I have to be honest – I don’t really know what people usually eat on Christmas Day. Growing up, we usually ate the same dishes on Christmas that we had Thanksgiving, and I still pretty much cook the same foods for both holidays. They are some of my favorite dishes that I only make for special occasions, making these meals extra special. Here’s a list of some of my favorite recipes for a very merry vegan Christmas.
20 Recipes for a Very Merry Vegan Christmas
Tofu Fritatta – Start your day out with a frittata. This dish can be made the night before and refrigerated. When you wake up on Christmas morning you can pop it in the oven and it’ll be ready after everyone has opened their presents.
Tomato Tartlets – These little tarts make a great snack or appetizer. They’re also the perfect dish to take along to a potluck.
Stuffed Mushrooms – The holidays just aren’t the holidays for me without stuffed mushrooms. Like the Tomato Tartlets, they make a great snack or appetizer and are also perfect for a potluck.
Vegan BBQ Chik’n Taquitos – Easy to prepare taquitos are sure to be the star of your next party!
Vegan Cheese & Zucchini Pinwheels – These raw pinwheels are the are the perfect appetizer for Thanksgiving, Christmas, or New Year’s Eve parties.
Roasted Beet and Citrus Salad – People tend to over-indulge on heavy foods and sweets holidays, so it’s important to make sure you get your greens. This salad can be served as a light meal, or a starter to the main meal.
Green Bean Casserole – Green bean casseroles and holidays go together like peanut butter and jelly. I’ve had friends tell me that this vegan version is the best they’ve ever tasted!
Hasselback Potatoes – These tasty potatoes are delicious side dish for your holiday meal.
Scalloped Potatoes – Move over, mashed potatoes, Vegan Scalloped Potatoes are a perfect side dish for holiday feasts!
Vegan Kale and Potatoes Au Gratin – Thinly sliced potatoes, kale, and dairy-free cheese sauce come together deliciously in this ultimate side dish.
Creamed Kale – I made this dish at an (omnivore) in-store cooking demo a few years and people were blown away by it. One women told me that she hated kale but she’d gladly eat this every day. This dish comes together quickly and you might want to double the recipe because it will disappear pretty quickly.
Festive Garlicky Roasted Vegetables – The red and green colors in this dish makes it the perfect side dish for Christmas dinner! The Lemon Tahini Drizzle will have your guests coming back for second helpings!
Creamed Pearl Onions and Kale – My mom always cooked creamed pearl onions for the holidays, but I never ate them because I hated onions when I was younger. I like them now, so I’ve carried on the tradition with my own recipe, which is sort of a cross between the Creamed Kale and the Green Bean Casserole recipes.
Pan Seared Brussels Sprouts with Caramelized Shallots and Toasted Pistachios – I used to really hate Brussels sprouts, but now I can’t image the holidays without them. I usually just roast them, but I make this pan seared version on special occasions.
Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms – If you prefer larger, heartier mushrooms to smaller stuffed creminis, give these stuffed portobellos a go. They’re a great main dish option.
Stuffed Acorn Squash – This recipe won best main dish in the Virtual Vegan Potluck a few years year, and it is quite tasty if I do say so myself. Your dinner guests will be impressed with stuffed squash as the centerpiece on their plates.
Lentil Loaf with Cashew Gravy – This Lentil Loaf is a great main dish for holiday celebrations! Smother it with lots of cashew gravy for the ultimate in comfort food!
Caramelized Onion and Mushroom Tart – This recipe won best main dish in the Virtual Vegan Potluck last year. It’s makes a great meal anytime of the year, but it’s a perfect main dish option for your vegan Christmas dinner.
Cinnamon-Oatmeal Baked Apples – If you’ve filled up on Christmas dinner, baked apples are a good option for a light dessert.
No-Bake Pumpkin Swirl Cheesecake – Just because Thanksgiving has passed doesn’t mean pumpkin is out of season. This festive cake is a wonderful make-ahead dessert.
No-Bake Mini Vegan Key Lime Cheesecakes – Key Lime Pie, or Mini Key Lime Cheesecakes in this case, might not be the first dessert that comes to mind when you think of Christmas, but it’s a tradition in our house to have it for the holidays, as it’s Dennis’s favorite.
Homemade Vegan Fudge – Made with just 5 ingredients, homemade melt-in-your-mouth Vegan Fudge is the ultimate Christmas confection! It’s perfect for holiday treat boxes.
Chocolate Cream Pie – I used to make a pie made with Cool Whip and chocolate for the holidays with my family. After I went vegan I stopped making it, but I recently figured out how to veganize the recipe, so this dessert is back on the Christmas menu.
Christmas Cocktails – Make the day a little more festive with a Christmas Cosmo or a Candy Cane Martini
Mulled Wine – If you prefer warm drinks on this chilly day, make a pot of mulled wine.
Sparking Orange-Ginger Tea – This sparkling drink is a perfect treat for those who don’t imbibe.
Gingerbread Tea Latte – Warm up with a mug of hot non-dairy Gingerbread Tea Latte on a chilly winter’s day. It’s the perfect drink for the Christmas holiday season.
What’s on your menu this Christmas?