Gale Tobin on the Best Vegan New Year’s Dish — Gale Tobin

Gale Tobin
3 min readJan 6, 2022

Since New Year is fast approaching, Gale Tobin believes it’s also the best time to talk about a great vegan dish that you can serve together with friends and family.

Now, most people believe that there are only a few vegan dishes that one can serve or cook for the New Year. Gale Tobin disagrees with the notion though; she believes that with a little creativity and effort, even vegan dishes can also make their way into the hearts (and bellies) of every New Year party or celebration.

Why are Vegan Dishes Good for the New Year?

Think about the usual dishes during this holiday season. One can imagine the level of fat, sugar, and salt that goes with every food that is served during Christmas parties. So, Gale Tobin believes that it’s a good idea for your body to detoxify itself from all the extra carbs and fats consumed during those long hours of merrymaking and Yuletide feasting.

And what better way to detoxify one’s body through having an enjoyable meal together with one’s friends and family? The age-old thought of vegan meals not being as palatable compared with meat-based dishes is already an outdated one. Thanks to modern technology, almost every important ingredient used in meat-based dishes now have a vegan alternative!

The Best Vegan Dishes for New Year

So what are the best vegan dishes for New Year celebrations? Well, here are some of the recipes that Gale Tobin recommends. Have a look at each recipe and find the one that’s best for you:

Vegan Baked Thai Chili Cauliflower Bites


For the peanut sauce:

¾ cup canned coconut milk (shaken in the can before measuring)

¼ cup maple syrup

2 tablespoons soy sauce

Juice of ½ lime

1 tablespoon seasoned rice vinegar

1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil

½ cup creamy peanut butter

1 tablespoon chili garlic sauce

½ teaspoon ginger powder

½ teaspoon garlic powder

¼ teaspoon salt

For the cauliflower:

¼ cup dark brown sugar

1 tablespoon chili garlic sauce

1 tablespoon maple syrup

1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil

2 tablespoons soy sauce

¼ teaspoon ginger powder

½ cup panko bread crumbs

¼ cup yellow stone-ground cornmeal

2 tablespoons white sesame seeds, plus more for sprinkling

4 cups cauliflower, cut into small bite-size florets

Cooking spray

2 scallions, thinly sliced

Good for 4 servings. The best vegan dish for people who want to celebrate the New Year with a bang. This spicy vegan dish should keep people awake enough to last the party all the way until the countdown.

Four-Ingredient Vegan Chocolate Chip Oat Milk Banana Ice Cream


2 bananas, cut into 4 chunks, frozen

¼ cup oat milk

¼ teaspoon vanilla extract

¼ cup chocolate chips

Makes for 2 servings. The perfect dessert for that romantic little New Year’s party between lovers. The recipe is also very easy to make, so expect no problems if you’re in a rush for finding the right vegan ice cream recipe for this momentous occasion.

Easy, Crispy Vegan Tofu Popcorn Chicken


1 (16-ounce) block super-firm tofu

For the batter:

⅔ cup flour

⅔ cup vegan milk

¼ teaspoon salt

¼ teaspoon black pepper

For the breading:

½ cup flour

1 tablespoon garlic powder

1 tablespoon onion powder

1 tablespoon paprika

1 teaspoon chili powder

¼ teaspoon salt

¼ teaspoon black pepper

1½ cups canola or vegetable oil, for frying

Black pepper, for garnish

Sliced green onions, for garnish

Makes 4 easy servings. This is the perfect New Year’s dish for guests who enjoy eating chicken pops. Tofu makes a good alternative for chicken meat; in fact, guests won’t be able to tell the difference!

Originally published at on January 6, 2022.



Gale Tobin

Gale Tobin is a creative writer and yoga instructor that thrives through her zest for life. She is a vegan who fights for animal rights and the environment.