WHAT TO FEED A VEGAN DURING THE HOLIDAYS
The holidays are quickly approaching and inevitably you will be faced with accommodating a vegan. Holy Crap!
OK, don’t worry about it, it’s not nearly as bad as it sounds. There are only three things that vegans don’t eat: meat, dairy and eggs.
Now that might sound like everything that you eat, but it’s not, so chill out ;p We can handle this situation together, I have you covered!
Let’s focus on 4 food categories: appetizers, main dishes, sides and desserts.
Classic cheese and cracker plate.
Myoko's Kitchen Artisan Cultured Vegan Cheeses pair perfectly with crackers and bread. They are available in stores all over the US, and for order on line ;)
My favorite is the Mt. Vesuvius Black Ash.
When you grab your crackers or bread, flip the packaging and do a quick check to make sure that there is no dairy or eggs in them. 98% of the time there won't be, but no one wants to end up with vegan cheese and nothing good to spread it on.
An even easier option is a dried fruit plate with some mixed nuts! Mind blown, level 10 easy.
Tomato Basil Bruschetta
I always serve the bread warm, and add a little extra garlic.
Making extras is a good idea, you might end up "testing" more than anticipated.
Gardein Holiday Roast ;)
All of the goodness, with no mixing bowls to wash up. Yes, this roast is vegan.
Creamy Pasta Bake
The recipe has cashew butter in it, don't let this frighten you off, you just put some cashews in a blender. You can handle it. ;)
Potato and Portobello Mushroom Gratin
This recipe is a winner every time! There is so much depth of flavor and it is soooo easy, plus it looks fancy!
By far my favorite part of dinners.
The Best Damn Vegan Mashed Potatoes
Pillsbury Original Crescent Dinner Rolls
I have yet to meet a human that does not like Crescent dinner rolls. When I am feeling fancy I put some thinly sliced apples in a sauce pan with cinnamon and sugar, soften them up and then roll them into the crescent rolls before popping them into the oven. It's like a warm roll of happiness.
Tender Herb Green Beans
Top these with crispy scallions, it makes them magical.
Salad with wild rice and lemon dressing
So, not every vegan loves salad, but they are a good addition to any meal. Especially this one.
Roasted Maple Cinnamon Sweet Potatoes
For a creamy version, add a touch of soy milk and mash them up ;)
Pan Roasted Brussel Sprouts
I am partial to any recipe that includes white wine. I also find that tasting the wine while cooking tends to enhance the flavor of the food.
Interestingly enough, not all wine is vegan, check to see if your favorite wine is vegan on Barnivore.
Goes well with cobblers, cookies and on its own. I prefer ones that are almond, soy or cashew based over the coconut ones.
My hands down favorite, my desert island food, is Mocha Almond Fudge from SO Delicious. It is so rich and filled with ribbons of fudge, I am literally smiling just thinking about eating it right now.
If that is not your favorite flavor, no doubt you can find one to fall in love with, Ben & Jerry's has 7 phenomenal non dairy options!!
And, if you feel like being wrapped in a cloak of decadence, you can enjoy Häagen-Dazs' non dairy ice creams, yes they are good, yes you should try them.
Pumpkin Caramel Cobbler
This will upstage any store bought pumpkin pie.
Easy Chocolate Crinkle Cookies
Just use Pillsbury dough for them (and no one will know).
If you bake with chocolate in other dishes, make sure to check and grab a non dairy one :)
OK, so how are you feeling? You can do this! You are going to blow everyone away with your holiday kindness, smile and tasty food!
If you have holiday favorites, e-mail them to me, I can't wait to try them out!!
Jen & the Littles
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