BEAUTY AND HEALTH

Delicious Vegan Recipes for Every Holiday Gathering

Carnivores and omnivores alike will go nuts for these recipes. Holiday vegan cooking has never looked (or tasted) so good.

By Elizabeth Shaw MS, RDN, CLT
     

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C It Nutritionally

Wild Rice and Acorn Squash Wedge Salad

Every holiday table needs a delicious winter squash dish on it. This unique combination features the wonderful taste of acorn squash that packs in fiber, vitamin A, and vitamin C. You’ll also get a nice touch of sweetness from the raisins and maple syrup.

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Shaw’s Simple Swaps

Pomegranate Broccoli Salad

Turn that summer picnic side dish into a delicious vegan, gluten-free holiday salad your entire party will enjoy. Using POM 100% Pomegranate Juice and a plant-based mayo, the festive dressing is a perfect blend of sweet and tart flavor.

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Cans Get You Cooking

Vegetable Farro Salad

Cans seal in food’s nutrition, freshness, and flavor, making vegan cooking as simple as opening up your “cantry” and blending ingredients together to create a flavorful dish. This farro salad is a great way to use protein-packed canned garbanzo beans, nutrient-dense canned asparagus, and fiber-filled canned beets in one main dish. The farro adds a whole grain, so your guests will feel satisfied and ready to ring in the New Year.

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ALDI Holiday Test Kitchen

Cranberry Apricot Chutney

Holidays wouldn’t be complete without the colorful addition of a beautiful cranberry chutney. This version is free of preservatives, full of flavor, and packed with fiber from apples, apricots, and cranberries. Plus, rather than paying a high price for a specialty brand, you can enjoy this homemade gourmet chutney for about $1.54 per serving. Healthy eating has never been so affordable and delicious!

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Dietitian Debbie Dishes

Vegan Root Vegetable Gratin

For the purist who craves a gratin, this beauty is for you. This recipe layers the seasonal flavors of rutabaga, turnips, and parsnips to create a fiber-filled, flavor-packed dish. Did you know that rutabagas are a nutrient powerhouse? They contain magnesium, manganese, potassium, and a slew of other nutrients. Dig in.

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Delish Knowledge

Lentil Shepherd's Pie

Now, the main event: shepherd’s pie! This recipe can take the place of your traditional turkey. It combines the seasonal staple of the potato with a delicious, rich, full-flavored lentil filling. Lentils provide fiber and protein, leaving you feeling full and 100 percent satisfied.

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Shaw’s Simple Swaps

Vegan Pumpkin Pie with a Tortilla Chip Crust

Gluten-free followers, vegans, and straight-up foodies will go nuts for this pumpkin pie twist. Not only do you get the flavor and richness of the pumpkin purée we all crave this time of year, but you also get a fun, textured crust made of pumpkin tortilla chips. Yes, you can use those seasonal chips for a piecrust too!

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The Foodie Dietitian

Caramel Apple Pie Bars

I look forward to these bars every year. The secret ingredient to make a decadent delight that’s A-OK to enjoy every day of the week? Dates. This recipe uses this naturally sweet fruit to create a to-die-for filling and caramel sauce that will leave you wanting more. Dates are filled with potassium, an essential nutrient for keeping your body balanced.

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