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Your Vegan Christmas Dinner, Sorted! 30 Great Recipes

By Lora O’Brien

Christmas is a joyous time, but with it comes so much stress – there’s the rushing around the department stores, hoping your goddaughter doesn’t already have a Frozen-themed tiara. Then you need to remember to send our cards to your boyfriend’s parents, your niece, your neighbours….and if you’re making Christmas dinner, you may fret about what to cook for your vegan relatives – or, if you’re vegan, you’re probably wondering what you’re going to get to be served if you’re going round to someone else’s house this season!

If you’re going meat-free this holiday, you’ll surely be hoping for something worthy of the word ‘feast’ on the table. Guess what? I’ve got some great news: I’ve scoured the net to find the tastiest, most exciting vegan Christmas dinner recipes on the planet. So whether you’re hosting, taking along a side dish, or nudging your gran in the direction of a full-on vegan friendly dinner this year, this list should provide plenty of inspiration for vegan feasts for years to come.

1. Warming Spice and Veggie Soup

Set the tone for your healthy feast with a aromatic soup. The best part about this one is that it can be easily made ahead and then frozen until you’re ready to reheat on the big day.

Get the recipe here.

2. Broccoli Almond Soup

Prefer a creamier soup? This broccoli broth is rich and tasty! It’s also dead easy to make, but looks rather fancy thanks to the toasted almond garnish.

Get the recipe here.

3. Christmas Wreath Salad

Crunchy pistachios, tangy pomegranate seeds and juicy oranges combine with slightly bitter greens to make this salad great. To make it vegan, substitute the goat cheese with this, and you’re done!

Get the recipe here.

4. Brussel Sprout, Sweet Potato & Tomato Salad

Another great recipe for keeping it healthy this Christmas. Whether you cook this up for a light side during your Christmas dinner or whip it up on Boxing Day with leftover brussels, this warm salad is delicious and nutritious. We know there’s a lot of sprout haters out there, but if you don’t like them you’ve probably been cooking them wrong. Madeleine Shaw shares her secret to making brussels taste delicious: ensure they’re not only cooked through properly, but seasoned well, too. They should be nice and soft, not like the rock hard bullets of displeasure we’ve all suffered through over past Christmas dinners.

Get the recipe here.

 

5. Vegetable Wellington

Christmas usually means a large turkey taking centre stage with lots of trimmings around the edges. Being vegan can sometimes feel like you’ll never eat anything besides a nut loaf at Christmas again, so we think you’ll love this vegetable Wellington. It’s packed full of vegetables, pulses and protein rich cashew nuts. And the best part? This can replace your turkey as the main attraction whilst hosting this holiday season. We’d bet even those who aren’t vegan will be begging for a slice.

Get the recipe here.

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6. Bread & ‘Sausage’ Stuffing

Sometimes, the stuffing is more enticing than the bird. But if you’re vegan, you won’t want something that was cooked inside a corpse. And obviously, sausage is out of the question. This recipe is still 100% vegan and absolutely delicious. If you can’t eat gluten there’s also an alternative to make this gluten-free, so it’s a real winner. It’s packed with festive flavours such as nutmeg, cranberries, sage and so much more. With the combo of bread and vegan sausages, it takes this stuffing from a side dish to one you can even serve up as a main dish!

Get the recipe here.

7. Seitan Roulade with Walnuts, Cranberries & Mushrooms

Not sure how to pronounce this one? Our editor says it’s say-TAN roo-LAD. It sure looks as fancy as it sounds, whilst remaining 100% vegan friendly. It’s essentially rosemary infused stuffing wrapped with wheat gluten around it and baked in the oven. This will have your home smelling delicious, and it can be a dish you proudly serve up to fellow vegans or family members looking to try something other than dry turkey (eww).

Get the recipe here.

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8. Sumac Tofu Steaks

This is a fabulous meat replacement because the thick tofu ‘steak like’ appearance will also give you a hearty, meaty texture that serves as a filling main dish, whilst keeping it vegan this Christmas. The sumac really brings this dish to life giving the steaks their gorgeous colour.

