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Holiday Traditions: Laura Theodore, The Jazzy Vegetarian

PBS is celebrating the holidays by sharing some of the favorite traditions, memories and recipes that make all of our holidays so very important and special. Each day we will highlight a new story from some of your favorite personalities.

Laura Theodore, host of The Jazzy Vegetarian, shares how becoming a vegan has helped her create new holiday traditions.

When I was a young girl I loved the winter holidays. I really looked forward to the traditional menu that my mother and grandmother served every holiday season. I particularly craved the cream and butter based foods like mashed potatoes and sweet potato casserole along with the rich cookies and baked desserts that my grandmother made every year.

This pots de crème is based on a recipe my grandma often made.

When I started serving vegan holiday meals, the subject of serving my meal “sans turkey” was perhaps the biggest challenge. But, throughout the years, I have created many spectacular dishes that I now serve to my guests every year. Everyone inevitably finishes the meal with a big smile and a satisfied appetite. These delicious twists on culinary classics have become a welcome new tradition to pass on to the next generation.

When hosting a festive vegan or vegetarian holiday soirée, I like to focus on timeless dishes like sweet potatoes, winter squash, roast veggies, mashed potatoes, tangy greens, creamy tasting soups and rich, decadent desserts. I am pleased to share just a few of my favorite holiday recipes here! Happy, healthy holidays!

Click here to see the Jazzy Vegetarian’s Vegan Holiday recipes!

Laura Theodore is the Jazzy Vegetarian, which can be seen on many PBS stations. The show focuses on vegan cooking featuring quick and easy recipes and tips that will make adding healthier choices into your everyday lifestyle a breeze!