end, there are plenty of holiday roasts on the market- Gardein, Trader Joe’s, Tofurky, and Celebration Roast are just a few (I’d stay far, far away from the one that looks like a Turkey at Whole Foods.  I have not heard a single good thing about it).

Don’t know what to serve?  Plenty of vegans are also pretty happy with bringing something to contribute to the meal, as well.  Don’t hesitate to ask.

Of course, you might be reading this column because you like to cook.  If that’s the case, I have a few ideas for you if you’re looking to make a vegan dish for the holidays!

Vegan Shepherd’s Pie

Seitan Pot Pie

Stuffed Squash 25 Ways

Rosemary-Hazelnut Encrusted Seitan

Vegan Mac & Cheese

Side dishes tend to be easy to veganize- leave off the butter/cream for your vegetable dishes (or at least for a serving or two), and you’ll find most vegan guests will be very happy.

Stay happy and healthy the rest of this holiday season, and consider going vegan in the new year!  I’ll be back with some ideas for that soon.

Rosemary Hazelnut Seitan

Rosemary Hazelnut Encrusted Seitan



About Author

I Eat Plants columnist Jodie Deignan went vegetarian in 2004 and fully committed to veganism in 2007. By day she’s a psychiatric nurse practitioner and by night she spends a lot of time cooking delicious vegan food for herself and her friends. She’s a bit of a picky eater, with a special distaste for mushrooms, seaweed, raw tomatoes, and eggplant, though she’s discovered along the way she’s a little more open-minded than she once thought. She blogs at The Picky Vegan.

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