7 Delicious Vegetarian Holiday Recipes
The holidays are here, and we couldn’t be happier. After all, ’tis the season to finally indulge in all our festive favorites, like eggnog, candy canes, and gingerbread houses. But if you’re keen to balance out the seasonal treats with something healthy, there’s a whole variety of delicious vegetarian meals that pack a palatable punch. Scroll down for some heavenly veggie holiday recipes.
When the cold front comes, nothing beats a warming curry. This simple vegetarian version has plump button mushrooms with a delicious mix of herbs and spices. We love the addition of fenugreek, which brings a distinct earthiness and tangy flavor to the sauce. Aside from the flavor they produce, turmeric, ginger, and fenugreek also offer health benefits, making this the perfect holiday dish to restore your body.
Cook With Manali
Who doesn’t love pizza? While it can be an unhealthy option as takeout, making it at home is quite the opposite. You can use all the best ingredients and really measure how much cheese and other toppings you add to customize it for your taste and health. This pizza has the delicious smoky flavor or chipotle, an unusual topping ingredient, but once you try it, you’ll know why—it’s not just for Mexican food. And if you have time—this is the holidays—this chipotle pizza recipe also includes the method for making the dough. If you can muster the creative will to make it yourself, your taste buds will love you for it.
Fried rice is an oriental favorite. This vegetarian take on the classic dish not only tastes delicious but is also packed with healthy ingredients. On top of the usual flavors like soy sauce and sesame oil, this tofu fried rice also features exciting seasoning, such as coconut syrup and tamari roasted soya beans. Then the tofu adds some much-needed protein—yum.
Is there a better winter meal than lasagne? That epic creamy sauce, layers of pasta, and melted cheesy top simply can't be beat. This vegetarian lasagne has all of the usual ingredients you love, with fresh veggies such as mashed butternut squash, tomatoes, and spinach. It’s probably the best veggie lasagna you’ll ever make: healthy and hearty.
Sweet and Savory
Zucchini can be a tricky vegetable to use, but we found the perfect recipe for it. This tasty tart has light and crispy puff pastry with creamy, herby ricotta and fresh zucchini slices on top. It's surprisingly light and so easy to make, which is the magic word when you're on vacation.
Half Baked Harvest
Salads aren't just for summer. There are some great seasonal ingredients you can add to your greens that give it a wintery feel. This winter salad recipe fuses an exciting combination of candied walnuts, pomegranates, cranberries, and goat cheese, perfect for the December feast or a special weekend lunch.
Flavor the Moments
Nothing beats the warming, comforting feeling of soup in cold weather. Pumpkin soup is an old-school favorite, but this variation adds potato and leek with crispy thyme croutons. The whole family will enjoy the mild, velvety texture of this hearty soup.
What is your favorite vegetarian meal for the holidays? Share it with us in the comments.