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The Christmas Feast is a huge event in a Christian household. After Advent, it is quite a Celebration!
Even as a child, long before I was Vegetarian, it was never the main dish that interested me, but rather the side dishes, appetizers and desserts. For that reason, my Christmas Dinner ideas don't focus much on "Mains" but on all the many dishes that make a wonderful feast.
For practical reasons - it's good to have a mix of simple & complicated, make-ahead, and fix-right-before, and slow-cooker, oven, stove-top and no-cook sort of dishes. I've endeavored to provide that sort of blend here.
Here are some ideas to get YOUR creative ideas flowing:
Dips Buffet for a Party
Despite the picture - this link has SEVERAL different Vegan dip recipes : )
Red Pepper & Walnut Dip or Spread
Vegan Holiday Appetizers
Vegan Mock Crab Cakes
Lentil Shepherd's Pie
Marinated, Grilled Tofu
Greek Stuffed Veggies ( Gemista )
This is also a slow cooker recipe, if you need it to be! : )
Baked Potatoes in the Slow Cooker
Bulgur Pilaf ( Pourgouri )
This is also a great starchy side dish for Omnivores!
Brussels Sprouts with Pecans
Cauliflower & Capers
Green Beans Almondine
Rosemary Roast Potatoes in the Slow Cooker
Simply Zucchini Saute
Stuffing, Low fat & Vegan
Sweet Potato Fries
Sweet & Sour Sweet Potatoes
Carrot Raisin Salad without Mayonnaise
Farro Salad, Mediterranean
Fruited Black-Eyed Pea Salad
Lentil & Rice Salad
Mediterranean Two Bean Salad
Mix & Match Italian Rice Salad
Quinoa and Lime Salad
Birthday Treat, Easy Vegan
(You can see how this would work for Christmas, too, right? ; )
Crispy Rice Cupcakes
These can accommodate multiple allergies - although they DO have Peanut Butter in them.
They're great for the Gluten-Free folks if they're made with GF Crispy Rice.
Gingerbread Crunch Cookies
(hope you're more artistic than I am! : )
Make One Mix, Make Ten Different Cookies
Pineapple Upside Down Cake
Raw (ish) Cookie Assortment
Raw (ish) Maple Walnut Squares
Samali (Greek Semolina Dessert)
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