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.


  • 1 bunch kale
  • 1 avocado, diced or sliced
  • ¼ pear, diced
  • ½ cucumber, diced
  • ¼ raw cup almonds
  • 1 cup pomegranate


  • Juice of a ¼ orange
  • 1 tbsp. apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ tsp. maple syrup
  • ½ tsp. poppy seeds


  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.


  • 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


  • 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.


  • 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


  • 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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