A Healthy and Delicious Vegan Christmas Dinner
If you’re looking for vegan Christmas recipes, then you’ve come to the right place! This article will help you celebrate a “Vegan Christmas” by eating healthier and enjoying food you can feel good about putting in your mouth. There’s no need to feel deprived when it comes to eating delicious vegan food. Just follow this simple vegan holiday guide and you’ll find plenty of festive treats to enjoy:
A vegan Christmas feast doesn’t have to be bland. There are many delicious vegan Christmas recipes that will put a smile on your face and fill your stomach with nutrient-rich foods. A great way to kick off your festive table is with a hearty vegetarian mushroom gravy. You can make a vegan version of this all-time traditional Christmas treat by using dried fruit, nuts, or spices and cooking it in a saucepan over a low heat. When done, the resulting gravy will be velvety, smooth, and very rich. To enhance the flavor, consider adding cranberry sauce to add a little bit of sweetness and an aromatic twist to your vegan mushroom gravy.
Another fun idea for vegan Christmas side dishes is to serve your guests vegan side dishes that complement the main meat-based dishes you will be serving. There are so many vegan holiday recipes for side dishes to choose from, such as roasted vegetables, stews with root vegetables, creamy vegetable dips, warm bean dishes, vegetable broths, hearty stews, hearty chili, and much more. It’s important to keep in mind the purpose of your side dishes, though, so you can make sure they’re healthy. For example, a baked potato is a wonderful side dish when paired with a grilled piece of steak. However, a baked potato paired with a sauteed piece of steak may not be the best recipe if you’re trying to lose weight!
Gluten free Christmas recipes and gluten free Christmas side dishes are among the most popular vegetarian Christmas recipes on the market today. Why? That’s because they’re not only healthy, but they’re also fun to prepare and eat. This is because there are so many different types of grains, vegetables, herbs, spices, dips, dressings, meats, cheeses, crackers, cookies, sweets, teas, and desserts out there that can be used in your gluten-free Christmas dinner recipes and side dishes. You have a wide variety of foods to choose from, which makes your Christmas shopping and preparation much easier than just grabbing a traditional Christmas cake from the store.
One of my all time favorite Christmas side dishes is a traditional Christmas pudding made with lentils. Although the old-fashioned English version uses all white wine, which is not a bad thing, there are so many other alternatives for Christmas pudding that you can use vegan if you so desire. My personal favorite is a baked sweet potato with mushroom sauce made from vegan lentil and mushroom powder. I find that having a sweet potato on hand is always handy when it’s time to bake some vegan Christmas pudding, since that’s one of the first foods that my vegan husband tries to eat at our house during the holidays. It really hits the spot, especially when it’s served with some fresh veggie salsa.
Another familiar comfort food that vegetarians enjoy at Christmas time is a familiar white casserole made with vegetable stock, eggs, milk, cream, a touch of pepper, and some black pepper (to give it a touch of sweetness). A quick and easy fix for this classic holiday fare is to replace the milk with soy milk and replace the cream with coconut oil or hemp oil. If you don’t have any black pepper in your spice cabinet, you can add it in a few tablespoons of liquid. You can also substitute red pepper flakes in place of the black pepper and enjoy the hearty yet subtle flavors of the traditional casserole.
Finally, another delicious Christmas menu option is a simple but hearty stew. This is a good option for people who like to cook and tend to have long cooking times, since a well-cooked stew requires just five ingredients and a little preparation time. A sweet potato (which you can bake into a variation of your original recipe) along with carrots, root vegetables, potatoes, onions, and a can of tomato paste makes a wonderful base for adding flavorings like Worcestershire, garlic salt, dried thyme, nutmeg, black pepper, and a dash of black pepper. You can also opt to add chicken (without the skin) and/or pork. My family loves this dish served with cranberry sauce. It’s satisfying and healthy as well!
A vegan Christmas dessert can be as simple as an ice cream recipe made with coconut milk. You can add vanilla extract and other toppings to taste. My family usually goes for cookies or bars. One of my favorites is vegan chocolate chip cookie dough with a drizzle of maple syrup and a sprinkle of cocoa powder. These make a fantastic base for other dessert ingredients, such as vegan butter cream, fruit sauces, or caramels.