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Guide to Vegan Meals for Top Holidays

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:

For further reading: please see our extensive vegan food coverage and our guide on how to go vegan.
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