Best Holiday Dishes for the Vegans in Your Life

BHD 3D CoverTitle: Best Holiday Dishes for the Vegans in Your Life
Published by: Leeber Publishing
Release Date: April 3, 2020
Contributors: Amanda Leeber
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Pages: 108

Make holidays and special occasions deeply satisfying and a little bit surprising with these 25 fun, delicious, vegan friendly, and easy to make recipes.

Celebrate the holidays with your loved ones with these delicious festive dishes, whatever their dietary preferences.

Number one best-selling author, Amanda Leeber’s vibrant debut holiday cookbook shows you how to incorporate nutrition-rich and delicious meals using plant based, whole food ingredients that are better for you and still worthy of your holiday table.

This simple and easy to follow cookbook is completely meat and dairy-free. It also includes gluten-free, paleo and freezer-friendly recipes so you can prepare these delicious meals in advance to save you time and reduce your stress during the holidays.

This cookbook was designed especially for home cooks who will be ready to open their kitchens to vegan recipes, healthier favorites, and guests with multiple dietary restrictions.


Menu plans are included for the most popular holidays in the U.S:

  • Valentine’s Day
  • St. Patrick’s Day
  • Easter
  • Independence Day
  • Halloween
  • Thanksgiving
  • Christmas
  • New Year’s Eve


Best Holiday Dishes for the Vegans in Your Life includes:

  • Accessible meals that are good for your health and good for the environment, including burgers, pastas, stew, mushroom wellington, steak and potatoes, stuffed bell peppers, cake, pie, cookies, chocolates, and a show-stopping pear tart.
  • An entire chapter on how to make your pantry vegan friendly with the most commonly used food staples.
  • Beginner’s resources: great resources for new vegans and the vegan-curious, including the top ten kitchen tools, where to start with the top health and nutrition documentaries and reference books, and the absolute best nutrition website everyone should know about!
  • A free preview of Simple Staples Cookbook coming soon, including bonus recipes for butter, egg substitutes, Parmesan cheese, and a fast nut butter milk hack.

This cookbook will empower you to take control of your health and immune system with these vegan friendly dishes to share with the ones you love and enjoy fearless entertaining and stress-free holiday parties that can include everyone.

Don’t wait. Start planning for the next holiday in your home. Invite everyone you love, regardless of dietary restrictions.

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ADVANCE PRAISE for the Best Holiday Dishes for the Vegans in Your Life

“Thanks for getting us creative in the kitchen. This book was approachable and easy to follow. Each recipe was an effective walk through, each step being straightforward and sensible. We appreciate that! The things we tried were all delicious. Here are some dives into the thoughts we had while making and enjoying.

  • Rosemary Flatbread: Made it 3 times! Looking forward to making again. Rosemary was perfectly balanced. The texture and density was a happy medium between light and hearty.
  • Cauliflower Steak: OMG that marinade. Instructions flawless-cooked to perfection. So good and refreshing.
  • Vegetable Frittata: Fulfilling, flavorful, versatile. Was a little uncertain whether the consistency of batter was how it should be, but it baked to perfection.
  • Caramel Apple Nachos: The caramel sauce is absolutely our favorite vegan caramel out of the handful that we’ve tried. The recipe makes a fairly decent amount of caramel which is perfect for next-day munching.”

—Stephanie and Jeremiah (Professionally Trained Chef), Recipe Testers

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1—Welcome to the Holidays

Why the Best Holiday Dishes for the Vegans in Your Life Cookbook?

First, I want to thank you for purchasing this book. A lot of time, fun, and all kinds of experimenting went into writing it and there was something about it that must have caught your eye. I’m glad it did! I wrote it for you.

Whether you’re new to veganism and just starting out, vegan-curious, or have a loved one who is vegan and you just need a bit of help, this cookbook is for you.

The holidays can be stressful, especially when planning your menu. When you add the dietary preference of vegans, you may not know where to start. This is where the Best Holiday Dishes for the Vegans in Your Life comes in.

I’ve taken my absolute favorite recipes, created, tweaked, and perfected over the years specifically for the holidays, and included them here. Inside, you’ll find three recipes for each of the most popular holidays in the United States:

  • Valentine’s Day
  • Saint Patrick’s Day
  • Easter
  • Independence Day
  • Halloween
  • Thanksgiving
  • Christmas
  • New Year’s Eve

As a bonus, I’ve included an easy cake recipe for birthdays, along with a fast and simple chocolate ganache as a decadent frosting option.

However, don’t get boxed in by labels. These recipes can be used for any holiday or special occasion, not just the holidays assigned to them. So take a look, mix and match, and try each and every one that sounds good for any time of the year that suits you.

My Story

My vegan journey began a little bit at a time, but it all boiled down to wanting to be healthier. Obviously, everyone wants to be as healthy as possible. Most of the time, we do the best we can and keep on doing our jobs, errands, and chores. Life happens and pretty soon we realize we aren’t as healthy as we thought.

I realized this when I started getting older and as I watched my husband’s and my own parents get diseases like heart disease, diabetes and cancer, which might have been prevented by a healthier lifestyle.

My husband asked me to watch the documentary, Forks Over Knives, after another weekend spent at my parent’s house supporting my mom and stepdad through my stepdad’s pancreatic cancer. I watched it and that started my journey researching how I could let food be my medicine.

