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Holidays have always centered around food. If you are living a vegan lifestyle you might think it is impossible to have a festive holiday without the typical turkey, buttered potatoes or lasagna. Thankfully we live in a time where there are tons of options available to vegans. Here are 7 hacks that will allow you to have an amazing vegan holiday feast.
When blended with coconut milk and tofu, nutritional yeast can be a great cheese replacement for mac and cheese, casseroles and lasagna. Since the yeast is naturally a yellow orangish color and has a nutty cheese flavor to it, some of your guests might not even be able to tell the difference! It is also very high in vitamin B12, which is the hardest to find nutrient in vegan diets.
If you are making stuffing for Thanksgiving, poultry seasoning is a great idea. The majority of poultry seasonings are completely vegan and are made up of herbs and spices. Add this seasoning to some boiling water with onions and celery to make your own “chicken broth”. Let it simmer for a bit and then slowly add it to your bread as you typically would.
One Of the best things about the holidays are the pies. Vegan pies can be pretty easy to make, especially pumpkin or chocolate cream pie. What is a pie without the whipped cream topping? In order to make some vegan friendly topping place a can of full fat coconut milk in the refrigerator overnight. The next day you can follow the same steps you would if you were using regular cream to make some creamy vegan topping.
Mix together some chia meal with water to create a consistency that is very similar to whipped raw eggs and can serve the saem purpose.
Mixing some coconut oil with mashed up avocado is a great butter replacement for potatoes or even a buttercream type frosting on a cake.
Who doesn’t love sour cream with their potatoes? Mix up some cold coconut milk with non-dairy milk, apple cider vinegar, olive oil and lemon juice. You’ll be shocked at how similar it is to the non vegan kind.
Having some snacks set out before dinner is a great way to keep your guests happy. It isn’t as easy as going to the store to pick up a bag of chips though, as many of them include some kind of flavoring or other ingredients that are not vegan friendly. Do some shopping online before the big holiday so that you can pick up vegan friendly snacks that everyone can enjoy.