Holiday meal ideas

Ok, so whether you’re a vegan, vegetarian or just plain love your meat, more than likely you’ll want to prevent gaining the dreaded 15-20lbs of holiday weight. So, here are some side dish ideas for anyone to use that won’t break the bank, or the button on your jeans.

Quick and Easy Pumpkin Side Dish


2 cans of BPA-free canned pumpkin

1-2 tablespoons of Earth Balance buttery spread (vegan)

Any combination of spices you like – cinnamon, stevia, nutmeg, etc.

A splash of almond milk if you want more of a creamy texture.

Directions: Simply combine everything in a microwave safe dish and microwave for 2 mins stirring once. Feel free to top with pecans or walnuts or whatever else you like!

Quinoa and black bean cheezy stuffed bell peppers 

I added the Z because there isn’t really any dairy in this dish, but it will look and taste like there is. There is no amount listed because it totally depends on how many people you’re serving, so you be the judge there.


Organic bell peppers (any colors you like)

Cooked sprouted quinoa (TruRoots is great) with nutritional yeast (feel free to add earth balance spread, peas, diced carrots, whatever you like)

Cooked organic bpa-free canned black beans (onions, garlic and tomatoes are yummy here)

Vegan shredded mozz or other cheese (make sure there is no casein)

Whatever spices you prefer (I like garlic powder, curry and ceyenne pepper)

Directions: Preheat oven to 400

Slice the tops off the peppers and clean all the seeds and membranes out.

Line the bottom of a pan with tin foil or water, but tin foil is much less messy.

Add the peppers, filled with all the goodies, minus the cheeze.

Cook around 15 mins until the peppers are cooked, and add the cheeze in the last 5 mins.