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1. Crispy Asparagus Pockets

Crispy asparagus pockets© Jill Strong

Soft canned or jarred asparagus makes a perfect filling for these pockets, which have a crispy coating. These provide you with not only all the vitamins and minerals you’d expect from asparagus but also a midwinter mineral boost from the seaweed flakes in the sauce.

2. Candied Orange Peel (Gluten-Free)

Candied orange peel© Jill Strong

Candied orange peel, which can be expensive to buy and hard to find, is actually easy to make—and the wonderful citrus aroma will fill the whole house. These make a good accompaniment for coffee or an indulgent snack.

3. Iced Gingerbread Cookies

Iced gingerbread cookies© Jill Strong

Full of aromatic Christmas spices, these traditional Polish gingerbread cookies (toruń) can be decorated with melted chocolate or simply iced. Easy to make, they can be used as Christmas tree decorations, given as a gift, or just enjoyed with a mug of hot chocolate.

4. Root-Vegetable Fritters with Green Lentils and Fig Chutney (Gluten-Free)

Root vegetable fritters© Jill Strong

These hearty, caramelized root-vegetable fritters—which are healthy and nutritious, thanks to the green lentils—are topped with a tangy chutney. This meal is easy to prepare in advance, meaning that you only have to heat it up on Christmas Day.

5. Fondant au Chocolat with Vanilla ‘Cream’ (Gluten-Free)

Vegan Fondant-au-chocolat© Jill Strong

In French, “fondant” means “melt.” These are literally melt-in-your-mouth chocolates with rich, dairy-free vanilla cream. The fondants au chocolat in the photo were made using a silicon shell-shaped mold, but another option is to pour the liquid chocolate mixture into shot glasses and top with the vanilla “cream” once it has set.

For more holiday recipes, check out our guide to celebrating a vegan holiday.

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