The holidays are upon us! For most Americans, this means two things: food and family. But as many of us vegans know, food-focused holidays–which, let’s be honest here, typically means all of them—can be stressful when your family doesn’t totally get down with your lifestyle, or your diet. Things can get even more wonky when you’re eating not with your family, but with your sig o’s fam. YOUR family is forced to love you despite the resting bitch face you pull when the turkey comes out. The boyf’s fam? Not so much.
So whether you’re hosting your own all vegan affair for a bunch of meat eaters (go, you!) or attending a very meaty meal elsewhere, whip up one or all of these dishes to impress your omnivorous family. The first three of these recipes are hearty and savory, two critical components for satiating those still accustomed to eating meat. The fourth recipe is the perfect combo of sweet and savory, with just a bit of crunch, an ideal side for anyone who’s into brussels sprouts. And of course, all the recipes are from our book The Lusty Vegan, because, shameless self promotion. Recipes by my friend, co-author and culinary mastermind Ayinde Howell.
Savory Shiitake and Parmesan Bread Pudding
Prep time: 10 minutes | Cook time: 30 minutes | Serves 4 to 6
Creamy, filling stick-to-your ribs goodness that is as delicious as it is unique.
This spicy, savory pie is so delish it’s downright devilish. And making your own pastry crust, if you choose to do so, is pretty bad ass.
Bonus: Watch Ayinde make this on Access Hollywood.
Classic Tofu Loaf
Prep time: 15 minutes | Cook time: 40 minutes |Serves 4 to 6
This tofu loaf hits the easy button – you can make it with that half pound of leftover tofu in the back of the fridge, and a handful of condiments. Win!
Oven-Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Medjool Dates
Prep time: 8 minutes | Cook time: 25 minutes | Serves 4 to 6
This recipe is a total game-changer for brussels sprout fans. Savory and sweet with a bit of crunch and all of that slow roasted brussels-y flavor you know and love.
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