Starting your holiday meal with a healthy soup and salad can aid digestion and help prevent overeating. Not everyone will choose to indulge but if you make it and there are leftovers, so much better for you.
Vegan Holiday Soups:
These vegan holiday soups are family favorites and are a perfect way to start your holiday meal.
Curried Pear and Squash Soup from my cookbook The New Fast Food cookbook
Creamy Winter Squash Soup from my cookbook Vegan Under Pressure
Other soups that would be wonderful are Creamy Mushroom Soup, Chestnut Mushroom Soup, Hearty Healing Sweet Potato Soup or Caldo Verde which are in Vegan Under Pressure.
Vegan Holiday Salads:
If you have “healthier” eaters, they might appreciate a raw kale salad. This one is highly adaptable. I like to add a bit of fruit such as apple or pear for sweetness.
Raw Kale Salad from Nutrition CHAMPS cookbook
Or make a big green salad and use this unusual dressing to help with digestion. Not a bad day on “stuffing” day. Winter Citrus Duel Satsuma Clementine
If you own a copy of The Veggie Queen cookbook, one of my favorite salads is the Bright Autumn Salad on page 46 or the Jerusalem Artichoke Salad with Arugula and Cranberry Vinaigrette.