Five Vegan Recipes for This Holiday Season


Stephanie Colinders
With the widespread adaptation of veganism, preparing meals for the holidays may be more difficult than previous years. A vegan diet is one in which a person does not eat meat, fish, dairy, or any other animal products; although there are a variety of reasons for choosing to do so, many people do this because it is healthier or because it’s in line with their morals/ethics. In order to enjoy this upcoming holiday while staying true to one’s lifestyle, learning how to cook vegan-friendly meals is absolutely imperative. Below, you will find easy-to-make recipes that are both vegan and delicious:
Sweet Potato Casserole
Who doesn’t love sweet potatoes? This artfully crafted combination of brown sugar and spices creates a melt-in-your mouth blend that everyone is sure to love.

  • 2 1/2 pounds sweet potatoes (about 3 large)
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted melted margarine
  • 2 tablespoons packed dark brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • Pinch freshly grated nutmeg
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup coarsely chopped pecans

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Vegan Cornbread
Can’t go wrong with a classic! This traditional Southern dish is the perfect addition to any plate.

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Vegetable Pot Pie
Nothing says hearty like a serving of pot pie! This savory mix of veggies and seasoning is sure to satisfy a crowd, and your stomach.

  • 8 medium potatoes
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 large onion, quartered and finely chopped
  • 3 cups diced vegetables of your choice (choose 3 or 4 from cauliflower, broccoli, carrots, leeks, peas, corn kernels, zucchini, yellow summer squash, mushrooms, kale, etc.)
  • 2 tablespoons unbleached white flour
  • 1 cup vegetable stock (homemade or store bought)
  • ¼ cup nutritional yeast (optional but highly recommended)
  • 1½ tablespoons all-purpose seasoning blend (such as Frontier or Mrs. Dash)
  • 1 teaspoon of dried thyme
  • ¼ cup minced fresh parsley
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • Two 9-inch prepared good-quality pie crusts, preferably whole grain
  • 1 cup fine whole grain bread crumbs
  • Paprika for topping

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Vegan Stuffing
Perfect for Thanksgiving, Christmas, or just because! The flawless mix of flavors makes this a delicious dish that will have everyone begging for your recipe.

  • ½ cup of olive oil (substitute for butter)
  • 3 tablespoons fresh, chopped sage
  • 1 large, white onion, chopped
  • 1 carrot, finely chopped
  • 3 stalks celery finely chopped
  • 2 apples, chopped (with skins)
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 can vegetable broth
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 loaf day-old french bread
  • 1/2 cup Craisins or dried cranberries
  • salt
  • pepper

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Vegan Apple Pie
There’s no better way to end the night than with a good old-fashioned apple pie. This delicious warm dessert pairs nicely with whipped cream or ice cream.

  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 ½ cups whole-wheat pastry flour
  • ¼ cup vegan butter substitute, like Earth Balance
  • 1 tablespoon barley flour


  • 4 large apples; peeled and cut in chunks
  • 1 ⅓ cups apple juice
  • ⅓ cup raisins
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons kuzu, arrowroot or corn starch

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