Holiday Recipes

Anything we can do to get ahead for the holidays is a good thing. So I've made a little compilation of recipes here that I think may be helpful for any holiday meal. All of the recipes you see below are marked with gluten-free (GF), wheat-free (WF), dairy-free (DF), egg-free (EF), soy-free (SF), raw (R) and vegan (V). I'm looking forward to my own vegan holiday feasts this year! Next week is, of course, Thanksgiving. For the past 2 years, we've hosted a big dinner in our little London flat. This year will be no different! Oh, except, I've opted to make it vegan. No turkey. That's a big decision, but I feel good about all of the dishes we'll be happily consuming. That bird will not be missed (but WILL be alive!) - there are some horrific stories surrounding turkey farms. I won't go into that here - if you are interested though, read about it here.

But what to serve in the turkey's place? Last year, I made Phil a vegetarian-friendly stuffed squash using the stuffing I had already made (baked separately from the bird) and it looked so delicious and festive. This year I'll be doing the same, as well as making a nut & mushroom loaf, something I prepared last year for an early Christmas dinner with Phil's family. Other options include baked tempeh, vegetarian shepherd's pie with sweet potato topping, or butternut squash risotto. There are tons of recipes you could make instead of a roast turkey as the centerpiece of your meal, but most importantly, it is homemade - not something from the freezer section of the supermarket.

From The Particular Kitchen

Raw Cheesy Creamy Dip - GF, WF, DF, EF, SF, V, R

Squash Apple Ginger Soup - GF, WF, DF, EF, SF, V

Hearty Pumpkin Bean Soup - GF, WF, DF, EF, SF, V

Cranberry Ginger Sauce - GF, WF, DF, EF, SF, V

Wild Rice Stuffing with Apples & Pecans - GF, WF, DF, EF, SF, V

Vegetarian Shepherd's Pie - GF, WF, EF, SF

Cornbread - WF, DF, EF, SF, V

Pumpkin Pecan Bread - GF/WF, DF, EF, SF, V

Raw Pumpkin Pie - GF, WF, DF, EF, SF, V, R

Raw Apple Vanilla Tart - GF, WF, DF, EF, SF, V, R


From around the web:

Chili-Roasted Carrots - GF, WF, DF, EF, SF, V

Nut & Mushroom Loaf - GF, WF, DF, EF, SF, V

Maple Roasted Brussels Sprouts - GF, WF, DF, EF, SF, V

Wild Rice & Brown Rice Stuffing with Apples, Pecans & Cranberries - GF, WF, DF (replace butter with coconut oil), EF, SF, V


Still stuck? The New York Times Well section has an amazing Vegetarian Thanksgiving Matrix with new recipes being added daily - plenty of inspiration!