6 Classic Vegan Holiday Recipes and Year Round Cookbooks

The extra pounds in January are earned after the holiday’s hard work (as we eat holiday left-overs). If you want to eat tasty dishes and be a healthy being at the same time, this article is for you. I’ll introduce you to some delicious recipes for your Holiday dishes with a vegan twist. Scroll down and you’ll find a whole dinner plan with 6 classic dishes for an incredible feast with vegan ingredients.

Before walking through each vegan recipe, let me introduce you to popular non-vegan ingredients in common Holidays’ recipes with its ingenious vegan substitute. You can use them as a reference not only for Holiday dishes but to your daily life as well.

Are Meatless Mondays on your next-year resolution? Use this tables to guide you and check the links if you want further information. The following comparisons are creative suggestions. You can explore more and substitute pork for tofu or eggs for chia. You could use tempeh, beans or vegetables too.

 

Nutritional Facts

Nutritional Facts

Turkey (100g)

Tofu (100g)

Pork (100g)

Seitan (1/3 cup)

Calories             104
Protein        17.07 g
Carbs              4.21 g
Fats                1.66 g
Calories              62
Protein         6.90 g
Carbs            2.40 g
Fats               2.70 g
Calories            136
Protein       20.54 g
Carbs                  0 g
Fats               5.41 g
Calories               120
Protein               21 g
Carbs                    4 g
Fats                       2 g
Tofu is made of soybeans. It contains the amino acids (the little blocks that make proteins) your body needs. It also:

●        Reduces the risk of heart disease and diabetes.
●        Lowers the risk of breast, prostate and digestive system’s cancer.
●        Influences positively on the menstrual cycle and cramps.
●        Enhances the brain function.
●        Helps with weight loss.

Turkey is not that helpful, huh?

Seitan is made of gluten from wheat. It absorbs the flavours amazingly and has a meat-like texture. It’s widely used in the Asian cuisine as a meat substitute. It has more proteins and less fat than pork loin, it’s low in sodium and it’s very versatile.

I suggest you take the time and make your own seitan at home. Commercially prepared versions tend to have high levels of sodium and other unhealthy additives. You can prepare it with gluten flour, mixing it with the herbs you like and adding water until you have a dough-like texture. You can reduce the “chewiness” by freezing the dough before cooking it.

Watch out

Watch out

Tofu isn’t recommended for patients with kidney stones, breast tumours, and thyroid issues. If you have any of those, consult your MD before including tofu to your diet. Don’t consume seitan if you have celiac disease or gluten allergies.

 

 

 

Nutritional Facts

Nutritional Facts

Egg white (100g)

Flaxseeds
(2 tbsp. = 30 grams)

Cow Milk (1 cup)

Coconut Milk (1 cup)

Calories                52
Protein         10.90 g
Carbs               0.73 g
Fats                  0.17 g
Calories                   60
Protein                    3 g
Carbs                       4 g
Fats                    3.50 g
Calories         160
Protein           8 g
Carbs       11.80 g
Fats            8.80 g
Calories              45
Protein              0 g
Carbs                 2 g
Fats              4.50 g
 
Flaxseeds are a powerful ingredient with lots of nutrients in little servings. They can be added to almost everything and offer valuable benefits:

●        They’re a natural laxative due to their high amount of fiber.
●        Help to prevent heart disease.
●        Have omega-3, which prevents some chronic diseases.
●        Enhance your metabolism.
●        Help to lose weight.Start adding these amazing seeds to your dishes!

Got milk? Plant-based, please.

●        Believe it or not, studies suggest that coconut milk might help to lose weight. It reduces appetite and increases the metabolism.
●        It has “antibacterial” properties. It reduces the levels of bacteria and viruses, including the ones in your mouth.
●        It aids your heart health.If you want further information about how dairy isn’t good for your bone and overall health,
please take some extra time to read this article.

Watch out

Watch out

Soak 1 tbsp. of flaxseeds in 3 tbsps. of water. Within a while, it will become a gel-like substance equivalent to one egg white. Grounded flaxseeds are the perfect vegan egg substitute for baking. The coconut milk mentioned here is beverage-like. It’s diluted. Thicker kinds of it are commonly used in Indian and Caribbean cuisine and differ greatly in their nutritional facts.

 

 

Being vegan or having a plant-based diet doesn’t mean that tasty dishes are off-limits. It’s the contrary. You can have a vegan holiday feast and eat delicious food until you look like a Botero’s painting (please, don’t).

