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Last minute holiday recipes for the frantic cook

You have your holiday menu planned. But of course, you get a call from one of your guests mentioning some sort of dietary need of their plus one. Before you start to wonder why you allowed plus ones and end up serving them a boiled potato, here are a few quick recipes that may help.

Vegan Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes
By now you’ve probably caught onto the hype (Thank you, Trader Joe’s) of the year’s staple vegetable, and it’s the key ingredient for this recipe. I made this recipe over Thanksgiving and managed to convince my whole family (who abhors dairy alternatives) to try it and they loved it! My father is someone who can’t stand eating any sort of vegetable to the point of picking the bits of cilantro off his rice at Mexican restaurants. But he couldn’t even tell. Win!

Vegan Green Bean Casserole
This is my personal favorite holiday dish. But this year, I decided to try something more homemade than the traditional Campbell’s soup route of things. It is a lot simpler than you’d expect to create this creamy dish from scratch. And without the heavy cream involved, I did not feel one ounce of guilt finishing the pan — with room for dessert!

Black Bean Brownies
Alright, relax your eyebrows. Using beans in your baked goods isn’t that odd of a thing if you have ever had sweet red bean paste buns at dim sum, right? I’ve made this recipe and the only way I could tell there were beans in there is because well, I made them. These are vegan, gluten-free, and guilt free goooood. The original recipe is classic, but Minimalistbaker also has a peppermint version.

Magic Mousse
Surely you can whip this one up, at least. It involves only three ingredients and can show that you care! This simple one is handy to keep in your arsenal throughout the year for other soirĂ©es (or midnight cravings) - add any sort of topping or garnish and you’re good to go!