Vegan Holiday Recipes Jeanettes Healthy Living

This post includes Vegan Holiday Recipes if you’re hosting vegetarian or vegan guests this holiday season. If you’ve never made anything vegan, it can be a bit intimidating at first. But, once you have a few under your belt, it will easier to adapt recipes to be vegan, or to come up with your own. Fortunately, there are more vegan products available in supermarkets these days, so you can often find vegan substitutes for dairy products that many holiday recipes call for, including nut milk and coconut milk, vegan sour cream, vegan cream cheese, vegan cheeses, and plant-based butter substitutes.

Vegan Holiday Recipes - please all of your guests with these vegan appetizer, soup, main course, side dish and dessert ideas. TIps for converting recipes to vegan.

If you’re entertaining a crowd, it’s easier to make recipes that everyone will enjoy, rather than focusing on making vegan friendly foods just for your vegan guest, on top of everything else you’re preparing. There are plenty of foods that are naturally vegan that work well at parties. Choosing these options is a win-win because it will be less work for you, and it will make your vegan guest happy that you were thoughtful when planning your holiday menu.

Vegan Holiday Recipes for Appetizers

Vegan holiday recipes for appetizers that work well for holiday parties include hummus, muhammara (leave out the breadcrumbs if it contains eggs) and dips like Warm Roasted Garlic and Artichoke Dip or baba ganoush (roasted eggplant dip).

A beautiful vegan (or mostly vegan) grazing platter would be perfect for nibbling on while people are waiting for dinner. This grazing platter has grilled artichoke hearts, muhammara, baba ganoush, pan-seared shishito peppers, marinated olives, pumpkin seeds, dried apricots and assorted crackers. The idea is to put a variety of snacks of different colors, shapes, sizes and textures on a platter. Visually, it’s stunning, and your guests will appreciate the thought that went into creating such a beautiful presentation.

Smoky Sun Dried Tomato Roasted Red Pepper Hummus

Muhammara (Roasted Red Pepper Walnut Dip)

Warm Artichoke and Hearts of Palm Dip

Vegan Holiday Recipes for Soups

Vegan holiday recipes for soups are often easy to adapt from non-vegan recipes. Chicken broth can be substituted with vegetable broth, and heavy cream can be substituted with coconut cream or cashew cream.

Roasted Root Vegetable Soup with Brussels Sprout Pear Salad Topping

Roasted Butternut Squash Cider Soup

Vegan Holiday Recipes for Main Courses

I find vegan main courses the most challenging, especially with a holiday theme. I have seen vegan turkey products at the supermarket, but my personal choice would be to make something completely different, not try to recreate a turkey product using vegan ingredients. The idea is to make something special for your vegan guest so they don’t end up eating just side dishes. The main course should include some protein, whether from grains, legumes or nuts/seeds.

Stuffed winter squash, stuffed peppers or stuffed mushrooms are all beautiful presentations. The fillings can be a simple mixture of grains (e.g., quinoa, wild rice, millet, black rice, barley, brown rice, bulgur), vegetables, (e.g., bell peppers in assorted colors, corn, sweet potato, mushrooms, carrots, celery, onions, spinach, dried fruits (e.g., cranberries, raisins, apricots, figs, dates), and nuts/seeds (e.g., toasted pumpkin seeds, slivered almonds, pecans, walnuts), and/or legumes (e.g., chickpeas, black beans, lentils). Season with herbs to infuse the pilaf with wintry fragrance (e.g., thyme, sage, rosemary).

Stuffed Acorn Squash with Quinoa and Mushrooms

Stuffed Peppers with Millet and Black Beans and Roasted Red Pepper Sauce

Vegan Holiday Recipes for Side Dishes

Vegan holiday recipes for side dishes are usually pretty easy to adapt. Stuffing can be made with vegetable broth, and recipes calling for butter can be substituted with extra virgin olive oil or vegan buttery spread. Mashed sweet potatoes are delicious made with coconut milk and a beautiful assortment of roasted root vegetables accommodates everyone’s dietary needs. Salads are easily adaptable to vegan and cranberry sauce is often naturally vegan.