These are some vegan recipes for any Party, Event, Holiday, or just a  special  get-together:

 

Disclaimer:The recipes shown next are adaptations of other original vegan recipes.
The title of each links back to the original recipe.The nutritional facts shown come from “My Fitness Pal” recipe calculator and the ingredients of the original recipe.

 

 

Pigs In Blankets

These aren’t only for Holidays. You can make them any time of the year, for a vegan party or a movie night.

 

  NUTRITION FACTS INFO STEPS
Servings 3.0
Amount Per Serving
calories 323
% Daily Value
Total Fat 15 g 22 %
Saturated Fat 5 g 25 %
Monounsaturated Fat 2 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1 g
Trans Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 21 mg 7 %
Sodium 1377 mg 57 %
Potassium 107 mg 3 %
Total Carbohydrate 29 g 10 %
Dietary Fiber 2 g 8 %
Sugars 4 g
Protein 16 g 31 %
Vitamin A 0 %
Vitamin C 0 %
Calcium 3 %
Iron 10 %
The “pigs” are a traditional accompaniment in a UK Christmas dinner. Their larger version, the “sausage rolls”, are often served as breakfast or lunch in Europe and Australia, mostly.

 

GOOD FOR: Snack time, entrée.
PREP. TIME: 5 minutes.
COOKING TIME: 15 minutes.

 

INGREDIENTS:

● 1 cup of crescent roll dough.
● 1 cup vegan cheese shreds.
● 1 pkg. vegan bacon slices.
● 2 pkgs. veggie dogs.

1.       Preheat the oven to 375˚ F.

2.       Cut the veggie dogs into halves.

3.       Cut the crescent roll dough into triangles. The half-veggie dog must be larger than the base of the triangle.

4.       Organize the triangles on a foil-lined baking sheet. Add the vegan cheese on top of them.

5.       Wrap a vegan bacon slice around each veggie-dog half. Then, wrap it with a piece of dough.

6.       Bake until golden brown.

 

 

Devil On Horseback

As the pigs, the devils can be made for any occasion, not only for a vegan health holiday!

 

 

  NUTRITION FACTS INFO STEPS
Servings 5.0
Amount Per Serving
calories 230
% Daily Value
Total Fat 10 g 15 %
Saturated Fat 2 g 9 %
Monounsaturated Fat 0 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1 g
Trans Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 0 mg 0 %
Sodium 135 mg 6 %
Potassium 438 mg 13 %
Total Carbohydrate 36 g 12 %
Dietary Fiber 7 g 26 %
Sugars 26 g
Protein 4 g 8 %
Vitamin A 1 %
Vitamin C 3 %
Calcium 3 %
Iron 7 %
For a tasty entrée and a digestive aid (a food superhero, basically), replace the dates for prunes; they are the best way to prevent and treat constipation. Also, you can change the dates for apricots and make angels instead of devils.

GOOD FOR: Snack time, entrée.
PREP. TIME: 15 minutes.
COOKING TIME: 10 minutes.

INGREDIENTS:

● 20 pitted dried dates.
● 20 teaspoons of cashew cheese.
● 20 strips of grilled eggplant.
●  Toothpicks.

  1. Preheat the oven to 350˚ F.
  2. Soak the dates in hot water for a few minutes to soften.
  3. Open them up, gently. If they’re already pitted, they’ll probably have one side split already.
  4. Stuff the date with the cashew cheese.
  5. Wrap it up with the eggplant strip and secure it with a toothpick.
  6. Bake for 10 minutes.
  7. You can eat them without baking as well.

 

 

Baked “Turkey”

If your eyebrows are about to touch the ceiling, please pull them down and try this cruelty-free recipe for this Christmas classic!

 

  NUTRITION FACTS INFO STEPS
Servings 2.0
Amount Per Serving
calories 1172
% Daily Value
Total Fat 35 g 53 %
Saturated Fat 3 g 15 %
Monounsaturated Fat 15 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 3 g
Trans Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 0 mg 0 %
Sodium 144 mg 6 %
Potassium 411 mg 12 %
Total Carbohydrate 50 g 17 %
Dietary Fiber 8 g 33 %
Sugars 6 g
Protein 121 g 241 %
Vitamin A 2 %
Vitamin C 20 %
Calcium 7 %
Iron 71 %
Seitan absorbs flavors amazingly, so you can get creative with this recipe and mix the dough with other herbs and veggies, or add other species to your broth. The texture will be firmer if you cool it and reheat it after, it would be better if you prepare this a day before serving.

GOOD FOR: Lunch, dinner. Commonly prepared in autumn-winter, for holidays.
PREP. TIME: 15 minutes.
COOKING TIME: 3 hours.

