Do this vegan-inspired dish for a brand new twist on a traditional Christmas meal

If you've followed Chef Michael Newman's M&F Thanksgiving recipe, you'll love what he has in store this Christmas. The master baker and star of "MasterChef: Legends" presents these exclusive dishes for all those who keep their macros under control and still want to enjoy a lot of holiday atmosphere. Filled with protein and with less than 250 calories per serving, you don't need to lose sight of your fitness goals this holiday season.

Whether you're vegan or not, these side dishes are great to compliment your Christmas dinner and use fresh ingredients to get you in the Christmas spirit. Acorn squash is considered to be the most nutritious gourd and is rich in folic acid, calcium, magnesium, and potassium. It's also easy to prepare and eat as you don't need to peel it before frying or consuming it. While green beans are a great year-round addition to a warming casserole because they're full of vitamins A, C, and K.

For Michael Newman, the New Jersey native who earned Gordon Ramsay's culinary praise for Fox & # 39; s MasterChef: Legends, Christmas is a time of year when he's happy to let the family take over in perfect sense. “My mother, who is fully Italian, usually takes over the helm during the Christmas holidays,” he says. “However, I enjoy spending time during this time of year helping her in the kitchen because I don't see her or my father that often during the year because they live out of state. But I'm happy to say that my parents moved to New Jersey again this year, which makes it a lot easier to see more of them! "

When it comes to New Years resolutions, Newman, who is also a relationship and lifestyle coach, hopes to continue the growth of this JerseyStyle brand while staying fit and reaching out to others. "My first resolution would be the most obvious and that is to be maintained and even to get fitter," says the chef. “I also have a business resolution, namely to expand our lifestyle brand JerseyStyle with my wife Basia. After all, the most important of all resolutions is to continue to help individuals and, more widely, the world to be a more loving and positive place to live. That is why our JerseyStyle mantra is LOVE + POSITIVITY = SUCCESS! "

The Newman family will also reflect on all of the good things that have happened to them this year by giving back to the community. His family does volunteer work in a local soup kitchen and will also support a nearby table. “We will be very blessed and grateful to be able to help people in need this Christmas, as it is a very difficult time for some,” Newman said. This is the ghost now!

Vegan bean casseroleCourtesy Michael Newman

Traditional bean casserole: veganized

Servings: 3-4

Nutritional values ​​per serving:

  • Cal: 236
  • Protein: 12g
  • Fats: 16g
  • Carbohydrates: 20g


  • 16 ounces. frozen green beans thawed (not canned)
  • 1/2 cup walnuts mixed into walnut crumbs
  • 1/3 cup raw cashew nuts
  • 3/4 cup oat milk
  • 3 tbsp nutritional yeast *
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 cup French fried onions on top

Preparation instructions:

  1. Cover cashew nuts with 1 cup of boiling water and let steep for 1 hour, then drain.
  2. Place defrosted green beans in a mixing bowl.
  3. Put the drained cashew nuts, oat milk, salt, pepper and nutritional yeast in the blender. Blend until smooth.
  4. Mix the cashew cream mixture with the green beans and mix thoroughly.
  5. Spray a 9x7 baking dish with cooking spray and pour the combined mixture into the mold.
  6. Cover the casserole with the ground walnut mixture and the fried onions.
  7. Place in the oven at 375 ° F for 20-25 minutes, or until golden brown.
  8. Take out of the oven and ready to serve. Enjoy!

* Nutritional yeast adds extra protein to most vegan dishes.

Vegan recipe for stuffed acorn squashCourtesy Michael Newman

Baked vegan stuffed acorn squash

For 4-6 servings, depending on the size of the acorn squash

Nutritional values ​​per serving:

  • Cal: 184
  • Protein: 19g
  • Fats: 13g
  • Carbohydrates: 24g


  • 2 small / medium acorn squash
  • 1/2 onion
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 6 tbsp nutritional yeast *
  • 2 Beyond Meat Italian or spicy sausage links
  • 1/2 cup walnuts
  • 1/2 cup craisins
  • 1 cup diced white mushrooms (second highest mushroom for protein)
  • 2 cups of bread for filling or 1 box of spicy herb filling on the stove
  • 1 apple of your choice, cored and peeled
  • 1 1/2 cup vegetable broth

Preparation instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 ° C
  2. Cut the ends of the acorn gourd to prevent it from rolling. Halve the acorn squash, hollow out the middle and place on the baking sheet.
  3. Drizzle some EVOO over it and season with salt and pepper. Place in the oven and partially cook the pumpkin for 15-20 minutes. Take out of the oven and set aside.


  1. Dice the onion, garlic, mushrooms and apples. Put aside.
  2. Put 2 tablespoons of EVOO in a pan with the Beyond Meat sausage and then mash until it is ground.
  3. Cook for 2 minutes and then add the onions, garlic, mushrooms and apples to the Beyond Meat sausage. Season the mixture with salt, pepper, a pinch of nutmeg, and cinnamon, along with 3 tablespoons of nutritional yeast for protein.
  4. While the mixture is cooking, add the vegetable stock to the bread mixture so it becomes soft.
  5. Combine the sausage mixture with the bread filling. Next, add craisins and walnuts to the mixture. Mix well until mixed well, then let cool.
  6. After cooling, fill the acorn gourd with the filling and reduce the oven to 375 ° F, return to the oven and bake for 20-25 minutes, until the filling is golden brown and the acorn gourd is soft to the touch.
  7. Take out of the oven and ready to serve. Enjoy!

* Nutritional yeast adds extra protein to most vegan dishes.

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