Steps to Hosting a Vegan Holiday Feast

Holiday feasts usually present the best reasons for people to enjoy and spend wonderful moments together. Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Eve are among the most popular times for enjoying festivities with family and friends. Of course, holiday celebrations also give us excuses to splurge on rich foods and stray from our usual more healthful diets.

Not everyone may associate the concept of "meatless" with "celebration." However, because of the growing awareness of the healthful properties of a vegetarian diet, there are more meat substitutes that are available on the market today, such as Tofu Turkey (a.k.a. "Tofurky") that help people prepare a hearty holiday feast that both vegetarians, vegans, and meat-eaters alike will enjoy.

Here are both simple and unusual ways to present a sumptuous vegan holiday feast:

· Take advantage of cuisines that highlight vegetarian foods as part of a traditional diet. There are many choices to choose from like Greek, Italian, and Lebanese dishes that are naturally vegetarian or vegan. For a spicy variation, try a traditional Indian or Sri Lankan meal for the holidays-with the rich combination of great flavors, you'll definitely never miss the meat.

· There are many great protein options on the market these days that you can use to create wonderful celebration food. Soyfoods like tofu or TVP (textured soy protein) can easily replace pork and chicken in some of your favorite dishes. Tofu is a popular vegan ingredient because with the right seasoning and flavors, none of your guests will think anything is missing. For special occasions, tofu and gluten can even be used for vegan or vegetarian turkey dishes. "Tofurkey" is ready made-all you have to do is heat and serve. And with vegan meat substitutes, you can indulge a little and enjoy flavorful dishes without necessarily sabotaging your diet.

· With vegetarian meals, you don't have to feel like you're missing out on the delightful foods you usually enjoy. There are lots of ways to prepare a vegetarian dish. With a little creativity (and the many terrific vegan cookbooks you can find these days) it is easy to satisfy even the most discriminating guest.

There's no reason to feel deprived over the delight that holiday feasts usually offer even if you're a vegetarian or vegan. With these basic tips to follow, you can create a vegan holiday celebration that will provide the best memories of the celebration you hosted for years to come.

Make party hosting simple and exciting by using various meat substitutes like textured soy and discover the best way to celebrate while promoting good health.

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