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Take Your Holiday Food And Make Them Vegan With A Few Changes To The Recipes

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Vegans always have to do a little extra mental, physical and domestic preparation around the holidays. Your abuelita is still confused why pollo isn’t a vegetable and your dad is smirking at you like you’re about to come out of this “phase” any second. As Latinos, most of our indigenous food is already heavily plant-based. All that extra carne is total colonialism at work.

There are a few things that we’ll never veganize for the holidays (i.e. lechón). However, some of our absolute favorite nostalgia-inducing dishes, like flan, mofongo y pasteles can all be veganized with a few little twists. Vamos a ver que los salvarémos.

Plantain Cups

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Instead of filling these with the traditional picadillo, you can opt for some sautéed purple cauliflower and potatoes, carrots, kale, onion and garlic instead. Yours will be so much prettier than everyone else’s.

Vegan Pozole

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Instead of having pork floating around in that delicious pozole broth, try Chicano Eats recipe which enhances the classic onion and garlic with sautéed Mexican oregano. Try it and tell us how it is!

Vegan Sancocho

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My Caribbean Latinos, you don’t have to toss seven types of meat to make this stew tan rico. It still has all our favorite root vegetables like yuca, yautía y auyama and a healthier alternative to a very drool-worthy classic.

Caldo de “Res”

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Volunteer to make the Caldo de Res this year and just substitute the beef with Gardein Beefless Bites. Promise nobody will notice and you get to use your family recipe!

Champurrado Vegano

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It’s pretty easy to veganize recipes like Champurrado. All you have to do is reach for coconut milk instead of dairy at the store, and you’ll be warming up with your crazy tías in no time.

It’s not Christmas without coquito.

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The true warmth is in the rum. Drinking vegan is simple at the holidays! Just sub all the same ingredients (condensed milk, etc.) with condensed coconut milk. Facil y rico.

Vegan Sopes

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You should be able to find all the ingredients for the vegan version of this Mexican dish at your local bodega. If you want to be extra, get vegan sour cream and try not to die when your family steals it all.

Vegan Mole

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Save yourself the trouble of making entirely separate meals by asking your fam to put their chicken broth mole on the side. Better yet, ask them to use vegetable broth and make sure the chocolate is dairy-free and it’s perfect for everyone.

Empanadas are a must.

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This blogger used camote (sweet potato) for the dough and filled them with arroz con leche. They’re dessert empanadas.

Alcapurrias

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This Puerto Rican based food blogger worked on this recipe with her abuelita, so you know its legit. Try using a plant-based ground beef and season it with the usual sofrito. The garlic sauce is made with blended tofu, garlic, salt, pepper, and parsley, so you’re getting protein in the sauce.

Canoas Veganas

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It’s super easy to veganize the classic canoas. Just stuff them with your sofrito based veggie favorites and add a protein like lentils or go get yourself some Beyond Meat ground beef for picadillo.

Pasteles o Tamales

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Claro, whether you’re Boricua or Mexicano, you can find dozens of veganizes versions of your countries holiday favorite. I always plan to consume at least 4-5 platanos at my meal, con canoas, and pasteles en juntos.

Vegan Mofongo

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That’s right. Vegan mofongo is within reach. Just stuff it with lentil ground “beef” or try replacing the beef with a crumbled Beyond Meat burger. People will be fighting for your version.

Vegan Conchitas

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Rumor has it, you can just follow a vegan sugar cookie recipe and add all the sugar and spices that make conchas, conchas. Vegana x Mexicana has the receta hook up.

Arroz con leche vegano

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That’s right. You can bet that we’re only going to be using coconut milk to replace dairy in all these recipes. Coconuts are our tropical native milk.

Yup, you can make vegan Gansitos.

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Anything dipped in chocolate is for me. Use coconut butter as the icing layer and your favorite jam to top it off. Refrigerator space is crucial for this one.

Churros not from Taco Bell

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True story: Taco Bell’s churros are vegan, but we’re not about that life. It’s pretty simple to veganize these guys, so just slip the recipe from Chicano Eats to your mami and beg her to make these instead.

Flan de Coco

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Did I mention that coconuts are crucial for veganizing Latinx recipes? They are y Dios los bendiga a los animales y a nuestros estómagos.

Vegan Natilla

CREDIT: “Coconut custard without eggs and without vegan milk.” Digital Image. Recetas Sin Lactosa. 11 October 2018.

I could never tell my flan-obsessed abuela this, but I preferred her Natilla above all else. Recetas Sin Lactosa is an incredible Spanish-language blog that basically makes our normal food consumption feel normal in our bodies (unless a baby vaca is reading this).

Vegan Rosca de Reyes

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Three Kings Day is still on for vegans, and there are a surprising number of recipes out there. If your mom refuses to use anything but her own recipe, just swap out the milk for plant-based milk.


READ: 20 Foods And Drinks That Instantly Take Caribbean Latinos Back To Their Childhood

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Give Your Vegan Family Members Something To Eat At Noche Buena With These Amazing Dishes

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Give Your Vegan Family Members Something To Eat At Noche Buena With These Amazing Dishes

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Hola, hi, thank you so much for coming. Dear reader, I’ll be your vegan guide to an easy Noche Buena, where herbivores and omnivores alike leave happy. With Latinos being one of the fastest growing demographic of vegans, we know that you probably have at least a few more at your dinner table this year. I promise that most of us don’t even have any expectation that the host is going to accommodate our dietary needs. We’re Latinos, too, so we’re coming with a lot of baggage and guilt for the impending scene of turning down your food at Noche Buena. We really don’t want you to take it personally if it does happen.

