Vegetarian and Vegan Holidays


Celebratory Menus and Recipes

Many traditional holiday recipes include meat, but you can start new traditions with these veg*n holiday recipes.

Christmas Recipes

Whatever is served at a traditional Christmas dinner, meat probably holds pride of place, and what good is that to us veggies? Here are some ideas to mix and match for a vegetarian Christmas menu.

Easter Recipes

Easter is a time for spring foods and of course eggs, at least for ovo-lacto vegetarians.

Hanukkah Recipes

The Jewish celebration of Hanukkah has its own traditional recipes, some of which are vegetarian. Fried foods feature heavily, in remembrance of the oil that lasted for eight days.

Kwanzaa Recipes

Kwanzaa is a week-long celebration of family and culture. Lasting from 26 December to 1 January, Kwanzaa features traditional African and African-American foods, some of which are vegetarian or have vegetarian equivalents.

New Year’s Recipes

New Year’s Eve is all about the party, while New Year’s Day is spent dealing with cleaning up after the party. Here are some recipes to help you celebrate as well as recover from the celebration.

Thanksgiving Recipes

American Thanksgiving dinner, with its traditional turkey as the main course, can be difficult for vegetarians. Here are some ideas to mix and match for your vegetarian Thanksgiving menu, from appetizers to dessert.

Valentine’s Day Recipes

You probably know that oysters are an aphrodisiac, but as a vegetarian, that doesn’t do you much good. Here are some vegetarian aphrodisiacs to consider for Valentine’s day or some other occasion for a romantic meal.


Entertaining in the RawEntertaining in the Raw
Is "raw food chef" an oxymoron? Can only cooked food be complicated and delicious? If you’ve got the time and experience to try some of Matthew Kenney’s recipes in Entertaining in the Raw, then the answer is a resounding "no!"

Quick and Easy Vegan CelebrationsQuick and Easy Vegan Celebrations
It’s fairly easy to find vegan recipes for major holidays like Christmas and Thanksgiving, but what about the rest of the year? In Quick and Easy Vegan Celebrations, Alicia C. Simpson comes to the rescue with menus for 14 holidays and special occasions.

Vegan for the Holidays
For many people, certain foods are closely linked to specific holidays, like turkey for American Thanksgiving and black-eyed peas for luck in the new year. Unfortunately, for vegans and the people feeding them, the wonder of the holidays can too easily be overshadowed by worrying about what to eat. That’s why Zel Allen’s Vegan for the Holidays is so wonderful, filled as it is with delicious, gourmet vegan recipes, organized by holiday and guaranteed to make your end-of-the-year holiday meals memorable.

The Vegan Table cookbookThe Vegan Table
Friends and family aren’t always supportive of the vegan diet, claiming that meatless meals lack protein, vitamins, taste… all of the above. We can tell them they’re wrong until the cows come home (uneaten), but the best way to win over doubters is to feed them, and cookbooks like The Vegan Table, with "200 unforgettable recipes for entertaining every guest at every occasion," make this really easy.


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