Plant-Based Holiday Recipes – Great for Vegans Too!

During the holidays, one of the best and most enjoyable aspects is getting to enjoy time with your family and friends. This often includes preparing a meal for people with different food preferences, including those on a vegan diet. I’m not vegan, I eat a pretty healthy mostly plant-based diet however I realize I’ve got some avid vegan followers and some of my plant-based recipes would be great for vegans so. Here are three meal ideas that are completely plant-based, so any guests who are on a vegan diet have delicious options available. Best thing about these recipes is that they’re so good, anyone can have them. Enjoy!!

 

Kale Salad

A kale salad with a simple yet tasty dressing can be a great way to go.

Ingredients

1 bunch kale

1 avocado, diced or sliced

¼ pear, diced

½ cucumber, diced

¼ raw cup almonds

1 cup pomegranate

Dressing

Juice of a ¼ orange

1 tbsp. apple cider vinegar

2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil

½ tsp. maple syrup

½ tsp. poppy seeds

Directions

  1. Slice or break up some kale in a bowl,
  2. Add the avocado, pear, almonds, pomegranates and cucumber then toss the salad.
  3. Mix the ingredients for the dressing in a small bowl, whisk for about 30 seconds and drizzle over salad
  4. Toss and mix properly and serve

 

BBQ Brussels Broccoli Side Dish

These are super easy to make.

Ingredients

200g Brussel sprouts, chopped into bite size pieces

Half head broccoli, cut into bite size pieces

1 red onion, sliced

2 tbsp. olive oil

½ tsp. pepper (use less if required)

¼ tsp. salt

½ tsp. ground nutmeg

½ tsp. paprika,

½ tsp. clove powder

½ tsp. garlic powder

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 180 degrees
  • Mix spices together in a bowl and sprinkle over veggies, leave a little for garnish later
  • Add the olive oil to the veggies and mix thoroughly
  • Spread veggies over baking sheet and place in the oven for 15 – 20 minutes or until seasonings look baked in
  • Once cooked, take them out and lightly dust with a bit more of the seasoning and serve.

 

Shepherd’s Pie

Here’s a great recipe that’s easy and delicious. Most people have heard of shepherd’s pie but this one is completely vegan and gluten free.

Ingredients

4-5 large sweet potatoes

3 tbsp. olive oil

Salt

Pepper

½ cup corn

½ cup peas

½ cup green beans

1 cup lentils

1 1/2 cup vegetable stock

1 onion, chopped

2 cloves garlic, crushed

Directions

  • Boil the sweet potatoes until soft
  • Place them in a bowl, add the olive oil, pinch of salt and ¼ tsp. freshly ground black pepper
  • Mash and set aside
  • Preheat the oven to 180C
  • Sauté the onions and garlic in a pan until browned
  • Add the lentils and vegetable stock, simmer for 20 minutes
  • Add the veggies and simmer until most of the liquid has evaporated
  • Transfer to a baking dish and cover with the mashed potatoes
  • Bake for 15 minutes in the oven or until the top is brown
  • Serve and enjoy

 

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