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Vegan Soul Food Recipes for the Holidays

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This year my husband and I will be hosting Thanksgiving at our house. Shockingly, I never learned to make soul food (don’t stone me!) so I’ll be trying out some new recipes. We do our best to eat lots of plant foods and less meat, so I’m taking it as an opportunity to try vegan versions of a few favorites. In this roundup, I’m sharing some of the most delicious looking vegan soul food ideas I’ve found.

Vegan Collard Greens


I grew up eating vegetables flavored with neck bones and ham hocks. That flavor is hard to achieveΒ without meat, but this vegan version comes close. The secret ingredient is smoked salt. I also love collards with a dash of smoked paprika. If you don’t have smoked salt, liquid smoke would be worth a try.

Nut-Free Vegan Baked Macaroni and Cheese


This macaroni and cheese recipe uses dairy-free cheese. I don’t use dairy substitute products often, but once or twice a year it’s an easy way to make one of my childhood favorite dishes. This recipe doesn’t contain nuts which is perfect if you or any of your guests are allergic or sensitive. When I make vegan macaroni and cheese I like to use quinoa pasta so that it’s gluten-freeΒ as well. I love that this dish is baked in a cast iron skillet.

Vegan Sweet Potato Biscuits


These biscuits look so good. Growing up, my family often had Pillsbury Grands and Bisquick drop biscuits. I’ve always wanted to try making them from scratch – this year is my year!

Vegan Gluten Free Cornbread


Every year, my mom makes cornbread dressing. I love the combination of the sage-y onions and celery mixed with the slightly sweet cornbread, dried cranberries, and pine nuts. My mom normally uses Jiffy cornbread mix. This year I’m going to try making it from scratch with cornmeal.

What are your favorite holiday foods? Have you ever tried to update the recipes? Let us know in the comments.

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