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Vegan Christmas

The ultimate guide to a vegetarian or vegan Christmas. Tips and recipes to make the festive season less stressful and more delicious.

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Family Christmas



Since our son was born Christmas has been celebrated at home, apart from one Christmas when we decided to eat Christmas dinner at a local hotel.

Needless to say, the Christmas offering at the hotel wasn't great.

Enjoying Christmas dinner at home is definitely the best option, it just needs a bit of planning.

Plan Ahead


Every November I sit down and plan Christmas dinner. It always takes a bit of thought and planning. 

When you're vegan you really need to be creative to present something special. 

Once I've decided what I'm cooking I can set that aside and concentrate on all the other things that happen at Christmas, the shopping; wrapping gifts; decorating; baking and all the fun events.


Let's make Christmas dinner easy!


Let me take the stress out of Christmas for you this year.

I've pulled together lots of easy recipes for you to try this Christmas. 


They've all been tested on my family and have photos and simple printable instructions, with no fancy ingredients. 

There are a selection of vegan dishes for starter; main course; sides; sauces & dressings; dessert; sweet treats; soft drinks and cocktails.


Click on the recipes you fancy trying and print out the recipes ahead of Christmas (the recipe card is always at the bottom of the post, after all the tips, info and step-by-step photos).


If there are any you aren't sure about, try them out before Christmas day and remember I'm always happy to help if you need any tips. 

Email: jac@tinnedtomatoes.com



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10 Tips for a Stress Free Christmas

  1. Make a list - add all the things you need to prepare and buy for Christmas. Tackle the list a little at a time.
  2. Set a budget - and try to stick to it. Over-spending will make you feel stressed.
  3. Don't try to be perfect - just keep things simple and try to enjoy Christmas. It's all about spending time with family and friends.
  4. Plan your Christmas dinner as soon as possible - and try out anything you aren't sure about before Christmas Day.
  5. Make things easy - plan Christmas dinner with a mixture of ready-made dishes and homemade dishes. This way you'll have more time to spend with your guests on the day.
  6. Have a look on Pinterest - for table setting and decoration ideas.
  7. Start a Christmas folder - either online or in a ring binder or box. Print out your recipes and save them in your folder with notes and any ideas you've collected.
  8. Stock up on plenty of gift wrap - ribbons and sellotape in advance, so you don't have that last-minute panic.
  9. Build some fun things - into your list. Take time out to visit seasonal displays and take part in fun Christmas activities, but have some time off from Christmas too. When it becomes too much, have a long bubble bath, read a book or watch a movie.
  10. Have fun!

Vegan Christmas


Have yourself a Very Vegan Christmas from my home to yours.


Vegan Christmas Starters



These starters can be served with a small side salad and dip.

The soup is best served with crusty bread and we often buy part-baked rolls to finish baking just before the soup is ready to serve.

Just remember to keep your portions small if you are having a few courses. We all tend to make too much food.

I like to stagger the courses and have a break in between so we can really enjoy the meal.



Christmas starters with batter


Battered starters are always a bit special, but only make them if you are organised and have a bit of time to make them fresh. 

If you are going to be rushed these are not for you.

Vegan Christmas Starters with Batter
  1. Beer Battered Haggis Balls - use ready-made veggie haggis or try my recipe for homemade haggis
  2. Beer Battered Garlic Mushrooms - sliced or button mushrooms
  3. Crispy Battered Sausage Bites - with garnish and sweet chilli sauce as a dip

Pastry Christmas Starters 


Use ready-made puff pastry or filo pastry for these easy starters that are perfect to start a Christmas feast.
Vegan Christmas starters made with pastry
  1. Mini Falafel & Onion Pies - easy peasy and good flavours, serve with salad leaves and cranberry sauce
  2. Mini Spinach and Cream Cheese Parcels - serve with salad and a dip
  3. Mini Tomato Pastry Bites - these are great as an appetiser, party snack or a starter with salad
  4. Mushroom and Chestnut Sausage Rolls make them mini bites and serve with a spicy sauce
  5. Pizza Swirls - so easy to make, taste great and look pretty on a plate on a dressed salad
  6. Spicy Lentil Sausage Rolls - good with salad and a dipping sauce, make them mini
  7. Vegan Cheese & Red Pepper Filo Pies - sere with salad and a drizzle of either sweet chilli sauce or balsamic glaze
  8. Vegan Halloumi & Spinach Borek - these make the ideal starter, light and crispy


