From tough to please in-laws, thoroughly unimpressed with the effort you’ve put in, to the endless crush of holiday traffic making a mile down the block feel like an endless journey, no matter what holiday woes are weighing you down, it’s nice to go into some of the most important meals of the year with a simple something that’s a little lighter to lift your spirits.
While Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners usually revolve around meat and potato style staples, there’s no rule on the books saying that you can’t give them an easy, healthy, and delicious twist.
Small changes like adding extra veggies to the side dishes you already prepare or swapping the butter you traditionally cook with for a little bit of extra virgin olive oil can lead to a big payoff when trying to health up your holiday feast.
For a healthier spin on your holiday meal, try replacing your standard turkey or beef gravy with a lighter and tastier vegan mushroom gravy. Looking for a side that can pack a punch, try swapping the standard mashed or roasted potatoes for quinoa or farro for a more impressive holiday offering.
While it might seem like a small addition now, a tasty vegan friendly swap this year could very well be the first step on the path to a healthy family tradition for years to come.