It’s what I like to call the seasonal holiday marathon: Thanksgiving is over and now it’s time to start prepping and planning for Christmas!
Alright, so how is Christmas food really all that different from Thanksgiving food? While there are a slew of crossover meals, there are a few items that seem to be relegated to the evergreen holiday such as eggnog, sugar cookies, the yule log, and fruit cake, to name just a few.
So, how about taking your holiday to the next level with some creative, fun, delicious, and 100 percent vegan foods? On top of that, what if they were super easy to find, make, and serve? Well, we’ve got you covered with the following vegan Christmas foods that you can find online or in your local grocery store.
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I’m not sure what it is about Christmas and ham, but these two have gone hand in hand for as long as I can remember. This year, don’t sacrifice a festive culinary tradition just because you’re practicing a plant-based lifestyle, simply veganize it!
This Hazelnut Cranberry Roast En Croute sold by the Original Field Roast Grain Meat Co. for $24.99 is the perfect vegan-friendly centerpiece for both non-meat eaters and meat-eaters alike! Created from fresh vegetables, spices, and in-house dough, the Hazelnut Cranberry Roast En Croute is infused with hazelnut flavor and features “crystallized ginger, cranberries, and apples — wrapped in a savory puff pastry.”
Find this vegan entree in your local Safeway, Whole Foods Market, Vons, Smart & Final Extra, and Target.
While savory is the name of the game for Thanksgiving, sweet generally reigns supreme at Christmas. Of course, it’s not all about cookies, cakes, and sugar-rich beverages (even though these are a must-have!). YOu can also go the route of sweet bread, adding a delightful dash of sweet to your Christmas dinner table.
This 16-ounce Trader Joe’s brand Vegan Banana Bread with Walnuts for only $3.99 is the perfect balance of sweet to your savory entrees such as vegan ham, gravy, and mashed potatoes. Using only simple ingredients including banana puree, enriched flour, walnuts, and a bit of sugar, oil, and salt, this vegan banana bread can be a coexisting dinner entree, an after-dinner treat, or even served as part of breakfast!
Find this delightful bread at your local Trader Joe’s!
There are a few, what I like to call, “crossover” foods between the holidays. This means one less food item for you to hunt down and learn to prepare! Mashed potatoes happen to be one of these delicious and super easy crossover foods that is a staple for any holiday gathering.
Make your life even easier this year with Bob’s Red Mill Creamy Mashed Instant Potato Mix Flake available in a 16-ounce bag for only $12.63. With only one simple ingredient — dehydrated potatoes — this mixture only requires two to three minutes on either the stovetop or in the microwave.
Find these instant potato flakes on Amazon or at your local Walmart, Safeway, Whole Foods Market, Target, Sprouts Farmers Market, and more!
Another crossover food makes the list! You can’t have a Christmas feast without some delightful vegan gravy. This creamy sauce not only tops mashed potatoes and vegan ham, but it’s also great for that vegan stuffing and even to dip your favorite vegan bread in. Simply put, make sure you’re gravy boat is full come December 25th!
This 12-pack of Road’s End Organics Gluten-Free Vegan Savory Herb Gravy Mix has all the goods and flavor for only $16.16. Ready in just three minutes, this instant gravy mix sources organic plant-based ingredients including brown rice flour, tapioca starch, onion powder, garlic, thyme, parsley, and rosemary.
Purchase this product online at Amazon or find it in-store at Walmart and Whole Foods Market.
Not only do you have to plan for Christmas dinner, but don’t forget Christmas morning! The most exciting part of the holiday — especially if there are kiddos around — is Christmas morning, when presents are opened, and a delicious breakfast is served.
Along with those cinnamon rolls and sweet bread, try serving up this Original Field Roast Grain Meat Co. Apple Maple Breakfast Sausage for $5.29. Great by themselves, alongside some vegan eggs, or even wrapped in a breakfast burrito! These sausages are 100 percent vegan and are based around apples, ginger, maple syrup, and black pepper for a mix of sweet, spicey, and savory.
