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Going plant-based this holiday? Here are a few meat-free recipes that the whole family can enjoy

A vegan feast can be done when you have the right ingredients and a fantastic meat-free recipe that is sure to entice the whole family. There are various selections to try that you can serve this Christmas, including dishes that are accidentally plant-based. 

Browse below for vegan Christmas recipes, from appetisers to entrées:

1. Fruit Salad

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Above Photo: Dana DeVolk / Unsplash

A Filipino Christmas celebration is never complete without serving a colourful fruit salad. You can make an entirely fresh bowl of ambrosia that is creamy yet dairy-free. You'll have to toss in some sliced apples, oranges, grapes, and strawberries along with other recipes that aren't too hard to find in your pantry.

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2. Gingerbread Cookies

You can make adorable gingerbread cookies out of vegan butter, flax egg, brown sugar, and a few more ingredients that are typically needed in baking these staple treats. The next thing you'll need is a cookie-cutter and a few creative juices to design a gingerbread man, tree, or star.

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Above Photo: Casey Chae / Unsplash

3. Spinach and Tomato Quiche

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Photo: BBC Good Food
Above Photo: BBC Good Food

This vegan spinach and tomato quiche would make a great centrepiece. 

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4. Lentil Bolognese

Pasta lovers rejoice for there's a hearty recipe that you can serve and relish on holiday eve—lentil bolognese. Who needs ground meat to have a flavoursome bolognese? Replace the meat with small lentils and add tomato paste along with other common ingredients used in making this dish and taste the difference!

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5. Ham

You can still bite into a juicy ham without the cholesterol. This vegan recipe only requires you to create ham out of vital wheat gluten (sprinkled and blended with some spices) and the maple glaze which is made of paprika, liquid smoke, soy sauce, and maple syrup. What you'll have once you make this special ham is a golden main entree that will leave everyone feeling stuffed by the end of the evening.

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6. Crispy Vegan 'Chicken' Drumsticks

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Crispy vegan chicken drumsticks (Photo: Daily Vegan)
Above Crispy vegan chicken drumsticks (Photo: Daily Vegan)

You read that right—you can recreate chicken drumsticks without poultry but with the same crispy coating and soft and tender meat. Ingredients aren't hard to find, either, as you'll only need meat alternatives like vital wheat gluten and jackfruit which taste similar in one bite. You may also serve it with veggies.

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7. Vegan Mushroom Gravy

If you want to add more flavour to your dishes, concoct vegan mushroom gravy that pairs well with various selections. Whether you prepared roast, mashed potatoes, or the like, this gravy will surely make your meal even more savoury.

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8. Paella

It's easy to make the family favourite paella without seafood or meat. This highly-rated vegan version of the dish uses the usual: vegetable broth, diced tomato, smoked paprika and more. But if you prefer to add meat alternatives such as diced fried tofu, mushroom, and the like, feel free to do so!

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Above Photo: Vegan Huggs

9. Caldereta

Caldereta on Christmas always tastes better. You may serve this Filipino staple using plant-based components including soy meat which almost has the same texture as beef—but better. You may have a plateful of caldereta without the guilt as long as you use the same aromatics and spices.

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