One of our favorite parts of the holidays is all the food we inevitably feast upon, but the holidays can be problematic if you're a vegetarian. The stars of the holidays are usually meat-based dishes like roasted turkey and honey ham, among others. But don't worry; there's a whole variety of delicious vegetarian holiday meals out there that are entirely meat-free but won't totally bore your taste buds. Trust us; you won't even realize the meat is missing.
If you're a vegetarian in search of some fantastic, crowd-pleasing recipes for the holidays, we've got you covered. These are our seven favorites.
In our opinion, nothing beats the comfort of curry in the winter. This simple vegetarian version from Stuck in the Kitchen 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.
Spicy Vegan White Pizza With Broccoli Rabe and Truffle Cream
While you may not think "health" and "nutrition" when you think of pizza, this vegan version from The First Mess will get you to reconsider. 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.
The great thing about truffle cream sauce is that it goes with everything, so if you're not a huge fan of broccoli rabe, feel free to sub it out for sautéed spinach, kale, or any other hearty green you want.
Our favorite part? The truffled cream sauce is made with white beans, fresh lemon juice, garlic, and, of course, white truffle oil. We'll take a slice or two!
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. It 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 and maximal charm.
Eggplant Lasagna Roll-Ups
This vegetarian lasagna from Minimalist Baker has all of the usual ingredients you love about traditional lasagna—except this version is super healthy. Made with tofu, eggplant, marinara sauce, and delicious herbs like basil and oregano, this dish will definitely become your new go-to for a rich and delicious meal, no matter the month.
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 from Minimalist Baker is bursting with fresh flavor from the vegetables, and it's surprisingly light and so easy to make. Add chickpeas for a hefty serving of protein.
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. Another favorite from Half Baked Harvest, this winter salad fuses an exciting combination of candied walnuts, pomegranates, cranberries, and goat cheese. This makes for a perfect side dish at your holiday feast or a special weekend lunch.
Crispy Baked Sweet Potato Fries With Roasted Garlic Tahini Yogurt Dip
Nothing beats the smell of freshly roasted fries. While they might seem unhealthy, they can actually be pretty nutritious when baked in the oven at home with olive oil and fresh herbs. Sweet potato fries are an old-school favorite, and this variation from The First Mess 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.