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Dec 4, 2012 05:55 PM

Vegetarian christmas breakfast, dinner, dessert

Hi everyone,

Just wondering what vegetarian (or vegan) meals others will be making for Christmas dinner! We will be with family on the actual day, but I always choose a different day for us to celebrate as an (entirely vegetarian) family.

Last year, I did Smitten Kitchen's mushroom bourgignon and a family favorite, German chocolate cupcakes. I like something that's comforting but feels luxurious, that we wouldn't usually eat.

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  1. I am the only vegetarian in the family, and I usually ask my dad to make me a vegetable pot pie. I'm in the habit of making her mushroom bourgignon all the time (usually subbing chickpeas for the pearl onions) so it no longer feels luxurious- more like a staple!

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    1. re: Jetgirly

      the chickpea sub is interesting. Thanks!

    2. Traditionally, a lot of Italian Americans do a meatless Christmas Eve, but it is fish-laden. Risottos are a good choice, as is polenta, and lots of pasta preparations can be made sans meat or dairy.
      Stuffed portobello mushrooms are a nice idea, too.

      1. I like making souffle's for festive occasions. They are easy and impressive. Start with a grapefruit and fennel salad with hazelnuts. Spinach souffle for main.

        Also, I'm imagining an egg nog french toast as a breakfast. Yum!

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        1. re: relizabeth

          I discovered this recipe last year on Youtube and it is worth the time. It is really amazing.

          I will also be making pumpkin pie, some roasted vegetables and mashed potatoes.

            1. re: IndyGirl

              I am glad you liked it. Hope you get to try it. Keep me posted if you try it.

        2. We are planning on doing homemade applesauce and latkes for Christmas breakfast this year.

          1. would love some ideas too for a main for a vegetarian christmas. i am the only veg in the house so i usually eat all the sides (all of which are veg.. the meat eaters have gravy + turkey too, and i get my veg main) plus my main and douse most dishes with mushroom gravy. does anyone have any suggestions?

            i think i had a veg pot pie with biscuit topping one year, nut loaf another year, kale & cheddar bread pudding another year. i am normally not a big fan of the idea of tofurkey.

            this year, we are keeping it simple with the sides: asparagus polonaise, some sort of nice salad TBD, mashed potatoes, steamed corn kernels (we always love this doused with gravy, even if it's just frozen corn.. it's a family tradition :)) cranberry sauce.

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            1. re: helenhelen

              You should try Vegetarian shepherd's pie. It is amazing with gravy.
              Even meat eaters would love it.

                1. re: IndyGirl

                  I don't have a specific recipe but I found one that is very close to the one my friend makes and that I really like.
                  Sometimes if you feel like it you can use sweet potatoes and you can also use vegetarian ground "meat" instead of the lentils.
                  I personally prefer lentils.

                2. re: Radha2009

                  thank you. i love shep's pie! i make it somewhat regularly though so it wouldn't feel "special" enough for xmas dinner for me. also, we always have mashed potatoes as a side dish so it would be too much potato for one meal.

                  i usually use lentils, tomatoes, onions, garlic, herbs as the filling for shep's pie... but i do also like it using fake ground round (i use yves brand) and make it the way they would with meat. i imagine a tofu version would be tasty too, especially with sage!