‘Tis the season for vegan! With Upbeet Foods, it’s easier than ever to be healthy for the holidays and to treat yourself at the same time. Here are our top 10 vegan dishes that will make this Christmas dinner one to remember.
1. Vegan Lentil Shepherd’s Pie with Mushroom Gravy
A bonafide crowd favourite. Wholesome and hearty, it’s no wonder shepherd’s pie is a holiday classic. Substitute beef with seasoned green lentils and savoury zucchini saute and you’ve got an equally satisfying vegan dream dish. Oh, and don’t forget the mushroom gravy!
2. Savoury Vegan Bread Stuffing
All the warm and fuzzies of bread stuffing – minus the bird. With the right seasoning, this dish is one of the simplest ways to stay cruelty-free for the holidays.
3. Crispy Brussels Sprouts with Garlic Aioli
Low in calories but high in nutrients, brussels sprouts are the veggie you never knew you loved. They are essentially powerhouse plants, high in fibre and proven to aid in the fight against cancer. But when you roast ‘em in holiday spices and drizzle vegan garlic aioli on top? Healthy takes on a whole new meaning.
4. Winter Spiced Pilaf with Butternut Squash & Cranberries
Winter spices are the key to any Christmas feast, from ginger to cinnamon and cumin. Mix ‘em together with apple, butternut squash and apple and you’ve got the ultimate winter warmer with this vegan wild rice pilaf!
5. Rosemary Mashed Sweet Potatoes
You can’t go wrong with sweet potatoes. These super spuds are packed with fiber, iron, and beta-carotene – a powerful antioxidant that transforms into Vitamin A once you eat it. Basically, you’re gonna want sweet potatoes on your dinner table, vegan or not. One of our favourite ways to serve it? Mashed and flavoured with seasonal rosemary!
6. Vegan Whoopie Pies
Your new favourite dessert for the holidays – and it’s totally dairy-free. These Whoopie Pies from Sweets From The Earth bakery in Toronto feature homemade vegan marshmallow cream nestled inside a fluffy cake sandwich.
7. Caramelized Butternut Squash with Walnuts & Sage
One of the more versatile veggies, butternut squash has the ability to be both savoury and sweet. That’s why Upbeet cooks it caramelized and then sautees it with crunchy walnuts and sage. Despite making your mouth water, winter squash is also a fantastic fuel for good digestion, blood pressure control, and beautiful skin and hair.
8. Lemon Garlic Mini Potatoes
Mini is more. Especially when it comes to these flavourful lemon garlic mini potatoes. Place this plant-based dish in the center of your holiday table and watch it disappear.
9. Spiced Apple Crumble
Christmas without an apple-themed dessert would be a crime if you ask us. One of our all-time favourites? This vegan spiced apple crumble. Using only the freshest local apples, sprinkled with cinnamon, and topped with a crisp and crunchy crumble, we dare you not to have seconds.
10. Vegan Lentil Meatloaf with Cranberry Sauce
You could call this dish a “cheat-loaf” but it definitely doesn’t feel like cheating. Stuffed with locally-sourced veggies and glazed with homemade cranberry sauce, this vegan and gluten-free walnut and lentil meatloaf is high in fiber, low in fat, and packed to the brim with all the protein your meat-eating friends say you’re missing.
Are you drooling yet? We don’t blame you. But the best part of this delicious list is that every item can be delivered right to your Toronto or GTA doorstep – fresh and ready to devour – by Upbeet Foods. Surprise your colleagues, friends, or family with a plant-based Christmas catering menu that will keep ‘em talking until the new year!
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