Feed Your Family Vegan, They Won’t Know the Difference
In the wise words of Bruce, the great white from the classic Finding Nemo, “fish are friends, not food”. In the spirit of Bruce and his fish-abstinent shark friends, why not try a vegan dish or two for the holidays? The following recipes are fairly simple and affordable.
Veganism is one of the easiest ways to be environmentally friendly this holiday season – you don’t have to overhaul your entire diet, just perhaps cook a dish or two without meat or dairy. Most vegan recipes have easy to find replacements for eggs and milk, and taste absolutely delicious without them!
1. Chai Spice Snickerdoodle Cookies
These cookies are delicious and entirely vegan. The added chai spice of nutmeg and cardamom really make this cookie perfect for the winter holidays!
2. Ginger Chocolate Truffles
These vegan ginger chocolate truffles will certainly spice up the dessert table at your next party! There is nothing better than a guest with a good dessert, and the ginger will add some punch to your truffle madness.
3. Delicious Chocolate Fudge
This fudge won’t stick your teeth together but it will drive your taste buds crazy! The fudge will melt in your mouth, and is relatively healthy – there is a fair amount of sugar involved, but the lack of dairy means no cows were harmed!
4. Raw Kale Salad with Lentils and Sweet Apricot Viniagrette
This crunchy salad has some personality and will be a popular side dish at your next holiday party – kale is one of the trendy “superfoods” and the sweet apricot viniagrette will make it taste delicious!
5. Tempe and Sweet Potato Hash
This hearty and healthy entrée will add some zest to your table! The tempe is the source of protein that non-vegans moan about not having access to. Please. This is a great recipe to use if you have leftover sweet potatoes from Thanksgiving, too!
6. “Pot stick” Brussels Sprouts
These Brussels sprouts are the James Bond of Brussels sprouts – they will rock your world, make rabbits jealous, and might even cause the next Big Bang at your next holiday party. Your grandmother will wish she had known this recipe when she was a young lass!
7. Stuffed Portobello Mushroom Caps with Roasted Root Vegetable Risotto
These stuffed Portobello mushrooms make hamburgers jealous, specifically because they do not have this particular flavor of just having arrived at your favorite restaurant, with your favorite friend, and having a basket of fresh bread plonked down in front of you immediately upon arrival. The vegetable risotto is the halo to these wings.
8. Sweet Potato Chickpea Buddha Bowl
This “Buddha bowl” is filling and is clearly sponsored by that most chubby of deities, Buddha Himself! The symphonic combinations of sweet potato, chickpea, and so many flavorful spices it’d be hard to meditate after eating this!
9. Black Bean and Potato Nacho Plate
This nacho plate is so good you will forget tortilla chips are even necessary on this entire blessed earth. The classic avocado and tomato culprits appear here, but the real zinger is the way the cilantro and garlic essentially caress the potatoes and make for a prime staple of any holiday meal!
10. Tomato Cucumber Couscous Salad
This salad is light and will make you laugh, because even though we all (secretly) despise vegetables, this salad pretends not – this couscous addition will make you forget about those healthy crunchy green things called “cucumbers”! Perfect as a winter appetizer!
11. Three Ingredient Baked Apples
These apples don’t mess around. Their policy, translated from Godfather-speak, is to get in, get the gold, and get out. Henceforth, the only ingredients needed for these babies are the mighty apples themselves, almond or peanut butter, and cinnamon. How much depends on how dangerous you want to play the game.
12. Spiced Roasted Cauliflower
This spiced roasted cauliflower is so fabulous it makes RuPaul jealous – it would wear glitter if it could, but it doesn’t need to because it’s so tasty! There is only one way to introduce this dish to your friends – tell them you are bringing veal with marinated apricots, and then bring them this. They will sigh in relief and faint with joy when you do not in fact bring them the deceased Bambi but a vivacious vegetable!
13. Kung Pao Lentils
These lentils will inspire you to re-watch the classic Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and maybe buy a funny t-shirt or two. The lentils will dance harmoniously with the red chilis and jig with the celery and cashews right into your mouth.
14. Whipped Bleu Cheese Bites with Balsalmic Reduction
This confection will inspire scenes at the dinner table, when Uncle Henry chucks the salt shaker at young Andrea because she has eaten every single one of these bleu cheese bites. The only way to stave off the family holiday drama, food-wise, is to make extra!
15. Spicy Veggie Bean Chili
This spicy veggie bean chili will knock your socks off and your mother-in-law off of her chair. The beans fight for dominance over the spices with grandstand names such as chili powder, cumin, and paprika.
16. Cheesy Broccoli Pasta
This one pot panty dropper is simple, vegan, and will make your silly carbohydrate-avoiding friends rageful, but weathering their rage will be worth it in order to stuff some of this pasta dish in your gaping maw.
17. Creamy Vegan Mac n Cheese
This is a classic that is always a party favorite – there is literally nothing wrong with mac n cheese, and this vegan dish is delicious because of the cheesy sauce that isn’t really cheese. It isn’t cheese, but it’s close enough!
According to a report from the UN, veganism can save the world. By abstaining from the consumption of dairy and meat, we dramatically reduce the negative impact we have on the environment. By cooking a vegan dish for the holidays, you are taking one small step for humankind and the health of the entire environment.
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