You’ve got all sorts of delicious vegan meal possibilities for the most widely-celebrated holidays:
- Thanksgiving: Vegans obviously avoid turkey on Thanksgiving, but delicious vegan feast options abound. You’ll still have to deal with cantankerous family members—sorry, can’t help you with that!
- Christmas: Christmas and Thanksgiving dinners are pretty much interchangeable. So if you’re planning a Christmas feast, all of our Thanksgiving advice applies.
- Easter: Between the customary Easter eggs, ham, bunnies, and chicks, this holiday offers an abundance of opportunities to make more conscientious decisions.
- Halloween: Most mass-market Halloween chocolates contain 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.
- St. Patrick’s Day: All you need to do is find one of the dozens of corned beef and cabbage recipes on the web. Here’s a good one. Then visit our vegan beer page, buy some green dye (please don’t), and you’re home free.
- 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.
Cookbooks for Vegan Holidays
When it comes to holidays, the main challenge a vegan confronts is finding appropriate recipes for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Hanukkah. Here are some terrific vegan cookbooks covering this niche:
- Vegan Holiday Cookbook, 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.