Feeling puffy and overstuffed during the holidays isn’t the jolliest of experiences. Enjoying a good time with loved ones while feeling comfortable in your body sounds more like a win-win to us – which is why we’d love to share our favorite simple and healthy vegan Christmas recipes with you this year.
Yes, it’s a stressful time for everyone and indulgences are totally on the agenda. But how about making some steps towards healthier plant-based versions of traditional Christmas recipes?
Maybe even try a simple vegan Christmas side to share with everyone?
“Spread the love and spread health too”, is our attitude. And trust us, our families have been grateful that we basically took over and now make a healthy vegan Christmas dinner for everyone – it’s our loving and non-material gift to them, so to say.
If you’re a new vegan, we totally get that you might be particularly nervous about this time of year. Both Thanksgiving and Christmas often feature dead animals as the centrepiece of the table which can be horrifying.
But apart from trying to channel your inner guru and remain your calmest and jolliest self, there are also some practical steps you can take to ensure you’ll have great food. Let’s start this by telling you how to have a good Christmas experience as a vegan.
How To Have A Vegan Christmas
First of all, don’t mention why you’re having such issues with animal products right when everyone’s eating. Believe us, the timing is awful. It’s best to not talk about food at all during the actual feast and keep any arguments, if possible, until later or even another day.
There are some typical dishes that are served around Christmas which are either often already vegan or can easily be veganized by making a few swaps – using margarine or oil instead of butter, plant-based milk instead of dairy milk or vegetable stock instead of chicken or beef stock.
Vegan-Friendly Christmas Dishes
- Mashed potatoes
- Roasted vegetables
- Harvest salad
- Hasselback potatoes
- Loaf of bread
- Cranberry sauce
If any of these are likely to be served by someone else, you can talk to them ahead of time and ask if they can make an easy food swap so the dish is vegan-friendly and can be enjoyed by everyone at the table.
Make Healthy Vegan Christmas Recipes
Instead of just trying to fiddle your way through the dishes that will be served during dinner, you can also get proactive – which is why you’re probably here and want to check out simple and healthy vegan Christmas recipes.
We recommend you bring one of our dishes (or several!) to any Christmas party or gathering so make sure you have something to eat.
Speaking from experience, most people will be very curious to know what “special food” you have there and want to have a bite – which is why it’s always better to bring a larger portion so you’re prepared to share with others.
If you can organize and host the Christmas celebration yourself, even better!
Choose from our selection of mostly simple but always healthy vegan Christmas sides, treats and dinner recipes. Everything’s entirely plant-based and made with real-food ingredients that are typically easy to find.
No matter if you’re more of a traditional person (vegan wellington, anyone?) or would love to experiment with entirely new ideas like a one-bowl winter Buddha Bowl, we’re positive our following list of vegan Christmas recipes will inspire you to get into the kitchen.
Head to our Recipe section and see what we got in store for you.
This can be a wonderful occasion to show friends, family or colleagues how amazing vegan food can taste and that it doesn’t have to be so different from what everyone is used to eating.