Ways to Make Being Vegan over the Holidays Easier

Sophie Mostamand and Camila Moreno

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Sophie Mostamand
A vegan twist on a classic holiday staple, Mac and Cheese! It’s a very simple and healthy alternative to regular Mac and Cheese.

It’s holiday time, your family is gathered around the dinner table. You can smell delicious food being cooked at every corner. Extravagant desserts are displayed and everyone is sipping on that eggnog.

Being vegan during this time, around all of the holiday dishes, can be especially challenging. Luckily, it’s easy to stay on track with your plant-based eating plan when you come prepared.

Making alternative foods that contain the same savory palate is simple. If you have a favorite holiday dish, chances are there’s a scrumptious healthier version. There is a continuous surplus of recipes that can be found by an easy google search.

Some holiday classics with easy vegan alternatives include:

  • Vegan mashed potatoes
  • Roasted brussel sprouts
  • Rosemary roasted potatoes
  • Vegan mac and cheese
  • Tofurkey
  • Stuffing

And many more!

Being vegan during this time might seem like a hassle, but it’s really not as bad as its thought to be. Although it takes alternate planning, in the long run, it’s more healthy to be plant-based.

Camila Moreno
A remake of a vegan sugar cookie recipe found on a plant-based cooking blog. The soft and sweet cookies were decorated with frosting and red and green sprinkles to get you in the Christmas spirit.

The same idea of struggle for vegan holiday food applies to desserts. However, you can still indulge in sweet, delightful desserts that are more than satisfying. Some holiday desserts that can easily be made vegan are:

  • Vegan eggnog
  • Chocolate fudge
  • Chocolate peppermint donuts
  • Pumpkin pie
  • Pumpkin Spice Shakes
  • Chocolate cream pie
  • Christmas frosted sugar cookies

Being vegan over the holidays really isn’t the struggle it’s made out to be. Even though it requires additional work, creating the alternate, plant-based versions of your favorite holiday dishes are well worth it.

Vegan Mac-and-Cheese

Ingredients

  • 10 ounces dried macaroni (or about 2 2/3 cups)
  • 1 cup peeled/diced yellow potatoes (or russets)
  • 1/4 cup peeled/diced carrots
  • 1/3 cup chopped onion
  • 3/4 cup water (preferably use the liquid from the pot of boiled veggies)
  • 1/2 cup raw cashews
  • 1/4 cup coconut milk
  • 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast flakes
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 3/4 to 1 teaspoon salt (or more to taste)
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper (optional)
  • 1 pinch paprika

Vegan Sugar Cookie

Sophie Mostamand
A vegan and healthy twist on a pumpkin pie shake! Made with a banana and almond milk base, this recipe is far healthier than nonvegan recipes.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup vegan butter slightly softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 flax egg (1 tbsp ground flaxseed + 3 tbsp water)
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2.5 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 small pinch of salt
  • 2-3 tablespoons sprinkles (optional)

Vegan Pumpkin Pie Shake

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup almond milk or fav nut milk
  • 7 almond milk ice cubes
  • 3 frozen ripe bananas
  • ¾ cup 100% pure pumpkin puree
  • 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon coconut sugar or maple syrup ( add more to taste)
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • ¼ teaspoon pure vanilla extract or 1/2 vanilla bean
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