INGREDIENTS:

DRY:

● 2 cup vital wheat gluten.
● ½ cup chickpea flour.
● ½ cup nutritional yeast flakes.
● 2 tsp. onion powder.
● 1 tbsp. poultry seasoning.
● 1 tsp. garlic powder.
● ¼ white pepper.

WET:

● ¼ cup tahini.
● ½ onion, finely chopped.
● 1 to 1½ cup of vegetable broth.
● 3 tbsp. soy sauce.
● 1 tbsp. olive oil.

BASTING BROTH:

● 2 cups hot water.
● 1/3 cup vegetable broth.
● 2 tbsp. olive oil.
● 4 cloves of garlic, crushed.
● 1 tsp. poultry seasoning.

  1. In a large bowl, mix all the dry ingredients until they’re well combined.
  2. In another bowl, mix all the ingredients as well.
  3. Slowly add the wet ingredients and knead for 10 minutes. It should be like cookie dough (not overly wet or sticky). Let it rest for an hour, covered. Knead for 10 more minutes. The final dough should be smooth. Try not to break it up when you take it out of the bowl.
  4. Preheat the oven to 350˚ F.
  5. Form the dough into a large loaf and place it into a greased meat roasting pan.
  6. Pour the cooking broth inside, covering the dough.
  7. Bake for 1 hour, 1-hour ½. Turn it over and bake for the same amount of time.
  8. The loaves should absorb the broth completely. If they haven’t, cook until they do. The sauce left at the bottom of the pan can be used to glaze your loaf.

 

 

Wild Rice Stuffing

This is the part when you can be most creative. Besides the infinite number of vegan recipes you can find, you can create your own stuffing. It’s basically you and your imagination. This is a suggestion of a gluten-free stuffing (to balance a bit from the seitan!).

 

  NUTRITION FACTS INFO STEPS
Servings 4.0
Amount Per Serving
calories 264
% Daily Value
Total Fat 4 g 7 %
Saturated Fat 1 g 3 %
Monounsaturated Fat 3 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1 g
Trans Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 0 mg 0 %
Sodium 10173 mg 424 %
Potassium 584 mg 17 %
Total Carbohydrate 41 g 14 %
Dietary Fiber 11 g 44 %
Sugars 12 g
Protein 20 g 40 %
Vitamin A 17 %
Vitamin C 17 %
Calcium 7 %
Iron 11 %
This is an amazing food to prevent constipation as well (have you seen the amount of fiber?). The first evidence of stuffing was found in the Apicius, a Roman book with recipes, compiled in the I century A.D. We’ve been stuffing stuff to stuff our bellies from two millennia.

GOOD FOR: All-day food, any time of the year.
PREP. TIME: 10 minutes.
COOKING TIME: 3 to 4 hours.

INGREDIENTS:

● 2 cups of wild rice.
● 4 cups of vegetable broth.
● 6 leaves of sage.
● 1 tablespoon of olive oil.
● 2 medium onions, chopped.
● 6 ribs of celery.
● 3 cups of mushrooms, sliced.
● 5 cloves of garlic, diced.
● 1 teaspoon of fresh thyme (about 4 sprigs)
● Salt and Pepper

  1. Add the wild rice, broth, and sage in a crockpot, in low heat.
  2. In a pan, add the oil. When it’s hot, sauté the onions, garlic, and thyme for a minute or two. Then, add the celery and mushrooms. Sauté on medium-high heat for 10 minutes and season with salt and pepper.
  3. Add the veggies to the crock pot and cook on low heat for 3 ½ hours to 4. It will be done when the broth is absorbed, and the rice is tender.

 


Eggnog

You can’t have a classic Christmas celebration without this.
Try this vegan recipe of eggnog (or veggnog?) and cheers!

 

 

  NUTRITION FACTS INFO STEPS
Servings 4.0
Amount Per Serving
calories 397
% Daily Value
Total Fat 32 g 49 %
Saturated Fat 14 g 68 %
Monounsaturated Fat 0 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0 g
Trans Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 0 mg 0 %
Sodium 7 mg 0 %
Potassium 1 mg 0 %
Total Carbohydrate 25 g 8 %
Dietary Fiber 7 g 27 %
Sugars 3 g
Protein 10 g 20 %
Vitamin A 0 %
Vitamin C 0 %
Calcium 9 %
Iron 9 %
If you add brandy, the drink would be called “Tom & Jerry”. Pierce Egan, a British journalist, introduced that variation of the eggnog to publicize his book “Life in London, or The Day and Night Scenes of Jerry Hawthorn Esq. and his Elegant Friend Corinthian Tom” in 1821.

