The recipes I have compiled below are my Top 10 favourite vegetarian recipes, from around the Internet, to try this Christmas. The list includes vegan, plant-based, vegetarian, gluten-free and pescetarian recipes, all ideal for an impressive Christmas feast.
Since this will be my first Christmas as a pescetarian, I had to challenge myself to find new recipes, as our Christmas menu used to be very much meat-based in the past. The great thing this year is that my husband recently converted to vegetarianism, so I’m aiming for one dish to suit all. As for the kids – they are not vegetarians, they are just very picky, so the challenge is on!
To make it even more challenging, we are having my sister-in-law for Christmas this year and she loves meat. Thus, I wanted my chosen Christmas menu to be exciting and impressive, even to a classic carnivore. The recipes featured in this article are all hearty and delicious, and would definitely meet our expectations for a great Christmas feast. The list includes appetisers/starters, salads and mains.
My top favourite is obviously #1 and I am definitely going to make it for our family’s Christmas day lunch. I will probably end up making all of the rest as well – some for Christmas Eve and some for Boxing Day. Keep reading to find out which recipes I have chosen for each day 🙂
Let me know in the comments below, if any of the recipes in this list have inspired you and especially if you decide to try them.
Roasted Brussels and Butternut Squash with Pecans and Cranberries by Julia’s Album
This is a delicious dish, that could be a side, or it could be on it’s own. It’s gluten-free and plant-based. The combination of vegetables and nuts works really well and this is one of the recipes where I find Brussels to actually taste good. With total prep time of about 40 to 50 min and mainly inexpensive ingredients, this dish is a perfect addition to a budget Christmas menu.
You would need Brussels sprouts, butternut squash, pecans, cinnamon and maple syrup. It is a nutrient rich dish and it totals 508 calories per serving.
I will definitely have these roasted Brussels on my table for our Christmas Eve dinner. I think they will go well as a side to #7.
Red Pepper and Goat’s Cheese Bites by Deena Kakaya
I love these crispy bites. They make a great starter for a fancy dinner and will be a perfect addition to our Christmas Day Lunch. You will need potatoes, goat’s cheese, roasted red peppers, eggs and few other things, so please have a look at the recipe…
The bites come out crispy golden and mild enough, but if you don’t like spicy food, you can just leave the chilli flakes out (did I mentioned there is chilli in?). If you can’t find this particular brand roasted peppers, like me, just substitute with another brand, or if you feel adventurous you could try making your own fire roasted peppers in the oven.
The recipe is obviously unsuitable for vegans, but it would suit vegetarians who consume dairy products.
Christmas Tree Salad by Healthy, Happy Life
This salad looks like an actual Christmas tree – such a great idea. It features more fruit that vegetables but it works out pretty well taste-wise. You will need Swiss chard, pomegranate seeds, grapes, oranges, apple and pecans. The recipe features a sweet and slightly punchy dressing.
I think this will make a fancy Christmas Eve starter, or you could try to make individual mini Christmas tree salads. This recipe is a good choice if you are aiming for impressive photographs of the Christmas table.
Orange Pomegranate Salmon by Taste of Home
I love salmon for Christmas! This recipe combines oranges, dill and pomegranate seeds to add to the flavour of the fish – it works really well! Instead of fresh, I used dried dill, as I hate how quickly the fresh one goes off.
This salmon recipe will definitely make it’s way to our Christmas Eve table. It takes about 40 min to prepare and serves 4.
Vegan Mushroom, Chestnut & Cranberry Tart by Jamie Oliver
Jamie has done it again – another great recipe from Jamie Oliver! This is a great alternative to the conventional Christmas dinner. It is all dairy-free, gluten-free and vegan and the best thing about it is that it could be prepared in advance.
It features carrots, chestnuts, cream cheese (soy-based, but if you are not a vegan, regular cream cheese would also work), wild and chestnut mushrooms, although Jamie says that if you can’t get your hands on wild mushrooms, you could just use more chestnut mushrooms. The recipe extends to a redcurrant gravy and roasted potatoes, so it is one-stop-shop (in my case for Boxing Day dinner).
Mushroom, Lentil & Nut Wellington by Tinned Tomatoes
This is a great vegan twist on the traditional Wellington – who needs beef anymore? It features mushrooms, green lentils and nuts in a crispy golden puff pasty (ready rolled). It yields 6 to 8 servings and it takes about an hour in total, to prepare.
This is a great recipe to have on any Christmas gathering and it will impress even the carnivorous. This one is a great, nutritious alternative for a Boxing day banquet.
Spiced Baked Cauliflower with Spicy Lentils by Lauren Caris
This is a delicious alternative for a very Vegan Christmas. It does need 90 min in total to prepare, but this time is mostly hands-off. With this recipe on your menu, you can enjoy being at the table with family and friends, having some starters or a drink, while the main is looking after itself in the oven.
To prepare this dish, you will need cauliflower, green peppers, black lentils (it works with green lentils as well) and a handful of spices, interestingly including Cocoa powder!
Christmas Soup by The Happy Pear duo
This is a delicious and warming soup and it would be a great starter for the Christmas Eve, or Christmas Day lunch.
This soup is simple, yet impressive combination of some of our favourite winter ingredients – sweet potatoes, parsnips and chestnuts, finished with a handful of dried cranberries. You could use cashews if you can’t find chestnuts. It serves 4 and it takes about half an hour to prepare.
Please note that you will need a handheld blender to make this soup.
Vegan Stuffed Butternut Squash with Cranberry and Juniper Sauce by The Circus Gardener’s Kitchen
This is a gluten-free, vegan recipe and it looks great on the plate. It is relatively easy to make and it could be prepared in advance, requiring only few minutes in the oven, before serving. In addition there is a cranberry sauce recipe that complements the dish perfectly.
You will need butternut squash, carrots, celery, pecans, kale, dried apricots, dried porcini mushrooms, as well as cranberries, maple syrup and juniper berries for the sauce. Delicious!
I am seriously torn between this dish and #1, for our Christmas Day lunch.
Vegan Nut Roast by Thinly Spread
This vegan nut roast looks absolutely stunning, yet it isn’t that hard to make. The recipe is from the Thinly Spread food blog, by Chris Mosler.
The nut roast is made out of 7 layers – butternut squash, beetroot and spinach, sandwiched between 5 layers of walnut, Brazil nut, cashew and almond mixture. After the layers have been built, the dish needs roasting for 45 min, in a 10 inch cake tin.
One of the great things about this recipe is that you can prepare it literally the day before, and it will taste even better. This will save you precious time on the day. It also freezes really well, so there will be no waste!
I actually feel quite excited about having a vegetarian Christmas and even though the bar to impress is quite high for me this year, with the recipes above, I should be able to provide amazing looking and nutritious meals for my family. Wish me luck!