Christmas is a wonderful time to sit around the dinner table with your family as the lights from the Christmas tree shine around you and the children are eager to open presents. However, if you are the one doing all the cooking, it can be stressful deciding what to cook and then spending all day in the kitchen. So we’re going to help you plan ahead. This Christmas, you’ll be prepared to tackle the holiday cooking and baking with joy thanks to these delicious vegan recipes.
We gathered appetizer, entrée, and dessert recipes from our Food Monster App that will be perfect for your Christmas dinner! You can also make some for your holiday work parties and gatherings with friends. Enjoy!
1. Eggplant Bacon Wrapped Asparagus
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Eggplant … bacon?! Yes, it’s real. When prepared properly, eggplant can be wonderfully versatile when it comes to recreating meaty flavors. In Emilie Heck‘s Eggplant Bacon Wrapped Asparagus recipe, it’s seasoned with liquid smoke and brown sugar, wrapped around asparagus, and then baked until it has that crispy bacon crunch factor. These are the perfect finger food for holiday parties.
2. Anchovy-Free Olive Tapenade
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You don’t need fish to make a dish with bright, bold, umami-packed flavors! This 100 percent Anchovy-Free Olive Tapenade by Nora Schlesinger is perfect for spreading on bread and sandwiches, dipping with veggies and crackers, or including as part of a vegan cheese board.
3. ‘Cheesy’ Fried Potato Croquettes
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These ‘Cheesy’ Fried Potato Croquettes by Rosie Newton and Dillon Sivyour are guaranteed to make you friends, impress in-laws, and solve relationship problems – maybe they can’t do all that, but they’re pretty darn good. These homemade croquettes are filled with soft mashed potato, vegan cream cheese, herbs, and spices, coated with a crispy cornmeal, deep-fried coating. It’s a great dish to put out at a party.
4. BBQ Pulled Carrot Rolls
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The best comfort foods are simple and making this appetizer is super-easy and super hands-off, like Melanie Sorrentino‘s BBQ Pulled Carrot Rolls. Shredded carrots are the perfect whole foods based replacement for pulled pork. Drenched in a tangy, sticky barbecue sauce, these pulled carrot rolls are a guaranteed hit.
5. Blooming Onion With Dipping Sauce
Gabrielle St. Claire‘s vegan Blooming Onion With Dipping Sauce is a handful of ingredients, baked, crispy, the sauce is like pure heaven, a much healthier version, great for entertaining, no greasy mess, and perfect for any season! Typically a blooming onion utilizes egg and breadcrumbs, which also have egg, are fried, and have a slight crisp outer edge. In hopes to create a healthier alternative, this version skips the frying, switches up the egg for more a thicker flour coating, and opts for Panko and simply grinds it into a dust to resemble breadcrumbs.
6. Cannelloni With Quinoa Mushroom Stuffing
This version of cannelloni al Forno is just as cheesy and deliciously savory as the original, but it’s completely dairy-free! Florian Nouh‘s Gluten-free Cannelloni With Quinoa Mushroom Stuffing is stuffed with a savory mixture of quinoa, sautéed mushrooms and zucchini, diced tomatoes, and a splash of balsamic vinegar. They’re topped with a layer of tomato sauce followed by a layer of vegan cheese shreds that get stretchy and melty in the oven. If you are looking for a stunning vegan pasta dish, look no further than to these cannelloni.
7. Mediterranean Roasted Vegetable Lasagna With Bechamel Sauce
Jamie Bevia‘s recipe for Mediterranean Roasted Vegetable Lasagna With Bechamel Sauce tastes so sinful, but it really isn’t! It has deep flavors of each and every vegetable, and a super creamy melt in your mouth bechamel sauce. It may seem like a lot of steps or a lot of work, but it is not!
8. Vegetable Rose Tart With Cheesy Sun-Dried Tomato Filling
Kirsten Kaminski‘s Vegetable Rose Tart With Cheesy Sun-Dried Tomato Filling is so pretty and tasty! The oat and sunflower seed crust is deliciously crunchy, the cheesy sun-dried tomato filling is savory and creamy, and together with the fresh vegetable ribbons on top, it makes the perfect dish! It’s great if you want to impress with your cooking skills at Christmas dinner. You can also easily adjust the spices, garlic, and vegetables according to you taste.
9. Santa Fe Roasted Stuffed Peppers With Spicy Cashew Mozzarella
These colorful Santa Fe Roasted Stuffed Peppers With Spicy Cashew Mozzarella by Melissa Huggins are a must-try for all! They’re filled with savory sautéed vegetables like mushrooms and carrots, as well as protein-rich quinoa and black-eyed peas that’ll keep you full. The cashew mozzarella is optional, but its is highly recommended. You won’t believe how easily you can turn cashews into gooey, melty mozzarella. Combine everything together, roast it in the oven, and enjoy a meal that you’ll definitely be coming back to.
10. Quinoa Stuffed Peppers and Plum Tomato Salsa
These nutritious sweet peppers are available year-round and have a mild flavor with a nice crunchy finish. While they make a great accompaniment to dishes, in this recipe we’re bringing this nutrient-rich vegetable to the forefront. Stuffed with a sticky quinoa, Alena Grahn‘s Quinoa Stuffed Peppers and Plum Tomato Salsa make for a bright and healthy meal that will bring a pop of color to your Christmas dinner table.
11. Chocolate Peppermint Crunch Cups
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Rich, crunchy and sweet, Kat Condon‘s Chocolate Peppermint Crunch Cups are full of smooth, peppermint-infused coconut butter! The candy canes are optional, which means that this recipe could easily be enjoyed year round. However, I think the candy canes add the perfect extra “oomph” to these cups and make them perfect for a holiday dessert.
12. Coconut Molasses Ginger Cookies
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Robin Runner‘s Coconut Molasses Ginger Cookies are tender yet crunchy. They’re not overly sweet but packed with ginger and molasses which screams holiday season. These freeze perfectly and make a wonderful cookie to share with friends and family.
13. Fruit Mince Pies
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14. Gingerbread Mince Pies
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Rachel Clarke‘s delicious mini Gingerbread Mince Pies outdo themselves in taste. They’re topped with homemade gingerbread and a sprinkle of confectioners’ sugar to make them look snowy. Be sure to double the batch because it’s guaranteed that people will want seconds!
15. Triple Chocolate Peppermint Bundt Cake
This is the most decadent, righteous chocolate creation, made all that much better with a healthy dose of peppermint–lots of minty extract and a whole load of candy canes. The triple chocolate in Travis Piper‘s Triple Chocolate Peppermint Bundt Cake comes from cocoa powder, dark chips, and ganache.
We hope you are feeling prepared and ecstatic to make these beautiful recipes for the holidays! Make sure to check out our Ultimate Christmas Recipes as well as our list of 30 Main Dishes for Christmas. For more tasty recipes, download our Food Monster App where we have over 15,000 vegan and allergy-friendly recipes. We got you covered for the holidays and beyond!
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