Holidays are time Honoring food traditions that go back generations. It’s time too Create your own new food traditions. My Arkansas born mother always made them black eyed peas During the holidays, as it was supposed to bring good luck for the coming year (plus it was so good!). My dad, who was born in Minnesota, had a favorite of all the classic holiday desserts, like Sugar sweetsAnd the Crispy apple, and pumpkin pie. But the world of holiday food traditions is much bigger than that! All over the world, cultures have practiced food ceremonies that focus on plants—the sustenance of life. These dishes brought friends and families together to enjoy the joy of life.
My family tradition combines my husband’s Swedish upbringing with the food cultures of my mom and dad, plus a generous dose of California soul. Therefore, I tend to enjoy the holidays with an al fresco meal, which includes a variety of vegetarian dishes from around the world, such as Swedish beetroot salad with appleAnd the Greek vegetable ballsAnd the Anise temptation.
This holiday spirit inspired me to chat with some fellow nutritionists and bloggers to get a glimpse into their global, plant-based cultures from around the world. We’re sharing our favorite memories and recipe ideas, from our homes to yours! I hope this encourages you to create an eclectic celebration of vegan foods this year’s holiday.
eat and live well,
14 vegan holiday food traditions from around the world
1. Austria. I remember my mom measuring “rum” by feel. That was the defining moment in making the rum balls. Sometimes you hear the sound of “Oh!” High-pitched, which means that they will become somewhat powerful that year. German name for these vegan truffles is “Rumkugeln”, literally translating to Rum Balls. But, if used as a verb, “rumkugeln” can mean to turn, which you do when you have too many of them! Sophie Rosemary Collins says Vegetarian on board.
2. Egypt. “Egyptian falafel It is a traditional dish made with beans instead of chickpeas. When I lived in Egypt, we had falafel for breakfast. It was fried before our eyes on the street corner and it was the best falafel I’ve ever eaten. This is my most correct version; Chocolate Ammar says Tin and thyme.
3. France. “In France, on January 6th, everyone, young and old alike, likes to buy and eat a Galette des Rois in the hope that they can become ‘king or queen for a day’ if they find a figurine in their slice. My homemade vegan version is over hereFrancesca V. De Leandro says Seven roses.
4. Germany. “During the Christmas season, it is essential in Germany to enjoy gingerbread. It does not matter if you are at home or visiting the Christmas markets and enjoying the Gingerbread cookies With a cup of wine, says Jasmine Hackman Ve Eat Cook Bake.
5. Greece. “these melomakarona cookies Christmas tradition for my family. We make them every year in the weeks leading up to Christmas to give them as gifts and eat as Christmas candy,” says Sophia Tsoukas-Desantis of Vegetables do not bite.
6. Hungary. “As long as I remember, Crescent cookies with walnuts She has always been an unquestionable part of our family Christmas. In other words, there’s no Christmas without walnut cookies. The original recipe has been passed down through generations. These cookies are definitely a kids’ favorite and the first to go, so we always make sure to bake enough,” My pure botanicals.
7. Italy. “Growing up, most of my friends ate meatloaf for their holiday meals, but in an Italian home, we ate lasagna, always from scratch. Those Vegetable lasagna stuffed mushroom Stuffed with spinach ricotta cheese and topped with a delicious bolognese sauce that brings me back to some sweet childhood memories,” says Rosa Tam of This healthy kitchen.
8. Poland. “Kulatsky, jam-packed Polish cookies, have been a staple at holidays and family gatherings on my mom’s side since long before I was born. I’ve loved them since I was little. Traditional kolaczki contain a lot of dairy, but I’ve finally created a dairy-free version, and I promise no one will know the difference! They are light and flaky like my grandmother’s! Jennifer Thurman Sebestyen says Botanical inspiration.
9. Portugal. “The staple Christmas dessert in every home in Portugal is the king cake with candied fruits, but we never really liked it for that. But there is also the ‘female’ version, and Queen cake, which is our favorite and contains nothing but nuts or seeds. Of course, we made it vegan and sugar-free, ”says Vasco Lourenço Botanical blessing.
10- Puerto Rico. “Pastelitos de Guayaba It is a special treat found in bakeries all over Latin America. I love visiting my husband’s hometown of Puerto Rico at Christmas time—we always stop by the bakery and pick up a big box of Pastelitos, then sit on a bench in the town square, listening to the coqui frogs chirping, and watching the twinkling Christmas lights hang up,” says Sarah de la Cruz. in the yard Fried chicory.
11. Slovenia. “I’ve had an obsession with chestnuts since I was a little girl. My mom used to make chestnut puree with whipped cream during the fall when we were kids and lived in Slovenia, and it’s one of my favorite recipes to this day. Chestnuts are a common ingredient in desserts from that region and neighboring countries like Austria and Croatia, where Maternal family belongs to.i Recreate the candy, but whipped coconut cream was used instead. Still good! Massa Ovi says Minimum vegetarian.
12. Spain. “Sopa de galletsAlso known as escudella de Nadal, it is a traditional soup from the Catalonia region of Spain that is served as an appetizer for Christmas Eve and Christmas meals. My husband pestered me for years to come up with a vegan version, and making vegan meatballs for soup that wouldn’t melt when boiled was no small feat! says Melissa B. Copeland coriander and citronella.
14. Ukraine. “Cerniki, traditional cheese dumplings made in many Eastern European countries, something I haven’t had in ages. my memories of them from early childhood; One of the Babushkas’ kids liked to make it for me as a treat. Who hasn’t done a babushka, right? I recently recreated it using a simple homemade vegan cheese base and gluten-free flour. It’s so good!” says Audrey Snow of Funky Baker.
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