Holidays are a time for gathering, gratitude, and great food. For those who follow a vegan lifestyle, there are countless delicious dishes that can grace the holiday table. Here are some vegan main courses that are sure to impress:
- Romesco Roasted Whole Cauliflower with Herbed Tahini Cream: This dish is a true showstopper with its festive red and green appearance. The cauliflower is accompanied by two distinct sauces: romesco and tahini cream, both made effortlessly in a food processor. Not only is it an eye-catching centerpiece, but the preparation is also straightforward, with the sauces being preppable up to 5 days in advance1.
- Caramelized Onion Shepherd’s Pie with Lentils & Creamy Cauliflower Potato Mash: A classic comfort dish reimagined, this shepherd’s pie is rich in flavor from the slow caramelization of onions. The base, teeming with lentils, is topped with a cloud-like layer of cauliflower and potato mash. While the caramelized onion and lentil base takes some time, the effort is worthwhile, and it can also be prepared in advance1.
- Vegan Butternut Galette with Apples, Shallots & Gluten-Free Black Pepper Crust: A perfect blend of sweet and savory, this galette boasts a tender crust made from chickpea flour and cornmeal. The filling is a delightful combination of sweet squash, sharp shallots, and apples, with a hint of tartness from sumac. A touch of Dijon mustard on the crust further elevates the flavor profile of this dish1.
- Vegan Mushroom Bourguignon Pot Pie: A winter favorite, this pot pie offers a comforting experience with each bite. The filling, a rich red wine mushroom stew infused with garlic and thyme, is topped with a golden puff pastry. Although the dish is deeply flavorful, it's relatively quick to prepare and can be made in advance, stored in the refrigerator for up to three days1.
- Mushroom Brown Rice Bake with Caramelized Shallots, Crispy Lentils & Gremolata: A dish that's as hearty as it is flavorful. The mushroom and rice combination can be prepared a day ahead, and just before serving, it can be heated up with some vegetable stock. The crispy lentils and gremolata, added on the day of serving, offer a delightful contrast in texture and flavor1.
- Spinach and Mushroom Polenta Pie with Vegan Almond Ricotta: An enchanting mix of colors and flavors, this pie is festive in appearance and taste. Sautéed mushrooms combined with garlic, a generous layer of marinara, and a vegan almond cheese make this dish irresistible. With the possibility of preparing the almond ricotta and parmesan five days in advance, it’s not only delicious but also convenient1.
- Mushroom Gravy Pie with Garlicky Kale Mashed Potatoes: A crowd-pleaser, this dish combines the richness of a meaty vegan gravy with the comfort of fluffy mashed potatoes. It’s versatile enough to be prepared for larger crowds and can even be frozen in advance, ensuring that the gravy retains its texture and taste upon reheating1.
Whether you're hosting a large gathering or having a quiet dinner, these vegan dishes are sure to be a hit with everyone at the table.