Get the recipe here.

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9. Tofurkey 

Not only is the name of this pure genius, but this is the perfect recipe if you miss your turkey Christmas dinner. It’s very meat-like in it’s appearance, but it has no meat whatsoever. It’s basically tofu stuffed with veggies!

Get the recipe here.

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10. Cranberry & Pistachio Nut Roast

Thank you, Jamie Oliver for creating a nut roast that not only looks presentable but also looks darn tasty. Nut loaf has such a stigma, thanks to nasty ‘instant’ nut loaf mixes from the hippy 60s. But watch faces light up with excitement when they see this on your Christmas menu. More like a savoury upside down cake than your standard nut loaf, this recipe has a mushroom risotto base with a sticky cranberry topping, making it oh so Christmassy and a pretty dish on the table, too.

Get the recipe here.

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11. Vegan Pie with a Cashew Cream Filling

Another great recipe to serve up this Christmas. They’re very simple to make and taste incredible. Inside is a layer of roasted puréed carrot, creamy leek, asparagus and puy lentils combined in a soft cashew sauce. Are you salivating? Because we sure are.

Get the recipe here.

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12. Twice Baked Butternut Squash with Cashew Cheese

If you’ve never tasted the deliciousness that is twice baked potatoes (seriously, SO good) then just know that this recipe is very similar. You cook them, remove the insides and then mash it up with vegan butter or cheese and then bake it again. Seriously, it’s vegan food at its finest. This twice baked butternut is dressed up with all flavours reminding us it’s Christmas; think walnuts, cranberries, cinnamon and nutmeg. It’ll be a real winner this Christmas, and will definitely add some colour to your table.

Get the recipe here.

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13. Sweet Potato Casserole with Nut Crumble 

This may not sound like something you’d usually cook up on Christmas but trust us, it will be a real hit. It’s warming, it’s filling and more than anything it contains essential fats from the coconut oil making this a real contender for keeping healthy during this festive season.

Get the recipe here.

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14. Vegan Shepherd’s Pie with Parsnip & Potato Mash

Christmas food is all about good, hearty food shared with those you love closely. So a vegan shepherd’s pie is the ultimate recipe to whip up and place on the table. Packed full of pulses and vegetables, this pie is traditional British food at its best. And who can resist the crispy potato topping? This won’t last until the end of the meal, we guarantee it.

Get the recipe here.

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15. Herbed Cauliflower Gratin 

Cauliflower is only recently getting the recognition it deserves. Once known at just a bit of sad boiled veg with little flavour, it’s now at the centre of so many wonderful recipes, and this herbed gratin is so exception. Not only is this recipe designed to feed a table of guests, it’s also extremely tasty and a fab addition to have on your dinner table this year.

Get the recipe here.

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16. Veggie Tofu Pot-Pie

This pie takes the art of pies to a whole new level. Seriously. The crust is made with sweet potato, pumpkin seed and biscuit whilst the inside is bursting with carrots, purple onions, sweet potato and so many more flavours! Sure, it’s not the most dietetic dish, but it’s Christmas, darnit!

Get the recipe here.

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17. Caramelized Onion & Kale

Christmas is all about indulgence, but why not do it as healthily as possible? Especially when food can taste this good. This warm caramelized onion and kale is the perfect dipping food to feed your guests. Serve it up with crudités, some gluten-free crackers or blue corn chips (like in the photo) and you have yourself an easy yet very, very satisfying dish.

Get the recipe here.

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18. Salt & Pepper Tofu Triangles 

Bring a bit of geometry to the table with these delicious salt and pepper tofu triangles? With the option of making them slightly cheesy with the addition of nutritional yeast, these will be a real winner on your table this year, or as a side dish when family come to visit. Plus, if you have any left over (but we’re pretty confident you won’t) then you can also throw them into your leftover Christmas wraps the next day.

Get the recipe here.

