Perfect Plant-Based Holiday Dinner

Perfect Plant-Based Holiday Dinner

With the holidays just around the corner, it can become harder and harder to maintain your plant-based diet. This is the time of year to stick strong to your healthy commitment and carry it over into 2016. We’ve got a few tips and ideas to create a perfect, 4 course holiday meal – completely plant based!

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For the appetizer portion of your healthy holiday meal, consider making some sautéed polenta squares. They’re truly a no-brainer, and this gluten-free introduction to your holiday dinner won’t leave you feeling too full. You can prepare it any way you like, but we suggest trying it with rosemary, black pepper and cashews. Prepare the polenta by the instructions on the box, and then pour it into an oiled baking pan or square glass dish. Allow it to set up for at least 30 minutes. It will become sliceable. At this point you can cut it into squares and pan fry it in a little olive oil or even coconut oil! Try adding leeks, mushrooms and real corn for an appetizer that’s sure to please a crowd.

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Moving into the second course of your plant-based dinner, you may be ready for something a little heavier. It’s not a holiday without gravy, which is why we think you should try making tempeh meatballs with creamy mushroom gravy. A life without gravy is depressing indeed, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still enjoy a healthier alternative! The tempeh meatballs create the perfect substitution for something like turkey or chicken. If you grab a smoked variety of tempeh,  you’ll get even more flavor!

Check out this link for an easy recipe: http://minimalistbaker.com/simple-vegan-meatballs/

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For your final savory course, don’t forget the stuffing. Have you seen the recently trendy “squashducken?”  It’s a squash loaded with delicious stuffing, and it’s vegetarian friendly! You can use any type of large squash, and smaller varieties are welcome to be stuffed inside. A light stuffing of quinoa, garlic and mushroom with plenty of herbs is a delicious option, but you could also stuff with tons of breadcrumbs and whatever else you please. The squash is your oyster!

Here’s a terrific example of a beautiful squashducken: http://food52.com/recipes/39162-squashducken-the-mammoth-stuffed-squash-with-sage-hazelnut-pesto

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After that amazing and healthy holiday meal you haven’t left out dessert, have you? Forks Over Knives has a great post on 5 different plant based desserts ranging from oatmeal cookies to raspberry truffle brownies! Enjoy the last of the holiday season with a delicious dessert – you deserve it!

Recipe ideas: http://www.forksoverknives.com/recipes/5-scrumptious-vegan-desserts/

 


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