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Happy Vegan Christmas

Imagine a delightful and compassionate Vegan Christmas. One where you prioritise love for animals and the planet. It’s a time to celebrate with a feast that’s entirely plant-based and cruelty-free. So you can reflect on your values while relishing delicious flavours.

As the holiday season approaches, you might wonder, “How can I create a memorable Christmas dinner that aligns with my beliefs?” Fear not, because we’ve got you covered with some mouthwatering plant-based meal ideas.

For the main course, consider hearty options like nut roast, savoury stuffed mushrooms, or a flavourful lentil shepherd’s pie. These dishes not only fill you up but also burst with festive goodness.

As for the all-important Christmas pudding, indulge in a luscious vegan version made with dried fruits, nuts, and a generous splash of brandy. It’s a sweet treat that will leave everyone craving seconds.

Gather your loved ones around the table, share laughter and joy, and enjoy your vegan Xmas holiday feast together. Embrace the chance to educate and inspire your family about the benefits of a plant-based lifestyle. Show them how compassionate choices can extend beyond the holiday season.

Remember, you don’t have to be the sole vegan at Christmas. Encourage others to join you on this journey, making a collective impact on animals and the environment. So, end the year on a high note and start the new one with a heart full of compassion. Enjoy a plate full of delicious vegan goodness and Cheers to a Merry Vegan Christmas!

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Vegan Christmas Meal Ideas

Here are five delicious and festive vegan plant-based Christmas dinner meal ideas:

  1. Stuffed Acorn Squash: Roast acorn squash halves and fill them with savoury stuffing made with quinoa, cranberries, walnuts, and herbs. This hearty dish will impress with its visual appeal and holiday flavours.

  2. Vegan Wellington: Create a delectable pastry filled with a mixture of mushrooms, lentils, nuts, and herbs. You can serve this as a satisfying centrepiece for your Christmas table.

  3. Maple-Glazed Roasted Vegetables: Roast a medley of seasonal vegetables like carrots, parsnips, Brussels sprouts, and sweet potatoes. Then drizzle them with a delightful maple glaze.

  4. Vegan Mushroom Gravy: Prepare a rich and flavourful gravy by sautéing mushrooms, onions, vegetable broth, and herbs. This luscious addition will complement your main course.

  5. Chocolate Peppermint Tart: End your festive vegan dinner on a sweet note with a decadent chocolate peppermint tart. Create a nutty crust and fill it with creamy chocolate peppermint filling. Then top it off with coconut whipped cream and crushed candy canes.

These plant-based Christmas dinner ideas will satisfy your taste buds and also showcase the variety that a vegan holiday meal can offer. Enjoy a compassionate and delicious Christmas celebration!

Vegan Christmas Roast

Christmas Roast with Savoury Stuffing and Roasted Vegetables

Description: This show-stopping vegan Christmas roast combines a meaty plant-based alternative. It includes delectable stuffing and a medley of roasted vegetables. The centrepiece features a savoury and tender meat substitute surrounded by aromatic and flavourful stuffing made with herbs, nuts, and dried fruits. Served alongside a colourful array of roasted vegetables, this dish embodies the festive spirit. It will delight vegans and non-vegans alike at your Christmas dinner table.

Ingredients:

Vegan Roast:

  • 1 large vegan meat alternative (such as seitan roast, lentil loaf, or store-bought vegan roast)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce or tamari
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Savoury Stuffing:

  • 2 cups bread cubes (use vegan bread of your choice)
  • 1 cup chopped mixed nuts (e.g., walnuts, pecans, almonds)
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries or raisins
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves
  • 1 tablespoon fresh rosemary, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh sage, chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups vegetable broth
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Roasted Vegetables:

  • 1 lb (450g) Brussels sprouts, trimmed and halved
  • 2 large carrots, peeled and cut into sticks
  • 1 large sweet potato, peeled and cut into chunks
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Cooking Method:

  • Preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C).
  • Prepare the vegan roast by placing it in a large baking dish. Mix the olive oil, soy sauce, balsamic vinegar, smoked paprika, garlic powder, salt, and pepper in a small bowl. Pour this marinade over the roast, ensuring it’s evenly coated. Cover with foil and bake in the preheated oven according to the package instructions. (usually around 45-60 minutes).
  • While the roast is baking, prepare the stuffing. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the chopped onion and garlic, sautéing until translucent.
  • Add the bread cubes and chopped nuts to the skillet. Toss in the onion and garlic mixture until lightly toasted.
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  • Stir in the dried cranberries or raisins, fresh herbs, vegetable broth, salt, and pepper. Mix well, then cover and let it simmer for a few minutes until the bread absorbs the broth and becomes moist and flavorful.
  • For the roasted vegetables, spread the Brussels sprouts, carrots, and sweet potato chunks on a baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle with dried thyme, salt, and pepper, and toss to coat evenly. Roast in the oven for 25-30 minutes or until the vegetables are tender and slightly caramelized.
  • Once the vegan roast, stuffing, and roasted vegetables are ready, arrange them on a serving platter to create a festive spread. Garnish with fresh herbs if desired.

Serve this mouthwatering vegan holiday roast with savoury stuffing and roasted vegetables, and enjoy a delicious and compassionate Christmas dinner that will leave everyone with a heartwarming and memorable experience.

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Vegan Christmas Pudding

Christmas Pudding with Brandy Sauce

Description: Celebrate Xmas Day with this delightful Vegan Festive Pudding. This rich and moist pudding is filled with the flavours of dried fruits, warm spices, and brandy. Make it the highlight of your festive feast. Served with a luscious brandy sauce, this indulgent treat will leave everyone feeling merry and satisfied. It’s the perfect ending to your vegan Christmas celebration.

Ingredients:

For the Christmas Pudding:

  • Soak 1 1/2 cups mixed dried fruits (such as raisins, currants, sultanas, and chopped dates) along with 1/2 cup dried cranberries, 1/2 cup chopped dried apricots, and 1/4 cup chopped candied ginger in 1/4 cup brandy. Let it soak for at least 1 hour or overnight.
  • Whisk together 3/4 cup all-purpose flour. 1/2 cup almond flour. 1/2 cup breadcrumbs (use vegan bread). 1/2 cup brown sugar. 1/4 cup melted vegetable suet or coconut oil. 1/4 cup applesauce. 1 tablespoon molasses or maple syrup. 1 teaspoon baking powder. 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon. 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg, 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves. zest of 1 orange, zest of 1 lemon, and a pinch of salt.
  • Add the soaked dried fruit mixture to the dry ingredients and mix well.

For the Brandy Sauce:

  • In a saucepan, heat 1 cup coconut cream or full-fat coconut milk with 2 tablespoons brown sugar until the sugar dissolves.
  • Remove from heat and stir in 2 tablespoons of brandy and 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract.

Cooking Method:

  • Preheat the oven to 325°F (160°C). Grease a 6-inch pudding basin or any heatproof bowl with vegetable oil.
  • Spoon the Christmas pudding mixture into the greased pudding basin. Press it down gently with the back of a spoon to ensure no air pockets.
  • Cover the basin with a double layer of parchment paper or foil, then tie it securely with kitchen twine.
  • Place the pudding basin in a deep roasting pan, and add enough hot water to reach halfway up the sides of the basin.
  • Bake the pudding in the preheated oven for about 2 to 2 1/2 hours or until a skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean.
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  • While the pudding is baking, prepare the brandy sauce. Combine the coconut cream or full-fat coconut milk with brown sugar in a saucepan. Heat over medium heat, stirring until the sugar dissolves.
  • Remove the saucepan from the heat and stir in the brandy and vanilla extract.
  • Once the Christmas pudding is done, carefully remove it from the roasting pan and let it cool slightly before unmolding it onto a serving plate.
  • Serve the warm Vegan Christmas Pudding with the luscious Brandy Sauce poured generously over each slice. You can also decorate it with some holly leaves or edible festive decorations for an extra festive touch.

