April 07 2019
How About A Vegan Christmas Dinner?
Whether you’re a new vegan or a long-time veggie lover, these 6 delicious recipes will help you master your vegan Christmas celebration this year. Your guests won’t even notice the meat is missing ! For us, the last part of the vegan transition was to learn how to cook vegan style in your daily lives with fresh and healthy ingredients. These 6 easy holiday recipes for entrees, sides, drinks and main courses are easy to make and super healthy. This way, you can ease into a vegan diet this Christmas feeling fabulous. We added a few nutrition tips just because.
1. Roasted Butternut Squash
by Minimalist Baker
Aren’t pumpkins the perfect Christmas meal? Top it with mushroom, quinoa and kale and you have the most tasty and healthy dish on the table. Pumpkin is a nutrient powerhouse, full of beta carotene and healthy fibre. No gluten needed in this recipe. Plus, for all you low-carb lovers, the quinoa is a small serving. Remember those times when Christmas was associated to gaining weight? Not the case anymore thanks to all the fiber and nutrients in these plates !
2. Lentil Moussaka
When preparing a vegan dinner, it’s often more about many dishes, because there is no “main meat dish”. This moussaka can easily be the perfect main course. It’s super easy to make and only uses fresh products that are available in supermarkets. Lentils are common ingredient in vegan cooking because of its “meaty” aspect: it can replace meat in many recipes. They contain healthy plant-based proteins and virtually no fats. If you’re a new vegan, make sure you soak them in water a few hours before to ease your digestion.
3. Roasted Carrots With Maple Tahini
by Catching Seeds
More veggies ! In vegan cooking, a lot has to do with the sauces and seasonings you make. Here’s a really tasty (few ingredient) Maple tahini sauce to go with some roasted carrots. Tahini is sesame puree, it’s a super important staple in any vegans kitchen because it’s basically good with everything and full of healthy fats. Once you master your seasonings, you’re a real vegan cook.
4. Winter Champagne Punch
by Food With Love
Getting tipsy the healthy way. If the booze is made with healthy fresh juices and herbs, why not indulge.? When caring for one’s health, a little bit of balance can be beneficial too. Of course, alcohol wreaks havoc to the liver on the long term, so once every few moons is best. The honey rosemary syrup takes a little longer to make in this recipe but this herb is a healing food so we won’t leave it out ! We’ll be giving it a try with fresh OJ and rosemary from our garden. Cheers !
5. Root Vegetable Quinoa Salad
by Camille Styles
Leafy greens are super important in the vegan diet, so make sure you eat them every day ! This salad is full of liver healing foods like beetroot, radishes and avocados. Eating quinoa will definitely ease the post Christmas bloating a lot since it’s gluten free. It also contains the nine essential amino acids (proteins) so you will be nourished the right way. Pant-based proteins and carbs from whole (unprocessed) foods are full of fibre and make digestion a lot easier.
6. Blackberry Almond Oat Crumble
by Green Healthy Cooking
Dessert time. We really looked for an easy dessert that can be made in a few steps. The oat crumble is warm, full of antioxydants and vegan/gluten free so all your guests can indulge. It's also sweetened with the healthiest sweeteners out there: maple syrup and honey. You can make this recipe with blackberries or berries of your choice. We like to get the frozen ones if fresh aren't available because they conserve all of their properties this way.