The festive period is the most wonderful time of year, not least because it gives us the chance to unwind, spend time with our loved ones and tuck into the comforting seasonal dishes that make Christmas and New Year so special. This time of year is all about compassion, so it makes sense to celebrate with carefully-prepared vegan dishes that are kind to animals, the planet and of course, your taste buds.
Delicious Vegan Holiday Recipes Waiting for you!
‘Tis the season to whip up delicious vegan treats, so give tradition a plant-based twist with these warming vegan holiday recipes.
Bring the festive cheer with these six vegan holiday recipes!
Vegan Holiday Breakfast Recipe! Cinnamon Pancakes with Cranberry Compote
Together, cinnamon and cranberry offer a delectable sweetness that can’t be beaten! So, why not whip them into a pancake batter for the ultimate holiday breakfast? This is the time of year where food rules can be broken, so swap your morning oats for golden brown cinnamon pancakes with a generous serving of cranberry compote.
Pancakes are traditionally made with butter, milk and eggs, but just a few simple swaps will ensure they are vegan-friendly. Substitute the butter for coconut oil, milk for a plant-based alternative, and each egg for a tablespoon of soaked chia seeds. Using self-raising flour instead of plain will also help your egg-free pancakes rise as they cook.
Top tip: Drizzle your pancakes with maple syrup and serve with a steaming mug of hot chocolate. This combination will satisfy any sweet tooth!
Spiced Parsnip Soup with tear and share bread
Spiced parsnip soup is the ideal vegan holiday recipe to enjoy around the dining table with your family. It’s the perfect dish to use up leftover vegetables from your Christmas dinner, so prepare this in the days leading up to New Year’s Eve to make sure nothing goes to waste. Parsnips are an underrated root vegetable, but they steal the show in this spiced soup.
For this nourishing dish, peel and chop parsnips and carrots and fry with onion and garlic. Once soft, add to vegetable stock and stir in unsweetened plant-based milk of your choice. Season with salt, pepper, lashings of garam masala and a pinch of smoky paprika! Blend for a smooth consistency and drizzle with chilli oil for an added kick.
Top tip: Soak up your spiced parsnip soup with freshly baked ‘tear and share’ bread. Make this by rolling bread dough into balls and squeezing them into a pan with sea salt and rosemary. As the dough balls bake, they’ll merge to form a rustic-looking loaf.
Hearty Vegan Holiday Recipe: Chestnut and mushroom risotto with balsamic sprouts
Chestnuts are one of the most traditional foods to enjoy at this time of year – and they are also packed full of the minerals that vegan diets often lack! Containing calcium, iron and zinc, chestnuts are the ideal ingredient for plant-based eaters at Christmas. To take advantage of these fantastic health benefits, tuck into a hearty chestnut and mushroom risotto served with a side of balsamic-glazed sprouts.
For a flavorsome risotto, fry garlic with chopped mushrooms (chestnut mushrooms work particularly well) and a splash of white wine. Crush the roasted chestnuts, add them to the pan with arborio rice, and leave them to simmer with vegetable stock. For the sprouts, boil until soft and then fry with balsamic vinegar and maple syrup.
Top tip: Enjoy your festive risotto with a glass of red wine, mulled on the stove with orange slices, fresh cinnamon, star anise, cloves, and a sprinkling of sugar to sweeten.
Nut roast served with roast potatoes and purple cabbage
Give the traditional Christmas dinner a vegan twist with a filling nut roast! Best served with a side of crispy roast potatoes and tangy purple cabbage, vegan nut roast is sure to leave your family smiling this festive season. This is another nutritious winter warmer, packed full of protein-heavy nuts and immunity-boosting vegetables to keep you in good health throughout the winter months.
To begin, gently fry your chosen vegetables (such as carrots and leeks) in a pan. Then, grind a selection of nuts in a food processor and combine the two with a splash of plant-based milk and plenty of seasoning! Use a loaf pan to bake your nut roast until crispy on the outside and drizzle with vegetable gravy.
Top tip: For extra oomph, roast your potatoes with fresh sprigs of rosemary and sprinkle leftover hazelnuts over your purple cabbage.
Stuffed butternut squash with aubergine-wrapped asparagus
For a true festive showstopper, swap traditional turkey for stuffed butternut squash with aubergine-wrapped asparagus. If you are looking for vegan holiday recipes to impress the most sophisticated of guests, make this indulgent dish your top choice! Stuffed butternut squash also gives you the chance to experiment with unique flavour combinations; you can either stay traditional with chickpeas, cranberries and kale or be bold with aromatic couscous, raisins and almonds.
To complement your butternut squash centrepiece, wrap thinly sliced aubergine around spears of asparagus and season with fresh lemon juice and sea salt. Mouth-watering yet surprisingly simple, this dish is perfect for seeing in the New Year.
Top tip: Pair this meal with a glass of the classically British cocktail Buck’s Fizz. Champagne and fresh orange juice will tantalise your taste buds while you tuck into dinner.
Last Vegan Holiday Party Food Platter
For an unforgettable festive season, see in New Year’s Day with a selection of party dishes from around the world. Bursting with exquisite flavours and ready to serve in a buffet style, these vegan holiday recipes will keep you and your loved ones full all evening!
There are lots of incredibly tasty dishes from around the world to try, so use the holidays to bring different cultures and cuisines into your kitchen. Our favourite ideas include:
- Vegan porkkanalaatikko, a Finnish casserole of baked carrots and rice with nutmeg;
- Aubergine caviar, a garlicky Russian dip that replaces caviar with vegetables;
- Buffalo cauliflower, a spicy vegan alternative to the classic American buffalo chicken;
- Crudités, French-inspired raw vegetable appetisers, such as sliced celery, pepper and cucumber.
Top tip: Serve your party food with a seasonal cocktail, such as a cranberry Cosmopolitan, and don’t forget to pair with a selection of salads and loaves of bread!
Spice Up Your Winter with these Vegan Holiday Recipes
Throughout the holiday season, there’s nothing better than sharing delicious vegan meals with your loved ones. It may be cold outside, but cooking these six vegan holiday recipes will certainly bring warmth to your Christmas.
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Shubrook, Nicola. “The Health Benefits of Chestnuts.” BBC Good Food. Web. 17 Dec. 2020.