10 Delicious Vegan and Vegetarian Christmas Dinner Ideas

place setting for vegetarian christmas dinner

The holiday season is my absolute FAVORITE time of year! For me, it’s always meant family, friends, and good food–and good food is what this article is all about. Here are ten vegan and vegetarian Christmas dinner ideas that will satisfy vegetarians, vegans, and even your omnivore family members.


10 Vegan and Vegetarian Christmas Dinner Ideas

  1. Penne with Creamy Pumpkin Pasta Sauce from Love and Lemons

Nothing quite says “fall” like pumpkin. This creamy pasta from Love and Lemons is a cozy food that’s vegan and gluten-free.


  1. Vegan Mushroom Wellington from Delicious Everyday

We’ve shared this one before in our post 8 Simple Vegan Turkey Substitutes That Don’t Suck, but it got such great feedback, here it is for an encore!



  1. Roasted Cabbage Steaks from Eat Something Vegan

If you asked me ten years ago if I liked cabbage, I would’ve probably made a face and declared emphatically, “NO!” Fast forward to today and my answer would be an enthusiastic “YES!”

You see, cabbage in itself can be a bit bland, but there are soooo many things you can do with it. Much like tofu, it easily takes on the flavors you add to it.



  1. Vegetable Pot Pie from Vegetarian Zen

Pot pie is one of my FAVORITE comfort foods. Larissa makes this for me at least once a month and it’s always sooooo good, but it’s ESPECIALLY good on a cold winter night.

This one is loaded with veggies and reheats well.

vegetable pot pie


  1. Vegan Shepherd’s Pie from Minimalist Baker

Though shepherd’s pie is traditionally made with meat, this Vegan Shepherd’s Pie recipe is loaded with veggies and lentils and topped off with the fluffy mashed potatoes.

Minimalist Baker is one of our go-to places for simple mostly vegan recipes. This shepherd’s pie recipe is not only delicious but only takes about an hour of total time (prep + cooking).



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  1. Mushroom Lentil Loaf from A Virtual Vegan

While how a dish tastes is obviously more important than how it looks, I can’t help but LOVE how this dish looks. It just looks so “festive!”

This mushroom lentil loaf recipe from A Virtual Vegan calls for lentils, walnuts, and mushrooms and is topped beautifully with cranberries. It’s just begging for a center spot on your holiday table!



  1. Vegetarian Lasagna (with Vegan Options) from Vegetarian Zen

Lasagna is one of our favorite celebration meals (we seem to find something to celebrate at least once a month!). This recipe is vegetarian (because it calls for cheese and eggs) but can easily be made vegan with a few simple substitutions. It reheats well and we have leftovers for days.


slice of vegetarian lasagna


  1. Vegan Pozole from Forks Over Knives

A good hot hearty soup on a cold winter night is SUPER cozy. Traditional pozole usually has pork, but this one from Forks Over Knives is 100% vegan!

In place of meat, this dish uses hominy, onions, potatoes, carrots, and chile peppers to create a hearty stew that’s sure to keep you warm.



  1. Christmas Curry from Jamie Oliver

Here’s another festive-looking dish that’s ready to add some fun colors to your holiday table and put some great food in your belly.


  1. Spanish Vegan Paella from Vegan Huggs

Paella is a Spanish dish traditionally made with meat, but you definitely won’t miss the meat in this vegan version. Vegan Huggs does not disappoint with this colorful smoky meal that’s great as a side or as a main dish.


We hope this has given you some great ideas for vegan and vegetarian Christmas dinner ideas. If you’re looking for more ideas, here are a few cookbooks that might help you out!


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