I am vegetarian leaning towards vegan, but especially for festive occasions I do still eat some eggs and cheese.
For vegans I think a good main dish would be something like this lentil walnut loaf:
â€¢1 cup uncooked green lentils
â€¢1 cup walnuts, finely chopped and toasted
â€¢3 tbsp ground flax + 1/2 cup water
â€¢3 garlic cloves, minced
â€¢1.5 cups diced sweet onion
â€¢1 cup diced celery
â€¢1 cup grated carrot
â€¢1/3 cup peeled and grated sweet apple (use a firm variety)
â€¢1/3 cup raisins
â€¢1/2 cup oat flour
â€¢3/4 cup breadcrumbs
â€¢2 tsp fresh thyme (or 3/4 tsp dried thyme)
â€¢salt & pepper, to taste (I use about 3/4 tsp sea salt + more Herbamare)
â€¢red pepper flakes, to taste
Balsamic Apple Glaze:
â€¢1/4 cup ketchup
â€¢1 tbsp pure maple syrup
â€¢2 tbsp apple butter (or unsweetened applesauce in a pinch)
â€¢2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
1. Preheat oven to 325F. Rinse and strain lentils. Place lentils into pot along with 3 cups of water (or veg broth). Bring to a boil and season with salt. Reduce heat to medium/low and simmer, uncovered, for at least 40-45 minutes. Stir frequently & add touch of water if needed. The goal is to over-cook the lentils slightly (see pictures in post). Mash lentils slightly with a spoon when ready.
2. Toast walnuts at 325F for about 8-10 minutes. Set aside. Increase oven temp to 350F.
3. Whisk ground flax with water in a small bowl and set aside.
4. Heat a teaspoon of olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Sautee the garlic and onion for about 5 minutes. Season with salt. Now add in the diced celery, shredded carrot and apple, and raisins. Sautee for about 5 minutes more. Remove from heat.
5. In a large mixing bowl, mix all ingredients together. Adjust seasonings to taste.
6. Grease a loaf pan and line with parchment paper. Press mixture firmly into pan. Whisk glaze ingredients and then spread half on top of loaf. Reserve the rest for a dipping sauce.
7. Bake at 350F for 40-50 minutes, uncovered. Edges will be lightly brown. Cool in pan for at least 10 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack. I usually wait until loaf is cool before slicing.
Read more: https://ohsheglows.com/2012/10/05/glazed ... z3IdQV8MOF
There are lots of good rich vegan soups, and potatoes and sweet potatoes in various forms can easily be vegan.