Vegans, vegetarians and those who are limiting their meat are still looking to be wowed around the holiday table, and this recipe collection is here to help, with show-stopping centrepieces that skip the meat, not the flavour. Favourites such as grain-stuffed squashes, savoury bread puddings, risotto, epic winter salads, whole roasted cauliflower and more are sure to appeal to every diner – meat-free or meat-focused – for a healthy, happy holiday meal.
Stuffed Acorn Squash with Red Wine Cranberry Sauce
It’s not a holiday dinner without cranberry sauce, which this recipe pairs with squash stuffed with wild and brown rice, kale, corn and spices instead of the traditional turkey. This healthy showstopper is guaranteed to disappear before the bird.
Whole Roasted Cauliflower with Hazelnut, Orange and Saffron
Cauliflower presented as a whole roast is an eye-catching vegan dish, especially when it’s loaded with special-occasion holiday ingredients like saffron, orange and hazelnuts. Slice and serve this “meaty” main with your favourite holiday sides.
Vegan “Meatballs” with Oven-Roasted Tomato Sauce
Bring a taste of Italy to your holiday table with these protein-rich vegan meatballs complemented with a bright and tangy tomato sauce.
Vegan Wild-Rice-Stuffed Butternut Squash
Sweet and creamy butternut squash boats hold a chewy, savoury-meets-sweet filling of wild rice, dried cherries, curry powder and walnuts. Scrub the squash skin well before beginning the recipe – it’s edible!
Celery Root & Jicama Rosti with Quinoa Swiss Chard Saute
Vegetables are the star of this main course rosti made from celery root, jicama, flour, club soda and tofu. The finishing touch is a quinoa and swiss chard sauté, offering a tender texture to play off of the crispy rosti base.
Cauliflower Steaks with Lemon Salsa Verde
Slabs of caramelized, tender cauliflower adorn a creamy cauliflower mash before being topped with a vibrant lemon salsa verde. This will certainly wake up the taste buds at your holiday gatherings!
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Vegan Scallops with Spaghetti, Crispy Kale and Pomegranates
While seafood may be off the vegan holiday table, a nod to its special occasion status is still very welcome. Here, mushrooms are magicked into seared “scallops” and served with a tangle of white wine and leek pasta, hearty kale and festive pomegranate seeds.
Vegan Saffron Risotto
A hint of saffron in this creamy vegan risotto makes this holiday main course stand out. Made with a homemade vegetable stock, this decadent dish pulls out all of the stops to taste like the ‘real’ thing – all without a lick of dairy.
Lentils, mushrooms, wheat berries and soy sauce bring umami depth to these meatless meatballs, perfect for a holiday gathering. Serve this main on top of vegan mashed potatoes to capture all of that delicious sauce.