Here are 9 oil-free, plant-based recipes that can help make the perfect Holiday Meal (with some extra recipes so you have plenty to choose from!). Enjoy the traditional holiday dishes, but without the animal products.
Holidays are a great time to share meals with others and show them just how tasty “vegan food” really is. And with no turkeys harmed in the making of these dishes, it’ll make for a happier and healthier Holiday all-round.
1. Mashed Potatoes
Every holiday meal needs potatoes. Keep them super simple with this mashed potatoes recipe from Potato Strong. And, if you prefer you can add in some plant-based milk to make them extra creamy. Top them off with some gravy, and you’ll have mashed potato goodness!
Now that you have some potatoes, you’ll need some gravy. Also from Potato Strong, this no fat brown gravy is light and flavourful, and you may just find yourself putting it over everything. But, really, what part of this meal doesn’t go with gravy? For a gluten-free version, just use corn starch (or rice flour) instead of wheat flour. It works well too.
3. Shepherd’s Pie
Or maybe you’d like to take some mashed potatoes (or sweet potatoes) and make them into a vegan shepherd’s pie like this plant-based Engine 2 Shepherd’s Pie. Find some other shepherd’s pie recipes to try out, including a Lentil & Sweet Potato Shepherd’s Pie from One Ingredient Chef or a Lentil Shepherd’s Pie from Potato Strong.
It’s Thanksgiving, so of course there should be some stuffing. This dish should really be re-named for the vegan version, but you get the gist. Try out this New Brunswick Summer Savory Stuffing recipe from Potato Strong or a Stuffing or Dressing recipe from Fat Free Vegan. The best kind of stuffing is cooked on its’ own. No turkey butt needed.”Stuffing” makes a great side and it goes well with cranberries, like this simple Cranberry Sauce recipe from Post Punk Kitchen.
A side of carrots are always great to have, they are a much loved vegetable. The Ginger-Orange Glazed Carrots from Fat Free Vegan provides a lighter carrot recipe without all the buttery, salty, heaviness of so many recipes. And the added sweetness makes these carrots just that much more tasty.
6. Turnip & Carrots
Or, you could go for another twist to a traditional dish with this Turnip and Carrot Mash from Potato Strong.This recipe is a simpler, healthier version, yet with all the flavour. Mixed in the blender, these vegetables become light and fluffy, and they’ll add a lovely bit of colour to your plate. Drizzle on some gravy and you’ll be all set!
7. Roasted Seitan & Gravy
This Roasted Seitan with Root Vegetables dish from Eat Plants Drink Beer can certainly make a hearty and filling addition to any holiday meal. Be sure to try out their recommended vegetable gravy. You’ll be preparing a great dish while using all of the “left-over veggies” for a no-waste meal! And vegetable broth does make the most flavourful gravy.
8. Bean Dip
Need an appetizer? How about some bean dip? This creamy Kabocha Bean Dip is from Straight Up Food. If you’re looking for more dip ideas, check out: Roasted Red Pepper Hummus or Sweet Potato Hummus. Dips make a good appetizer and a healthier option, especially if they’re oil-free and low fat. Just cut up some veggies or put out some crackers and dip-a-way.
9. Pumpkin Pie
Ah, and no holiday meal, especially not Thanksgiving, is complete without a pumpkin pie!
This crust-less Fat Free Vegan Pumpkin Pie from Happy Herbivore will remind you of traditional pumpkin pie, but you can eat it with a clear conscience for the animals and your health. It doesn’t happen to be gluten-free, but this Creamy No Bake Pumpkin Pie from the Minimalist Baker is and so is this Pumpkin Pie from Plant Powered Kitchen.
However, you could always substitute in a gluten-free crust, or you could just dispense with the crust altogether and go for some Pumpkin Pie Mousse Parfait from May I Have That Recipe?
Who needs the crust when you can just eat the filling!
Round out your holiday meal and add a touch more colour with steamed Brussel sprouts, green beans or a salad, for one satisfying full course meal to share with family and friends.
More recipes to try out:
Lentil & Sweet Potato Shepherd’s Pie
Cheesy Potato-Kale Bake
Baked Sweet Potato Recipes
Other Featured Vegan Recipes