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Jost Riebau

Editorial Assistant at Kitchen Stories

This article is part of our monthly issue "A Culinary Christmas Carol," in which we explore traditional and modern takes on holiday dishes from around the world. Using the framework of Christmas Past, Present, and Yet to Come, we'll share fun recipes, last minute gift ideas, tips for cooking a small feast in case you're social distancing, and plenty of light-hearted holiday content for you to unwind with. Check out this link to find an overview of all our weekly topics, stories, recipes, and more.

A Christmas dinner of a different kind

The Christmas season is already in full swing and as well baking homemade cookies and juggling inevitable Christmas errands, one or two other thoughts just might have strayed to the upcoming festive meal.

At home, we’ve never stuck to a traditional menu. Meat-eaters and vegetarians have always been united under our roof, which is why our Christmas dinners have always been, and still are, more of a buffet of various dishes. I’ve always associated Christmas Eve with fragrant rice and sumac, colorful oven vegetables, roasted chicken legs with a light crispy honey glaze and fragrant toasted nuts.

Though I’m a meat-eater myself, that doesn’t mean I don’t appreciate the wealth of delicious vegetarian and vegan Christmas dishes. And, fortunately I don't have to choose just one this year, thanks to my family's buffet concept! So believe me when I say that these dishes are in no way inferior to their traditional counterparts. If you also feel like trying something new this year, then the following vegetarian and vegan recipes are her for you. For an unforgettable Christmas dinner of a different kind, for everyone at your table

Our 10 favorite vegetarian & vegan Christmas recipes

Hearty vegetarian stew

Hearty vegetarian stew

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Savoy cabbage in puff pastry

Savoy cabbage in puff pastry

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Baked zucchini with millet filling

Baked zucchini with millet filling

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Quick pumpkin from the pan

Quick pumpkin from the pan

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Aromatic roasted vegetables

Aromatic roasted vegetables

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Cauliflower steak

Cauliflower steak

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Artichokes with lemony vinaigrette

Artichokes with lemony vinaigrette

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Sunchoke and Brussels sprouts gratin

Sunchoke and Brussels sprouts gratin

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Caramelized onion tarte tatin

Caramelized onion tarte tatin

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Vegetarian Wellington

Vegetarian Wellington

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What are your favourite fish- and meatless Christmas recipes? Let us know in the comments below!

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