This post features guilt-free vegan holiday recipes to savor and tips to make meals healthier, budget and eco- friendly, taste-tempting, and joyful.
Mix and match a colorful appetizer, salad, soup, entrée, vegetable, side dish, and dessert for Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, or New Years. The dishes provided below are tasty, festive, and cause no remorse.
Have fun putting them together on a "regular day" as well. If you do, you can congratulate yourself for eating low-fat, low-salt, and low-sugar whole plant-based foods both for wellness and pleasure.
Before I go any further, I'll reveal how I stay within my food budget.
I check food prices and shop with a list, and buy bulk foods including beans, legumes, dried peas, steel cut oats, brown rice, millet, etc., whenever I can.
My priority is to eat high quality plant-based whole foods and limit processed foods to a bare minimum.
Fresh fruits and veggies are the mainstay of my eating plan, and in-season and sale items are cost-effective. I shop local or grow my own veggies, and select unprocessed whole foods to satisfy hunger and fuel my body so it can function well.
Sustainability is important to me and I strive toward zero waste.
Consider this. Eco-friendly habits save money and make smart planetary sense. For more about zero food waste read How to Start a Zero Food Waste Lifestyle and Why it Matters.
To get a bang for my buck, I select organic whole plant-based foods. Organic foods contain more nutrients than conventional ones. Organic means less pollution to soil, water, air, and our bodies.
I choose to eat many of the foods that score high on the ANDI list. I keep abreast of nutrition research, and love to read and try out whole food plant based recipes to keep my cooking repertoire interesting and healthy.
There are many plant-based food recipes, and it's challenging to pick just a few. The ones I've selected are those I consider some of the best!
Guilt-Free VEGAN Holiday
Food to Savor
|Post and Photo from Nancy Andres at Colors 4 Health |
|Photo and Recipe Link from Love and Lemons|
|Photo and Recipe from Ashley Mellilo at Blissful Basil|
|Photo and Recipe from Gluten Free A-Z Blog |
|Photo and Recipe from Stacey at Staceyhomemaker.com|
Photo above reveals another Greek inspired recipe. Semi-HomemadeVegan Spanakopita from Stacey Eckert. It may look complicated, but it's easy to put together. Stacey specializes in vegan recipes that anyone can make and everyone will enjoy.
|Photo and Recipe from Dianne's Vegan Kitchen|
Meet Dianne Wenz, the food blogger at diannesvegankitchen.com. She's a Holistic Health Coach, Cookbook Author, and Plant-based Chef who offers up this delish vegan-green-bean-casserole pictured right above.
|Photo and Recipe from Nancy Andres at Colors 4 Health|
Let's not forget to include a salad in holiday meals. The high quality greens pictured above provide crunch, are an excellent source of plant-based protein, vitamins, minerals, fiber, water, and are low in calories. See How to Create Flavorful, Filling User Friendly Vegan Salads.
|Vegan Potato Pancake Photo and Recipe from A Clean Bake|
Next up is Nora the blogger at A Clean Bake. She provides a tasty recipe for Potato Latkes that are Vegan and Gluten Free. Nora shares ideas and tips to help those with food sensitivities adapt recipes for special needs.
Note: For your information, toppings that are vegan are applesauce, coconut yogurt, soy yogurt or other grain, pea and legume or nut yogurt, and vegan sour cream. Plain yogurt or sour cream made from animal products are not vegan.
|Photo and Recipe Link from Loving it Vegan|
|Recipe and Photo from nutriciously.com|