2019 was the year Veganism went mainstream. There is no doubt that the interest in plant-based foods has been trending. Even mainstream fast food joints are adding items like veggie burgers and vegan pizzas to their menus. My husband comes from a family of Iowa farmers. You know, meat-and-potatoes, salt-of-the-earth type of people. This year was the first year they served a vegetarian main at Thanksgiving, despite the fact that my brother-in-laws have been vegetarians for over a decade. That is how I know change is truly happening.
While the percentage of the population that would self-identify as vegan or vegetarian is still rather small, I would venture to bet that the percentage of people who have drastically reduced their diary and meat consumption this year is impressive.
So, without further ado, here are 5 seriously delicious vegan Christmas dishes that even your cattle farming grandfather will enjoy.
Everything Minimalist Baker creates in her kitchen is perfection and this is no exception. This rich, festive drink is made with a blend of creamy coconut and other dairy-free milks, sweetened with maple syrup, and spiced with cinnamon and nutmeg. You simply toss 6 ingredients (7 if you want a boozy option) in a blender and you’re done!
Whether you can’t be bothered to cook or you simply want to provide a plant-based option for some of your dinner guests, Trader Joe’s is about to save the day! All you need to do is heat, slice and serve this loaf, which comes with all the trimmings including cranberry wild rice stuffing and meatless gravy.
Who doesn’t love a comforting bowl of macaroni and cheese (especially with breadcrumbs on top)?! Whether you’re serving it as a side or a main dish, it is a go-to crowd pleaser. Pumpkin and sage give this pasta a festive upgrade and contribute to its creaminess, depth of flavor and nutrients.
If you can get your hands on some vegan puff pastry and gravy at the store, then this is ridiculously quick and easy to make! The perfect rich, nutty, Christmas dish with a hint of spice.
You can make the quinoa stuffing ahead of time (it will even freeze well if you’re that prepared) and then all you’ll have to do is roast the squash for your dinner! This recipe is versatile and ingredients can be switched up to suit your taste buds. It is a great option if you have leftover produce to use up in the fridge. Plus, it is a beautiful dish that dresses up any table.
Holiday meals are so full of creamy, heavy, rich deliciousness that these simple, single-serving desserts are an ideal way to round out your dinner. Fluffy, decadent dark chocolate and festive, refreshing peppermint make a heavenly pairing and the perfect palate cleanser.
Taylor Vander Well is a freelance writer and works for StoriiCare, a care plan and resident engagement platform for senior care providers. She loves doing what she can to help seniors live long, healthy, happy lives.