Vegan Christmas Dinner, Sorted! (Part 1)

By Lora O’Brien, www.eluxemagazine.com
December 10, 2015 Updated: March 12, 2018

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. And if you’re making Christmas dinner, you may fret about what to cook for your vegan relatives.

If you’re going meat-free this festive season, 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. Vegetable Wellington

(eluxemagazine.com)
Vegetable Wellington (eluxemagazine.com)

 

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.

 

2. Bread & ‘Sausage’ Stuffing

(eluxemagazine.com)
Bread & ‘Sausage’ Stuffing (eluxemagazine.com)

 

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.

 

3. Seitan Roulade (Stuffed with Walnuts, Cranberries & Mushrooms)

(eluxemagazine.com)
Seitan Roulade (eluxemagazine.com)

 

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.

 

4. Sumac Tofu Steaks

(eluxemagazine.com)
Sumac Tofu Steaks (eluxemagazine.com)

 

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.

 

5. Tofurkey 

(eluxemagazine.com)
Tofurkey (eluxemagazine.com)

 

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.

 

6. Cranberry & Pistachio Nut Roast

708x946x2SB2BGd3ayiAQ6htQXmShj.jpg.pagespeed.ic.0Bge8eBwd2
Cranberry & Pistachio Nut Roast (eluxemagazine.com)

 

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.

 

7. Vegan Pie with a Cashew Cream Filling

(eluxemagazine.com)
Vegan Pie with a Cashew Cream Filling (eluxemagazine.com)

 

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.

8. Twice Baked Butternut Squash with Cashew Cheese

(eluxemagazine.com)
Twice Baked Butternut Squash with Cashew Cheese (eluxemagazine.com)

 

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.

 

9. Sweet Potato Casserole with Nut Crumble 

(eluxemagazine.com)
Sweet Potato Casserole with Nut Crumble (eluxemagazine.com)

 

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.

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

(eluxemagazine.com)
Vegan Shepherd’s Pie with Parsnip & Potato Mash (eluxemagazine.com)

 

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.

11. Herbed Cauliflower Gratin 

(eluxemagazine.com)
Herbed Cauliflower Gratin (eluxemagazine.com)

 

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.

12. Veggie Tofu Pot-Pie

(eluxemagazine.com)
Veggie Tofu Pot-Pie (eluxemagazine.com)

 

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, eatit!

Get the recipe here.

This article was originally published on eluxemagazine.com. Read the original here.

RECOMMENDED