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50 Vegetarian Christmas Recipes

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Fa la la la la la la la la la!!!! (Picture me belting this out in my kitchen) You know what time of year it is… it’s the holiday season! I love this time of year because it revolves around food, family, and friends. However, making your holiday dinners vegan can be challenging when everyone thinks of holiday food like turkey, turkey, and more turkey. What I did was go through and compile my 50 favorite vegan Christmas recipes to help make holiday meal planning way easier for you this year.

LET’S START WITH THE STARTERS

Focaccia Bread Recipe

Focaccia Bread Recipe on cutting board

Full of flavor and the perfect fall appetizer or snack. This focaccia bread recipe is so delicious. The best part is you can get creative with the toppings!

No-Bake Vegan Cheesecake with Cranberries & Raspberries

This no-bake vegan cheesecake recipe has a delicious cranberry raspberry center, and is perfect for the holiday season and beyond. It’s easy to whip together and has the creaminess you love in cheesecake, without all the cream cheese. 

Vegan Cream of Mushroom Pot Pies

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The best part of this mushroom pot pie recipe is that even if you aren’t a mushroom fan, you can easily substitute the mushrooms in this recipe for your fav vegetable like broccoli, leeks, or cauliflower. Add in chickpeas, lentils, really you can adapt this recipe to make it your own and switch it up each time you make it.

Plant-Based Cauliflower Soup

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This plant-based cauliflower soup is one of my favourite vegan Christmas recipes. It’s super easy to make, plus it tastes great, and warms my soul.

Easy Holiday Spinach Leek Pie

I have taken my love for my mother’s spanakopita and put my Food By Maria vegan spin on it!

Plant-Based Cheese Ball with Cranberries

This Plant-Based Cheese Ball is a perfect example of an easy appetizer or snack recipe you can make for the whole family (or just for yourself).

Easy Vegan Deviled Eggs

This classic recipe is actually really simple. Literally, all you do is mix all the ingredients in a bowl to combine them and top your cooked potatoes with this yummy “egg” salad mix. 

Asparagus Puff Pastry Bundles

These puff pastry bundles are the perfect appetizer for the upcoming holiday season or just for any time of the year. They combine the salty flavor of feta with delicious, fresh asparagus, and sundried tomatoes. All bundled up in the perfect little puff that you ever did see. 

Whipped Feta with Roasted Garlic, Red Pepper & Chili Olives

This creamy whipped feta recipe is so flavorful with roasted garlic and veggies. It makes the perfect appy for your holiday gathering.

YOUR FAVORITE VEGAN SIDE DISHES

Creamed Corn

Creamed corn recipe in a serving dish on a white countertop.

Nothing says comforting Thanksgiving and holiday food than creamed corn. I love corn, but why make a boring dish of canned corn kernels when you can make a creamy, cheesy, creamed corn recipe. 

Mashed Cauliflower

Mashed potatoes are a staple at this time of year, however, they can be a bit boring, and full of carbs. Sometimes you just want a nice, healthier, spin on a classic dish that you (and your family) can’t live without. This vegan mashed cauliflower recipe is just what you need. It’s delicious, keto-friendly, and vegan.

Asparagus & Sweet Potato Fries

Who would have thought that you could add a healthy spin to the classic French fry that everyone loves? These sweet potatoes and asparagus fries are exactly what you need in your life. They make a great side dish to a burger or sandwich, or an awesome snack to eat on their own. They’re so crispy and delicious.

Maple Butter Roasted Acorn Squash

Roasted acorn squash on a white plate on a cutting board.

A yummy side dish or main course. This roasted squash is so darn delicious. It’s perfect for a warming, comforting Thanksgiving dish.

5-Ingredient Vegan Mashed Cauliflower

A healthy alternative to your classic mashed potatoes. Keto-friendly!

Vegan Gravy

Don’t live through a Thanksgiving dinner without gravy ever again!

Vegan Gluten-Free Stuffing

Another great stuffing recipe. This bad boy is vegan and gluten-free.

