No matter how you celebrate the holidays, chances are you’ve got at least a couple of parties on your calendar this month. Whether it’s tree-trimming parties, a Hanukkah celebration, a New Year’s party, or something else, it’s always nice to show up with a yummy side to share. These tasty vegan sides are total crowd-pleasers – your hosts won’t miss the meat or dairy for a second!
Holiday food is often very heavy on the animal products, especially the butter, meats, and cheeses. Animal ingredients might be traditional in holiday recipes, but they’re not so hot for the environment.
Animal products are woefully inefficient. Instead of using our land to grow healthy fruits, vegetables, and grains, millions of acres are dedicated to producing feed for animals. In fact, animal agriculture (including egg and dairy production) is responsible for 18 percent of the greenhouse gas emissions that humans produce. Even replacing a few dishes with vegan alternatives can make a difference.
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Vegan food sometimes gets a bad rep. If you’re used to a meat-and-three kind of diet, when you take out the meat you’re left with a bunch of mushy veggies. Bo-RING! You might think that all vegans eat are crudites and salads, but that’s not true at all. Check out some of the vegan side dishes on the next pages to liven up your holiday menu!