(VEGETARIAN/VEGAN) With the holidays in full swing, why not consider animal-friendly food options?

Not only is it a great way to spread Christmas compassion to animals, but all of your guests will benefit from a healthy feast.

See below for 11 ways to help you cook up a cruelty-free dinner the animals will be grateful for. — Global Animal

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PETA

Chances are, if you’re hosting a holiday feast this year, you’ll have at least one friend or family member who will be a little flustered by the feathered fowl at the center of the table. For either ethical or health reasons, many people are making the switch to a vegetarian or vegan (vegetarian minus the eggs, dairy products, and other animal products) diet. Although this is all well and good for them (and for turkeys), it can present a definite challenge for their carnivorous hosts.

These delicious recipes will please every palate and make it easier to give up the giblets, giving everyone—including animals—something to be thankful for this holiday season.

In order to avoid ruffling any feathers this holiday season, PETA has dished up these handy tips:

1. Make the holiday stuffing vegetarian-friendly by using vegetable broth instead of a meat-based broth.

2. Great gravy is a cinch with canned Franco-American mushroom gravy or Hain instant vegan gravy, available in traditional brown or “chicken” flavors. Just add water and simmer.

Tofurky is a great turkey substitute for a vegan Christmas meal. Photo credit: Casey Roder

3. Serve any one of these tasty vegan turkeys instead of the traditional fowl.

4. When baking the holiday bread, be sure to use an egg replacer and soy milk in place of eggs and milk.

5. Not sure what to make for hors d’oeuvres? Check out our recipe page and choose from a variety of tasty vegan recipes.

6. Swap the milk and butter with soy milk and margarine for vegan mashed potatoes that everyone will love.

Rice milk and soy milk are great dairy-free milk alternatives.

7. Whip up a vegan dessert using one of our recipes, or if you’re in a pinch, pick up some nondairy ice cream for a quick and delicious dessert.

8. Be sure to have a vegan dressing for the salad; our shopping guide has a list of vegan dressings that can be found at most grocery stores.

9. Forgo the butter this year and use margarine instead. Try Earth Balance, or check out ourshopping guide for more vegan margarines.

10. Save time in the kitchen by having each of your guests bring a vegan dish to share. Our holiday recipe guide has loads of tempting dishes that will satisfy even the pickiest of palates.

11. Still not sure about how to make a vegan cake or what to use in place of gelatin? Our handy substitution guide will answer all your vegan cooking questions.

More PETA: http://www.peta.org/living/vegetarian-living/Celebrate-a-Vegan-Holiday.aspx

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