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I can’t believe Christmas is less than a week away! True to form, I still have to finish my shopping. Fortunately, I have my part of the seasonal menu all planned. I’m in charge of Christmas Eve dinner in the QV house, and I’ve started amassing everything I need for the butternut squash and chestnut bake from Veganomicon.
If you haven’t quite gotten that far, don’t fret. Check out these recipes to make not only Christmas dinner but also the whole day delicious and enjoyable!
Start the day with…
- Gingerbread Oatmeal — Gingerbread for breakfast? You bet! With raisins or currants for sweetness and molasses to give it depth of flavor, this is the perfect way to kick off Christmas morning.
- Date-Sweetened Breakfast Grains with Cinnamon and Orange — If citrus is more your thing, add a few cloves to this breakfast bowl and enjoy a warming seasonal flavor combination.
- Jamtastic Christmas Gingerbread Muffins — Gingerbread spices and Jamtastic’s iconic “Christmas in a jar” combine in a muffin that’s perfect when accompanied by a hot cup of your favorite holiday coffee blend.
Make dinner memorable by serving…
- Polenta Bake with “Cheese” Sauce — Coming from an Italian household, this is the sort of food I remember eating on Christmas. Mushrooms, kale, peppers and carrots pump up the nutrition while the rest of the layers give it a classic “comfort food” feel.
- Roasted Stuffed Winter Squash — Straight out of The Forks Over Knives Plan, this hearty stuffed squash includes wild rice, a ton of veggies and pine nuts.
- Double Cheese Lasagna — Finally, a vegan lasagna with no cheese substitutes! This whole-food adaptation of the classic dish uses macadamia ricotta and cashew cheese sauce. It’s a meal that’s well worth the prep time. Check it out on VegNews.
- Seitan Stuffed with Walnuts, Dried Cranberries and Mushrooms — This slightly complex offering from FatFree Vegan Kitchen features homemade seitan wrapped around a festive holiday stuffing, complete with pictures to show you the right way to roll it out, fill it and get it ready to bake!
- Sweet Potato Lentil Loaf — This hearty loaf from The Full Helping is a favorite of mine. It’s simple to make and contains a combination of healthy proteins and carbs with an earthy/sweet taste that’s sure to please.
Anything from Thanksgiving is also perfectly acceptable to serve on Christmas.
Round it out with…
- Simple Vegan Dinner Rolls — You’ll want to get your hands on one of these flaky dinner rolls from The Minimalist Baker before they all disappear. For an oil-free version, try substituting hot water for the Earth Balance.
- Mushroom Stuffing with Asian Pears and Cranberries — Give your holiday guests a taste of something different with this sourdough stuffing from The True Spoon that incorporates seasonal fruits.
- Baked Cabbage and Apple — Another tasty twist from The Vegan Society, this oven-baked fruit and vegetable combination derives most of its sweetness from apple juice.
- French Peasant Beets — Eat your greens and then some with this simple side that includes both beet greens and Swiss chard. Leave out the cheese or whip up your own cheese sauce to make it vegan!
For a side dish that doesn’t require a recipe, you can roast or mash pretty much any seasonal root vegetable. Some tasty ideas include:
- Classic mashed potatoes
- Mashed potatoes and cauliflower with garlic
- Mashed potatoes and turnips
- Mashed sweet potatoes with cinnamon
- Any mashed winter squash (butternut and kabocha are especially tasty)
- Roasted sweet potatoes, parsnips and beets with sweet spices
To spice things up…
- Cranberry Sauce — With only three ingredients, this quick and healthy sauce from Happy Herbivore blows its canned cousins out of the water.
- Brown Gravy — Another HH offering, this gravy is so simple to make that you’ll wonder why anyone bothers with the animal-based kind.
- Shallot and Shiitake Gravy — Oh My Veggies offers up a slightly more complicated gravy recipe, but if you’re a mushroom gravy fan, it’s well worth trying.
- Savory Holiday Fig Spread — Pungent spices and citrus zest make this unusual spread from SheKnows a welcome addition to the holiday table.
- Vegan Peppermint Drinking Chocolate — The Minimalist Baker hits the nail on the head with this combination of classic seasonal flavors. No fake mixes here-this indulgent beverage is made with an actual chocolate bar!
- “Veggnog” — Cashews plus almond milk equals a rich, vegan-friendly version of one of the most iconic drinks of the season.
- Looking for a different sort of nog? One Green Planet offers six more tasty variations for your holiday feast.
- Warm Wonderful Apple Cider — Reduce the sugar in this spiced cider recipe from SheKnows for an evening treat that will send you off to bed with dreams that are just sweet enough.
And of course, there’s always the classic option of Christmas cookies!
So there you have it: the holliest and jolliest vegan Christmas recipes of the season. Which one do you want to make the most? I’ve got my eye on that double-cheese lasagna…