Christmas Dinner Ideas for Vegetarians


A top-down view of Christmas dinner. | Image by Taste of Home

Christmas dinner should be delicious for the entire family—even for the vegetarian cousin. Although vegetarianism or veganism may have health benefits or a smaller environmental impact, many enjoy eating meat around the holidays whether it be spiral-cut ham, roast beef or turkey.

However, a recent survey found that about 10% of Americans are vegetarian or vegan, which means most Americans are very likely to have at least one family member with a meat-restricted diet.

Different eating habits can spur resentment between family members who feel deprived of their favorite Christmas dinner items. On the other hand, vegetarians are often relegated to a side salad and pumpkin pie. Below is a list of recipes to serve alongside beloved Christmas cuts delicious enough for everyone to enjoy.

Pierogis, Dumplings, Wontons or Potstickers

Both pierogis and dumplings can be purchased at the store. For ambitious chefs, making your own dough and creating a filling can be a fun project for several family members. However, make sure the filling is cold before placing it inside the dough for the best results.

Mushroom Recipes

Mushrooms are savory and high in protein, and they absorb spices and flavors very well. In order to give the illusion of a steak flavor, cover the mushroom in a light layer of olive oil and rub it in steak seasoning. Here are more recipes to elevate everyone’s favorite fungi.

Spinach Recipes

Spinach is both nutritious and high in iron much like red meat. Popeye himself would approve of these recipes.

Eggplant Recipes

Eggplants are meaty and substantial while being high in antioxidants. Moreover, Healthline suggests that eggplants can help with blood sugar control.

Roasted Vegetables

Generally, roasted vegetables are covered in oil, salt and spices and baked in the oven at 425°F until finished. They are very simple to make. However, be precise to cut the vegetables in similar shapes and sizes so they all finish at the same time.


Although crostinis are the easy way out, they are addictive and easy to whip up in 10 minutes. Moreover, the topping options are endless which means that serving an array of options will please both the family vegetarian and the meat-loving uncle. Here is a list of ideas.

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Deborah King
Deborah King
1 month ago

Why vegetarians don’t eat meat but wants their food to taste like meat?