Vegetarian/Vegan

Seven Vegan, Holiday Dinner Items to Snag at Trader Joe's

Slaving over a hot stove is all well and good -- if you've got oodles of vacation time and a penchant for forearm burns.

For the rest of us, however, pre-made food and delicious mixes are what get us through the gauntlet of holiday dinners and picky relatives.

To make your life easier this season, here are seven vegan products from Trader Joe's -- all delicious, all hassle-free.

See also: Six Turkey Alternatives for Thanksgiving

7. Gingerbread Cake & Baking Mix

Nothing says holiday season like gingerbread. This festive mix is the perfect way to add a little something spicy to your dessert menu. It's dark, rich and all you need to whip it up is an egg substitute, oil and water.

6. Crescent Rolls

Despite the sign's insistence that they're "buttery" (complete with cow illustration), these rolls are dairy-free. An awesome score, considering its next-to-impossible to find pre-packaged vegan rolls without any animal ingredients.

5. Rice Pilaf

It's always nice when someone else does the cooking for you, and such is the case with

TJ's pre-packaged holiday dishes. Most of them are far from vegan, but the rice pilaf is a safe bet -- and super tasty.

4. Candy Cane Joe-Joes

You can't go wrong with Trader Joe's healthier version of Oreos. Add candy canes to the mix, and it's a Christmas win all the way around. Maybe buy a whole bunch of boxes before they disappear.

3. Soy Creamy Dessert

With a houseful of hungry relatives, ice cream is a must. And TJ's Soy Creamy is a dairy-free option that'll please vegans and omnivores alike (particularly if plopped atop a slice of gingerbread cake). YUM.

2. Jalapeño Cranberry Sauce

Cranberry sauce is a quintessential holiday side, but instead of the same-old, same-old stuff from a can, opt for TJ's spicy jalapeño variety. It's saucy, it's sweet, it's something special.

1. Turkey-less Stuffed Roast

The end-all, be-all of vegan dinner dishes, the turkey-less roast is your answer to an entree. It comes complete with stuffing and gravy, and is one of the best meat alternatives on the market, hands down.

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Hannah Sentenac covers veg food, drink, pop culture, travel, and animal advocacy issues. In addition to the Miami New Times, she's written for Live Happy magazine, Paste magazine, Thive magazine, and MindBodyGreen.com. Hannah is also editor-in-chief of LatestVeganNews.com.
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