Delicious Vegan Holiday Dinners: Menu Ideas & Recipes

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Blogger-Approved Winter Dinner Party Ideas

Recipes that impress, for your most delicious feast yet.

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Last night I had a crazy dream. It was the holidays and I was watching a friend prep a family dinner in the kitchen. She had a black and white puppy. Totally adorable. She was rubbing oil on his fur as he gazed at her trustingly. Then she put a large silver pot on the stove, and gently placed the puppy in the pot. After a few seconds I realized that she meant to cook the puppy for dinner. That’s when I reached into the pot and pulled the puppy into my arms. As I did, he transformed into an equally adorable baby cow, and started licking my face. That’s when I woke up to my cat, Calie, licking my cheek.

Blogger-Approved Winter Dinner Party Ideas

Or… maybe my dream wasn’t all that crazy. In Asia, people actually do this (eat dogs and cats). So what’s the difference, really, between us eating a turkey or rabbit and them eating a dog or a cat? Nothing, that’s what. All animals are the same, really. They all have thoughts, feelings, fears, desires, autonomy, etc. Just like humans do. Killing them and cutting them up to eat is quite simply an unnecessary cruelty.

In fact, filling your plate with plants and grains has been proven time and time again to be the healthier option — not just for your own personal longevity and appearance, but for the planet. Even Arnold agrees. So please — join me this holiday in celebrating the cruelty-free way: with a delicious vegan dinner!

Here are a few fantastic meal plans from chef bloggers I really admire:

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A writer, artist, and designer since she was young enough to put pencil to paper, Hilary taught herself code and created Urbanette when she was a teenager. Currently, she spends most of her time in France, NYC, London and Switzerland, and travels extensively around the world. Hilary spent the past decade living in NYC, still considers herself a New Yorker, and visits regularly. She's always looking for hot new topics, destinations, and brands to bring to Urbanette readers.

Reader Discussion: 242 Comments

  1. Harriet Baldwin

    Eating out isn’t usually associated with eating healthy, but a vegan diet ensures there will be a lot less of the bad things in the food you choose. I hope a lot of us will start eating better especially this holiday season. We all know how we enjoy a feast and it’s better to just fill our tables with better vegan options.

  2. Sherri Cohen

    There’s a stereotype that vegans are skinny and weak. And it’s a deserved one because so many vegans have always been exactly that. As the plant-based fitness movement grows, this is beginning to change. But keep in mind that even though you are aware of this shift because you’re so closely involved in it, most people have no clue about this. To them, vegans are still skinny and weak, by necessity.

  3. Dawn Wong

    I didn’t expect friends and family to change as a result of my decision. I didn’t set out to change anybody. I will never regret switching to vegan and the holiday season is the best time to switch.

  4. Inez Knight

    Growing plants takes much fewer resources than growing animals. By eating vegan, you can help reduce the toll on the environment. For the holiday season, always know that it’s best to go with the healthier alternative.

  5. Loretta Swanson

    Being vegan doesn’t mean you have to give up your love of food!

  6. Kristine Lucas

    You’ve never seen vegan look this good. #VeganRecipes

  7. Lee Williamson

    Many people begin a vegan diet out of concern for animals. Whether opposed to the conditions of animals intended for food or eating animals in general, going vegan will help your conscience rest easily.

  8. Renee Griffith

    As appetizing as it looks, it’s a healthier choice too!

  9. Edith Glover

    Even after I became vegetarian, I turned this question over and over in my mind. I knew that I wanted to quit eating animal products but just couldn’t imagine making it work. I had even tried a vegan diet for a month, only to learn in the process that I wasn’t ready. The commitment to officially say “I’m vegan” was a decision I deliberated about for a long time. In the end, it took two full years before I completely cut out eggs, milk, butter, and cheese. But when the time was finally right, there was no question about it.

  10. Muriel Vargas

    Best vegan recipes that you can do this holiday!

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