Christmas Eve and Day are two of the most magical nights of the year. Depending on your culture, you may have a big fancy dinner on Christmas Eve or your family may wait patiently to celebrate on Christmas Day. Either way, that dinner with family all together at the table is truly special. It’s an opportunity to gather once more before the year ends with those you love the most. And you get to enjoy some delicious food, which is always fun! If you’re cooking for family and friends, or just bringing a dish along to Christmas dinner, we’ve got you covered with this delicious vegan Christmas menu we put together with recipes from the Food Monster App.
We gathered seasonal holiday appetizers, sides, entrees, desserts, and drinks for the perfect vegan Christmas menu!
1. Roasted Cauliflower and Sweet Potato Salad
This Roasted Cauliflower and Sweet Potato Salad by Crazy Vegan Kitchen is full of zesty flavor, thanks to the cumin sumac dressing. Roasted cauliflower and sweet potato are mixed with fresh spinach and pomegranate seeds, then tossed with a dressing made from apple cider vinegar, sumac, and pomegranate molasses. The addition of pomegranate seeds adds a burst of sweetness that complements the roasted vegetables.
2. Roasted Garlic Cheese Fritters
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These Roasted Garlic Cheese Fritters by Florian Nouh are made with just five ingredients made in only three easy steps. Based on chickpeas, these fritters are also grain-free and can be made oil-free on top of being delicious. These are flavorful, easy, tasty, cheesy, hearty, garlicky, and cheesy. Delicious on their own — just serve them with some sauce for dipping. Or, for a full meal, throw them in a salad or in a wrap with plenty of greens. Countless possibilities, more deliciousness just for you.
3. Kale Salad With Farro, Golden Raisins and Walnuts
This Kale Salad With Farro, Golden Raisins and Walnuts by Crissy Cavanaugh is such a simple and filling salad, wow! For a gluten-free version, substitute quinoa for farro. Want a lower-carb version? Omit the farro and add more kale!
4. Colorful Roasted Root Veggies
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This side dish of Colorful Roasted Root Veggies by James Wythe is really quick and simple to prepare. It will add some serious color to your table. You can always get creative and add anything you wish to it.
5. Vegan Shepherd’s Pie
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If you are looking for a plant-based meal that’s hearty and savory and could be either a side or main dish, give this Vegan Shepherd’s Pie by Julie Zimmer a try. Made with green lentils, root vegetables and mushrooms, it’s packed with protein, fibre, iron and other nutrients. The celeriac root, carrots, mushrooms, onion, garlic, juicy plum tomatoes and miso paste mixed with half a cup of beer (or veggie broth) help create a thick lentil mixture with umami-rich flavor. The topping is made of creamy (not sticky) mashed potatoes. Coupled with steamed or cooked vegetables and relish on the side, it’s a complete and delicious meal.
6. Blistered Green Beans with Preserved Lemon and Parsley
These Blistered Green Beans with Preserved Lemon and Parsley by Claire Ragozzino make an amazing side for your holiday meal, or for any meal for that matter! Not your basic boring green beans, with the crispy blistered texture and the pop of flavor from the preserved lemon – this dish is sure to impress any guest!
7. Turkey Roll With Stuffing
Source: Turkey Roll With Stuffing
If meatless holidays have you wishing for a centerpiece dish to carve and serve, look no further. This delectable roast is stuffed with herbed bread and walnuts and is great with with a mushroom gravy to ladle over the roast, mashed potatoes, and any other sides you serve. This Turkey Roll With Stuffing recipe from Plant-Based Meats used a four-cup oval cheesecake pan bought from the Internet for the photo, but you can bake yours in a standard loaf pan. You’ll need to make a bain marie to bake the roast, by placing the pan holding your roast inside of a larger pan and filling the larger pan with hot water to reach 2/3 of the way up the sides of the roast pan. That keeps the “turkey” moist.
8. Whole Roasted Cauliflower
Source: Whole Roasted Cauliflower
9. Pineapple Baked Ham
Source: Pineapple Baked Ham
The Pineapple Baked Ham from Plant-Based Meats, adorned with pineapple rings, is a magazine cover-ready classic. Here, you can stroll down memory lane with a plant-based version, complete with a layer of white “fat” wrapped around it and a sweet, pineapple glaze.
10. Quick and Easy Holiday Chocolate Rounds
These Holiday Chocolate Rounds by Christina Bedetta are so hard-to-resist-delicious that you’ll need make a couple batches in order to actually share them with family! The epitome of simplicity, they have less than 5 ingredients, and only take about 10 minutes to make! With a creamy texture and rich flavor, they will definitely satisfy any and all chocolate lovers in your family! Enjoy!
11. Black Forest Cake Trifle
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This vegan Black Forest Cake Trifle by Kristen Genton is the ultimate chocolate dessert! Perfect for birthdays, holidays, get-togethers, or just any normal night. It’s so good, you won’t be able to get enough (and neither will anyone else). This cake is quite the showstopper!
12. Apple Lasagna
Source: Apple Lasagna
This Apple Lasagna by Gretchen Price is a delicious and sweet take on the classic pasta dish. Cinnamon sugar apples are layered with a cream cheese mousse and topped with vegan toffee and caramel. What more could you ask for? So decadent, cozy, and yummy. It is also really simple to assemble and no-bake! The hardest part about fall and winter is deciding which dessert recipes to make! This apple lasagna is definitely a great place to start.
13. Winter Wonderful Cocktail
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This Winter Wonderful Cocktail by Adam Merrin and Ryan Alvarez is super simple to make and is the perfect drink to get you through the cold winter season! It is full of rich flavor and will leave you feeling warm and toasty!
14. Coquito (Puerto Rican Eggnog)
Source: Coquito (Puerto Rican Eggnog)
Latinos celebrate the season with our own version of egg nog called Coquito, which is just like egg nog except we add a tropical flair to it by using coconut milk as opposed to regular milk. It is absolutely delicious! Try this recipe by Desiree Rodriguez.
15. Mulled Rose Cranberry Pear Cider
Source: Mulled Rose Cranberry Pear Cider
This Mulled Rose Cranberry Pear Cider by Claire Ragozzino is full of flavors that complement each other beautifully and warm you in winter time. You will not believe how simple it is to make! Give it a go!
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