Christmas time is a special time to reconnect with family and friends. It doesn’t matter what specific holidays you are celebrating over the season as long as you are taking the time to enjoy and share the love. Why not extend that good will to your animal friends with a vegan Christmas meal? There are plenty of delicious vegan desserts, side dishes, and even main courses to share with your loved ones.
Turkey Time, Or Is It?
The first thing that comes to mind for Christmas dinner is usually the turkey. Luckily, it is not necessary to eat a turkey to have a real Christmas experience. Why not try to make your own tofu turkey? Tofurkey, as it is affectionately called, can be bought in a store or made at home. Make your turkey with a vegan stuffing and your guests will not miss a thing from their previous holiday meals. If you are not in the mood to create a tofu turkey, a simpler alternative is to fill a butternut squash with stuffing and bake in the oven.
Side Dishes That Don’t Disappoint
Christmas dinner wouldn’t be the same without all the mouth watering side dishes. You can make some vegan mushroom gravy with those mashed potatoes. A green bean casserole is a tasty traditional side, just pop it in the oven and you are ready to please the crowd. Homemade buttermilk biscuits and gravy can add even more of an element of comfort food to your table. Don’t forget to add the cranberry sauce and you will have a complete spread.
Christmas Drinks That Come Naughty Or Nice
What is more Christmassy than eggnog? You can make a vegan eggnog with or without the brandy. Vegan mulled wine will get your guests in the holiday spirit. Just mix red wine, apples, oranges, and cloves. Apple cider is a non alcoholic favorite, perfect for children or adults who don’t want to imbibe. For dessert, fruitcake is a time honored holiday tradition that can be made vegan. Pecan pie and apple pie are also classic favorites that you can serve with vegan ice cream made from coconut.
Now that you have your vegan feast prepared, turn on some Christmas music, enjoy the decorations and the great company you are sharing. Relax into the feeling of togetherness knowing that you have done something kind for yourself, your guests, and the planet.
Written by Sally Perkins
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