“Chestnuts roasting on an open fire…”
I may not have my own fireplace yet, but I am all about cooking up some festive fare this season.
Over the years I’ve amassed a huge collection of Christmas recipes, from sweet treats to side dishes and a selection of main courses in preparation for the big day.
And in the sprit of the season, I decided to share them with you!
Just call me Santa Claus.
Looking to inject a little Christmas spirit into your meals? Look no further than this selection of festive vegan recipes!
If you’re wondering what my plans are for this weekend, I’ll give you a clue – they involve these delicious Pistachio and Cranberry Cookies by Wee Little Vegans.
These sweet treats make the perfect homemade gift, but I won’t judge you if you end up eating the entire batch in one sitting. They’re that good.
This Roasted Stuffed Butternut Squash recipe by Minimalist Baker is the perfect centrepiece to a wholesome, plant-based Christmas dinner.
Crammed with mushrooms, kale, quinoa and garlic, this festive dish tastes so decadent that your guests won’t believe how healthy it is!
If you’re looking for something a little less nutritious, this Peppermint Candy Cane Bark by Food.com really hits the spot. Perfect for munching on while you wrap Christmas presents – plus, it makes a great homemade gift.
I find that kabocha is often ignored in favour of the more classic pumpkin or sweet potato, but this Thyme & Roasted Garlic Kabocha Squash recipe by Irena Macri is almost too good to be a mere side dish. I can guarantee that it will be the star of the show at my dinner table on Christmas Day!
I love roasting nuts at this time of year, and these Candied Spiced Nuts by Minimalist Baker are better than any you’ll find on the street carts. Save a little money and roast your own – you won’t regret it.
I’m aware that this may be a controversial choice, but I’m sticking with it.
Sure, roast potatoes are delicious. But roast potatoes with a little bit of Marmite? Absolute heaven. Try this recipe for Marmite Roast Potatoes by Cate In The Kitchen and see for yourself!
I just had to sneak one of my own recipes in here, didn’t I? But I think you’ll forgive me when you try my luxuriously creamy Peppermint Hot Chocolate – it’s vegan, caffeine-free and guaranteed to warm you up right to the tip of your toes.
Ah, the classic mince pie. It just wouldn’t be Christmas without eating five in a row and feeling sick for the rest of the evening. Or is that just me?
The thing is, mince pies taste approximately 1000x better when they’re homemade. If that sounds a little intimidating, don’t worry – this Mince Pie recipe by Domestic Gothess will have you whipping up a batch in no time.
Am I the only person in the world who absolutely loves Brussels sprouts?
Drizzled with oil, salt and a little balsamic vinegar and roasted in the oven until they’re crispy and caramelised… mmmm. There’s nothing better.
If you’re looking for a healthy side dish to your indulgent Christmas dinner, these Balsamic Roasted Brussels Sprouts by Joy Food Sunshine will do the trick.
With all the focus on Christmas dinner, we can’t forget about Christmas breakfast!
These Cinnamon Rolls by Minimalist Baker are the perfect start to the most magical day of the year. Bonus points if you eat them in bed surrounded by wrapping paper!
Looking for a side dish to bring along to your family pot-luck this Christmas? Throw together these Rosemary Roasted Root Vegetables by Sweet Peas and Saffron, and you’ll be at the top of everyone’s ‘nice’ list.
I stumbled across a pack of luxury stuffed dates while out shopping last week, and I very nearly purchased them. But after checking the price and almost fainting, I decided that it would be much more economical to make my own.
These Orange Walnut Spiced Dates by Tastes Of Lizzy T are simple, festive and absolutely delicious. I used Sainsbury’s Deliciously Free From Cream Cheese instead of the non-vegan version, and they turned out perfectly! I’m so glad I steered myself away from the shop-bought version.
Back when I was a kid, my Nana made the best meatloaf. I haven’t eaten it for years, but I can still remember exactly how it tasted along with her husband’s famous mustard mashed potatoes.
This Lentil Nut Meatloaf by Minimalist Baker isn’t exactly the same as her recipe, but it does conjure up all the nostalgic feelings. Plus, no animals were harmed in the making of this dish!
Trust me, I know how exhausting it can be to cook an entire Christmas dinner. So it makes sense to keep dessert simple, seasonal and delicious.
Another Minimalist Baker recipe, these Cinnamon Baked Apples will be a huge hit on Christmas day. Served with the creamiest vegan ice-cream and a mug of spiced ginger tea, it’s guaranteed to help you forget all about the washing up (sob!)
Don’t let the name fool you – this Creamy Eggnog by Connoisseurus Veg is completely vegan and completely divine.
Blended cashews give this drink that ultra-creamy texture, while the nutmeg and maple syrup provide a hit of festive spice – perfect for sipping on while you watch the cheesiest Christmas movies on Netflix.
After putting together this post, I think my pre-wedding health and fitness plans may have to wait until January. There are far too many delicious recipes to try this festive season, and I’ve only just scratched the surface. I hope you’re feeling as inspired as I am!
Merry Christmas everyone, and happy cooking!