Vegetarian Holiday Meal Ideas
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Before we traveled to Sacramento for Thanksgiving, we hosted Friendsgiving. It was literally the day before we left, so we wanted it to be easy to prepare that evening. Additionally the majority of them are vegetarians, so we wanted the meal to cater to them as well. I wanted to share what we made so you could have yummy meal ideas but also it might help you with Christmas meal planning! (Or if you are Type A and want to prep for next turkey day already ;) )
Spinach Dip. I love cooking things myself BUT I didn’t need the extra stress of making this from scratch. I found Stonemill Kitchens spinach dip and it was a HIT. I received so many compliments on it, plus I love that you can serve it hot or cold.
Celery Sticks. I put these out as a healthier option to dip in the spinach dip. They were not the popular option, but I like to put it out there just in case and even organic celery isn’t that expensive.
Tortilla Chips. Always a good idea :)
Potato and Leek Soup. SO yummy and you know soup. The next day it is always better! It fed 6 people well and we had 2 servings left. I will say you’ll need to add more spices to it. I added a good amount of salt, pepper, and garlic powder. I froze it and pulled it out to eat tonight and topped it with thick cut bacon. DIVINE. Side note- the recipe calls for chicken broth, but I subbed for vegetable broth. If you’re making this and don’t have any veggie friends, try opting for bone broth instead of regular chicken broth. I’m currently trying Kettle and Fire Bone Broth and love it!
Kale and Brussels Sprout Caesar Salad. It’s a yummy bagged salad that even guys like! Kale you can’t even tell is kale and shaved brussels for a yummy blend. I usually get mine from Whole Foods, but I think Trader Joe’s has one. I can usually link it from Amazon Fresh for you, but they are out right now. I went with a bagged salad because it’s just easy! Less stress is best.
Green Bean Casserole. So. I made mine from scratch. It wasn’t worth the time SO I’m not even going to tell you the recipe. If it’s not broke don’t fix it and just make the original recipe. It’s way easy and a crowd favorite.
Homemade Cranberry Sauce. This is super easy and better for you than the canned stuff! It’s great during the meal but also perfect for your morning toast or pbj sandwich. I made this the weekend prior. It only gets better with age!
Baked Veggies. These are easy peasy. I pre-made these and just heated them up the night of. I baked broccoli, brussels sprouts, carrots, onion, and garlic. Sprinkled them with everything but the bagel seasoning, lemon, cracked pepper and called it a day! Another great veggie side is this autumn dish.
Pumpkin Bread. Festive and a favorite!
Baklava. Nick made his family’s recipe. We had enough to take to our work friends, in addition to our friendsgiving. Can’t share the family secrets, but this recipe looks good!
Apple Cider. This is a great option because you can drink it as is or spike it if you wish. Nick’s friend actually made this from scratch for him! Here’s a recipe I found.
Topo Chico. Another great option for the non-drinkers. Just chop up some limes!
Beer. Shiner is so Texas and Deep Ellum IPA is one of Nick’s favorites.
Cider. Hard Apple Cider is perfect for this time of year. A personal favorite.
Wine. You know us! We had rosé to start and a couple bottles of red for the meal.
Do you have any favorite dishes for our veggie friends? To be honest it’s not about the food. It’s about the company and I’m happy to accommodate any preferences to love on my friends. Happy holidays, y’all!
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