As veganism continues to become a mainstream part of the American diet, more people than ever are looking to reduce their meat intake in favor of vegan versions of classic holiday side dishes beyond the traditional turkey.
Dole Food Company, Inc. is out to make this year’s holiday season more satisfying and less alienating for vegans by devoting its final “Healthier by Dole” alternative recipe series of the year to vegan holiday favorites. Without calling for an end to the beloved holiday turkey which qualifies as a lean protein, Dole is challenging meat lovers to replace their traditional holiday sides with fully flavorful, healthier alternatives that are vegan, lower in calories and incorporate more fruits and vegetables.
Led by Melanie Marcus, RD, MA, Dole’s nutrition and health communications manager, “Healthier by Dole” has offered healthier recipes and plant-based alternatives throughout the year for life’s most significant eating occasions and celebrations.
The year’s final offering includes 10 holiday-appropriate appetizer, side dish, dessert and drink recipes that prove that a holiday meal combining a lean animal-protein entrée with vegan sides can be surprisingly delicious, satisfying and respectful of every dietary need on the holiday guest list – especially if some of those dishes are also gluten-free.
“There is no better way to cap our year-long ‘Healthier by Dole’ series than with a set of healthy-but-indulgent holiday recipes that ensure that everyone will feel welcome at this year’s holiday table,” said Marcus. “From Dole’s Vegan Green Bean-Veggie Casserole to Arendelle Royal Holiday Stuffing to our Potato Tamales, we’re here to show that our vegan alternatives are just as delicious and satisfying as your childhood favorites.”
“Now with a little advance planning, your guests don’t have to feel guilty for enjoying themselves this holiday season.”
Dole’s Top 10 Vegan Holiday Recipes:
- Vegan Green Bean-Veggie Casserole (Vegan)
- Slow Cooker Warm Pineapple Tea Punch (Vegan, Gluten-free)
- Crispy Treat Chocolate-Banana Ice Cream Pie (Vegan, Gluten-free, Low Sodium)
- Loaded Baked Sweet Potatoes (Vegan, Gluten-free)
- Potato Tamales (Vegan)
- Banana Gingerbread Smoothie (Vegan, Gluten-free, Low Sodium)
- Arendelle Autumn Apple Crisp (Vegan, Low Sodium)
- Arendelle Royal Holiday Stuffing (Vegan)
- Vegan Macaroni Salad (Vegan, Gluten-free)
- Little Chef Potato-Leek Soup (Vegan, Gluten-free)
About Dole Food Company, Inc.
Dole Food Company, part of Dole plc, is one of the world’s largest producers and marketers of high-quality fresh fruit and fresh vegetables. Dole is an industry leader in many of the products it sells, as well as in nutrition education. For more information, please visit www.dole.com.