During the holidays, eating a vegan diet can be extra challenging. If you’re hosting a meal, the first question is – what can you make if most of your family’s traditional recipes aren’t vegan friendly?
I’m very excited to share with you some of my favorite dishes that I hope will inspire and give you ideas for every course! I’ve also
included breakfast because it’s so much fun to have a special breakfast with your family while visiting for the holidays.
What do you do if you’re the guest at a holiday meal?
Although I’m fortunate to have family and friends that are very understanding, when I go to gatherings, I usually offer to bring along a
vegan dish so that it isn’t stressful for the host. In my experience, as much as I don’t want to come across as a pain, it’s much better to let the host know
ahead of time that you eat a vegan diet, rather showing up and turning down every dish that is offered.
The only time I might not say anything is if it is a big gathering with lots of people, in which case I’ll have a snack ahead of time
and then search for vegan-friendly options such as fruit or vegetables.
What about tradition?
The first Thanksgiving after I switched to a vegan diet, I was concerned that the holidays wouldn’t be the same, because I love food and
tradition. But I was happy to find that creating new traditions was every bit as special.
It is wonderful to adapt old favorite recipes and make them your own. It’s not about what you’re making so much as it is spending time in the kitchen creating a special meal, listening
to your favorite holiday music and enjoying the moment. All I have to do is turn on Santa Claus and Popcorn by Merle Haggard, and it no longer matters if I’m making my Grandmother’s traditional recipe, she’s right there singing along with me.
Whether you’re looking for some healthier options for your Thanksgiving meal, you have a guest that is vegan, or you plan on hosting an
entire vegan Thanksgiving dinner, I hope you enjoy these recipes that are close to my heart.
Wishing you a very Happy Thanksgiving!
2. Glazed Lentil Walnut Apple Loaf
This recipe, which is one of my holiday favorites, comes from Angela Liddon of OhShewGlows.com. Check it out on her website here.
12. Red Lentil Soup
15. Vegan Apple Pie
16. Pumpkin Gingerbread With Spiced Buttercream
This is another great recipe from Angela Liddon of OhShewGlows.com. Check it out on her website here.
21. Pumpkin Pancakes