Alternative Plant-Based Holiday Menus


I have nothing against Tofurkey or Gardein or various seitan roasts.  And of course there’s the “Festival of Sides” as I like to call it. The “best of” parade of veggies, stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy and breads I have prepared and proudly brought to the holiday table over the years.


But, if you want to try something really courageous, really unconventional– how about a theme menu? One that breaks the rules completely?

Here are a few of my favorite vegan menus for alternative holiday (or anyday) celebrating:


Soul Food Feast

Barbecue Ribz or Soy Curls

Macaroni and Cheeze

Simmered Greens

Corn Muffins

Sweet Potato Pie

Italian Feast

Antipasto Salad

Fresh Baguette or Focaccia

Big Pasta Dish: (Lasagna, Pasta Marinara with Meatballs or Sausage, Baked Ziti, etc.)


Indian Feast

Vegetable Samosa Appetizer

Big Curry Dish: (Chana Saag, Palak Paneer, Cashew Vegetable Korma)

Flat Breads or Brown Rice

Cinnamon-Chai Rice Pudding

Thai Feast

Thai Sweet Potato Bisque

Cucumber Salad

Tofu Pad Thai or Red or Green Curry with Tofu and Vegetables

Mango or Coconut Ice Cream with Mango-Ginger Coulis

Chinese Feast

Veggie Pot Stickers

Spring Rolls

General Tso’s Tofu with Broccoli or Szechuan Stir Fry with Vegetables and Sesame GrilledTofu

Creamy Almond Pudding



  1. I love your themed menus! So much fun!

    Your Festival of Sides reminds me of how I used to enjoy Thanksgiving and Christmas feasts even before I became vegetarian – the sides are my favourite bits! and desserts, of course.