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Vegetarian Holiday Dishes

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Whether you’re a vegetarian or simply trying to eat less meat, the holidays are an exciting time to experiment with new dishes. Vegetarian diets offer a variety of health benefits and can be great for weight loss as well. Plus, it’s much easier than you think to make delicious meals without using any meat at all! I’ve rounded up some of my favourite recipes for meat-free holiday meals below:

Roasted eggplant stuffed with mushrooms and topped with goat cheese.

Vegetable Stuffed Bell Peppers

Bell peppers are an excellent source of vegetable volume, and they’re also pretty easy to prepare. Bell peppers can be stuffed with a variety of ingredients, including rice or beans, cheese, tofu and spices. You can bake or fry them as well.

Bake your bell peppers in the oven at 375°F for 15 minutes per pound (about 45 minutes total). Or fry them in olive oil until soft enough to cut open with a paring knife (about 5 minutes per side). Once cooked through, remove from heat and fill each pepper half-way with your choice of stuffing. Place back on baking tray seam-side down for 20 minutes more (or until stuffing is hot).

Baked Acorn Squash, filled with quinoa, currants, and pine nuts.

Orange Cranberry Sauce

This recipe is amazing! You can add or subtract ingredients to make it your own.

Butternut Squash Soup

Gluten-free, vegan and low-carb will also be options for this recipe.

Butternut squash soup is a delicious option for any holiday table. The orange color from butternut squash is a great contrast to other foods on the table, while its creamy texture and mild sweetness make it an ideal complement to other dishes like roast beef or prime rib. This easy recipe can be made vegetarian by substituting vegetable broth for chicken broth; gluten-free by using gluten-free flour; paleo by omitting the cream and butter; vegan by replacing cream with coconut milk or almond milk and butter with olive oil or coconut oil (toasted walnuts make a nice garnish). The possibilities are endless!

Sweet Potato Gnocchi

Spinach Lasagna Roll-Ups

Stuffed Mushrooms

You can buy mushroom varieties that are already stuffed, but if you’re feeling ambitious, making your own is a great way to get creative with this recipe.

The secret to a good stuffed mushroom is stuffing it with something delicious—like cheese or vegetables—and then baking them in the oven until they’re golden brown and bubbly. Making the filling is easy: just chop up some vegetables (we recommend mushrooms, onions and garlic), mix them together with some spices (such as cumin), add cheese if you want and bake until golden brown on top! It’s one of our favourite vegetarian holiday dishes because it’s so easy to make without needing any extra ingredients other than what you have lying around your kitchen already.

Green Bean Casserole, made with homemade cream of mushroom soup.

Mashed Cauliflower

Mashed cauliflower is a versatile side dish for vegetarians and meat eaters alike. It’s low in calories and high in fibre, so it can be a great option when you’re trying to lose weight without sacrificing flavour. The recipe below uses milk, but if you prefer your mashed cauliflower dryer and fluffier, simply omit the milk altogether.

You can easily make this dish with a hand blender or food processor; just pour hot water into the pot of blended cauliflower, then add butter and cheese until smooth.

You can make healthy delicious holiday meals that don’t involve meat!

Don’t be fooled by the misconception that vegetarian meals are not as delicious or as filling as meaty ones. You can easily make delicious and healthy vegetarian dishes for yourself on your own time, without relying on meat. Here are some ideas:

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