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Holiday Menu-Planning

Holiday Menu-Planning

Some holiday dinners are deeply rooted in family traditions, but mixing it up a little and introducing family and friends to new recipes is a great way to start new traditions! This lineup of foolproof holiday recipes takes the stress out of planning the menu so you can focus on what's important... connecting with the people that matter most over a delicious spread! 


*A lot of us want to indulge on the holidays but still feel good about our choices, so we created some healthier twists on classic recipes that give you all of the flavor and only a fraction of the guilt. But don’t worry, we included some indulgent recipes, too!


Expecting guests with special dietary needs? We’ve marked them all to make menu planning easier than ever! 

VG: vegetarian

V: vegan

VF: vegan friendly (can easily be made vegan)

GF: gluten free

NF: nut free

Vegan Mashed Potatoes with Tahini Gravy  Tahini Cornbread Stuffing  Tahini Creamed Corn Casserole

Appetizers

Whipped Tahini Feta Toast - VG, NF, GF(when served with gluten free crackers)

As your guests arrive, give them a taste of the incredible meal that’s about to be served. This whipped tahini feta toast has only 4 ingredients and pairs perfectly with seedy crackers or as a dip with fruits and veggies. It keeps in the fridge so you can make it the night before. 


Pumpkin Tahini Hummus V, GF, NF

Need a snack while watching the game or while the main course is still roasting in the oven? Get the party started with Pumpkin Tahini Hummus! This dip is made with white cannellini beans instead of chickpeas so the pumpkin flavor can shine. 


Soups & Salads

Autumn Harvest Salad with Maple Tahini Dressing V, GF, NF

Adding roasted vegetables to a salad is the perfect way to celebrate fall flavors. Drizzled generously with maple tahini dressing, this vegan and paleo salad gets your holiday meal started on the right note.


Tahini Butternut Squash Soup V, GF, NF

Think fall: hot drinks, spiced foods, cozy sweaters, and colorful leaves. This vegan soup captures the essence of the cooler months with every spoonful. Top it with pumpkin seeds for some seasonal fun and added texture.


Spiced Carrot Tahini Soup V(use veggie broth), NF

This elevated carrot soup requires minimum effort and pays off big! Full of warm, seasonal flavors with an acidic sauce for a delicate balance of flavor, this recipe is a must during the winter holidays.


Creamy Vegan Cauliflower Soup V, GF, NF

Opt for a healthier starter so you can enjoy all of the sides and desserts that your heart desires.Your guests will never guess this luxuriously creamy soup is 100% plant-based! tahini adds body and richness in place of butter or heavy cream, creating an ultra-savory soup your guests will love.


Sides 

Tahini Cornbread Stuffing VG, NF

The holidays aren’t complete without stuffing! Tahini Cornbread Stuffing is a unique take on your run-of-the-mill stuffing. It’s filled with holiday classics, but the addition of tahini adds a nuttiness we never knew we were missing!

 

Vegan Tahini Mac & “Cheese” V, NF, GF(use gluten free pasta)

What's a more classic dish than Mac & Cheese? This super rich, creamy version brings everything we love about the traditional recipe without all of the cholesterol-laden dairy. 

 

Mashed Potatoes with Tahini Gravy V, GF

Impress everyone with this rich, creamy, plant-based gravy. Pour it all over silky-smooth mashed potatoes (of course!), entrees, veggies... just about anything!

Creamed Corn Casserole VG, NF 

You won’t believe how creamy and flavorful this casserole is without the extra cream or excess butter in traditional casseroles. It’s perfect for a holiday dinner or on its own served with biscuits! 


Sweet Potato Casserole VG, GF(use gluten free oats)

This recipe is everything we want out of a sweet potato casserole... sweet, crunchy, and filled with fall spices. And get this… our version is healthier than the classic casserole and can even be made vegan!


Roasted Carrots with Maple Tahini Dressing VG, GF

Nothing says fall quite like roasted root veggies. Not much can compare to caramelized, roasted carrots drizzled with a nutty maple tahini sauce. It’s pretty much side dish perfection! 


Crispy Air Fried Brussels Sprouts with a Sweet Lime Tahini Sauce V, GF, NF

Remember when Brussels Sprouts were the only thing leftover after dinner? Thank goodness those days are over! Crispy Air Fried Brussels Sprouts with Sweet Lime Tahini Sauce will make you wonder why these little round powerhouses weren’t always a favorite! 


