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10 Vegetarian Christmas Dinner Ideas To Try

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Looking for vegetarian Christmas dinner ideas? Try these 10 delicious ideas for some festive inspiration.

Aah, vegetarian Christmas dinner ideas.  The thing that stumps me year after year.  After a decade of vegetarianism, Christmas dinner is still the one area that I struggle with knowing what to cook.  Turkey is so synonymous with Christmas that it is difficult to think of ‘traditional’ or ‘festive’ vegetarian dishes.

To help you, and to inspire me this year, I’ve put together ten vegetarian Christmas dinner ideas, that aren’t nut roasts.  I don’t know about you, but my heart always sinks when I see nut roast on a festive menu.  I’ve never come across a nut roast that I have actually liked.

Instead, I’ve concentrated on seasonal produce, like root vegetables, kale, cauliflower, and other vegetables in season in December.

Some of the Christmas dinner ideas might be a little left field. However, without a traditional vegetarian Christmas dinner, I say why not start a new Christmas dinner tradition?!

And yes, I know it’s early, but with four weeks to go. However, I thought some organised folks (more organised than me!) might want to start planning their Christmas dinner early!

10 Vegetarian Christmas Dinner Ideas

Kale, Chestnut and Mushroom Pie

Kale, chestnut and mushroom pie

This kale, chestnut, and mushroom pie from Delicious magazine looks so tasty and comforting. I feel like you can’t go wrong with pie – it’s guaranteed to be a real crowd-pleaser.

Mushroom Hazelnut Tart

Mushroom Hazelnut Tart

This mushroom hazelnut tart from The New York Times could make a great vegetarian Christmas dinner idea. This one can be made well in advance, to save stress on Christmas day.

Sweet Potato and Kale Pie for Vegetarian Christmas Dinner

Sweet Potato and Kale Pie

This sweet potato and kale pie from Healthy Magazine looks like a proper winter warmer. This can be served with extra green vegetables like steamed broccoli or green beans for added nourishment on Christmas day.

Spinach and Feta Quiche

vegetarian christmas dinner

If you are a fan of quiche then this spinach and feta quiche with sweet potato crust from Cooking Light looks really tasty. It also contains that vegetarian failsafe combination – spinach and feta. These two bedfellows go so well together, that you can’t really go wrong with this quiche come Christmas day!

Christmas Veg Laska

christmas dinner ideas for vegetarians

Curry might not be the most festive of choices, but I say keep an open mind. This Christmas veg laska, from Jamie Oliver, is something a bit different this festive season. It also makes great use of any leftover butternut squash, parsnips, or carrots, if you’ve prepared too many.

Butternut Squash and Stilton Filo Pie for Vegetarian Christmas Dinner

christmas dinner for vegetarians

If you are looking for something that is a bit of a showstopper, then this butternut squash and stilton filo pie recipe from Tesco is something to wow any Christmas dinner table. I would say it looks like it could be the recipe for us this year.  My cooking skills are limited at the best of times so I need to see if I can muster up the courage to work with filo!

Root Vegetable and Chickpea Crumble

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This root vegetable and chickpea crumble again from Delicious Magazine, looks so simple to put together, yet so tasty. Delicious Magazine says the earthy beetroot and parsnip flavours are set off perfectly by the chickpeas and hazelnuts. This could be a strong contender for us!

Whole Roasted Cauliflower with Garlic and Paprika

alternative christmas dinner

Again, for another show-stopping centrepiece then try this whole roasted cauliflower with garlic and paprika. It might certainly be one of the more left-field options for a vegetarian Christmas dinner, but it would certainly make a talking point! Serve with roast potatoes, and all the trimmings, for a delicious festive feast.

Herb and Garlic Root Vegetable Crumble

savoury vegetarian christmas dinner

Finally, this tasty-looking herb and garlic root vegetable crumble is vegan friendly and gluten-free too. Add some green vegetables on the side, maybe some roast potatoes, and you are all set.

What’s on your menu for Christmas dinner?  Are there any vegetarian (or vegan) meals that you cook every year?

If you’re busy getting ready for Christmas then you can also check out my guide to having an eco-friendly Christmas. It’s bursting with festive ideas that are kind to the planet! From choosing an eco-friendly Christmas tree, to help finding eco-friendly gifts and wrapping paper. From tips on plant-based Christmas dinner ideas to tips on reducing your festive food waste, it’s all in there.

Food & Drink

10 Vegetarian Soup Recipes

vegetarian soup

Looking for the best vegetarian soup recipes? I’ve got you covered!

On a cold, wet and miserable day I really don’t think there’s anything better than warming your cockles with a steaming hot bowl of homemade soup and a big ol’ chunk of crusty bread.

I’m not a big cook.  I’ll freely admit that cooking has never been something I’ve been particularly good at.  Making soup on the other hand – that’s where it’s at.  It’s cheap, you get to use up all the vegetables lingering in the bottom of your fridge, and you can create a healthy and hearty meal in next to no time with minimal effort.

10 Vegetarian Soup Recipes

I normally freestyle when it comes to soup.  Adding a bit of this and a bit of that, and adding the random vegetables we have left in the fridge before we do our next food shop.  However, sometimes a more considered approach can be a good idea.  Here are 10 tasty vegetarian soup recipes to have to hand:

Thai Coconut Courgetti Soup

vegetarian soup recipes

Thai coconut courgetti soup from Olive Magazine.  Omit the fish sauce and shrimp paste if you’re vegetarian – I bet it will still be delicious without.  Alternatively a splash of soy sauce or tamari and a small helping of shiitake mushrooms will add the flavour you’re looking for.

Thai Coconut Broccoli Soup

vegetarian soup recipe

Keeping with the Thai coconut theme, this Thai coconut broccoli soup from heinstirred looks so fresh and light.

Beetroot and Pumpkin Soup

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Beetroot and Pumpkin soup?  Yes please!

Roasted Tomato Soup with Cheddar Dumplings 

ultimate tomato soup recipe

This recipe for roasted tomato soup with cheddar dumplings sounds like pretty much the ultimate tomato soup recipe, if you ask me.

Carrot & Roasted Chickpea Soup

vegetable soup recipe

Carrot & roasted chickpea soup for a healthy dose of beta-carotene!

German Potato Soup

vegetarian soups

German potato soup (omit the sausage garnish to make it a vegetarian soup) is good old fashioned winter comfort food at it’s best.

Spiced Parsnip Soup

vegetarian soup ideas

Spiced parsnip soup sounds deliciously autumnal.

Roasted Swede and Parsnip Soup

vegetable soup ideas

Roasted swede and parsnip soup.  Now, this recipe initially hurt my head a little.  Having no idea what a rutabaga is, nor what ‘coconut bacon’ is, the recipe left me a little perplexed.  A little internet search reveals that the grandly titled rutabaga is no more than a humble swede, and coconut bacon is flaked coconut with a bit of smoky flavouring.  Together they sound amazing.

Lemony Kale, Leek and White Bean Soup

vegetarian kale soup

This lemony kale, leek, and white bean vegetarian soup is perhaps the ultimate winter warmer.

Tex-Mex Quinoa Vegetable Soup

quinoa soup idea

And finally, in the last of my vegetarian soup recipes, do try this Tex-Mex quinoa vegetable soup.  It’s next on my to-make list for sure.

If soup if your thing then you can also follow along with my Soup-erb Soup Recipes board on Pinterest for more vegan and vegetarian soup recipes and ideas. And for more vegetarian and vegan meal ideas do check out this post on 25 vegan and vegetarian slow cooker recipes, or these 5 vegan dinner ideas.