If there's one thing we love more than the holidays, it's the food that we feast upon. While we really love the eating part, we also cherish the dinner party planning, cooking, and hosting too. After all, 'tis the season to gather around the table and finally indulge in all our festive favorites—think eggnog, candy canes, and gingerbread houses. But if you're keen on balancing out seasonal treats with healthy options, there's a whole variety of delicious vegetarian meals out there that pack a palatable punch.
To satisfy your taste buds and save you from scouring the internet, we've compiled a list of our favorite vegetarian dishes that are perfect for this season.
When a cold front comes, nothing beats the comfort of a warm curry. This simple vegetarian version has the added protein and texture of quinoa and a delicious mix of herbs and spices. We love the mixture of the nutty, roasted cauliflower with the zingy curry dressing. Aside from the taste, the combination of colorful vegetables and fresh herbs offer phenomenal health benefits—making this the perfect holiday dish to restore your body.
Who doesn't love pizza? While it can be an unhealthy option as takeout, making it at home is quite the opposite. Homemade pizza allows for you to measure and incorporate all the best ingredients while customizing it to your own taste and health. This vegan pizza has all the delicious flavors you'd expect from your favorite Italian meal without the cheese. Just a drizzle of truffle oil cream made with white beans will do the trick. If you can muster the creative will to make this vegan option yourself, your taste buds will love you for it.
Soup is a winter favorite of many (this editor included). Why? Because it's a tasty and easy way to get in all your vegetables. This delicious Half Baked Harvest recipe is a healthy twist on a classic that tastes insanely good. This recipe also features a sprinkling of maple pecans on top of the usual creamy squash flavors. It's even served inside the pumpkin to ensure minimal mess.
Is there a better winter meal than hearty lasagna? Think rich sauce, layers of pasta, and a melted cheesy top that simply can't be beaten. This vegetarian lasagna has all of the usual ingredients you love—featuring fresh veggies, mashed butternut squash, and spinach. It's probably the best veggie lasagna you'll ever make, plus it's healthy.
Zucchini can be a tricky vegetable to use, but luckily we've found the perfect recipe for it. This tasty warm salad is bursting with colorful fall vegetables and also packs a punch in the flavor department. Another plus: It's surprisingly light and so easy to make, which makes for a perfect vacation recipe.
Salads aren't just for summer—there are some great seasonal ingredients you can add to your greens to give it a wintery feel. This winter salad recipe fuses an exciting combination of candied walnuts, pomegranates, cranberries, and goat cheese. This makes for a perfect side dish at your Christmas feast or special weekend lunch.
It's true: Nothing beats the warm, comfortable feeling of freshly roasted fries in the winter. While fries might seem quite unhealthy, when baked in the oven at home with olive oil and fresh herbs, they can actually be quite beneficial to your body. While sweet potato fries are an old-school favorite, this variation adds a delicious tahini dip that we can't get enough of. Make them for yourself or bake them for guests. Either way, once you start crunching on one fry, you won't be able to stop.
Have a favorite vegetarian meal to make for the holidays? Do you have any family recipes you bring out each year? Don't forget to tag your meals with the hashtag #MyDomaineEats on Instagram for a chance to be featured.
>This post was originally published at an earlier date and has since been updated by Sacha Strebe.