Holiday vegan recipes

Linking these celebrations and cuisine, images that come to mind include Thanksgiving’s stuffed turkey with cranberry sauce, yams and pumpkin pie; Christmas pudding and gingerbread houses in the West; and Lenten fish dishes in Catholic countries.

Whether it’s a religious celebration like Christmas or Hanukkah, a specific county’s celebration like Thanksgiving in the Americas or Chinese New Year in the Asia,healthy recipes videos is the great equalizer that brings together different families of different cultures on the chef videos cooking dinner table to jointly partake of a meal.

Linking these celebrations and cuisine, images that come to mind include Thanksgiving’s stuffed turkey with cranberry sauce, yams and pumpkin pie; Christmas pudding and gingerbread houses in the West; and Lenten fish dishes in Catholic countries.  Each country has their own holiday dishes that signify elements of the season, observe ancient traditions, or simply celebrate the joy of that time of year.

Holidays could very well be the most frustrating time of the year for vegans if they are celebrating the holidays and its mealtimes with non-vegans.  Holiday fare, being celebratory, in nature are always extra special and thus most likely contains meat, poultry and rich desserts.  If the one preparing the food is not familiar with dishes that not only exclude meat but eggs and dairy as well, a vegan could very well be left eating a green salad and bread.  Desserts can contain eggs, milk, butter and/or cream.

For vegan gatherings however, it can be a fun time of the year especially if each guest can contribute to a potluck.  It is recommended that a menu be discussed and delegated to the guests so that the resulting feast will have a balance of appetizers, main courses, desserts and drinks.  Vegan potlucks, poorly planned, can encounter the same situation as other gatherings wherein everyone brings a salad or a dessert.

Simple tips to consider when preparing holiday fare is to use the flavour profiles of traditional dishes served.  Take inspiration from the vegan ingredients, herbs and spices used in the season.  Example would be to use apples, yams and cranberries in dishes for Thanksgiving.  Use nutmeg, cinnamon and clove to enhance Christmas fare.  For meat dishes, convert it to vegan by highlighting more on the fruit and vegetable components.  Again for Thanksgiving, you can prepare the turkey stuffing only with a variety of sauces and side dishes.

Ensure that nutritive values are sufficient by infusing protein-rich components such as tofu, nuts, grains and beans.  As a last resort, use texturized vegetable protein which is readily available in many forms mimicking practically all kinds of meat.

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