Blogger-Approved Holiday Dinner Ideas


Last night I had a crazy dream. It was the holidays and I was watching a friend prep a family dinner in the kitchen. She had a black and white puppy. Totally adorable. She was rubbing oil on his fur as he gazed at her trustingly. Then she put a large silver pot on the stove, and gently placed the puppy in the pot. After a few seconds I realized that she meant to cook the puppy for dinner. That’s when I reached into the pot and pulled the puppy into my arms. As I did, he transformed into an equally adorable baby cow, and started licking my face. That’s when I woke up to my cat, Calie, licking my cheek.

Or… maybe my dream wasn’t all that crazy. In Asia, people actually do this (eat dogs and cats). So what’s the difference, really, between us eating a turkey or rabbit and them eating a dog or a cat? Nothing, that’s what. All animals are the same, really. They all have thoughts, feelings, fears, desires, autonomy, etc. Just like humans do. Killing them and cutting them up to eat is quite simply an unnecessary cruelty.

Blogger-Approved Holiday Dinner Ideas

In fact, filling your plate with plants and grains has been proven time and time again to be the healthier option — not just for your own personal longevity and appearance, but for the planet. Even Arnold agrees. So please — join me this holiday in celebrating the cruelty-free way: with a delicious vegan dinner!

Here are a few fantastic meal plans from chef bloggers I really admire:

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A writer, artist and designer since she was young enough to put pencil to paper, Hilary spends most of her time in France, but still considers herself a New Yorker, and visits regularly. Hilary spent the past decade living in NYC and has traveled extensively around the world, looking for hot new topics, destinations, and brands to bring to Urbanette readers.


  1. Rosemary Robles

    The dinner ideas look wonderful. I am anxious to try them, and I love to read reviews from others.

  2. Christina Brown

    This is a fantastic collection of vegan dishes and they are not just for the holidays. I love Jamie Oliver and am glad his list is here at your site. So many wonderful, delicious, creative choices. What a wonderful list, thank you. Hilary, you never disappoint!

  3. Esther Earl Harris

    ALL of these recipes look mouthwatering! I cannot wait to get cooking! 🙂

  4. Charlotte Gurley

    So many amazing recipes! thinking of which to make first.

  5. Shelley Donalds

    I’m starting to spread the plant-based love and I’m launching my website soon. That includes vegan recipes, I’m sharing it with you and I hope you’ll help me spread this special kind of love ♥

  6. Though not a vegetarian, I once in a while, try meatless meals. Love these blogs you shared. Detailed and perfect menu instructions. Indeed, an ultimate guide 🙂

  7. Amirah Mifsud

    I would not mind having vegetarian meals for the holidays (after all, I’m after the taste and these all look sumptuous) but I’m not sure if boyfriend would be satisfied (or would want to try these with me…)

  8. All these look delicious. And reading their recipes, I can conclude they are all healthy. But I don’t know and don’t have time to cook 🙁 Poor me!

  9. “Holiday Soup for the Soul” I love the dish name. Healthily yummy!

  10. Evelyn Sandler

    So much to choose from! I love your site! Now, who needs turkey and meat?!

  11. Phillippe Salvatore

    That photo of Christmas Tree Salad is inviting. I’m getting the recipe! I hope I’d be able to present it beautifully as well.

  12. Diana Hewitt

    Thank you for the ideas and inspiration for the Christmas board. Everything looks so yummy and attractive. I also like to prepare handmade gifts for my vegetarian and vegan friends: I give jams made with fruits from my own orchard, pickles and chutneys made from my garden vegetables and other yummy treats and they’re always appreciated.

  13. Jennifer McSween

    What a fabulous round-up, Hilary! This is definitely my kind of Christmas fare. 🙂

  14. Sasha Rosswell

    Wow Hilary! What an amazing and extensive list of recipes you’ve put together for the holidays!! I know I can always count on your recipes to be crowd pleasers 🙂

  15. Kim Hartford

    I’m so glad you did this post as I was thinking about my Christmas menu!

  16. Camila Hilhorst

    Thanks a lot for the yummy and delicious recipe ideas. They would make the perfect dinner for Christmas. 🙂

  17. Olivia Peterson

    Love these recipes! Have been a vegetarian for 8 years, and each Christmas I find myself looking for recipes or alternatives to meat only to find side dishes. I was always craving a hearty, vegetarian main meal I could enjoy along with the sides. With this list I don’t need to look anywhere else. So many choices to satisfy my large Christmas appetite 🙂 Thank you!

  18. Andrea Mitchell

    I look forward to trying these gorgeous recipes

  19. Anna Kaplan

    Amazing collection. Will share in my facebook group. Have a nice day! 🙂

  20. Julia MacLean

    Thanks so much for this, Hilary! I’ve been trying to decide what to make this year and your list will certainly help! I hope you have a wonderful Christmas and an absolutely perfect 2016.

  21. Franny Pimms

    This is an amazing round up. So many great ideas and recipes that I can’t wait to try.

  22. There are so many things I’m now dying to make from this list!

  23. Marina Henderson

    What an awesome list! This is just the thing I’ve been looking for. Most of my family members are carnivores but I want to open their horizons with a vegetarian entree this Christmas. 🙂

  24. What a wonderful list!! Beautiful and delicious recipes!

  25. Sabrina Wellington

    Wonderful recipes! I’m a new vegan and this is our first Christmas as vegans. These are great ideas for the holiday and all year long. I love them all. Merry Christmas to everybody!!!