Easy Vegan Pate Recipes


Pate makes an easy and eliegant starter. You can make it ahead and serve it with crackers or oatcakes and a small garnish for a pop of colour.
    Vegan Christmas pate

    Soup Recipes


    Soup is an easy option for a starter and if the temperatures have dropped, everyone enjoys it.

    The great thing about soup as a starter is it can be made ahead and will taste even better. It can be kept in the fridge for a few days or frozen until you need it.

    I like to serve soup with freshly baked (part-baked) petit pain (small soup rolls0 and vegan butter. They can be baked in the oven or air fryer and served warm and crisp.
    Soup for a vegan Christmas starter

    Slow Cooker Soup Recipes



    In the last couple of years, I've used my slow cooker to cook my soup. 

    It gives me more space on the cooker top and I can use it like a pan with the lid off (mine is a multi-cooker with a saute function) but you could use it as a slow cooker and cook the night before then warm through.

    Remember if it's not a specifically slow cooker recipe, reduce the liquid by a third. 

    These recipes are made specifically for the slow cooker, so no need to tweak them.

    Vegan slow cooker Christmas soup

    Stuffed Vegetable Starters


    Stuffed vegetables make a great starter too. Again serve them with a small green salad or just a garnish.

    Vegan Stuffed Vegetable Starters
    1. Stuffed Courgettes with Bulgur Wheat and Preserved Lemon - Something a bit special
    2. Peanut Butter & Carrot Stuffed Mushrooms - these are lush and were origianlly topped with grated cheddar, but just top them with your favourite vegan cheese, cheddar or mozzarella
    3. Pizza Stuffed Mushrooms - simple but delicious


    Vegan Main Course


    A Christmas main course is the star of the show. If you are going to save time by buying ready-made options for Christmas dinner, add them as a starter or side. 

    Love and care needs to be taken over the main course.

    Here are a few main courses that you and your guests will enjoy. They are easy to make but really worth taking the time to make.

    Vegan Christmas Main Course Recipes
    1. Butternut, Red Onion & Potato Puff Pastrry Plait - serve with roast potatoes, vegetables and gravy
    2. Cauliflower 'Steaks' with Red Pepper Sauce - serve with roast poatoes and broccoli
    3. Cheesey Vegetable Puff Pie - serve with roast potato (or mashed potato and green vegetables
    4. Easy Mediterranean Tart - serve with roast potatoes, vegetables and a tomato sauce
    5. Easy Vegan Haggis - serve Scottish style with mashed potatoes, neeps and a creamy whisky sauce or serve with roast potatoes, vegan Yorkshire puddings, vegetables and gravy
    6. Garlic Mushroom and Spinach Puff Pastry Tart - serve with roast potatoes, tenderstem broccoli, parsnips, carrots and mushroom gravy (you can blend this gravy smooth or keep it full of mushrooms)
    7. Mushroom Lentil and Nut Wellington - serve with roast potatoes, carrots, broccoli, maple roasted parsnips and mushroom gravy (once again, leave the gravy full of mushrooms or blend smooth)
    8. Portobello Mushroom 'Steaks' with Butterbean Mash - serve with broccoli and wilted spinach
    9. Roast Miso Aubergine 'Steaks' - serve with carrot mash, garlic pak choi (or cabbage, both in the recipe), maple roasted parsnips and tenderstem broccoli


