A number of holidays merit special consideration where vegan diets are concerned, as they’re often associated with particular meat-based dishes. The links below offer vegan alternatives for non-vegetarian holiday meals.
- Thanksgiving: There’s obviously no turkey for vegans at Thanksgiving, but delicious feast options are still plentiful. But you’ll still have to navigate sticky issues with omnivorous family members.
- Christmas: Where food is concerned, this holiday’s a lot like Thanksgiving so most of the same advice applies.
- Easter: Between the customary Easter eggs, ham, bunnies, and chicks. This holiday offers all sorts of opportunities to make more conscientious decisions.
- Halloween: Most mass-market Halloween chocolates are made with milk. But there are fortunately many types of vegan candy.
- Hanukkah: Apart from avoiding non-vegan menorah candles, this is a pretty straightforward holiday for vegans.
- Passover: This Jewish holiday typically features meat and egg as part of the Seder plate.
- Fourth of July: Traditionally fueled by beer and barbecues, there is thankfully no shortage of delicious barbecue options for vegans.
When it comes to holidays, the main need vegans confront is finding an appropriate set of meals for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Hanukkah. There are some terrific books exclusively for that purpose:
- Vegan Holiday Cookbook</em?, by Katie Culpin
- Vegan Holiday Kitchen, by Nava Atlas
- Happy Herbivore Holidays & Gatherings, by Lindsay S. Nixon
- Vegan Holiday Cooking from Candle Cafe, by Joy Pierson et al.
- Vegan for the Holidays, by Zel Allen