The pressure is always on for the Noche Buena cena, but it doesn’t have to be any extra stress to invite your newly vegan prima.

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You’re already making tostones, yucca, and mad mojo sauce. Here’s the thing. Vegans eat todo, except for animal products. So that means no meat, no eggs or dairy, boom. Think about how much of the food you make that is just straight up plants, , ice and beans. Facil.

Also white meat is still meat.

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I can’t tell you how many times a sweet, sweet vieja offered me pollo after I told them ‘no como carne.’ I leave this truth that chicken is not a white vegetable with you either for some honest to God info or for laughs.

Your guest will probably bring one of these:

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It’s called a vegan roast, and you can grab it at any Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s. If you have and extra $15 to spare, it would blow your vegan’s mind to just have one of these ready. But don’t worry, here are a few things you could do exactly like normal and be the hostess with the mostest.

Ponche is puro vegan.

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Cinnamon, apples, guava, y nada de animales. Oh, and rum is vegan too. Salud.

While we’re at it, coquito will never disappoint anyone.

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The only coquito I know is made with coconut milk and it’s the only coquito I want to know. Why? It’s rico, and vegan.

Tostones are plants, yay! 🍌

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Even though we all know, spiritually, tostones are manna from heaven. Physically, they come from the plátano tree. Praise tostones.

Beans are the moneyyy.

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Even if you make your beans using pork fat, just pop open a can of Goya beans and heat them up. Your vegan will shed tears of gratitude (if they know what’s good for them).

Then, there are simple solutions to automatically veganize a few other dishes.

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No first time vegan even thinks to ask about what stock you used and no long-time vegan will bother asking, because we get that it’s not the first thing on hosts’ minds. This simple swap will make some hearty dishes vegan, so your guest can fill up.

Pozole, por siempre.

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We can’t imagine a Noche Buena sin pozole and you don’t have to veganize the whole dish. Just set aside the chili paste and garnishes and let the veganita fill their bowl with veggie broth.

A major move is to just tell everyone what’s vegan and what’s not. You never know who the closet vegan is.

CREDIT: “Arroz Verde Green Rice | This green rice, or arroz verde, is so rich and full of flavor… not to mention the vibrant green color! You can pair this rice with any main dish! | http://thechunkychef.com” Digital Image. The Chunky Chef. 10 November 2018.

It’s super uncomfortable to ask any host the ingredients in their food. My first Noche Buena vegan, my mom was so sweet in replacing the chicken stock in her famous rice with veggie stock.

Instead of using dairy butter, just sub it with Earth Balance.

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You truly won’t be able to taste the difference, and everyone’s bellies will thank you, too. Cholesterol can only be found in animal-based products, so your brother with the high blood pressure will thank you, too.

Don’t try to convince them to eat something porque “solo hay un poquito de mantequilla.”

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That works on your sister whose forever trying to diet, but, for vegans, the choice is based on a moral obligation for either animals, the planet, workers’ rights or their own health. Take their choices seriously and respect them, especially if they’re respecting yours.

Substitute milk with coconut milk in the champurrado.

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I was lactose intolerant long before I went vegan, and I promise there are more of us around than you’d think. Most of us are in denial but you’ll be able to smell them a mile away later in the evening. Spare yourself.

Or if some dishes must be made with butter, just leave the butter on the side for folks to add themselves.

CREDIT: “Mashed Yuca with Mojo” Digital Image. Eating Well. 10 November 2018.

For every vegan, there’s a tío with a stomach of steel that’ll happily eat twice as much. Remember, somos Latinos. Nothing goes to waste.

One strategy is to skip assembling the sopes and let your guests do it themselves.

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That way everyone’s varying dietary needs can be met to suit them. Or maybe they just prefer ropa vieja instead of picadillo on their sope.

Are you my new mom and making mofongo this Noche Buena?

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Numbero uno: adopt me.

Numero dos: set the plantain base aside and let your veganos load up with all that delicious rice and beans you cooked up.

Don’t forget to remember what cooking oils you’re using.

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I know my tía will only cook with pork fat and understandably can’t remember if she fried the yucca in pork or coconut oil. These little details can open up your incredible cooking to the whole party.

Oh man, let’s talk pasteles.

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The holiest of foods. Frijoles or simply sofrito are always an easy, delicious filling. You can just tie them with a differently colored string and prepare to be adored and glorified.

Don’t forget dessert!

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Another simple substitute like coconut milk in the arroz con leche instead of milk will make you a top level host. Just tell the family you’re making it Boricua style y por que no. Coconut milk is naturally sweeter than dairy milk, so the dessert will be sweeter and less heavy, perfect for your very stuffed guests.

Ultimately, only go as far as you want to to accommodate the vegans and vegetarians.

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Don’t reach the point of resentment because, promise, it’s what we’re all most afraid of at family gatherings. We just want everyone to be happy, and usually bring food that will make us happy. Whether you make vegan pasteles or just tell the vegans that these three dishes are vegan, we’ll be happy. Because contrary to how we’re all raised, your self-worth isn’t in the food you make. We love you for reading this!


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