Find your breakfast sausages at your local Safeway, Whole Foods Market, Vons, Smart & Final Extra, and Target.
You can’t pass up a holiday meal without at least offering a delicious pie! Yet, if you just don’t have the time to make it from scratch, finding a premade vegan pie can be a challenge. Luckily, none other than Marie Callender’s has you covered this holiday season.
This frozen Marie Callender’s Dutch Apple Pie for $6.39 is in fact vegan! Pick up a couple of these, store them in your freezer, and when you’re ready to chow down, simply pop them in the oven. These pies follow the classic recipe — sans animal products — made with “100 percent fresh Fuji apple” and without any artificial preservatives or artificial flavors.
Find your frozen pie at Safeway, Target, Walmart, Food 4 Less, Ralph’s, and Harris Teeter, to name a few.
Cookies are a must-have staple when it comes to the holidays. Plus, baking and decorating these little treats can be a super fun activity with the family. Yet, not all of us (including myself) are master bakers or even have the extra time between gift shopping, working, and, well, sleeping to buy the ingredients, find a good recipe, and make cookies from scratch.
Instead, try a pre-prepared mix! Not only do you save money on extraneous ingredients, but you’ve pretty much got all you need in the box. These Miss Jones Baking Organic Sea Salt Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix for $18.25 are not only vegan-friendly and organic, but they’re also free of dairy, soy, nuts, GMOs, hydrogenated oils, trans fats, artificial colors, and artificial flavors.
Find this cookie mix online at Amazon or in-store at Target, Safeway, Walmart, Whole Foods Market, Sprouts Farmers Market, and Raley’s.
Tis’ the season for egg nog! It’s true that egg nog falls on either side of the love or hate spectrum, but if you love it, then you LOVE it. Creamy, sweet, and filling, egg nog has become a staple for the entire holiday season, especially making its appearance around the Christmas dinner table.
This year try out this new almond milk-based, cinnamon, and nutmeg enriched, Califia Farms Seasonal Holiday Nog Almondmilk! A 48-ounce jug costs only $5.75. Califia’s ‘nog offers a 100 percent vegan-friendly beverage free of dairy, GMOs, soy, gluten, carrageenan, and BPA. Plus, you’ll be sipping up 25 percent of your recommended daily allotment of calcium!
Find Califia at your local Target, Safeway, Walmart, Whole Foods Market, Sprouts Farmers Market, Vons, Rite Aid, Smart & Final, and even CVS Pharmacy!
Another crossover holiday food that you don’t have to reinvent! Stuffing is the perfect vegan side to a vegan entree offering a savory, fluffy, and super filling dish. Plus, stuffing is that miraculous food that tastes even better after it’s been reheated. So, go all-in and don’t worry about leftovers!
Not into making your own stuffing from scratch? Try this 10-ounce box of vegan-friendly 365 Everyday Value Organic Multigrain Stuffing Mix for only $3.49. This mix is certified vegan, certified organic, and filled with super healthy multigrain including organic cracked wheat and rye!
Find this product online at Amazon or at your local Whole Foods Market!
Maybe you want to go halfway in on the whole “from scratch” meal prep. One of the easiest meals to make from scratch for a large number of people is stew! A brimming pot of stew can be warming, cozy, filling, nutritious, and super easy to make 100 percent vegan. With that said, you’ll need to start with the basics: vegan broth!
Instead of going traditional, why not try something new this year? This 32-ounce carton Pacific Foods Organic Mushroom Broth for only $2.51 is a great ingredient to add into the mix this Christmas season. It’s not only vegan-friendly and USDA certified organic, but it’s also gluten-free, kosher, corn-free, dairy-free, soy-free, wheat-free, yeast-free, and fat-free. Made from a super simple mix of savory mushrooms, garlic, and sea salt, you’re stew creation will be super fragrant and flavorful.
Find this mushroom broth online at Amazon or at your local Whole Foods Market, Safeway, Target, Sprouts Farmers Market, and Morton William Supermarkets, to name just a few!
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