For those that abstain from eating animal products, there's perhaps no harder time than the holidays to find dishes that don't include them. Over the last few weeks of December, ham, turkey, butter, and all sorts of vegan no-nos reign supreme, but that's not to say there aren't tons of delicious vegan holiday recipes out there that use other ingredients to capture the magic of the season. From warm squash to rich beets to flavorful cranberry and apples, there are plenty of non-animal byproducts that make it easy for vegans get in on the holiday spirit this winter.
For these recipes, you'll definitely have to hit up the farmer's market to grab a few of winter's tastiest offerings to work with. Every single one of them calls for at least one delicious in-season ingredient, which gives you an excuse to spend a Saturday curating a basket full of fresh vegetables (as if you needed one). Before planning out your holiday menu, take a look at these 15 mains, sides, and desserts that provide a whole meal's worth of options that are totally vegan-friendly. They'll make sure that any vegan that comes to your holiday gathering isn't just stuck with the salad and veggie sides, and provide filling dishes that are delicious to everyone, regardless of dietary preferences.
1Curried Butternut Squash and Brown Rice Skillet
Spice it up on your holiday table with this curried butternut squash and brown rice skillet from Naturally Ella.
2Grilled Green Onions With Walnut Romesco
Cook one of your veggie sides a little differently with these grilled green onions with walnut romesco from My Name is Yeh.
3Rustic Skillet Apple Pie
This rustic skillet apple pie from Pickles and Honey is a vegan take on a holiday classic.
4Roasted Parsnips and Brussels Sprouts
Get totally winter with your sides with this recipe for in-season roasted parsnips and brussels sprouts from Crepes of Wrath.
5Baked Farro Risotto with Cauliflower
Add a filling and healthy vegan main with this baked farro risotto with cauliflower from Naturally Ella.
6Delicata Squash, Quinoa, and Kale Salad with Lemon-Tahini Dressing
OK, we added a salad, but it's an amazing one. Try this delicata squash, quinoa and kale salad from Pickles and Honey for a gourmet take on the first course.
7Apple Spice Cake With Whipped "Cream"
This simple, cozy apple spice cake with whipped "cream" from Have Cake, Will Travel will warm up any holiday gathering.
8Miso Dijon Green Bean Mushroom Salad
Green bean casserole becomes a glorious vegan dish with this miso dijon green bean mushroom salad from I Am a Food Blog.
9Ginger Citrus Maple Roasted Beets and Apples with Pumpkin Seeds
You'll get every single holiday ingredient in with this recipe for ginger citrus maple roasted beets and apple with pumpkin seeds from Happy Healthy Life.
10Apple Cranberry Loaded Sweet Potatoes
Try adding some delicious apple cranberry loaded sweet potatoes from Brooklyn Supper for a side that's savory and sweet.
11Cranberry Almond Oatmeal Cookies
These cranberry almond oatmeal cookies from For Reals Life add a perfectly sweet vegan ending to a holiday meal.
12Citrus-Tamari Tofu Steaks With Warm Satsumas and Rosemary
For a hearty holiday vegan main, try these citrus-tamari tofu steaks with warm satsumas and rosemary from Happy Healthy Life.
13Coconut Nutmeg Pudding
This simple and delicious coconut nutmeg pudding from A Pastry Affair has just a hint of the holiday spirit.
14Mushroom Chickpea Hazelnut Tart
Keep your vegan guests full and satisfied with this mushroom chickpea hazelnut tart from Happy Healthy Life.
15Skillet Cornbread Stuffing With Mushrooms and Herbs
Vegan skillet cornbread stuffing with mushrooms and herbs from Pickles and Honey makes this classic holiday dish perfect for everyone.
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