The holidays are the time to bring everyone together, and accommodating everyone’s meal preferences is hard! If you’re coming over to your folks’ house and would like to lessen the worries, bring a little dish or two to share with everyone. Even if you’re making Christmas dinner for one or two at home and are not sure what to make, we’ve got plenty of ideas!
Read on to discover some easy, delicious, and hearty vegan Christmas meal recipes that are worth your while. These are certified good for the soul - you won’t want anything more over this festive season!
Without further ado, let’s check out what’s on the menu this season.
What to Make for a Vegan Christmas Dinner?
1. Tomato Basil Soup and Sourdough Croutons
Have a five-course meal in the comfort of your own home. To start off with, why not try Tomato Basil Soup and Sourdough Croutons? Salty and rich - this soup is a great way to set up your vegan Christmas meal. The ingredients are what you might already have at home or already on your shopping list for Christmas essentials.
At most, it only takes 20 minutes to prep this soup and just 30 minutes to cook. So when you’re setting up your main dishes, you can check on how your soup is cooking from time to time. Once this soup’s ready, you’ll be thanking yourself by making such a hearty and comforting bowl of soup!
Sure, you’re setting up for the holidays, but you can also set yourself up for post-holiday meals if you're expecting to have some left over. Soup can be frozen and kept until you need something tasty and warm to eat. Plus, everyone’s just tired after Christmas - skip the cooking and just heat up some soup!
For the full recipe, check out this page right here: Tomato Basil Soup and Sourdough Croutons
2. Roasted Kabocha Squash With Orange Tahini Sauce
No vegan Christmas dinner is complete without a side of veg! We think this complements the tang and acidity of a salad with the creaminess and saltiness of the main dish. You can utilize some in-season veg as the main components of this dish. So it feels like the perfect way to celebrate the holiday!
When making the Roasted Kabocha Squash With Orange Tahini Sauce, you may notice that you may already have these ingredients in your kitchen already! A lot of these ingredients, especially those you need for seasoning, are staples in almost every vegan kitchen already.
In less than an hour, this recipe can be squared away. 20 minutes of that time is spent roasting the squash so you have ample time to tend to other things.
You can view the whole recipe when you click on this link right here: Roasted Kabocha Squash With Orange Tahini Sauce
3. Sautéed Broccoli Rabe
We’ve got another veg option for you right here. Again, it’s an easy dish that you can prep along with your other meals. All in all, you only need 10 minutes to make this Sautéed Broccoli Rabe!
While you’re expecting delicious, savory meals to be the star of the show, this side brings a little acidity and tang when you add some fresh lemon to it. The ingredients are simple, but this recipe packs all the flavor you could want from a veg side.
Fresh, easy, and oh-so yummy, try this recipe out for size. It can bulk up your meals in no time.
For the full list of ingredients, check out the recipe over here: Sautéed Broccoli Rabe
4. Sweet Potato Hash
How about a little southern flair to your vegan Christmas dinner? This sweet potato hash can be hashed out in 50 minutes at most! A lot of that time is actually spent on prep work. So, if you’re already chopping up other ingredients for other recipes, now’s the time to do it.
The sweet potato hash is one that both adults and kids will enjoy.. The holidays are mostly spent trying to please the grown-ups with the food they like - and we often forget the kids! So when lulling over some Christmas dinner ideas, really consider adding this to the feast.
This recipe we’ll be giving you lists down what you need to do, step by step. If you think you need a little more help, you’re in luck! You’ll find a little video you can watch to make sure everything is cooked nicely.
Head on over to this link to get cooking: Sweet Potato Hash
5. Bucatini with Lentil Bolognese
If you’re still not sure what to make for your vegan Christmas dinner and you’re already pressed for time, we’ve got you. This is the first of three pasta dishes you can consider making!
If the dinner table appears to be filled with foods tailored for the mature palate, then whip up some Plant-Packed Pasta Bolognese. It’s fancy enough for the holiday feast, but familiar enough that the kiddos will surely eat it.
Follow this quick and easy recipe here: Bucatini with Lentil Bolognese
6. Spaghetti Aglio e Olio
We know that the holidays are spent with family and friends. But consider this - What if you’ve got a vegan Christmas dinner date lined up with a budding romance? The restaurants will be packed and overbooked up the wazoo. So, you and your date decide on cooking dinner at home. What will you make?
Simple, sophisticated, and delicious, the Spaghetti Aglio e Olio is a great Christmas dinner idea. You can finish making this in 30 minutes! Once you’ve got this recipe down pat, you won’t be ordering an expensive plate of it in restaurants anymore. At home is where it’s at!
Start making this Italian classic by following the link right here: Spaghetti Aglio e Olio
7. Dairy Free Alfredo Fettuccine Pasta
If there’s any one thing we picked up from the iconic Christmas rom-com, The Holiday, it’s Christmas Fettuccine. At some point, the internet was buzzing with this trend! So, why not try it out for yourself? We’re sure this can be something you and your friends will enjoy during your vegan Christmas dinner.
We know this won’t be the same recipe you can find in the movie, but this is 100% plant-based so we think it’s better! You’ll still get the awesome creaminess and flavors of traditional fettuccine, too. We guarantee that.
How about you make yourself a little Christmas Fettuccine?: Dairy Free Alfredo Fettuccine Pasta
8. Jackfruit Pulled Pork
At this point, you’ve got hash and you’ve got roasted squash. What brings them together? Jackfruit Pulled Pork! It was as if this recipe was made for the holidays (spoiler: it was)!
Though it may sound like it takes great effort to make, it doesn’t! Unlike conventional pulled pork which takes literally hours to make, you only need less than an hour to prep and cook this dish. It’s also quite inexpensive, depending on what jackfruit you opt to use.
This Jackfruit Pulled Pork recipe offers what traditional pulled pork has to offer, but healthier. Tangy bbq taste with a little kick? Flaky, falls-off-the-fork texture? Everything you want or dream vegan pulled pork can be, this delivers.
If you feel like you’ve made more than you should, you certainly don’t need to worry. You can make a leftover sandwich with it so that your family can take some home to eat or use this as a taco filling or nacho topping for future meals and snacks.
For this deliciously tangy recipe, check out the link here: Jackfruit Pulled Pork
9. Baked Plant Based Mac and Cheese
Last but certainly not least… mac and cheese! Big, bold flavors and creamy dreamy texture? Sounds like the best Christmas dinner idea to us. It’s the holidays and you want to go all out and stuff yourself with hearty and satisfying meals. That’s the rule of Christmas feasting!
This Baked Plant Based Mac and Cheese recipe is one that’s made with love. And it shows! You’ll probably need to set a wee bit of time to make it, just 20 minutes to prep and 20 minutes to bake. After that, you’ll have a dish ready to serve 8 people!
You can also add some vegan bacon or any plant-based protein as toppings to make this even richer.
If you’d like to add a little and heart soul to your vegan Christmas dinner, click here: Baked Plant Based Mac and Cheese
Let Your Vegan Christmas Dinner Ideas Come to Life This Season!
We hope that we inspired you with our recipes. We aim to make holiday cooking less stressful for you and your loved ones. These recipes can be doubled and tripled easily if your dinner party is bigger!
Now that you have your recipes, all that’s left now is to say… We hope you have a Merry Christmas!