    Vegan side dishes

    Of course, you can just cook some vegetables and roast or mashed potatoes as side dishes to enjoy with Christmas dinner, but if you are lookimg for something different, these are the dishes for you.
    Vegan Christmas Side Dishes
    1. Balti Potato Bake - serve something different as a side with lots of flavour
    2. Cheesy Cauliflower and Potato Bake with Spinach - a luxurious side dish with plenty of cheese sauce, great to serve instead of gravy
    3. Mediterranean Potato Bake - another side with a difference
    4. Moroccan Style Potato Bake - potatoes in the most delicious sauce
    5. Roast Potato and Double Red Onion Bake - a twist on roast poatoes
    6. Scottish Neeps


    Sauces, gravy, pickles and dips


    These sauces and gravy are perfect to serve with your Christmas main course

    The pickles, dips and dressings are good to serve with a light starter.

    Pickles and chutneys can be also be served with a vegan cheese board with vegan cheese, grapes, olives and crackers or oatcakes.

    vegan chutney and pickle

    Chutney & Pickles



    FESTIVE DESSERTS

    Vegan Desserts & Puddings


    Vegan Cakes

    1. Indulgent Chocolate Cake with Coconut Whipped Cream
    2. Quick Vegan Blackberry Chocolate Cake
    3. Quick Vegan Lemonade Cake
    4. Vegan Chocolate Cake with Pear
    5. Vegan Sticky Golden Syrup Loaf Cake

    Vegan Cheesecake

    1. Vegan Banoffee Pie Cheesecake
    2. Vegan No-Bake Oreo and Caramel Cheesecake

    Vegan Dessert

    1. Chocolate Caramel Tart
    2. Sin-Free Chocolate Mousse
    3. Traditional Strawberry Trifle
    4. Vegan Apricot Trifle with Sprinkles
    5. Vegan Choc Chip & Peanut Butter Mousse (made with aquafaba)

    Vegan Pudding

    1. Panetonne Chocolate and Cranberry Pudding
    2. Pear and Mincemeat Strudel
    3. Vegan Dark Chocolate Magic Pudding


    SWEET TREATS

    Vegan Sweet Treats


    Vegan Banana Bread

    1. Dark Treacle Gingerbread 
    2. Easy Choc Chip Banana Bread
    3. Peanut Butter Choc Chip Banana Bread 

    Vegan Brownies

    1. Fudgy Pineapple Chocolate Brownies
    2. Prune and Chocolate Fudge Brownies

    Vegan Cookies

    1. Peanut Butter & Coconut Cookies
    2. Pumpkin Spice Shortbread Cookies 
    3. Sweet Basil & Lemon Shortbread

    Vegan Cupcakes & Muffins

    1. Gingerbread Cupcakes with Pineapple Frosting

    Vegan Pastry

    Vegan Traybake

    1. 3 Ingredient Chocolate Fudge 
    2. No-Bake Peanut Butter and Cornflake Tiffin
    3. Oreo Chocolate Tiffin
    4. Peanut Butter Bars

    Vegan Truffles

    1. Sneaky Chocolate Maple Truffles

    SOFT DRINKS

    Vegan Soft Drinks

    Cold Drinks

    1. Blackberry Apple Slushie Mocktail
    2. Plum & Apple Smoothie with Fizz
    3. Mango & Ginger Mocktail Smoothie
    4. Oreo Chia Shake
    5. Pineapple & Ginger Sparkler
    6. Winter Mixed Berry Smoothie

    Hot Drinks

    1. Fresh Ginger & Cinnamon Hot Toddy

    COCKTAILS


    Check out this Drinkaware Vegan Guide to make sure the spirits you are using are vegan.







    ULTIMATE CHRISTMAS GUIDE


    I hope my Christmas recipe guide has given you lots of inspiration for planning a veggie Christmas. 

    My main Christmas dinner tip is to try and prepare as much as you can the day before so you just have to prepare the vegetables and gravy on the day while everything else just needs heated up.

    I hope you have a really happy and food-filled Christmas with some time to just sit back and relax too.


    I will be adding to this guide as I create more Christmas recipes in the run-up to the big day, so do bookmark or favourite this page to come back to for fresh ideas.