Vegetarian Holiday Ideas
Holidays can be challenging even for the most strict vegetarian, but they don’t have to be. In fact, while your meat loving friends cook honey glazed hams, you can make a healthy, nutritious, and hearty vegetarian holiday meal that will taste as good as it is nourishing. Here are some of our favorite vegetarian appetizers, entrees, and dessert holiday ideas.
Appetizers are the easiest part of planning a meal for vegetarians since they are traditionally comprised of vegetables and grains. Even something as simple as a mixed salad of arugula, kale, spinach, and lettuce is a satisfactory way to start off a vegetarian holiday meal. If you are looking for something more complex, consider a light vegetable soup or some type of vegetarian dip, like hummus or artichoke dip.
When it comes to the entree of your vegetarian holiday meal, many people get lost. Something simple like a veggie burger or beans and rice won’t suffice for a holiday entree, but there are many more sophisticated vegetarian entree ideas around. Here are two of our favorites:
- Stuffed Squash: With a festive look and seasonal ingredients that go well with the other flavor profiles of Thanksgiving, squash is a great holiday choice. Acorn or butternut squash are halved, roasted and stuffed, with about Â½ squash per person who will be eating it as a main dish. Some great choices are quinoa and walnuts, creamy wild rice and spinach, or even soy “sausage” and garlic couscous.
- Eggplant Parmesan: One of the most popular vegetarian entrees available is eggplant parmesan. This impressive-looking and filling entree is simple to make and quite filling. Because this comfort dish showcases familiar flavors like spaghetti sauce, it’s is also a great choice for kids.
- Spinach Lasagna: Another popular vegetarian entree is vegetarian lasagna. Adding spinach to this dish adds another layer of flavor. It’s the holidays, so don’t skimp on indulgent, high-quality cheeses; your guests won’t even miss the meat. This dish can be assembled or even baked ahead of time, which is great for chaotic Thanksgiving kitchens.
Almost all traditional desserts are vegetarian friendly, but full of butter and cream. If you’re hosting or attending a holiday party as a vegan, you are probably planning on making a few dishes yourself anyway. Honey-roasted pears are a great seasonal vegetarian dessert, but depending on the holiday, pears may not be in season. If this is the case, a mixed bowl of fruit with a sprinkle of sugar can be a great way to top off a meal.
If you are planning a vegetarian holiday meal and are in need of more ideas, you can view our online meal plan menu here.