Just in case you need a last-minute healthy side dish or dessert recipe for the big day, I’ve got you covered with today’s post!
Most people have the main dish under control, but then might need a few extra side dishes, especially when Aunt Sue texts you the day before to let you know that she’s coming after all, along with your uncle and their two kids. And, just in case you didn’t know, your aunt is now gluten-free and vegan. Whah????
Again, no problem. You’re a pro, or at least you can pretend you are with these Last-Minute Gluten-Free & Vegan Holiday Recipes! Okay, so they might take more than a minute, but if you have at least a day’s notice up to 30 minutes notice, then you’ll be good.
Easy-peasy gluten-free and vegan appetizers and drinks:
- 4-Ingredient Hummus
- Cinnamon Chickpea Crispies
- Coco Chop Fruit Salad
- Paprika Corn Crackers
- Sparkling Tart Cherry Mocktail
- World’s Easiest Guacamole
Gluten-free, vegan salads and side dishes:
- 3-minute Pressure Cooker Butternut Squash
- Eggplant Cannelloni made dairy-free and vegan
- Instant Pot Sweet Potato Mash
- Kale & Sweet Potato Bake
- Quinoa & Chickpea Salad
Healthy desserts that everyone will love:
And, since the holidays always seem to end up being on the stressful side, here are a few healthy resources to keep you sane:
I know the holidays can be a very stressful time along with being very joyous (or anywhere in between). When I was a kid, I adored the holiday season and I still have fond memories of that excitement. But, the holidays can also be a lonely and sad time for those of us who have lost loved ones or who have complex relationships with family members.
With family spread all over the state and country, my husband and I decided a few years ago that what was important to us was to be home for both Thanksgiving and Christmas. So, we nixed the tradition of fighting traffic and airports. We’ve developed our own traditions that fit our lifestyle and that we truly find in the spirit of the season. Rest, reflection, and relaxation are words that fit this time of year for us. Specifically, at a minimum, that means:
- For me: watching at least two versions of The Nutcracker ballet and Home Alone, setting my goals for the upcoming new year, and blogging as much as possible since it’s high season for food bloggers
- For him: visiting the Madonna Inn in San Luis Obispo to see the decorations and listening to Christmas music
- For us: putting out a few decorations that we’ve had for almost the 20 years we’ve been together, catching up with local friends and going to some of our favorite restaurants around town, and spending time outdoors since this is a beautiful time of year in California
Whatever you do, I hope that you have a wonderful holiday season filled with lots of love and laughter. If that’s just not in the cards this year, then just know that sooner than you know it, the holidays will be behind us and we’ll be into a new year filled with lots of promise for brighter days.
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