Speaking of which, holiday meals are often a source of stress for people whose diets differ from that of friends and family members, but it doesn’t have to be a challenge. If you’re vegan for instance, simply bring some plant-based dishes that everyone can enjoy, like mashed potatoes without butter (coconut oil or veggie broth are great substitutes), roasted vegetables, quinoa, corn bread stuffing, cranberry sauce...so many possibilities! If you’re not eating soy or gluten-free like me and want a fun protein entrée, try Tofurky or Gardein’s faux meat products. Forks Over Knives has some incredible recipes on their site, many of which I made to photograph for them, so I can attest how satisfying they are. You don't have to tell any of the other people dining with you what the food doesn't have in it, just enjoy the flavors and the company of one another - that's what the holidays are all about!
I recently made an amazing recipe using Way Better Snack’s Sweet Potato Tortilla Chips, which would make a fantastic holiday snack for yourself or to bring to a party. Jason (vegan chef extraordinaire) helped me come up with a Chip H’orDip using kabocha squash, chestnuts and pomegranates. Trust me, it tastes even better than it sounds and is incredibly easy to make. It will wow you and anyone who tries it because of the unique flavors, plus it’s super filling. And I hope you’ll find this corresponding video entertaining:
Looking for more holiday ideas and recipes? Check out Way Better’s board on Pinterest. If you’re on Pinterest, follow me and let me know if you have any great eco-vegan pins to share! I also encourage you to create your own collection of healthy holiday ideas on there - it’s such a great way to get organized and share tips with others.
So how are the holidays going for you so far? What’s the most delicious and nutritious dish you’ve made or had? Have you made anything ultra creative like the Chip H’orDip? What do you have planned for December?
PS if you read my post about how good people make companies better, you saw a embedded video starring chip bag. Way Better has created a series around this silly character to convey the difference in quality between the average chip and their gluten-free, non-GMO sprouted tortilla chips. Click here to watch the latest video.
Disclosure: Way Better Snacks compensates me as an ambassador, though I've loved their products and people ever since I was introduced to them in early 2012. My opinions are my own, and I have not been paid to post positive comments.