Enjoy this delightful Vegan Christmas Pudding with Brandy Sauce, and indulge in the traditional flavours of the season, cruelty-free and full of festive cheer!

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5 Vegan Christmas Meal Ideas

Here are five delightful vegan Christmas main meal ideas for a festive dinner:

  1. Christmas Roast: Choose from a variety of vegan roasts available in stores. Or make your own using ingredients like seitan, lentils, or chickpeas. Season it with herbs and spices, and serve it with vegan gravy for a comforting and satisfying main course.

  2. Stuffed Butternut Squash: Roast butternut squash halves and fill them with delicious stuffing. You can use quinoa, cranberries, pecans, and fresh herbs. This visually stunning dish will be a hit on your holiday table.

  3. Vegan Shepherd’s Pie: Create a mouthwatering Shepherd’s Pie with a mix of lentils, vegetables, and flavorful gravy. Top with creamy mashed potatoes. It’s a true crowd-pleaser for a Christmas dinner.

  4. Mushroom Wellington: Make a delightful Wellington with a mix of savoury mushrooms, spinach, and vegan cream cheese encased in flaky puff pastry. This elegant dish is perfect for celebrating the festive season.

  5. Vegan Stuffed Peppers: Fill bell peppers with a medley of quinoa, chickpeas, diced vegetables, and aromatic herbs. Bake until tender and serve these colourful and nutritious stuffed peppers for a delightful Vegan Christmas dinner.

These Christmas vegan main meal ideas offer a wide range of flavours and textures. They’ll ensure a memorable and delicious holiday celebration for everyone at the table.

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Vegan Christmas Desert and Pudding

Here are five delightful vegan Christmas pudding and dessert ideas to sweeten your Xmas festivities:

  1. Vegan Christmas Pudding: Prepare a classic Christmas pudding with vegan-friendly ingredients. Use mixed dried fruits like nuts, breadcrumbs, and spices. Steam or boil this rich and moist pudding traditionally served with brandy sauce or vegan custard.

  2. Dairy-Free Chocolate Yule Log: Indulge in a decadent chocolate yule log. A moist chocolate sponge rolled with a luscious vegan chocolate ganache filling. Decorate it with powdered sugar, fresh berries, or edible holly leaves for a festive touch.

  3. Vegan Gingerbread Cookies: Embrace the Christmas spirit with homemade vegan gingerbread cookies. They’re spiced with ginger, cinnamon, and molasses, perfect for decorating with vegan icing and sprinkles.

  4. Peppermint Brownies: Satisfy your sweet tooth with fudgy vegan peppermint brownies. Add a refreshing and festive twist to this dessert by incorporating peppermint extract and crushed candy canes.

  5. Vegan Apple Cranberry Crisp: Serve a warm and comforting apple cranberry crisp, topping it with a crunchy oat and nut mixture. It’s the ideal dessert for cosy winter evenings. Especially when paired with a scoop of vegan vanilla ice cream.

These vegan Christmas pudding and dessert ideas are sure to be a hit at your festive gathering. Enjoy a scrumptious and compassionate vegan Christmas dessert table!

Merry vegan Christmas!

We hope you have an amazing Christmas with family and friends. This page is a guide to help give you ideas to make the best of your vegan festive season. The meal ideas and recipes should hopefully give you plenty of plant-based food for thought. Below you will find links to other helpful pages. From finding the best vegan supermarkets online for your Christmas essentials to personal vegan chef hire. And if you are thinking of eating out this Christmas, check out the Best Vegan Restaurants in the UK.

And don’t be lonely this Christmas! There are many vegan community support groups with meet-ups you can join online. Discover Christmas markets, vegan events and festivals in the UK to help bring out your festive cheer!

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