Roasted Cauliflower With Harissa Tahini Sauce V, GF, NF

Spice up your traditional side dishes with this roasted cauliflower recipe. The vibrant, herb-filled sauce gets its kick from harissa – a warm, spicy, North African condiment filled with a blend of chiles, garlic, oil, and acid. It even makes a great drizzle or dip, especially for topping off your Whipped Feta toast appetizer!

 

Roasted Butternut Squash With Orange Tahini V, GF

The Roasted Butternut Squash with Orange Tahini, Walnuts, and Za’atar fromThe Tahini Table has a rustic sophistication that will be a show-stopper on your holiday table. The bright citrus tahini sauce and sprinkle of freshly toasted nuts and herbs finish the dish with flavors and textures that will make your mouth smile.


Desserts

Pumpkin Bread 

You can’t go wrong with pumpkin anything during the holiday season! Our pumpkin bread  is rich, dense and flavorful, and gets topped with a spiced cream cheese glaze. Talk about the perfect way to end your family gathering!


Pumpkin Pie VG, NF 

Forget store-bought, with just a few simple ingredients you can be enjoying a dreamy pumpkin pie that’s healthier and even more delicious than traditional pies! Make it the night before and chill it in the fridge for a spectacular holiday dessert! 


Chocolate Tahini Pecan Pie VG

The whole crew will be singing your praises when you place this gorgeous pie in the center of the table. The bittersweet chocolate, toasted pecans, and custardy filling combine all the best flavors of the season.


Pumpkin Tahini Cheesecake Bites VG, GF

Luckily, you’ll never have to choose between a pumpkin pie or cheesecake again! Pumpkin Tahini Cheesecake Bites are creamy and light, just like you’d expect any good cheesecake to be, and they have less sugar and include healthier fats like tahini and Greek yogurt. (Yep, that’s a valid excuse to have a second serving!)


Tahini Apple Crumble V, NF, GF(use gluten free oats) 

If we had to choose one dessert to make every day during this fall, we’d pick this scrumptious Tahini Apple Crumble! With just six ingredients, this fruit-filled dessert is a cinch to make and even easier to eat! Pro tip: whip up a double batch and enjoy a serving (or two) for breakfast. 


Vanilla Bean Cheesecake VG, NF

Think of your favorite, perfectly creamy, not too rich piece of cheesecake. We made it even better with the addition of nutty, sweetVanilla Bean Tahini! This cheesecake is completely foolproof, made with a buttery graham cracker crust, and a light, silky filling. 


Salted Dark Chocolate Tahini Brownie Cookies VG, NF

Trust us when we say the holidays are better with Salted Dark Chocolate Tahini Brownie Cookies. These cookies combine two of the most beloved sweet treats (brownies and cookies) for an ultra-fudgy, decadent dessert that completes any gathering.


Tahini Sugar Cookies

Golden sesame cookies fromThe Tahini Table are packed with a rich, earthy flavor and a mellow buttery finish. These cookies are simple to make and would be great to make in advance with the kiddos. Make a double or triple batch and send your guests home with a little gift! (Hold onto this recipe for the December holidays. They’re perfect for decorating!) 

Drinks

Creamy Coffee Cocktail 

Creamy coffee cocktails are popular for a reason - they’re approachable, tasty, and the alcohol is hard to detect (wait, is that a good thing?). If your guests are fans of coffee, serve up our version of this classic beverage. The recipe contains a touch of Vanilla Tahini, adding a sweet, nostalgic note to this luscious, creamy cocktail.


Vanilla Bean Tahini Spiced Cafe au LaitV, GF, NF

A nap might be tempting after an incredible feast, but this Vanilla Bean Tahini Spiced Cafe au Lait will keep the conversation going. This cozy drink gets its subtle sweetness and mellow nuttiness fromVanilla Bean Tahini


Chocolate Tahini Hot Cocoa V(use non-dairy milk), GF, NF

Who doesn’t enjoy a cup of rich, slightly bitter Hot Cocoa? Whether you’re cuddling up on the couch during a snowstorm or looking for a non-alcoholic option that still gets guests excited, this is the recipe for you! Customize to your and your guests’ chocolate preferences by adjusting the amount ofChocolate Tahini and topping with marshmallows, whipped cream, or more Chocolate Tahini! 

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