These Vegan Christmas Recipes Will Please Your Whole Family

I cook vegan Christmas dinner every year. Here are the recipes that every one loves.

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Food Network's Wild Rice Stuffed Butternut Squash For Vegan and Vegetarian Thanksgiving as seen on Food Network

Photo by: Stephen Johnson ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Stephen Johnson, 2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

For the past ten years, my household has celebrated holidays with classics like turkey, ham and prime rib – as well as a full vegan menu. Below, I walk you through how I plan a robust vegan Christmas dinner that totally steals the show.

First, I figure out my main dishes. These should have major wow-factor. I usually choose large whole roasted vegetables which become gorgeous centerpieces. Some great recipes are Vegan Wild-Rice Stuffed Butternut Squash (pictured above) or Whole Roasted Cauliflower with Pomegranate and Tahini.

Photo by: Stephen Johnson ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All rights Reserved

Stephen Johnson, 2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All rights Reserved

Once the stars of the meal are chosen, the next step is to fill in their supporting cast: the sides and sauces. I feel these are what give your meal depth. I like to take classic holiday dishes and replace them with delicious vegan versions, such as Vegan Roasted-Garlic Mashed Potatoes and Vegan Mac ‘n’ Cheese. Some universal sauces like Perfect Cranberry Sauce and 5-Ingredient Cashew Cream Blender Sauce add brightness and sense of indulgence to your meal.

I love to round out the meal with salads, which add fresh flavor and crunch to compliment the other rich savory dishes. The great thing about salads is that you can keep them simple like this Orange Fennel Salad or this Kale Salad with Peanut Dressing. While these salads help cut through the heaviness of a meal, they also add color to the tablescape you are creating.

Food Network Kitchen's Vegan Apple Pie For Vegan and Vegetarian Thanksgiving as seen on Food Network

Photo by: Stephen Johnson ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Stephen Johnson, 2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Finally, what meal is complete without dessert? And what does everyone always have room for? Pie! Pie is always a go to for me: a do ahead that allows me focus on other things the day-of. Two classic pies that are just as delicious vegan are Deep-Dish Vegan Apple Pie and Vegan Pumpkin Pie served with Coconut Whipped Cream.

These are some vegan recipes that have proven successful at our Christmas dinner table; I hope they’re inspirational for yours.

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