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4 Favorite Holiday Side Dishes

While the entree stands out to many, the fact is, many people take seconds of the accompaniments, too. We think these 4 Favorite Holiday Side Dishes stand up well to our featured entrees at any holiday table.

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Our first-holiday side dish, a vegan green bean casserole

Trust us, you won’t miss the old featured one made with canned mushroom soup!

Vegan Green Bean Casserole

Vegan Green Bean Casserole features fresh green beans, a creamy mushroom sauce, topped with plenty of crispy fried onions. A classic holiday dish! It's easy to make and can be prepared ahead of time.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
cashew soaking time 1 hour
Course casserole, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 10 servings
Calories 130 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 2 pounds green beans fresh is best but frozen works
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 12 ounces mushrooms sliced
  • 6 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 cup vegetable broth
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup cashews soaked for at least one hour and drained, then pureed in a blender
  • 1 1/2 cups oat milk or other plant-based milk, unsweetened
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt or to taste
  • 12 ounces french fried onions vegan

Instructions
 

  • Prepare the beans: Trim the ends, if using fresh beans. Bring a large pot of water to a boil, then add the beans and cook for 5 minutes. Drain and set aside.
  • Puree the cashews and oat milk in your food processor or blender.
  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. If you don't have a 10 inch cast iron skillet, lightly grease a large casserole dish and set aside.
  • Warm the oil in a large cast iron skillet (10 inches) over medium-high heat. Add the mushrooms and garlic and cook for 3-5 minutes until the mushrooms are soft.
  • Sprinkle the flour on top of the mushrooms, then slowly add the vegetable broth and stir until the mixture thickens. Add the cashew and oat milk mixture, stirring frequently for about 5 minutes until thick and creamy. Add salt to taste. Remove from heat.
  • To the skillet, add the green beans and 1/3 cup of the french fried onions. (If you don't have a cast iron skillet, add all ingredients to the casserole dish instead.)
  • Top with the rest of the french fried onions, place the cast iron skillet (or casserole dish) in the oven and cook for 15-20 minutes, until the onions are crispy but not burnt. Serve immediately.

Notes

Prepare green bean casserole ahead of time: Follow the recipe as written, except do not preheat the oven. Once the green beans, mushroom mixture and 1/3 cup french fried onions are mixed and added to a casserole dish, simply cover with foil or wrap and place in the refrigerator until ready to cook. This can be done a day in advance. When ready to serve, remove foil or wrap and bake for 30 minutes (until warm in the middle). Top with french fried onions and cook for 5 more minutes and serve.
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Next in line, Garlic Roasted Brussels Sprouts make a delicious holiday side dish

Know someone who doesn’t like Brussels Sprouts? They are not the favorite vegetable of many. Serve these garlic-roasted Brussels sprouts and even the most hesitant might come back for seconds!

Garlic Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Even people who don't love Brussels Sprouts enjoy these Garlic Roasted Brussels Sprouts. Take note, once these oven roasted garlic brussels sprouts become caramelized, they will take on a mild nutty flavor. Who can resist them?
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 6 servings
Calories 149 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 ½ pounds brussel sprouts fresh
  • 7 cloves garlic minced or slivered
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil extra virgin
  • 2 tablespoons rosemary minced
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • ¼ cup pine nuts or other nuts (see Notes)
  • ½ cup nutritional yeast or vegan parmesan cheese grated

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 400° F.
  • Trim the ends and remove any discolored outer leaves. Rinse and pat dry.
  • Cut sprouts in half and place in a large mixing bowl.
  • Toss with garlic, oil, rosemary, salt and pepper.
  • Arrange cut side down on a large sheet pan and roast for about 15 minutes.
  • Turn over and cook for another 15 minutes.
  • Add pine nuts during the last 5 minutes of cooking time.
  • Remove for oven, sprinkle nutritional yeast over top and serve immediately.
  • See notes for other options

Notes

Dry properly. In order to obtain the crispiest Brussels sprouts, use a clean tea towels to get that extra moisture out. Althernatively, set in a warm oven for a few minutes to finish drying.
Making them a uniform size ensures even roasting. Leave the smaller ones intact; cut the medium one in half; cut the larger ones in quarters.
Always preheat your oven. A hot oven is essential in achieving that crispy texture.
Properly coat with oil. Use a bowl to combine all the ingredients together; ensure a thin layer of oil on all Brussels sprouts. You don't want layers of oil, however. Go for a think layer.
Try using different nuts. Replace pine nuts with almonds, walnuts, sesame seeds, or pecans. You might even mix one or two varieties.
For an extra flavor boost, drizzle with balsamic vinegar or even lemon juice.
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Do You Sometimes Miss a Favorite Holiday Side Dish? Check out this Homestyle Vegan Creamed Corn.

Creamed corn just out pizza cut corn. We love the basic version, but add that creamed consistency, and WoW! The original version is full of full-fat dairy. Not ours!

Homestyle Vegan Creamed Corn

For that Rich and creamy Homestyle Vegan Creamed Corn try our plant-based recipe. It's Plant-based, vegan, and low-fat. This quick and easy recipe is ready in as little 20 minutes.
Prep Time 7 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 27 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 6 servings
Calories 201 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 2 lbs. sweet corn frozen or fresh, kernals
  • 1 ½ cups almond milk or plant-milk of choice, unsweetened
  • ½ medium onion chopped
  • 2 tablespoon. maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoon. flax seed ground
  • 1 tablespoon. garlic minced
  • ½ tsp salt
  • black pepper if desired

Instructions
 

  • Preheat a nonstick skillet over medium-high heat.
  • Sautee onions and garlic until the onions are soft and translucent. Add a couple tablespoons of water to pan in order to prevent sticking if needed.
  • Reduce heat to medium. Add corn, and cook for 8-10 minutes until the corn is completely thawed and hot.
  • Add the almond milk, flax, and remaining seasonings. Stir gently to combine.
  • Continue cooking for 5-6 minutes.
  • Transfer ⅓ of the corn mixture in the skillet to your food processor or blender and blend until fairly smooth. Pour this mixture back into the skillet with the whole corn kernels and heat for a few minutes. Note: for a thinner consistency, blend 1/2 of the mixture, instead of 1/3.
  • Remove from heat and serve.
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If Roasted Cauliflower is not your entree, consider this one for a holiday side dish

Roast it whole or as florets. This recipe easily transitions and delivers a delicious flavor!

 

Whole Roasted Cauliflower

Whole roasted cauliflower, a great vegan alternative for the holidays, special occasions or everyday cooking. We enjoy it any time as a delicious side or main dish.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Course Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 2 servings
Calories 249 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 3 tbsp tahini
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp cumin powder
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp oregano dried
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 large cauliflower

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 350ºF
  • Mix all the ingredients in a bowl (except the cauliflower) until well combined.
  • Trim the base of the cauliflower to remove any green leaves and the woody stem.
  • Rub the marinade all over the cauliflower, then place onto a lined baking sheet and bake for 50-60 minutes or until golden brown. Check it at 50 minutes. You may choose to keep it al dente or continue cooking until softer.
  • Remove from the oven and allow to slightly cool before serving.

Notes

Note: As a main dish, this serves about 2. As a side dish, it should serve 4.
For baking as florets, simply break the cauliflower into florets. Stir these into the sauce until well coated. Roast about 30-40 minutes, stirring about half-way through. The florets should be golden-brown and tender.
Use any herbs or spices you want or have on hand.
You could also add some minced garlic

 

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