Preparation for dinner begins in advance. While we think of numerous other ways to make it a memorable experience, food and good food can never be left out.
Everything from turkey and stuffing to rum and eggnog becomes even more popular. It can be pretty difficult even for the steeliest of wills to stay on the straight and narrow through the season.
Fortunately, when it comes to opportunities for making your dinner a little friendlier without forsaking all of the holiday’s deliciousness, there are a plenty of inventive recipes that cover all your seasonal eats.
A memorable dinner can pose a few challenges for the committed vegan, but with so many creative cooks readily sharing their ideas on internet these days, finding deletable and healthy vegan dishes isn’t a problem anymore.
Here are some of the choicest dishes that even a strict non-vegan is likely to love.
Asian Mushroom Wellington
Any recipe that ends with the word “Wellington” might seem like something that a vegan would forego, given its association with red meat.
Fortunately, there are no tricks involved in this unique, vegan version of the classic dish of Beef Wellington.
While you’ll still want to use the flaky, puff pastry that bakes to a golden brown for this delicious recipe, the filling used is entirely vegan and an absolute delight even for the regular meat eaters.
And it happens to be very simple too!
By frying a mixture of shallots, garlic, mushrooms and Chinese Five-spice powder, then adding in tamari seasoning and breadcrumbs, you’ll be halfway to a spicy, seasonal dish that’s sure to wow everyone.
According to recipe writer Annabelle from One Green Planet, you can even make the filling a day before, when it comes to big celebrations. You obviously not like to stress yourself out. Isn’t it?
Pearl Barley Risotto with Vegetables
One dish that vegans cannot pack is the typical meal done with meat and potatoes, but this fabulous and seasonal risotto proves that one can stay healthy and still enjoy whole hog with vegan food.
Instead of Arborio rice, which is commonly used in risotto, this recipe uses pearl barley, one of many superfoods that helps to maintain blood pressure.
With the addition of garlic, onion, a touch of parmesan (if you want) and some white wine, this hearty meal really stacks up the flavors.
The addition of colorful winter vegetables like butternut squash and carrots make it even heartier and striking on Dinner table. The only thing required is a little slaving over the stove to ensure your risotto absorbs the stock and simmers nicely.
Moroccan Vegetable Strudel
Holidays like Thanksgiving and family gathering are often the outpost of familiar dishes that have already become old classics.
Being a vegan is all about being inventive with food. This exotic strudel is a complete delight to the senses and sure to inspire your friends and family.
You’ll need a bit of time for this Morocco-inspired recipe that features spices like Ras el hanout, chilli and coriander, but you can start off slow by roasting peppers, aubergines and tomatoes in the oven until they begin to char.
While this will provide a lot of extra punch for your final dish, couscous, raisins and flaked almonds will add the notable flavors of North Africa for something that won’t soon be forgotten.
Aubergine & Chickpea Bites
There’s no better way to get your guests in the mood for a vegan feast than to serve them with a surprising appetizer which is a treat for the taste buds!
In fact, these Aubergine & Chickpea Bites are an easy way to start on your meals.
After roasting aubergines in the oven with garlic, you’ll simply scoop out the skin and add chickpeas, cumin, flour, and lemon, among a few other ingredients.
You’ll then shape the mixture into balls, roll in polenta for a crispy coating, and bake in the oven just before your guests start to arrive.
While the recipe from BBC Good Food suggests a harissa dip with yogurt, you may want to use Greek yogurt to amp up the superfood potential of your meal. Better yet, you may want to try making up your very own dip!
Dark Chocolate Silk Pie with Chocolate Almond Crust
Ok, the main event for any dinner may be the meal, full of potatoes and vegetables and even a Turkey or Tofurky, but NO dinner is complete without a dessert.
There are a number of easy vegan options for ideal desserts but if you truly want to impress your guests, this dark chocolate pie will probably do the trick. And you know there’s nothing healthier than a dark chocolate.
You can start out with a crust made of raw almonds, coconut oil and oat flour.
Once it’s baked, add a filling that consists of semi- sweet chocolate chips, coconut milk, vanilla and salt. And while this dessert may sound enticing enough on its own,
Whether you like cupcakes or pies, ice creams or choco, this dessert won’t disappoint you. In fact, you can also pair it up with red or white wine. Together it makes an excellent combo.
Done with the day and meals? Now how about trying a fabulous, vegan friendly muffin recipe for your Boxing Day brunch?
Whatever the occasion may be, there are plenty of ways to adjust the classics and still make for a holiday feast that’s healthy and vegan friendly.
Sara O Brown is a working mom, lives with her dentist husband and her adorable dog, Casper. She is passionate about traveling and cooking.