9 Festive Vegetarian Recipes for Christmas
Christmas has historically leaned towards offering up a rather meat-heavy table spread. In the interest of leaning into more clean, eco-conscious, cruelty-free and ethical eating, we’d like to offer up some delicious meat-free options for your next holiday gathering. That’s not to say that these recipes aren’t indulgent. They’re guaranteed to bring the wow factor to your guests, whether vegan, vegetarian or omnivore!
1- Sticky Date Pudding
A Jamie Oliver recipe, this visual delight puts every other Christmas pudding to shame. Dates, orange zest, vanilla extract, black treacle, brandy, and double cream come together to pack quite the tantalizing mouthful. Get the complete recipe here.
2- Creamy Christmas Stew
This herb-heavy stew by All Things Green blogger Maria Bååth is rich, hearty and fragrant, and sure to please a broad range of taste-buds and preferences. Very easy to make, you’ll feel fabulous serving this recipe as a main-course or side dish, and it’ll warm you up from head to toe. Get the complete recipe here.
3- Pickled Pear, Caramelized Pecan & Stilton Tartlets
Another very simple recipe, offered up by the UK’s Delicious Magazine, these make an impressive appetizer dish that beautifully combines some of the winter season’s favorite flavors. Get the complete recipe here.
4- Vegan Portobello Pot Roast
From the spectacular crew at A Virtual Vegan, this will likely give other pot roasts a bad name. This intensely delicious dish is earthy, savoury, and warming. It cannot disappoint (unless you take issue with fungi), and could easily make its way past the Christmas spread and into your list of winter staples. Get the complete recipe here.
5- Curried Lentil, Parsnip and Apple Soup
Courtesy of BBC’s Good Food Middle East, this curried recipe is simultaneously satisfying, nutritious, and brings some panache to the sometimes overly standard holiday season soup offerings. Delightfully well-balanced in the favour combinations, you could serve this with some thick-cut bread and butter and call it a night. Get the complete recipe here.
6- Bonkers Bread and Butter Panettone Pudding Tart
We’ve given Jamie Oliver a second appearance because, well, he’s Jamie Oliver. And this super easy recipe, brimming with dark chocolate and orange marmalade, would be a crime to overlook. You can’t go wrong serving bread pudding, so get the complete recipe here.
7- Persian Pilaf and Roasted Root Leaves
Good Food Middle East has created recipe lists to impress, and nothing can get our attention like the combination of pistachio nuts, honeyed pomegranate, and harissa tomato sauce. Sometimes fusion can just get silly, and sometimes it knocks your socks off. This knocks your socks off. Get the complete recipe here.
8- Lentil and Sweet Potato Shepherd Pie
Shepherd’s pie is usually an all-around favourite. It’s filling. It’s tasty. It’s comfort food. And yet, you feel accomplished serving it up. This spin on the usual recipe is just as yummy and dense, and it’s actually very nutritious. Kids love it, grown up’s love it, and it’s light on the wallet if you need to ‘fill out’ the dinner offerings with something less extravagant. Get the complete recipe here.
9-Creamy Mushroom Vol-au-Vents
Last but not least, Mr. Oliver impresses again with the quintessential canapé. These creamy mushroom vol-au-vents are achievable even for the most novice baker, and they are a party in your mouth. Get the complete recipe here.
Once you’ve feasted and fed your family and friends, we’d just like to remind you to donate any leftovers that won’t keep to great organizations that will make sure it fills someone’s hunger. Please check our Easy Guide to an Ethical Christmas for some charitable organization suggestions specifically focused on food distribution.
That’s all folks! Is there a mind-numbingly tasty vegetarian or vegan recipe you feel should be added to our Christmas table? If so, let us know in the comments. And if you try any of these recipes, let us know too! We love to know how things turn out, and we love to hear from you.