Music in the air, festive decorations are up, and calorie counting becomes irrelevant. You’re too busy running to your next potluck to worry about such things. But what will you bring? You want to wow your friends with your amazing cooking skills, and show that plant-based meals can be delicious, as well as satisfying, to everyone’s taste buds. So, we dove into our awesome Food Monster App and found a variety of meatless, vegan entrées to enjoy this holiday seasons.
1. Lentil Loaf With Celery Root Mash
If you’re looking to quench your cravings for meatloaf or simply need an effortless, nutrient-dense recipe that doesn’t disappoint, you need to try out this Lentil Loaf and Celery Root Mash. Lentils can have the same hearty texture as meat and are perfect for recreating classic umami flavors. For a healthier alternative to mashed potatoes, this recipe uses celery root! When mashed, it is starchy and fluffy- just like the cozy mashed potatoes you grew up with.
2. Maple-Glazed Mushroom and Lentil Loaf
This hearty Maple-Glazed Mushroom and Lentil Loaf will remind you of that Sunday evening meatloaf so many of us grew up with. Made from mushrooms and lentils, it’s dense and meaty, with a delicious maple ketchup glaze that sinks in as it bakes. This loaf is tender, moist, and full of these beautiful savory flavors that paired so perfectly with the sweet bite of the ketchup glaze.
3. Mushroom Stroganoff
This Mushroom Stroganoff is a classic comfort food dish that pairs perfectly with a cracking fire and snow falling outside your window. After you’ve made it once, you will quickly add it to your weekly dinner rotations until tank top season, at which point, you only might give it a rest.
4. Bolognese Lasagna
If you’re a fan of bolognese but are looking for a healthier, compassionate and sustainable way to replace meat, listen closely. You can have your lasagna and eat it, too! This easy vegan Bolognese Lasagna is made with textured soy protein, for a version that is very close to the traditional meaty recipe.
5. Pumpkin Shepherd’s Pie
Comfort foods and pumpkins are a match made in heaven. This delicious Pumpkin Shepherd’s Pie is packed with a spicy chickpea tomato filling and then covered with a layer of creamy pumpkin purée. It is the best food to warm you up on a cold windy and rainy day when the salad is no longer an option. Even though the ingredients list is quite a long, this recipe is super simple and easy to make.
6. Swedish Mushroom Meatballs
Making the perfect veggie meatball is an art and the secret is seasoning. These Swedish Mushroom Meatballs are blended with fragrant onions, garlic, nutritional yeast for cheesiness, Sriracha, savory liquid aminos, and a few other spices. After being formed and baked until crispy, these meatballs are tossed in a creamy cashew sauce which tastes amazing over mashed potatoes, noodles, or rice. Yum!
7. Holiday Vegetable Loaf With Cranberry Glaze
Need an entrée that will please all palates? This Holiday Vegetable Loaf With Cranberry Glaze is it. The combination of the quinoa, oats, mushrooms, and nuts provide this dish with the perfect “meatloaf” texture — and it’s speckled with cranberries, so it’s perfect for the season. Finish it off with your choice of our cranberry glaze recipe or a traditional meatloaf glaze. Recipe created as a guest post for Sweet Simple Vegan by Yvonne’s Vegan Kitchen.
8. Garlic and Thyme Pan Seared Mushrooms
If you like mushrooms, you’ll love this recipe: Garlic and Thyme Pan Seared Mushrooms. I like to serve these over pasta, rice, mashed potatoes, toast….the list goes on. You can use any mushrooms, though our favorite is portobello, cremini, or chanterelles as you see in the picture. But regular ol’ white button mushrooms would work great as well. The key to delicious mushrooms is to cook them over medium heat until they release their water and start to crisp up a bit. At that point you can add lots of chopped garlic, a splash of white wine if you like, and a generous pinch of thyme. Salt and pepper to taste and they’re ready to devour!
9. Mushroom and Eggplant Lasagna
There are many ways to make a vegan lasagna. Many want it as similar to a regular lasagna as possible while others want to make it with more vegetables or gluten-free. Here we have a recipe for a delicious lasagna with homemade tomato sauce, mushrooms, and a delicious home-made vegan mozzarella made from cashews. Try this Mushroom and Eggplant Lasagna, and be amazed.
10. Portobello Mushroom Steaks With Cheesy Rosemary Polenta
You know what else is delicious? Portobello Mushroom Steaks With Cheesy Rosemary Polenta. These meaty mushrooms, drizzled with a balsamic reduction, sit atop a bed of cheesy, creamy homemade polenta. Pair it with some zesty roasted carrots or sweet potatoes, kale salad, and a glass of wine for a sweet and complete date night or Christmas dinner.
11. Rustic Cassoulet With Veggie Sausage
This Rustic Cassoulet with Veggie Sausage is spin on the classic French dish that usually calls for an abundance of different types of meat, and of course this version is totally plant based. It’s a warm and comforting meal, full of seasonal vegetables and delicious smoked sausage. Perfect for big gatherings!
12. Swedish Meatballs With Lentils and Black Rice
These Swedish Meatballs with Lentils and Black Rice are so yummy! Serving these with the right sides, like potato mash, red cabbage relish, and plenty of gravy brings out the best of their flavor and texture. They’re a real traditional Swedish treat that’s perfect for dinner.
13. Portobello Lentil Shepherd’s Pie
Everyone needs a go-to recipe for shepherd’s pie and this Portobello Lentil Shepherd’s Pie is a must-try. This hearty, savory shepherd’s pie has a delicious filling of French lentils, sautéed mushrooms, and vegetables in a red wine gravy. Topped with creamy mashed potatoes, it’s the ultimate plant-based comfort food.
14. BBQ Lentil Meatballs
BBQ Lentil Balls. Simple plant-based ingredients of lentils, rice, mushrooms, and BBQ sauce. Vegan protein-packed dish! Great for potlucks!
15. Spicy Seitan Sausages
Serve these Spicy Seitan Sausages any time of the day, seriously. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner. They’re perfect and hearty!
You are now equipped with an arsenal of amazing recipes that are satisfying, delicious, and cruelty-free. For more plant-based meatless dishes, check out these 15 Meat-Free Casseroles for Christmas by downloading the Food Monster App, it’s available for both Android and iPhone and has free and paid versions. The app is loaded with thousands of allergy-friendly & vegan recipes/cooking tips, has hundreds of search filters and features like bookmarking, meal plans and more! The app shows you how having diet/health/food preferences can be full of delicious abundance rather than restrictions!
Lead image source: Lentil Loaf With Celery Root Mash