Caramelized Onion Garlic Thyme Mashed Potatoes

Is there anything better than smooth and creamy mashed potatoes? What about a plant-based vegan Food By Maria version? That’s right, it’s time to take your mashed potatoes to the next level.

Warm Kale Salad in a Lemony Mustard Thyme Dressing

You’ve probably never heard anyone describe a salad as cozy, but after enjoying this Warm Kale Salad drizzled with a Lemony Mustard Thyme dressing you’ll be adding it to your holiday meal plan.

Crunchy Green Been Casserole

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A warm, comforting casserole perfectly suited for the cozy winter weather we have been experiencing, with a healthy whole grain crunch.

Vegan Potatoes Au Gratin

Vegan Potatoes Au Gratin

Welcome to the party, Vegan Potatoes Au Gratin! This super easy dish is sure to impress your family this year and will probably become a staple long past the holiday season.

Garlic Roasted Brussels Sprouts

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This roasted brussels sprouts recipe is perfect for a side dish, a main dish, or whatever you want. I love brussels sprouts because they’re packed with nutrients and they taste amazing, especially when cooked right.

Brown Butter & Spice Sweet Potato Casserole

Nothing beats a yummy sweet potato casserole. It’s a classic dish that seriously never gets old. Most people have a recipe that has been passed on for generations, and with this recipe, I’ve taken a classic dish and just added an additional kick to it. 

Easy Cranberry Vegan Stuffing 

Many meat-eaters are used to sausage or something similar in their stuffing recipe, but with this easy vegan stuffing, you won’t need any meat to impress them.

Shaved Brussel Sprout Salad

This easy, flavorful shaved brussel sprout salad is the perfect quick lunch. It’ll only take you 20-minutes to prep and you can personalize it with whatever veggies you have on hand.

Zippy Carrots with Horseradish

These baked carrots are loaded with flavor from the garlic, onion, and horseradish with a bit of a crunch from the breadcrumbs.

Stuffing Balls

Delicious stuffing balls take your favorite holiday side dish and turn them into snack-size balls. A great, creative side dish or appetizer.

Roasted Cheesy Cauliflower Squash

This cheesy, delicious stuffed spaghetti squash recipe is comforting and perfect for fall or a holiday dinner.

No-Knead Bread 

This easy 4-ingredient no-knead bread recipe tastes so delicious, will make your home smell amazing while it bakes, and is perfect to eat on its own or as aside.

Amazing & Easy Vegan Biscuits

This easy, delicious recipe for French onion soup-inspired vegan biscuits is my go-to to pair with soups and stews this fall!

Mushroom Gravy 

This creamy gravy is so flavorful and the perfect sauce to pour over your fav veggies or meat substitute. So let me teach you how to make mushroom gravy. You’re going to love it!

Smashed Potato Recipe

This loaded smashed potatoes recipe is seriously your new holiday favorite. It combines potatoes and stuffing into one amazing dish (also perfect to use up thanksgiving leftovers).

Baked Sweet Potato Recipe with Toasted Walnut Crumble

This delicious baked sweet potato recipe is perfect for Thanksgiving or the holiday season. It’ll please the vegetarians in your fam, and everyone else because it’s so darn good!

MAIN DISHES YOU’LL LOVE FOR VEGAN CHRISTMAS RECIPES

Plant-Based Shepherd’s Pie

A traditional British shepherd’s pie is usually the complete opposite of what you’d think a vegan or plant-based dish should be, good thing I like a challenge! This hearty version is super easy to whip up any night of the week and is packed with nutrients and bursting with flavour.

 
The best vegan Christmas recipes
his plant based lentil casserole is a great option to bring to any Christmas dinner. With all the gatherings and eating, this vegan dish will definitely stand out.
 
 
They’re festive. They’re creamy. They’re crispy. They’re perfectly imperfect.  This recipe is fabulous for so many reasons but mostly because it is forgiving AF. Have fun with it, add what you know you like and remove what you know you don’t.
 
