10 Vegetarian Dishes for an Alternative Holiday Menu

The holidays are wonderful for so many reasons. There’s time for family, festivities, holiday traditions, and I’m told that some people even like the winter. On top of all those wonderful things to enjoy about this time of year, there’s food. Oh, food! Warm, hearty food is especially important right now, vegetarian or otherwise. It heats our bellies and helps us develop a protective layer of fat for added warmth against the cold, whether we want that or not.

Among the traditions we hold dear during the holidays, food is an important one. We all have that one dish we look forward to every December that only our Uncle could pull off just right. We all anticipate that festive annual dessert that our Grandma never fails to bring with her.

Since I stopped eating meat six years ago, some of my food traditions changed at Christmas. Every year since that lifestyle adjustment my sweet Mom asks me if I have any special requests that she can make for any of our holiday meals. I’m always more than happy with the abundance of meat-less sides we have at our table, but maybe you’re hoping to have a meatless holiday this year as well.

Whether you’re just cutting back on meat, have been a vegetarian all your life, or are just looking for a tasty recipe, here are some scrumptious options for the holiday that will spice up your celebration and might just make it into your yearly food traditions.

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5 Last Minute DIY Gift Ideas

The holidays have been upon us since dinner was finished up on Thanksgiving, but if you celebrate Christmas, then you really need to have your present ducks in a row by now. I certainly don’t, which is why I was inspired to write on this topic of a last-minute DIY gift. At first, I was doing internet searches for just, “last minute gifts” without adding “DIY.” That part came later after reading some of the first results that came up.

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BumbleBar Testimony: Superstar Hiking Snacks!

The other day we received an email from a very lovely customer who wanted to share what activities she fuels with BumbleBar energy. As an avid hiker, Diana (Seattle, WA) appreciates having healthy, whole food, energy packed and portable snacks to sustain her on the trails. Below she describes a day she got through her hike on coffee, water, and a Lushus Lemon BumbleBar.

Diana’s Story

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BumbleBars on Vashon Island

Back in 1995, Liz made the very first BumbleBar and pretty soon afterward, she and Glenn set up shop on Vashon Island near Seattle, producing and distributing bars. One of the stores where BumbleBars were available was a community staple called True Value. It’s since become an Ace Hardware, but current employee Katy Sassara reports that the store hasn’t lost any of its local warmth and still sells BumbleBars!

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It’s always nice to connect with BumbleBar customers and distributors, but hearing from Katy was especially wonderful because she’s both! She reports some of her early memories of the store and the treat it was to visit and buy a BumbleBar.

As Vashon Island and its local Ace Hardware store hold a special place in our hearts, it was wonderful to read the answers Katy provided for some questions we had:

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Tofu Tour: Almond Crusted Tofu Nuggets

Do you love the idea of tofu, but get stuck when trying to plan how to prepare it? Here at BumbleBar, we love plant-based sources of protein, so we wanted to explore some creative tofu recipes to see how many ways we could eat this versatile food. There are so many ways to make tofu, but we started by making Almond Crusted Tofu Nuggets with Lime Avocado Dip and we’re pretty glad we did. Want to make it too? Follow along!

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