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Jennifer Stinson is a contributor to Everyday Health and its healthy living and nutrition content and tools.
It is that time of year again! The leaves are falling from the trees, there is a pumpkin on every door step and daylight savings time is over. Time to start thinking about the holiday season and the endless social engagements that come with it. As a vegan, this may have you a little anxious – especially if you are new to the lifestyle. At some point this holiday season, you will most likely be preparing a dish to share. The pressure of bringing a vegan dish to a holiday event that everyone will love can be overwhelming. Here some some tips and recipes to get you through this holiday season like a pro!
Flavor is Key
Utilizing fresh, local ingredients will help give your dish a flavor boost. Think root vegetables, cranberries, citrus fruits, walnuts and spices. This easy recipe forShaved Root Vegetable Salad from Bon Appetit will be a hit with vegans and omnivores alike! The colors of the red and golden beets, combined with turnip, radish and carrot and garnished with a tart citrus and hazelnut oil dressing will draw the crowd in. The light, tangy flavor will make them swoon.
Use Familiar Ingredients – With a Twist
Stuffing is a mainstay on any holiday table. The great news: stuffing does not have to come out of a bird to be wonderful. Try this Farro, Carmelized Onion and Wild Mushroom Stuffing from Cooking Light. Farro may not be familiar to most people, but the other ingredients are. Less popular grains such as quinoa, wheat berries and farro have been getting more attention recently. Farro is an ancient grain that has a rustic, earthy taste – making it an intriguing alternative to pasta and rice. Combine it with familiar items like caramelized onion and mushrooms and you have a dish that will please one and all.
Skip the Tofu
Most omnivores are scared by tofu – crazy as it may be. Tofu generally just takes on the taste of what ever it is combined with. However, this is not a convincing argument for most people. To get protein at your holiday meal, consider sticking with beans or legumes instead. This recipe for Glazed Lentil Walnut Apple Loaf from Oh She Glows by Angela Liddon may be a tad labor intensive, but it is worth the effort. You can also adapt the recipe to cook in mini-muffin pans for a great appetizer.
Don’t Forget the Dessert
Nothing makes your house smell more wonderful than an oven full of fragrant spiced cookies! These Soft and Spicy Ginger Cookies from Allyson Kramer will melt in your mouth. They are also a hit with adults and children alike. Make these ahead and freeze, or bring them to your next holiday event right out of the oven. Other hits are always cheesecakes or chocolate cake, and these recipes from EverydayHealth.com will always be a crowd-pleaser! Nobody will know they are vegan!
No matter what you have planned this holiday season, these recipes can help you enjoy the bounty of the season and stick to your vegan lifestyle.
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- Vegan Richa and Vegan Diwali Sweets
- Country Carrot Soup – Virtual Vegan Potluck November 2013