 
This recipe is perfect to add to your vegan Christmas recipes. It’s filled with nuts, veggies and goodness which will complete any holiday dinner. Who ever made the rule that you needed to have turkey at a holiday dinner anyway?
 
 
 
This Brown Butter Vegan Meatballs Recipe with Mashed Potatoes is so good and seriously the ultimate comfort food for the fall and winter. 
 
 
 
These Vegan Lasagna Roll-Ups are a unique twist on your typical lasagna. They make lasagna more fun than it already is, plus this recipe is totally plant-based, and your kids and family won’t even notice because it’s so damn delicious. 
 
 
 
This Greek Pastitsio Recipe is one of them. I immediately have visions of my mother or grandmother cooking me this dish almost every week. It was my brother’s favorite meal growing up, and it still might be, to be honest. My mom would make a huge serving of this dish and it still wouldn’t last more than a day or two.
 
 
 
These Brown Butter Vegan Meatballs are complete with a side of creamy mashed potatoes and gravy. The perfect comfort food! (For the potato and gravy recipes, see the body of this post)
 

WHAT’S CHRISTMAS WITHOUT DESSERTS?

Vegan Vanilla Chai Cinnamon Buns

A yummy twist to the classic cinnamon buns. Infused with the warming flavors of chai and vanilla. These are delicious!

Vegan Gingerbread Loaf

Oh the weather outside is frightful, but this vegan gingerbread loaf is so delightful! Okay, picture me singing that in your head while you bake up this amazing Starbucks dupe this holiday season. 

Vegan Ginger Snap Cookies

Hand holding a stack of Vegan Ginger Snap Cookies

Holy moly these cookies are dang delicious! Who doesn’t love vegan ginger snap cookies? They scream Christmas and are so dang flavorful. These cookies are perfect to bake up for the holiday season, or really at anytime of year. 

Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

Cookies from my Chocolate Crinkle Cookie Recipe scattered on white countertop.

This chocolate crinkle cookie recipe will make you drool. It’s so dang delicious, chocolatey, and perfect for your holiday baking.

 
 
Looking for the perfect gooey, chewy, plant-based cookie? What if I told you it’s also super easy and quick to make, with all the ingredients going into one bowl! Well friends, let me introduce you to my one bowl white and dark chocolate chip cranberry cookie.
 
 
 
Okay, I know I’m not the only one that’s a mega-fan of the love affair between chocolate and peanut butter. The combo is just a classic that is always to die for. Any recipe that these two ingredients are in together is guaranteed to be one that satisfies that sweet tooth!
 
 
This chocolate brownie olive oil bundt cake is pure decadence and the perfect vegan indulgence thanks to the Ancient Foods Keros Olive Oil I used.
 
Is it a brownie? Is it a cake? Does it even matter? This chocolate brownie olive oil Bundt cake is pure decadence and the perfect vegan indulgence.
 
 
 
There are certain flavor combinations that just scream Christmas and pecans, coffee, and cranberry are all so comforting to me. This vegan-friendly, easy-to-make Pecan Coffee Cake is all the things you love about Christmas wrapped up in an easy recipe. This may become a go-to in your vegan Christmas Recipes. 
 
 
 
My mouth is watering just preparing myself to tell you all about this delicious vegan cookie recipe that’ll knock your socks off. 
 
 
Nutella cinnamon rolls in a casserole dish with nuts on top
 
These deliciously sweet Nutella cinnamon rolls are sweet, flavorful, and can be whipped up in only 30-minutes.
 
 
 
This warming homemade apple pie is everything you’ve ever loved about apple pie. It’s comforting, will make your house smell like heaven, and is perfect for the holidays.
 
 
 
This super Easy Vegan Chocolate Cake recipe is to die for. Made with healthier alternatives than your traditional cake, and loaded with chocolate, your whole family is going to love this vegan dessert.
What are your plans for the holidays? Share below in the comments!
Donna Loughran

I cut one of your recipes out if a Co-Op magazine to try. Broccoli, spinach & apple salad. I punched holes in it to put in a binder and punched out the amount of broccoli needed. Are you able to supply that please?

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