Planning your plant-based holiday feast

Whether you’re an old hand at plant-based eating, cooking for a plant-based family member or wanting to include more whole foods these holidays, we have the menu for you. This holiday feast will impress everyone!

There is no doubt an important part of the Christmas season is enjoying good food with loved ones. This time of year is the perfect opportunity to show them how delicious plant-based eating can be.

Doctors For Nutrition plant-based menu

We have gathered some festive favourites from our expert Advisory Council. Each recipe is easy to prepare and the ingredients are readily available in local shops.

Download the recipes and printable A4 menu here [2.5MB pdf].

This time of year is the perfect opportunity to show your loved ones how delicious plant-based eating can be.

The time for sharing

A completely plant-based menu may raise some common questions from friends and family, such as ‘how do you get enough protein’? Take the time to be prepared, have a read over our FAQs and topic summaries so you are equipped with the facts to help you feel more confident when sharing your knowledge.

Remember, this is the season for joy and laughter. When discussing a whole food plant-based diet focus on the many evidence-based positives such as lowering blood-pressure, maintaining a healthy weight, and preventing or even reversing chronic disease, rather than the negatives associated with eating animal-based products.

Give the gift of health

Are you looking for some healthful gift ideas to inspire your loved ones? You could consider:

  • Gifting them a whole food plant-based home-cooked meal on a day of their choice.

  • Compiling some of your whole food plant-based ‘go-to’ recipes in a scrapbook, complete with some of your own personal notes and pictures.

  • Offering them a whole food plant-based shopping experience. Take them to your local farmers markets, introduce them to your favourite seasonal fruit and veg and suggest how it could be used.

  • Dedicating a donation on behalf of your loved-one to Doctors For Nutrition, including a special message, via our DonorBox form. We are a registered Australian charity with Deductible Gift Recipient status, so donations over $2 are tax deductible.

Encouraging your friends and family to include even a few more high-quality, nutrient-dense plant-based foods in their weekly repertoire is a step in the right direction. You’ll definitely be on the ‘nice list’ this year!

Make sure you tag us on Facebook and Instagram and hashtag

#DoctorsForNutrition if you create any of our recipes; we’d love to see your photos!

Meet the recipe contributors

From left to right: Dr Chau Tran, Dr Heleen Roex, Fuchsia Goldsmith, Dr Adrian Griscti and Jenny Cameron. Find their full bios here.

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