Herbed Stuffing

Mashed Stokes Purple Sweet Potatoes (you can use regular sweet potatoes too)

Oven Roasted Vegetables with Sage and Thyme

Butternut Squash Apple Kale Salad (substitute vegan buttery spread or olive oil for butter)

Cranberry Pear Sauce

Vegan Holiday Recipes for Desserts

I find Vegan holiday recipes for desserts a little tricky because they cannot include eggs or dairy products. Dairy products are fairly easy to substitute as there are many more vegan dairy-alternative products available in supermarkets. I find coconut cream or cashew cream work especially well as substitutes for whipped cream. Poached pears with cashew cream make an elegant ending to any meal. Apple pie or apple crisp are easily made vegan using either olive oil or vegan buttery spread in place of butter. Non-dairy ice cream (made with coconut milk or almond milk) can be found at many supermarkets.

Pumpkin Coconut Turmeric Mousse

Pomegranate Poached Pears

Apple Pear Crisp

Quinoa Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies

Gluten-Free Quinoa Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies

I’d love to hear what you’re making your vegan guests this holiday season. Please share in the comments below.

Sweet Spiced Roasted Butternut Squash Soup Recipe {Vegan}


Cashew Cream Recipe {Dairy-Free and Vegan}


Peanut Butter and Jam Bar Cookies Recipe {gluten-free and vegan}


Gluten-Free Peanut Butter Cookies with Dark Chocolate Drizzle (Vegan)


Gluten-Free Vegan Baked Pumpkin Spice Donuts


Steamed Ginger Peaches with Greek Yogurt {Vegan}


Gluten/Dairy/Egg-Free Mocha Chocolate Chip Muffins {Vegan}


Vegan Mango Panna Cotta with Kiwi, Mango and Strawberries


Homemade Gluten/Dairy/Egg-Free (Vegan) Fluffy Pancake Recipe


Gluten/Dairy/Egg/Soy Free Vegan Quinoa Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies


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Plan Thanksgiving Dinner Jeanettes Healthy Living

Are you hosting Thanksgiving dinner this year? Learn tips on how to plan Thanksgiving dinner so you can relax on Thanksgiving Day.
When I first started making Thanksgiving dinner, I had lots of questions. How do you plan Thanksgiving dinner? How do you cook Thanksgiving dinner in one oven when the turkey takes up so much time? How do you time Thanksgiving dinner so everything can be served warm at the same time? How can I make Thanksgiving dinner without spending the entire Thanksgiving Day in the kitchen stressed out.

How To Plan Thanksgiving Dinner - helpful tips and ideas for planning Thanksgiving dinner, including a sample schedule to follow for Thanksgiving dinner

Hosting Thanksgiving dinner can sound intimidating but it’s really not as difficult has it sounds. The trick is to plan ahead of time and keep things simple. I’ve been making Thanksgiving dinner for over 25 years so I’ve learned a few tricks that I’d like to share.

Since I’ve been cooking Thanksgiving dinner for so many years, it doesn’t take me nearly as long as it used to. In fact, for many years, our family spent Thanksgiving in a condominium in Florida, and I would do all the shopping and prep the day before Thanksgiving and finish up on Thanksgiving day.

After many years of making Thanksgiving dinner, I now have a menu I repeat almost every year, with the same shopping list and recipes. So, once you get your Thanksgiving dinner menu under your belt, you will be able to repeat it year after year, in less time.

I hope you find these tips on how to plan Thanksgiving Dinner helpful!