  26. Melissa Princeton

    Was really worried my vegan family members would not have anything special for Christmas. Just saw these wonderful recipes you shared and now I’m really excited to get cooking. Well done and thank you.

  27. Susanna Milton

    This is an awesome collection of recipes of vegan recipes that fit the Christmas Dinner so well! Thank you so much for sharing with us!

  28. Kimberley Foulkes

    I will definitely make some of these recipes! Delicious!

  29. Matilda PARKER

    Oh wow! These look seriously delicious! I cannot wait to make this all! I’ve been looking for decent veggie Xmas meal recipes, and these ones definitely fit the bill.

  30. Felicia Stewart

    Wow Hilary, these look ABSOLUTELY AMAZING! The food seem delicious so much! I’d love to taste the vegan Nutella hot chocolate, and the lentil walutballs… Oh dear Lord, I HAVE to try to make it asap! I’m celebrating Christmas with my parents but they’re not vegetarian so I guess we’ll have quite a traditional American Christmas dinner, but I might try to introduce them to some of these recipes because I’m sure they’ll love it!

  31. Cassi Braun

    These look totally amazing!! Such a beautiful mix of flavors, I can’t wait to try it all. Especially the pie!

  32. Lena Dzeko

    I almost had a panic attack…I have been metaphorically hiding under my bed with my fingers in my ears about Christmas and thought I had actually missed it there for a moment! Hahaha! Cheers for the gorgeous recipe shares and ideas 🙂

  33. Fabulous ideas. I’m really looking forward to working my way through all these recipes! 🙂

  34. Most of these are going to be on our Christmas table the 25th Hilary, thank you so much for the inspiration! I still have to find something ‘meaty’ for the carnivores in my family haha, they can’t live without, but I am definitely be making these! Thanks so much and I wish you and your family lovely holidays!

  35. Christina Norelli

    These look fantastic! Thanks so much. I’m really looking forward to making these on Christmas Day!

  36. Catherine White

    Hello Hilary, I’m making some of those dishes for our Christmas party with friends! Great ideas, thanks so much!!

  37. Nicky Bryan

    Entirely love these! Thank you for sharing!

  38. Pearl Nguyen

    I’ll make some of these for my parents on Christmas eve. I’m sure it’ll be so delicious. Thank you. 🙂

  39. Emily Wentz

    You know what I love the most about these? Every recipe calls for ingredients most of us can get at the store easily or already have! Plus there isn’t five thousand ingredients, they are EASY and AFFORDABLE!! I love it, thank you so much! Trying out a few for this X-mas!

  40. Thank you so much. Just finished printing few of these recipes! And as first year vegan, I am sure my friends will be impressed. 😀

  41. Elin Hanks

    Wow. Rather delicious food!! I will definitely be experimenting.

  42. Debbie Jones

    These recipes look so delicious! why limit yourself to eating them just at Christmas?! So nice to see some seriously tasty food that doesn’t involve bucket loads of turkey/goose/ham etc.

  43. Samatha Anthony

    Oh my god these sound amazing and I’m not even a full-vegan!

  44. Lucretia Asher

    Excellent recipes. Nothing to do with rights or wrongs of meat-eating, well-prepared vegetables make a good meal. 🙂

  45. Delicious recipes, and very easy to fit in with the rest of the family.

  46. Dana Rosatti

    There’s nothing like a bit of pumpkin pie to get into the Christmas spirit. 🙂

  47. Sabrina Grattidge

    All of these look yummy!

  48. Courtney Watson

    Well, the road to veganism is never and will never be easy! But thanks for sharing this list! Wonderful and delicious recipes that will truly be of help to those who are trying to start their vegan diet 🙂

    • Hannah Mayers

      I know right! It’s very hard… Who would want to give up hamburgers?! But aside from health reasons, I guess being vegan gives that “satisfied” and “I’m doing the right thing” feeling 🙂 One of the reasons I keep coming back to is that it never fails to give innovative and creative ideas! Love this article so much!

  49. Gabby Williams

    Yes, I am vegan! And I glad I did went vegan! Never felt this healthier! Glad I landed to this article ’cause I’m honestly having a difficult time thinking what I should prepare for my family. The recipes you shared are not just for my family’s holiday, these are worth trying all throughout the year! (Good thing I’ve got new recipes for next year 🙂

  50. Very good list! I’ve tried “Vegan mushroom rolls” and “Gluten-free Lemon Millet biscuits” from Jamie Oliver and both were delicious! I’m glad I’ve tried!

  51. Thanks for these! Definitely trying out these recipes for my families and friends’ dinner this season! It really feels good to be vegan! And it pays off…

  52. Nice one! The pictures are enticing! I’m a proud vegan. To others, it may “just” be meat, but I honor “existence” so I really refuse eating meat. Thanks for this very timely article!

  53. Trish

    Thanks so much for the terrific roundup of holiday recipes! It’s challenging to think outside of the box when it comes to family Christmas dinners when you want to go a non-meat route – and the collection of holiday menus and recipes you’ve collected will make it much easier.

    • Yeah, very hard to make Christmas dinner exciting when non-meat route was chosen! Indeed an article that would help me prepare a memorable and delicious dinner 🙂 Sharing this with friends…

  54. Sarah Uibel

    These dishes sound supper yummy! Gonna have to add a few to the mix for this years holiday family-fest!

  55. Oh wow! Allow me to comment that your dream’s really horrible… This article just made me proud I’m vegan 🙂 Life is as “dear” to animals as it is to man. Let’s give respect!

    Anyway, I’ve tried “Nutella Hot Chocolate.” Very, very, very delicious!

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