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19. Stuffed Sweet Potato 

Another twice baked recipe, this time with sweet potato, rosemary and sautéed  balsamic onions. This recipe does call for cheese, but it’s perfectly easy to replicate for a vegan by finding vegan cheeses from brands such as Tofutti. Serve a plate of these up on your table and not only are they going to bring a pop of colour, they’re delicious, too! Definitely a snazzier take on the roast potato.

Get the recipe here.

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20. Maple Roast Parsnips with Pear & Sage

Why not spruce up those parsnips this Christmas and turn a side dish into something altogether a little more exciting? These sweet and sticky parsnips are just brimming with a variation of flavours that not only compliment one another but will taste amazing. It takes mere minutes to prepare, which gives you time to have a sneaky glass of wine. Or two.

Get the recipe here.

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21. Oven Roasted Carrots

These oven roasted carrots take barely any time at all to make and are way tastier than the plate of overboiled carrots you usually find on a Christmas dinner table. Think ‘carrot chips’. Who wouldn’t love that?

Get the recipe here.

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22. Baby Root Salad

Another recipe to add a little life to those bland vegetables this holiday season. When you’re vegan or vegetarian, vegetables make up a huge portion of your plate so it’s vital to vary recipes so you don’t feel like you’re not eating the same old thing again and again and again. This dish has your brussels, some beetroot and onion and it’s all tossed into some walnut oil bringing another punch of flavour to your dish. Not only that, it’s pretty bright and colourful. Perfect for your table.

Get the recipe here.

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23. Cauliflower, Chestnut and Onion Tart

Martha Stewart is the brain behind this treat for the tastebuds. A blue cheese bechamel makes this tart deliciously rich, so you need only a small piece. Vegans can substitute a cashew cheese sauce for the bechamel – we’ve tried it, and it works! It’s a good starter or side dish for a holiday meal, but it works just as well for lunch or a light dinner with a green salad.

Get the recipe here.

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24. Creamy Vegan Mashed Potatoes

Is it even Christmas if there isn’t a steaming plate of creamy mashed potatoes to share? This recipe manages to make the ‘taters super smooth, without a drop of butter or milk.

Get the recipe here.

25. Jamie Oliver’s Vegan Gravy

Mr Oliver is the King of Christmas, having come up with many holiday recipes over the years that have had our mouths watering, and this vegan gravy is no exception. It’s relatively easy to make and it’s got a gorgeous, velvety smooth texture. Poured over mashed potatoes – how could anyone resist?

Get the recipe here.

26. Creamy Kale and Spinach Dip

Hot and ‘cheesy’, this dip goes so well with some homemade crackers or hot bread. It could be served as an appetiser or a side dish.

Get the recipe here.

27. Raw Vegan Chocolate Mousse

No one wants to fuss over a complicated dessert after cooking an entire Christmas dinner, am I right? So thank goodness for this simple, yet deliciously rich, recipe.

Get the recipe here.

28. Peppermint Crinkle Cookies

When the coffee course rolls around, it’s time to get dipping biscuits! And these choco-peppermint cookies go oh-so-well with tea, coffee or hot chocolate.

Get the recipe here.

29. Sticky Toffee Pudding

This is pretty much what every British person really waits for at Christmas – a hot, rich, sticky toffee pudding. Serve these with some cognac for the perfect end to the perfect dinner.

Get the recipe here.

30. Traditional Christmas Pudding

It just wouldn’t be a proper dinner without a traditional Christmas Pudding, but these are normally made with lashings of butter and quite a few eggs. Not so this recipe from the Mouthwatering Vegan! There are plenty of fruits, nuts and spices in this pud, but not a single animal product. Super boozy too!

Get the recipe here.

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3 Comments

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    Lorraine
    Dec 13, 2015 at 11:03 am

    Hi.
    Vegans don’t consume honey – so the Mustard Brussel Sprout Slaw would not be suitable. Either maple syrup, or agave nectar would be great in this recipe. 🙂

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      Chere
      Dec 13, 2015 at 3:07 pm

      Good point! Thanks for the tip, Lorraine!

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