Vegan Christmas Recipes

Happy Holidays! I hope you're all getting in the spirit, and starting to plan a delicious meal to share with family and friends. I put together some of my favorite vegan Christmas recipes, all of them healthy vegan recipes, too.

I don't get too crazy about making everything super healthy for the holidays, but there's no reason you can't make incredibly delicious and satisfying dishes with healthy whole plant foods.

We're spending Christmas at Phil's parents' house again this year, and I hope we get lots of beautiful snow out in the country.

It's such a cozy place to spend the holiday - a fireplace, a piano, and family and friends coming in and out.

I'm looking forward to relaxing with some hot apple cider, and making and enjoying some delicious meals.

Main Dishes

Sundried Tomato Red Lentil Loaf: With a rich and slightly salty flavor thanks to some sundried tomatoes, this loaf will satisfy everyone at your table.
Shepherd's Pie: Shepherd's pie doesn't need to be made with meat. This one is so tasty and filling, but still easy and healthy.
Lemon Ginger Roasted Vegetable Pie: A light but really flavorful dish that'll look gorgeous once you slice it and get it on everyone's plates.
Spiced Pear And Sweet Potato Casserole: The flavors in this dish get time to come together really nicely by hanging out in the oven for a couple of hours.
Moroccan Chickpea Stew: If you want to make this thick enough to serve on plates instead of bowls, try cutting out the vegetable stock and adding some cooked quinoa.
Moussaka: This is a baked eggplant dish that's topped with a vegan bechamel sauce.

Sides

Mashed Potatoes And Gravy: It's not as hard as you might think to make vegan mashed potatoes and gravy. My dad - the ultimate gravy connoisseur - loves this gravy.
Cranberry-Thyme Stuffing: You can bake this healthy stuffing in the middle of a squash, in potato skins, in a hollowed zucchini - or you can eat this delicious rice dish on its own.
Christmas Salad: Why not have a salad as part of your holiday meal? It can lighten things up, and give some contrast to all the heavy, cooked foods.
Sweet Potato Biscuits: These biscuits are perfect as part of a holiday meal, and incorporate sweet potatoes in a different way than usual.
Fresh Cranberry Sauce: This fresh cranberry sauce recipe is really easy, but full of flavor and so much better than canned cranberry sauce. Vegetarians and vegans need to be careful of the potential for gelatin (from animals' bones) or Jell-o being used in cranberry sauce.
Cranberry Apple Chutney: If you want to get a different flavor to your cranberry sauce, try this chutney with apples, ginger and cinnamon. You can make it a tart sauce, or add a bit more sweetness with some maple syrup.

Desserts

Low Fat Chocolate Gingerbread Pudding: This pudding is the kind of treat you can feel good about while savoring the deliciousness. The base is bananas, and from there you can take it any flavor direction you want.
Chocolate Squash Baked Custard: The base of this amazingly delicious dessert is acorn squash, and I have to say it's the best thing I've ever made with acorn squash. Phil says it tastes like pumpkin pie with chocolate.
Coconut-Mango Ice Cream: Refreshing, delicious, easy and really healthy. The trickiest part will be finding a ripe mango to get in the freezer.
Homemade Chocolate: Make your own chocolate, adding almonds, dried cranberries, orange zest. And put it on the mango ice cream for the ultimate treat.
Gingerbread Cookies: Great for the kids, but no reason the adults can't get in on them too. They pair really nicely with the chocolate pudding up above.
Baked Pears: Sometimes, all you can handle after a huge meal is a little taste of something sweet. Baked pears with flavorful spices might be the perfect ending for you.

Last year, we got to see a Christmas concert put on by Ron And Jenny, Phil's parents. They are 2 of the 4 people in the vocal jazz quartet called 'After Four'. We're going to miss their concert this year, but here's some video of last year.

About Heather

My name is Heather Nicholds. I am a Registered Holistic Nutritionist, Personal Trainer and amateur chef.

I teach you how to live a healthy vegan/vegetarian lifestyle, including how to get proper nutrition, enough protein, vitamin b12 and other minerals.

And of course how to make an amazing variety of simple, fast healthy vegan recipes that taste incredible for you and your family.

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