The average person consumes a whopping 6,000 calories for Christmas dinner. That’s about 2 pounds worth of calories in a single meal. If you’re not keen to gain weight you will pledge to lose a week later, here are a couple of great recipes to try out this Christmas. They still have a terrific flavor, but far fewer calories.

These sides are a perfect complement to our Vegan Holiday Turkey Roast. Enjoy!


  • 1 package bread cubes (about 12 slices worth)
  • 5 tablespoons vegan butter
  • ½ onion, diced
  • 2 stalks celery, diced
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced (less if preferred)
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 1½ tablespoon McKay's Chick'n seasoning (or alternative)
  • 1 teaspoon sage
  • ½ teaspoon thyme
  • ⅓ cup vegan butter
  • ⅓ cup flour
  • 1 tablespoon McKay's beef seasoning (or alternative)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup soy milk (plain)


  • Melt the vegan butter in a pot on medium heat. Add onions, celery, and garlic to the pot and saute until the vegetables are tender and the onions are clear.
  • In a bowl, whisk the vegetable broth, chicken seasoning, sage and thyme together. Pour this mixture into the pot and bring the entire mixture to a boil.
  • Once boiling, add the bread cubes to the mixture and mix until they are all well coated.
  • After that, turn off the burner and cover the mixture for 5-10 minutes.
  • Fluff the stuffing with a fork and serve.
  • GRAVY:
  • Starting with a pan on medium-low heat, melt the vegan butter and add the flour while stirring constantly with a whisk to avoid clumps.
  • Add one cup of water and one cup of soy milk and bring to a boil. Continue stirring the gravy constantly with the whisk.
  • While waiting for the gravy to come to a boil, add in all of the dry ingredients and continue stirring.
  • As the mixture heats it will start to thicken. Once it comes to a boil it should be the consistency of gravy. At this point discontinue heating and serve.

About the Author

Kylee Melo, RD

is a registered dietitian who enjoys running and vegan cooking. Be sure to check out her blog: Veganrunningdietitian

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