GOOD FOR: A common drink for Holidays.
PREP. TIME: 12 hours.
 
COOKING TIME: 15 minutes.

INGREDIENTS:

● 1 cup of unsweetened coconut, shredded.
● 1 cup of almonds.
● 2 – 3 1/2 cups water
● 8-10 dates. For this recipe is recommended the Medjool date variety, it’s sweeter and has a caramel-like taste.
● 1/2 – 2/3 whole vanilla bean.
● 1/2 – 1 teaspoon nutmeg
● Rum/Bourbon/Whiskey/Brandy.

  1. Soak the almonds in water for 6-12 hours. Rinse them before using.
  2. Soak the dates in warm water for 1 hour.
  3. Preheat the oven to 325° F.
  4. Distribute the shredded coconut on a rimmed baking sheet.
  5. Bake, stirring every 3 minutes until it’s evenly golden brown and let it cool afterward.
  6. Mix the coconut, rinsed almonds, 2 cups of water, soaked dates and the vanilla into a blender. Turn on low, working up to high speed and let it blend for 1-2 minutes until it’s fully smooth. Add more water if desired.
  7. Pour the mixture into a nut milk bag and squeeze it as much as possible to extract the most out of the mix.
  8. Add some nutmeg, ice, and the desired liquor.
  9. You can save the pulp for other recipes or add it to the “veggnog” (liked it, huh?) for a different texture.

 

 

Gingerbread Cookies

To add the Christmas-iest touch to the vegan celebration, you must make these.
Decorate them, have them as dessert with hot chocolate or make a tasty army of gingerbread men.

 

 

  NUTRITION FACTS INFO STEPS
Servings 20.0
Amount Per Serving
calories 140
% Daily Value
Total Fat 6 g 9 %
Saturated Fat 5 g 24 %
Monounsaturated Fat 0 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0 g
Trans Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 0 mg 0 %
Sodium 68 mg 3 %
Potassium 116 mg 3 %
Total Carbohydrate 22 g 7 %
Dietary Fiber 2 g 8 %
Sugars 10 g
Protein 2 g 3 %
Vitamin A 0 %
Vitamin C 0 %
Calcium 4 %
Iron 6 %
The largest gingerbread man was made by the IKEA team in Oslo (Norway) in 2009. It weighed 1435.2 pounds / 651 kg.
GOOD FOR: Commonly prepared in Holidays.
PREP. TIME: 2 hours.
COOKING TIME: 10 minutes.INGREDIENTS:● 1⅓ cups whole wheat flour
● ¾ cup unbleached all-purpose flour
● ½ tbsp. baking powder
● 1 tsp baking soda
● ½ tbsp. cinnamon
● 2 tsp ginger
● ½ tsp nutmeg
● ½ tsp cloves
● ½ cup coconut oil, room temperature
● ½ cup + 1 tbsp. evaporated cane sugar
● ¼ cup water
● ½ cup fancy molasses (blackstrap is not recommended)
● ½ tsp vanilla
  1. Combine the flours, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and cloves in a bowl.
  2. In a large bowl, mix the coconut and the sugar. Beat for 1-2 minutes until the mixture is nice and light. Add the water, molasses, vanilla, and beat for another 30 seconds.
  3. Gradually add the flour mixture to the creamed sugar mixture, beating to combine.
  4. Wrap the dough in a plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight (or for at least 2 hours).
  5. Before rolling, let the dough sit at room temperature for 30 minutes to 1 hour.
  6. Preheat the oven to 325˚ F.
  7. Roll the dough directly onto parchment paper, until its ¼” thick. Use cookie cutters to cut out the dough, use a flat spatula to gently remove the excess of dough. Keep re-rolling and cutting out the dough until it’s all used up.
  8. Introduce the unbaked cookies into the freezer to chill for 10 minutes.
  9. Bake for 8-10 minutes, until the cookies are lightly browned around the edges.

 

 

Now that you have a whole meal idea for a classic vegan Holiday, surprise your friends and family with these dishes. Make sure to receive the New Year with a “veggnog” in your hand!

 

Stop Gaining Weight Ever

Once you see the difference if these dishes work for you, and they will, why not make everyday, a healthier day? Have fun with Vegan Dishes with these entertaining cookbooks. They will not just leave you smiling, but your tummy will never go rumbling again.

 

Michelle Torres

About Michelle Torres

Michelle Torres is a vegan physiotherapist obsessed with learning new things. In her natural state, she'll be with a cup of coffee and some music writing a post about veganism or laughing. Probably the latter.

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