Though my mom and stepdad weren’t interested in changing their lifestyles—by then, my stepdad could barely eat—I knew it was important for me and my husband to change. So I researched, studied, read, and watched all of the documentaries I could get my hands on.

We began our vegan journey and the creation of our absolute favorite vegan recipes. At the same time we were creating our recipes, my husband, Chris, was helping his customers at the grocery store where he works start their own vegan journeys. He’d share the information I researched, the cookbooks we loved, and the recipes we created.

The customers loved it and told him to ask me to write a cookbook. Here we are, a year later, and a holiday cookbook completed and in your hands. I hope you find this information as helpful as my husband’s customers have. These recipes are accessible to everyone, not just strict, lifelong vegans. Everyone!

They are fun, easy, and tasty dishes that you’ll enjoy for these holiday occasions or any occasion you choose. You’re only limited by your imagination. So come on in. Explore, taste, and share.

If you enjoy these recipes, please take a moment to review this book on Amazon, grab a copy for a friend or family member, and share on social media (#tryingoutvegan). You will be able to check out the other recipes in my series of Trying out Vegan cookbooks coming soon. I’ll be sure to provide a link at the end of this book so you can stay informed and in touch.

A Special Note about the Photographs

As a home cook, writing this cookbook for other home cooks, I felt it was important to use real, unstaged photographs from my own home kitchen. Though some people would prefer stock photos from a professional photographer, it was more important to me to show you what these recipes look like in real life. I hope you find them valuable.

A Gift to You

In the next chapter, we’ll be going over ingredients you will need in your vegan-friendly pantry. This will ensure you are able to make the recipes in this cookbook without worry, including staples you’ll want to keep on hand. As a special thank you, I’ve included a preview of the next book in my Trying out Vegan cookbook series, Simple Staples for Vegan Cooking, with these six key recipes to help you get started in the kitchen:

  • Aquafaba egg substitute
  • A fast and easy nut milk hack
  • Rich and creamy vegan butter
  • Vegetable broth full of nutrients
  • Vegan Parmesan cheese
  • Simple and adaptable pie crust

Toasted Garlic and Breadcrumb Noodles with Broccoli

2 servings | Gluten-free option

This is a wonderfully elegant recipe, perfect for Valentine’s Day or any special occasion. It has several steps but they are all fairly simple. It pairs well with the Rosemary Flatbread recipe on the following page, or a chunk of hearty artisan bread and a side of broccoli.

Valentine's Day Pasta

1 head broccoli, broccolini, or broccoli rabe
8 ounces uncooked spaghetti (use your favorite)


2 tablespoons vegan butter
¼ cup flat leaf parsley
½ teaspoon garlic powder
½ cup breadcrumbs (make sure they’re vegan and gluten-free if you prefer)


2 tablespoons vegan butter
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
6 cloves garlic, peeled and coarsely chopped
Sea salt and pepper to taste
Pinch of red pepper flakes to taste (optional)
Vegan Parmesan cheese (optional as a topping)

1.   PREP: Wash and prepare your broccoli, removing the stem and breaking the florets into medium-sized pieces. Add it to a pan with about an inch of water and a steamer insert and set on the stove but don’t start it yet. We’ll do that in step 5 below. You can also use a microwave to steam. Just use a microwave-safe bowl and about ¼ cup water. But don’t cook it yet. Again, wait until step 5.

TIME SAVER: instead of cooking the broccoli separate, you can add it to your pasta, while it’s cooking, about 6-8 minutes before the pasta is ready.

2.   PASTA: Cook your spaghetti according to package directions. (You will need to reserve a cup of the water before draining. See step 7 below.)

3.   BREADCRUMBS: While the pasta cooks, warm a large sauté pan or cast-iron skillet over medium heat. Add 2 tablespoon of the vegan butter and let it melt. Add the garlic powder and parsley, stirring to coat.

4.   You’ll toast the breadcrumbs similar to how you would dry toast raw nuts. Add the breadcrumbs to the sauté pan with the parsley mixture and stir continuously until toasted to your preferred color. This should take between 2–5 minutes, depending on how dark you want them. Once toasted, add this breadcrumb mix to a bowl and set aside. This will be your topping once you’re ready to serve the pasta.

5.   BROCCOLI: If you haven’t used the time saver tip, steam (about 10 minutes) or microwave (about 3 minutes) your broccoli to your preferred tenderness. Keep the lid on the pan or keep the bowl in the microwave to keep it warm until ready to serve.

6.   GARLIC: Use the same sauté pan you used for the breadcrumbs (no need for extra dishes). Combine the other 2 tablespoons of vegan butter with the olive oil over a medium heat and stir to melt. Add the garlic, salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes (if using). Stir continuously while toasting, about 3–5 minutes, the garlic will turn a golden brown color. Remove the pan from the heat but keep the mixture in the pan.

7.   COMBINING: Once the pasta is done, reserve a cup of the liquid. Drain the pasta and add it to the pan with the garlic mixture, stirring to coat. Slowly add the pasta water until you achieve a sauce consistency. Go slow. You can always add a bit more water but you can’t take it back out. Note: if using a gluten-free pasta, you may find it tends to be on the dry side. Use the entire cup of water or a combination of water and a little extra vegan butter or olive oil.

8.   SERVING: Grab a large serving bowl and add your pasta. You can serve the broccoli on the side or mix it in. Personally, I enjoy it mixed in. Sprinkle the top with the breadcrumb mixture and a little vegan Parmesan cheese, if using, and serve.