Whole Foods Market has always been a great option for those looking for a satisfying plant-based meal, thanks to the variety of options at their hot bar and salad bar. But soon, it’s about to get even better, and the foodie in us is so excited.

Starting November 1st and running until November 6th, Whole Foods Markets across the nation will be serving an all-new vegan holiday menu at their hot bars. The promotion will run in honor of World Vegan Day, a global event created in 1994 by Louise Wallis of The Vegan Society to commemorate the organization’s 50th anniversary. The menu was developed by Richard Landau and Kat Jacoby, founders and chefs of the Philadelphia fine-dining vegan restaurant Vedge.

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Items include mustard-glazed cauliflower, lentil-mushroom stuffing, “cheesy” rutabaga and potato mash, sauerkraut-roasted rainbow carrots, and chocolate toffee miniature cake.

The menu will also be available to order online until November 6th and a discount of $5 can be applied at checkout by using the promo code “VEGAN.” Unfortunately, the promo is only for a limited time, so be sure to get it while it’s hot.

Plant-Based Recipes For the Holidays

Food is always on our minds, but Whole Foods Market’s special promotion got us thinking specifically about food for the holidays. It’s never too early to start planning for food, as far as we are concerned. If you’re not sure how to make plant-based versions of some of the classics, don’t worry — we searched the Food Monster App and found some of our favorite options:

The Centerpiece vegducken

Meet the ultimate in holiday centerpieces: the Vegducken. This recipe by Jasmine Briones looks too show-stoppingly awesome to eat without taking hundreds of photos but smells so mouthwateringly delicious that you might forget all about that part. Roasted butternut squash is stuffed with eggplant, zucchini, whole scallions, and layered with a savory, filling of sautéed mushrooms, red onion, scallions, red lentil, chickpeas, and gluten-free breadcrumbs that are puréed into crumbly deliciousness. Happy Thanksgiving.

StuffingEverything Bagel Thanksgiving Stuffing

This Everything Bagel Holiday Stuffing by Jasmine Briones is a riff off of a traditional sourdough stuffing but it has something special – bagels. Everything bagels add a punch of flavor that you wouldn’t get otherwise and really makes this stuffing the bomb.

Mashed Veggies

This Slow Cooker Rosemary Parsnip-Carrot Mash by Lindsay Cotter that brings a nutty flavor from the root vegetables mixed with the creamy almond milk and coconut cream. These flavors make this a satisfying dish to add to any menu. This is an easy-to-make, comfort-food style dish that is perfect for the holidays.

Veggies on the Side

This Turmeric Roasted Cauliflower With Maple-Pomegranate Vinaigrette by Nancy Partington will be a new holiday favorite. Turmeric brings a wonderful earthiness and adds a gorgeous golden color to the cauliflower florets. And juicy, ruby-red pomegranate jewels, crisply toasted pine nuts, and a zesty dressing take it to the next level; how could anyone resist such a royal dish?

Dessert

This Date-Sweetened Pumpkin Pie by Helynn Dunn tastes as indulgent as the traditional recipe, but the ingredients are anything but! Creamy cashews and soy milk replace the canned condensed milk and mineral-rich dates replace the sugar. This healthier alternative to the holiday classic is so creamy and luscious it won’t stay around for long … so be prepared. You may want to make two!
Let us know what kind of plant-based dishes you’re planning for the holidays in the comments below!

We also highly recommend downloading our Food Monster App, which is available for both Android and iPhone, and can also be found on Instagram and Facebook. The app has more than 8,000 plant-based, allergy-friendly recipes, and subscribers gain access to ten new recipes per day. Check it out!

Lead image source: Whole Foods Market

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