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Celebrate a Vegan Holiday

Chances are, if you’re hosting a holiday feast this year, you’ll have at least one friend or family member who will be a little flustered by the feathered fowl at the center of the table. For either ethical or health reasons, many people are making the switch to a vegetarian or vegan (vegetarian minus the eggs, dairy products, and other animal products) diet. Although this is all well and good for them (and for turkeys), it can present a definite challenge for their carnivorous hosts.

These delicious recipes will please every palate and make it easier to give up the giblets, giving everyone—including animals—something to be thankful for this holiday season.

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Appetizers and Snacks

Soups and Salads

Entrées

Side Dishes

Gravies

Desserts

In order to avoid ruffling any feathers this holiday season, PETA has dished up these handy tips:

  • Serve any one of these tasty vegan turkeys instead of the traditional fowl.
  • Make the holiday stuffing vegetarian-friendly by using vegetable broth instead of a meat-based broth.
  • Great gravy is a cinch with canned Franco-American mushroom gravy or Hain instant vegan gravy, available in traditional brown or “chicken” flavors. Just add water and simmer.
  • When baking the holiday bread, be sure to use an egg replacer and soy milk in place of eggs and milk.
  • Swap the milk and butter with soy milk and margarine for vegan mashed potatoes that everyone will love. Try Earth Balance, or check out our shopping guide for more vegan margarines.
  • Be sure to have a vegan dressing for the salad; our shopping guide has a list of vegan dressings that can be found at most grocery stores.
  • Save time in the kitchen by having each of your guests bring a vegan dish to share. Our holiday recipe guide has loads of tempting dishes that will satisfy even the pickiest of palates.
  • Still not sure about how to make a vegan cake or what to use in place of gelatin? Our handy substitution guide will answer all your vegan cooking questions.

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  • Sparrows says:

    Just an FYI Kelly- alot of Quorn products also contain egg. Beyond Meat is a better alternative, although I personally prefer seitan or tofu.

  • Kelly says:

    Morningstar strips are NOT vegan. They contain egg in them. Just FYI so that you can ammend! Maybe use Quorn or Gardein?

  • Rodger says:

    Good job

  • Lili says:

    Nice job

  • WB says:

    Don’t want to freak anyone out but I thought you might like to know that much of the fertilizer used in the United States, even organic fertilizer, has dried and ground up animal blood and bones from slaughter houses and meat packing companies. It has been a great way to use all the parts of the animal for many years. Even our vegetables eat meat. Not as easy as you thought getting away from the use of animal products is it? Just saying.

  • Karen says:

    Love the work you do.

  • wandis wilcox says:

    We have extremely important decisions to make: Either change our heavy consumption of animal products which is rapidly destroying our planet, to a healthy plant based diet, or accept the suicidal consequences of our self-imposed ignorance and apathy towards other beings and vital resources.

  • chander kumar soni says:

    cool one.

  • Gilles says:

    Danielle Larivee > And it goes on and on…to produce milk a cow has to be constantly pregnant and after merely 2 to 7 years of this miserable life she will be sent to the slaughter house

    This is only true of intensive farming. Just buy milk and eggs from small scale, local farmers.

  • Rev. David Carter says:

    As a minister, I simply do not understand why the (unfortunate) vast number of churches preach non-violence and love for each other, yet have no problem with the inhumane, cruel actually, treatment our animal friends receive in the name of “food”…and the absolutely horrible way cows, pigs, chickens, turkeys and other of God’s creatures are killed in the name of “food”. This should be offensive to anyone who believes in non-violence!

  • Annelore Butler says:

    Our family has been vegetarians for over 10 years. I fully support a meatless Thanksgiving.

  • Jose Behar says:

    Vegan for over a year now and loving it!!! Feel healthier, happier and contributing to a better world. Thanks for the recipes.

  • Mark says:

    Good job

  • mei says:

    keselllllllllllllllllllllllllllllll

  • Isis says:

    Dear Sarah,
    I believe many vegans don’t consume dairy b/c w/factory farming cows
    Are abused for their milk, impregnated artificially over &over again until they
    Are “spent”. Also, some people believe it’s unnatural to consume the
    Milk of another species. Additionally, the calves are deprived of the milk
    They need for human consumption. That’s my humble take on it.

  • Danielle Larivee says:

    Sarah, I want to answer your question as for why vegans don’t use dairy products.
    In order to produce milk a cow needs to be pregnant and give birth to calf. Once the calf is born, he is taken away from his mother and she has no contact with her new born. The male called veal will be will be chained to little veal crates, not allowed to stand up, fed synthetic formula and 6 months later will be slaughtered.
    After the baby is gone the cow is shot up with hormones in order to produce 10 to 20 times more milk. All this puts tremendous strain on her udders often causing an infection called mastitis which makes her udders pus-ridden and bloody…then they have to treat her with antibiotics. Finally she gets milked by a machine that is so rough it causes the blood and pus from the mastitis to go into the milk! And it goes on and on…to produce milk a cow has to be constantly pregnant and after merely 2 to 7 years of this miserable life she will be sent to the slaughter house.
    So Sarah, the reason why vegans don’t eat dairy is because we don’t want to encourage factory farming and we want to live a cruelty free life.
    I encourage you to buy the book: The kind life by Alicia Silverstone and you will learn a lot more.

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