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Rudolph-Approved Vegetarian Christmas Dinner Recipes
Rudolph-Approved Vegetarian Christmas Dinner Recipes

Rudolph-Approved Vegetarian Christmas Dinner Recipes

After a long day of opening gifts, celebrating with family, and enjoying the festive sight of a colorful Christmas tree, nothing is better than gathering around the table for a holiday feast. Whether you are hosting Christmas for a crowd or keeping things quieter with an intimate family dinner, there’s no reason to skip out on the delicious, fresh flavors of the season. From savory to sweet, we’ve prepared the ultimate menu of dishes to brighten up any holiday table. And here’s the kicker: It’s all vegetarian. This variety of meatless dishes can play a perfect accompaniment to a Christmas ham or beef tenderloin, or you can mix and match recipes for a totally veggie-packed dinner that stands on its own. No matter what you choose, this vegetarian Christmas dinner is Rudolph-approved.

1. Eggplant Lasagna

Eggplant Lasagna

If you’re looking for a hearty and homey dish that is perfect for a vegetarian main course, this lasagna is for you. Layers of cheese, noodles, and, of course, eggplant come together for a delicious and beautiful plate that’s simple to make.

2. Vegetarian Collard Greens

Vegetarian Collard Greens

Collard greens are the ultimate southern side dish that tastes great any time of year. Simmer fresh collard greens until tender, flavored with garlic, onion, crushed rep pepper, and smoked paprika. Top with a splash of vinegar and a sprinkle of cheese and get ready to be blown away.

3. Vegetarian Samosas

Vegetarian Samosas

Need something to tide you over on Christmas afternoon? These Vegetarian Samosas are perfect to have around while you prepare dinner (with your favorite carols playing in the background). Puff pastry is filled with an aromatic blend of spices, potatoes and peas for a bite of unmatched flavor.

4. Meatless Spaghetti Sauce

Meatless Spaghetti Sauce

If you’re cooking for a blend of vegetarians and meat-eaters, this Meatless Spaghetti Sauce is great to have around. Simply prepare the pasta without the sauce and let your guests choose between a meatless version or a beefy Bolognese. It’s an easy and tasty compromise everyone will enjoy.

5. Creamy Linguine with Vegetables

Creamy Linguine with Vegetables

This linguine is beyond creamy with Neufchatel and parmesan cheese, plus cauliflower and spinach. Toasted chopped walnuts add a nutty crunch to this dish, and you can always make it your own by adding other seasonal produce.

6. Vegetarian Chiles Rellenos

Vegetarian Chiles Rellenos

Think outside the box this holiday season with a Christmas dish that may just become your new favorite. Vegetarian Chiles Rellenos are a cheesy and veggie-filled cousin of stuffed peppers that are a great make-ahead option.

7. Electric Pressure Cooker-Sweet Potato Tagine

Electric Pressure Cooker-Sweet Potato Tagine

This tagine will have your dinner table guests thinking you spent all day simmering and stirring, when in reality, you can make it in just 30 minutes using your pressure cooker. From sweet potatoes to fresh ginger, cinnamon, cayenne and cilantro, every spoonful is an exciting blend of warming tastes.

8. Brown-Butter Brussels Sprouts

Brown-Butter Brussels Sprouts

These brussels sprouts are soon to be a permanent fixture at every holiday party. They’re super simple—only four ingredients, to be exact—and have an incredible nuttiness that adds a whole new depth of flavor.

9. Green Bean Casserole Recipe

Green Bean Casserole Recipe

It’s not the holidays without a classic green bean casserole. Fresh green beans are the base of this traditional side dish, and a garlicky-panko breadcrumb crust adds just the right amount of crunch.

10. Slow-Cooker Mashed Potatoes

Slow-Cooker Mashed Potatoes

Need a break from the kitchen? Fire up the slow-cooker to keep things cooking while you spend time with your loved ones. The end result is a batch of fluffy, cheesy potatoes that you can prepare up to seven hours ahead of time.

11. Savory Corn Spoon Bread

Savory Corn Spoon Bread

Spoon bread is a classic southern dish that is reminiscent of your favorite baked corn bread. This Savory Corn Spoon Bread uses stuffing mix and frozen corn for an easy and tasty side that’s a little sweet and a little salty.

12. Avocado Egg Rolls

Avocado Egg Rolls

Avocado Egg Rolls are amazing to share as an appetizer before your Christmas dinner is ready. Black beans, corn, avocado, and cheese are all wrapped up in a crunchy egg roll wrapper for a festive blend of flavor and texture.

13. Oat-Topped Sweet Potato Crisp

Oat-Topped Sweet Potato Crisp

Round out Christmas with this unique crisp. Holiday flavors from sweet potatoes, tart apples and cranberries and warm cinnamon and brown sugar blend together for a sweet casserole that is perfectly finished with a crunchy, nutty topping.

If you love these meat-free dishes, we have plenty more where that came from. Surprise and delight your friends and family with Vegetarian Appetizers that everyone will love. As the weather heats up, hit the grill to make a variety of Summer Grilled Vegetable Recipes using all kinds of seasonal produce. And when next year’s holiday season rolls around, try these Vegetarian Thanksgiving Recipes.

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