It's no secret that the holiday season can be a challenging time to maintain a plant-based lifestyle. Whether you’re going home to spend the holidays with family or navigating a slew of parties, having your recipes ready to bring to the table will help you stay on track.
Here's what our lead plant-based nutrition instructors, Brenda Davis and Vesanto Melina suggest for staying vegan during the holidays:
"Try our book, Becoming Vegan Express Edition, for creative yummy holiday feasting. Check out central dishes like Holiday Stuffed Winter Squash accompanied by Mushroom Gravy or Rosemary Gravy and Cranberry-Ginger Relish. Kale and Red Pepper Ring is a pretty side dish that looks like a wreath. Some great dessert ideas are Blueberry Mince Tarts, Cashew Cream Topping or Holiday Pie Topping, and Pumpkin Spice Pie."
The companion to Becoming Vegan Express Edition is Cooking Vegan by Vesanto and Joseph Forest. It gives 150 outstanding yet simple recipes using ingredients that are readily available. This book provides excellent breakfast items for everyday or special brunches and is particularly strong on great ways to include legumes (beans, peas, and lentils) in menus.
When you go to holiday parties or family dinners, make sure to allocate time to prepare dishes to bring along. Of course, you may want to notify the host that you’ll be eating vegan, but bring along a dish and maybe even a dessert so everyone can enjoy. When others see your incredible plant-based creations, you may have a few converts in the house!
The holidays are a time for celebration, family, food, and love. To make your dinner table vegan festive, bring in the foods that are in season and fill your table with cranberries, apples, oranges, potatoes, preserves, and decorate with poinsettias and holly. Your table will look great with an abundance of color and fun.
From all of us here at Living Light, may you find peace and joy during this holiday season.
Come join us in January for our inaugural Reset Retreat and prepare yourself for a prosperous 2019.