36 Vegan Christmas Dinner Recipes – Best Ideas for Vegan Christmas Dinner – GoodHousekeeping.com

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There are countless ideas for exciting entrées, tasty side dishes and super sweet dessert finishes.
A lavish Christmas feast isn’t always associated with a plant-based vegan menu, but the crossover is definitely there for holiday guests who may be vegan or dairy-adverse — or those who simply prefer a lighter meal. Traditional meals at Christmas may call for heavy hitters like roasted ham, cheesy casseroles and creamy desserts; you’d be surprised, however, at how many vegan recipes can stand up to these expectations without any meat or dairy whatsoever.
Many of the best vegan Christmas dinner ideas are anchored on fresh winter fruits and vegetables, including bright citrus clementines and grapefruit, sweet potatoes and savory winter squash, and crisp apples and pears folded into naturally sweet desserts. Many of these hearty December staples can be subbed in for one, a couple, or all of your guests, especially if you lean into flavorful veg-forward sides that vegans will be surprised to see on your dinner table.

Rather than force your guests to rely on a plate of mixed greens and roasted potatoes, double up on a myriad of impressive small plates, from cauliflower alfredo to a cashew-based creamy green bean casserole. Make room at your table for showstopping mains like vegan shepherd’s pie, pot pie, meatloaf and faux meatballs, among gluten-free desserts like chocolate ganache tarts and vegan apple cake. These seasonal dishes are so decadent that even non-vegans will be lining up for seconds — see for yourself.

Before you dig into the mains, start your dinner with a zesty salad that’s as colorful as the Christmas décor.
Get the recipe for Garden Greens with Pumpernickel Panzanella »

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Since the weather outside is frightful, make this hearty stew to warm up your Christmas dinner guests. Good news for you: It can be made in just 35 minutes.
Get the recipe for Pressure Cooker Winter Squash and Lentil Stew »
No one will miss the sirloin once they get a taste of this flavor-packed veggie alternative.

Get the recipe for Chimichurri Cauliflower Steak »

Almond flour and oat milk do all the heavy lifting in this baked cake that all of your guests will love. And apple cider adds a zest to the fluffy frosting they won’t forget!
Get the recipe for Vegan Apple Cake »
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Smother these sprouts with soy sauce and brown sugar for a salty yet sweet bite.
Get the recipe for Roasted Sweet and Sour Brussels Sprouts »
Incorporate Bartlett pears into this savory side for a boost of sweetness.
Get the recipe for Roasted Sweet Potato, Pear, and Onion »
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This dish, which loosely resembles the ribbons on your gift wrap, celebrates one of winter’s most celebrated vegetables: asparagus.
Get the recipe for Tahini Lemon Quinoa with Asparagus Ribbons »
It can be served as a side or as a show-stopping entrée, but everyone will love the addition of tender noodles to your Christmas spread.
Get the recipe for Cauliflower Alfredo »
Give roasted carrots a festive twist by covering ’em with bold spices and homemade granola. (Psst, you can even use the granola for breakfast the morning after.)
Get the recipe for Roasted Carrots with Cumin-Thyme Granola »
Get the best of both worlds with this veggie-loaded side dish, seasoned with a sweet and spicy blend of cinnamon and pepper.
Get the recipe at Woman’s Day »
Enter a perfect way to convince kids to eat their veggies. This garlicky pasta dish is packed with nutrients without compromising on rich, creamy flavor.
Get the recipe for Vegan Creamy Linguine with Wild Mushrooms »
To end your holiday on a sweet note, serve this fruit and dark chocolate tart.
Get the recipe for Gluten-free Chocolate Ganache Tart »
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Sometimes, the simplest approach is what you’re looking for — and these dark-brown-sugar-spiced cookies are your answer.
Get the recipe for Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies »
A mixture of winter veggies and enriching spices makes this soup truly good for the soul (and a must for a chilly Christmas night).
Get the recipe for Smoky Vegan Black Bean Soup »
It’s a sweet ending to a meal that also makes for a wonderful gift for your guests to take home with them.
Get the recipe for Vegan Chocolate Truffles »
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Baked in muffin tins, these hefty nuggets get their meat-like texture from a blend of mushrooms, lentils and walnuts.
Get the recipe from Dishing Out Health »
Swapping out ground beef for lentils and tender mushrooms, this Shepherd’s Pie is vegan but retains the classic top layer of browned and crisped mashed potatoes we all love.
Get the recipe from Jessica in the Kitchen »
Throw all of your favorite Christmas sides — sweet potato, cauliflower, and greens — into a one easy dish.
Get the recipe from Country Living »
Make even the most basic veggies a fit for the most festive occasion of the year by turning them into pretty spirals. (FYI, you can do this with any veggie of your choice.)
Get the recipe from Woman’s Day »
Seven simple plant-based ingredients are all you need to create a vibrantly delicious side that a vegan dieter will die for.
Get the recipe from Prevention »
Avocado is the perfect sub for dollops of mayo or sour cream in this ultimately pleasing salad dressing for the greens on your table. A bonus? The silky-smooth profile is so gorgeous!
Get the recipe for Vegan Green Goddess Dressing »
With this recipe, vegans don’t have to miss out on a comforting and delicious plate of macaroni and cheese this Christmas. Even non-vegans will sneak a taste of the panko breadcrumbs on top.
Get the recipe at Delish »
Nothing says comfort like a bowl of this rich, flavorful tomato soup. Go beyond the canned stuff with a made-from-scratch gazpacho.
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To Christmas-ify this Asian-inspired dish, swap roasted chestnuts for roasted peanuts.
Get the recipe at Country Living »
Olive oil and almond milk make for a surprisingly delicious creamy base for these snappy green beans.
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As bright in flavor as it is visually, this cozy soup is peppered with fresh lemon and a bright pinch of harissa among other spices.
Get the recipe from Dishing Out Health »
One way to get the party started? Serve a plate of crispy potatoes and a few bowls (you’ll need ’em) of this dairy-free cheese sauce for dipping.
Get the recipe for Crispy Potatoes with Vegan Nacho Sauce »
If you think pumpkin is reserved for Thanksgiving, think again. Incorporate your fall leftovers into this Christmas-appropriate soup, which is topped with a homemade spice shake.
Get the recipe at Country Living »
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Bring the nostalgia of Christmases past to life with this meatloaf, made out of chickpeas and a variety of veggies.
Get the recipe at Delish »
These individual-sized pies aren’t as labor-intensive as a traditional pot pie — they’re ready in just under an hour!
Get the recipe from Jessica in the Kitchen »


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