One of our favorite parts of the holidays is all the food that we inevitably feast upon, but if you're a vegetarian, the holidays can be problematic. The star of Thanksgiving is turkey, and Christmas often highlights meat or ham. But don't worry—there's a whole variety of delicious vegetarian holiday meals out there that are completely meat-free, but won't totally bore your taste buds. Trust us, you won't even realize the meat is missing.
1. Curried Quinoa
Nothing beats the comfort of curry in the winter. This simple vegetarian version has the added protein and texture of quinoa and a delicious mix of herbs and spices. We love the blend of the nutty, roasted cauliflower with the zingy curry dressing. Aside from the taste, the combination of colorful vegetables and fresh herbs offers phenomenal health benefits—making this the perfect holiday dish to restore your body.
2. Spicy Vegan White Pizza With Broccoli Rabe and Truffle Cream
While it can be an unhealthy option as takeout, making pizza at home is quite the opposite. Homemade pizza allows 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. Your taste buds will thank you for it.
3. Cream of Pumpkin Soup With Maple Pecans
Soup is 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.
4. Eggplant Lasagna Roll-Ups
Think rich sauce, layers of pasta, and a melted, cheesy top that's completely irresistible. 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.
5. Grilled Corn and Zucchini Salad With Sun-Dried Tomato Vinaigrette
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 vegetables and also packs a punch in the flavor department. Another plus: It's surprisingly light and so easy to make.
6. Winter Salad With Maple Candied Walnuts
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 a special weekend lunch.
7. Crispy Baked Sweet Potato Fries With Roasted Garlic Tahini Yogurt Dip
Nothing beats the smell of freshly roasted fries. While they might seem unhealthy, when baked in the oven at home with olive oil and fresh herbs, they can actually be nutritious. 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.