Are you looking to try something new for the holidays this year? Turkeys, butter and other dairy products are so outdated–why not ditch them? This year for all of your holiday feasts, the 100 Year Lifestyle challenges you to host a vegan evening. Say goodbye to the feeling of remorse for going back and getting second and third helpings of delicious, perfectly prepared food! Check out the following vegan ideas that will leave everyone around the table satisfied.
Balsamic Glazed Roasted Cauliflower
Who needs turkey and ham when you have a healthy, filling main course with cauliflower? A beautiful dish that’s almost too easy to prepare and make. Take a head of cauliflower and remove the leaves and stem. Place on a pan with other vegetables such as potatoes, onions and green beans surrounding it. For the sauce, simply mix together balsamic and brown sugar. Glaze the cauliflower, place in oven at 400 degrees for an hour, and voila! Serve and enjoy.
Even Garfield would appreciate this version of his favorite meal. All you have to do is prepare the dish the way you normally would, just minus any butter and cheese that might get added. You can add tofu for a meat substitute, or simply stick with vegetables. No matter what ingredients you choose, it’s going to be a hit with your friends and your family.
You read that right! These “meatballs” are made out of chickpeas, chia seeds, oats, and spices instead of actual meat. Simply grind the chickpeas in a food processor, and after that, grind together the rest of the ingredients. Form balls from the mixture, place on a pan and put in the oven at 425 degrees for eight to ten minutes, flipping them halfway through. Once they’re ready, you can serve them in a pasta dish or simply on their own as an appetizer. Your guests won’t even realize they aren’t made from meat!
Portobello Pot Roast
Say goodbye to the traditional pot roast, and get ready to treat your tastebuds. If you’re a fan of pot roast and make it at home, this recipe is practically identical, but instead of meat, you’ll use four large portobello mushrooms. Along with other vegetables such as potatoes, carrots, onions, and garlic, mix with spices like thyme and rosemary. You can either prepare this in a pot on the stove or in a slow cooker. Either way you decide to make, your family’s mouths will be watering before the dish even hits the table.
Even if you don’t think you can commit to veganism for a lifetime, try it for a night and see what you think! It’s one of the easiest ways to ensure a long, healthy life. Your body doesn’t need all of the extra fat, and on top of that, you’ll be helping the planet by not eating meat. Happy holidays and enjoy the food!