How To Plan Thanksgiving Dinner

  1. Plan your menu two weeks in advance, including a few appetizers, roast turkey, side dishes, desserts, and beverages. This gives you time to select recipes you want to try, whether it’s your mom’s stuffing, your grandma’s green bean casserole, or your aunt’s famous pumpkin pie.
  2. Keep things simple. Stick to the basics and what your family enjoys the most. When I first started making Thanksgiving dinner, I tried all sorts of new funky Thanksgiving recipes. I found that most people just want the Thanksgiving dinner they are used to, nothing fancy or different. If you want to try something new, introduce a new appetizer; otherwise, stick to your family’s traditional favorites.
  3. Ask guests to bring their favorite side dish or dessert. Thanksgiving dinner is very personal. Many people have favorite side dishes and desserts from their childhood that they just have to have to make Thanksgiving complete.
  4. Make a shopping list and organize by aisle in the supermarket. Shop online for as many items as possible to save time. Buy all the ingredients 2-3 days in advance.
  5. Prepare side dishes in advance and store in ovenproof casserole dishes. Almost all side dishes can be prepared several days ahead of time, or at least prepped to some extent.
  6. Come up with a schedule for cooking your Thanksgiving dinner. Decide what time you want to serve Thanksgiving dinner, then work backwards to figure out what time you should start serving appetizers, and preheat the oven so the turkey has enough time to cook, adding in 45 minutes to heat up the side dishes while the turkey rests.
  7. Keep a record of your Thanksgiving dinner for next year. Choose all the recipes that you liked and keep them in a folder for next year.

Sample Thanksgiving Dinner Plan

Here’s a sample schedule for cooking Thanksgiving dinner. I buy a fresh turkey, but if you buy a frozen turkey, see the notes below to ensure your turkey is defrosted in time for Thanksgiving. When choosing the right size turkey for your family, follow the rule of thumb of 1 1/2 (no leftovers) – 2 pounds (with leftovers) turkey per person.

Our family has a tradition of watching football on Thanksgiving day, so our Thanksgiving dinnertime revolves around the football schedule. Choose a time that works for your family.

2 weeks before Thanksgiving: Plan Thanksgiving dinner menu and start selecting recipes

1 week before Thanksgiving: Finalize Thanksgiving dinner menu and make shopping list. If you’re using a frozen turkey, buy it at least a week before Thanksgiving. If you’re making turkey stock for gravy, buy turkey parts for this.

3-4 days before Thanksgiving: Defrost frozen turkey in refrigerator (defrost time is 1 day for every 4 pounds). Alternatively, you can defrost a frozen turkey by submerging the packaged turkey in cold water and changing the cold water every 30 minutes (defrost time is approximately 30 minutes per pound). Make turkey stock for gravy.

2-3 days before Thanksgiving: Shop for all ingredients

1-2 days before Thanksgiving: Assemble stuffing, make mashed potatoes, make sweet potato casserole, trim green beans, make cranberry sauce,

Morning of Thanksgiving: Make pumpkin pie; assemble appetizers

12PM Start roasting turkey (based on roasting a 12 pound turkey)

2PM Serve appetizers; remove side dishes from refrigerator (they will reheat faster)

2:30PM Assemble green bean casserole

3 PM Turkey should be done; make gravy. Put side dishes in oven to reheat for 45 minutes

4PM Eat Thanksgiving Dinner!

6PM Layer all the leftovers in a casserole dish and make Layered Thanksgiving Leftovers Casserole. Put turkey carcass in a big pot with carrots, onion, and celery; cover with water and make turkey stock. Strain and make turkey congee for breakfast the next day.

Looking for some Thanksgiving dinner recipe ideas? Check out the following:

100+ Gluten Free Holiday Side Dishes

60 Healthy Gluten-Free Thanksgiving Recipes

100+ Healthy Holiday Appetizer Recipes

Layered Thanksgiving Leftovers Casserole and 30+ Healthy Thanksgiving Leftover Recipes

Layered Thanksgiving Leftovers Casserole Recipe {30+ Healthy Thanksgiving Leftover Recipes}


60 Healthy Gluten-Free Thanksgiving Recipes


16 Clean Eating Thanksgiving Side Dish Recipes


Gluten-Free Dairy-Free Herbed Thanksgiving Stuffing


Healthy Thanksgiving Turkey Leftover Recipes


40 Healthy Gluten-Free Dairy-Free Thanksgiving Recipes


Healthy Gluten-Free Thanksgiving Recipes


Spiced Carrot and Sweet Potato Soup Recipe for Thanksgiving


A Day of Thanksgiving and Reflection


Korean Ginseng Chicken Soup Recipe


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