Are you or someone you are cooking for this holiday season grain-free, gluten-free, or simply prefer a more whole foods-based diet? There’s no reason you or your loved ones should miss out on the decadent dishes that we all crave during this magical time of year. We sifted through all of the Food Monster App archives and found grain-free appetizers, sides, main entrées, and desserts that are celebratory and satisfying.
For Appetizers and Sides
These vegan Hasselback Sweet Potatoes With Apple Cranberry Relish are a great combination of sweet and savory flavors. The cranberries provide tartness to compliment the sweet potatoes and apple, and provide great textural pops. Super simple, but SO impressive. This creation is colorful and is perfect to combine with any other holiday dish, or to eat by itself.
Source: Savoy Cabbage Rolls
This beautiful and seasonal recipe is German-inspired… and vegan. The meatiness of the eggplant and mushrooms make the texture of this dish authentic. But please don’t expect these Savoy Cabbage Rolls to taste like your traditional German cabbage rolls – no, they are the (even better) vegan version.
Source: Kale and Pumpkin Salad
This Kale and Pumpkin Salad could be a perfect example for a light dinner in between parties or a delicious side dish for any of those banquets. Kale is actually an amazing green to prepare salads in advance, thanks to its rough leaves which don’t go soggy easily. And pumpkin is a must be in any dinner these days.
Roasted Beets and Kale Salad with Horseradish Crema and Hazelnuts – sweet and earthy, with a spicy kick, and lots of toasted nuts and seeds. This fall salad packs a ton of flavor and a festive look, perfect for a special occasion.
Source: Spinach and Pepper Potato Bowls
Spinach and Pepper Potato Bowls are very simple to make but look adorable and creative. You already make stuffed mushrooms, peppers, eggplants, and more, so why not filled potato bowls? The ingredients are easy to find and familiar, but the end result is truly awesome.
For the Entrée
The Lasagna With Butternut Noodles and “Part-Skim” Cashew-Cauliflower Ricotta have this good carb-satisfying texture, despite having far fewer carbs and calories than grain-based noodles. However, the true star here is the part-skim cashew ricotta! It’s cut with cauliflower, so it still retains its creaminess.
Oyster Mushroom Steaks With Miso Gravy are an easy yet very delicious vegan-friendly main course. And, if you’re still trying to make plans for what you’re making for the holidays, we’ve got you covered. These meaty mushrooms are served over warm polenta and drizzled with a miso gravy that adds a unique and nostalgic.
Source: Middle Eastern Eggplant Roast
Roast doesn’t have to be made with meat! This Middle Eastern Eggplant Roast is inspired by the concept of a meaty roast as well as the eggplant dip, baba ghanoush. The result is basically deconstructed baba ghanoush that looks and acts as a roast that you carve. Make it the edible centerpiece at your table and pair it with a protein rich side, like roasted chickpeas.
Source: Beefless Vegetable Soup
A spin on the classic beef and vegetable, this Beefless Vegetable Soup is made with a vegan beefless crumble. It’s protein-packed and is the perfect way to clean out your veggie bin. This recipe is super flexible so go with the flow. Taste and adjust the seasoning and enjoy. This soup also freezes beautifully.
This is a quick sheet pan Ratatouille dinner recipe for the whole family to enjoy. It’s quick to make, the ingredients cook evenly, and the cleanup is easy. All in all, it’s the ideal holiday entrée to make when you are serving a large crowd and want to opt for something simple yet delicious.
Frozen Chocolate Mousse Cups With Candy Cane Topping are a rich, frozen treat perfect to get into the holiday spirit! These chocolate mousse cups can be enjoyed fresh or frozen (if you can wait that long). Who can say no to the pairing of chocolate and mint?
Source: Red Velvet Banana Bread
Red Velvet Banana Bread may sound a little strange, but adding bananas to red velvet cake makes it soft, moist, and perfectly sweet. This red velvet banana bread is completely healthy and homemade! No baking mix or box required. The secret ingredient to get that red velvet color is beets!
Who would guess that you can make dessert with polenta? In this recipe for Sweet Polenta Cake With Cherry Sauce, cornmeal is sweetened with vanilla pudding and cooked with vanilla, then poured into ramekins. It’s then topped with a “crust” of polenta batter flavored with cocoa powder and cinnamon. In terms of flavor, it is like a cake version of German semolina pudding, with a little bit of Black Forest cake.
Source: Peppermint Hot Chocolate Cookies
The warmth of a cup of hot chocolate. The zing of a little peppermint. All in a cookie. These Peppermint Hot Chocolate Cookies puts it together with all of the flavor, but none of the sugar crash. Eat it. Dunk it. Take it to a cookie exchange. Leave it out for Santa. Just don’t call it ordinary.
Try these oh-so-delicious Raw Strawberry Crème Chocolate Truffles and you will be in for a treat! They’re an indulgence yet still healthy, making them an ideal teeny treat for the holidays. They are also great for wrapping up and giving as gifts.
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Lead image source: Middle Eastern Eggplant Roast