5 Recipes for a Perfect Vegan Christmas

It is possible to celebrate the holidays in a vegan and healthy way. Surprise your family with a menu so tasty and different that you can not forget it!

1. Vegetable Tempura

Ingredients for 8 people:

  • 1 fresh red pepper
  • 1 Italian green pepper
  • 1 large zucchini
  • 1 large eggplant
  • 2 carrots
  • 1 leek
  • 1 large sweet onion
  • 15 mushrooms
  • 200 g of flour for tempura
  • ½ teaspoon of salt
  • Olive oil for frying
  • 4 tablespoons of soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons of rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon of sesame seeds
  • ½ cup of water

Preparation (30 minutes):

  • Thoroughly wash all the vegetables and then peel the onion and carrot.
  • Cut the vegetables into thin strips and the mushrooms into quarters.
  • Heat olive oil in a large saucepan.
  • Mix the flour for tempura with the salt and add cold water, stirring constantly, until a mixture with the consistency of a liquid cream is formed.
  • When the oil is hot, pass handfuls of vegetables through the tempura, ensuring that they are covered well, and place them in the oil. When the batter is golden, remove everything, put it in a dish rack or rack to drain and make the next batch.
  • For the sauce, heat the soy sauce with the rice vinegar, the sesame seeds and the water in a saucepan until it starts to boil. Remove it from the fire.
  • Serve hot or tempered with the sauce to dip.

2. Cucumber Rolls With Vegetable Paté

Ingredients for 8 people:

  • 2 long Dutch cucumbers
  • 4 tablespoons of hummus
  • 4 tablespoons of olive pâté
  • 4 tablespoons of guacamole
  • 4 tablespoons of vegan sobrasada

Preparation (20 minutes):

  • Wash the cucumbers and cut them into long thin strips with the help of a mandolin.
  • Spread one or two teaspoons of the chosen pâté over the cucumber strip and roll it up. Make sure that the filling does not come out at the edges.
  • If necessary, you can keep the shape of the rolls by crossing them with a toothpick.
  • Go leaving the rolls made in a source.
  • Store it in the refrigerator, covered, until it’s time to serve.

3. Spicy Vegetable Vichyssoise

Ingredients for 8 people:

  • 2 sweet onions
  • 2 leeks
  • 800 g of potatoes
  • 250 ml of soy drink (unsweetened and unflavored)
  • 5 cups of water
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 cloves
  • 2 fruits of star anise
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 3 green cardamoms
  • 1 piece of ginger (5 g)
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 4 balls of black pepper
  • The skin of ½ orange
  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Preparation (30 minutes):

  • Wash the vegetables. Peel the onions and potatoes. Cut the vegetables into medium pieces.
  • Heat the oil in a large saucepan or pot over medium-high heat.
  • Put the onion and leeks, covered, and let them poach until the onion is translucent.
  • Add the potatoes, salt and all the spices (you can put them in a cloth bag to remove later more easily) and mix well.
  • Add the water and put it over high heat. When it enters in a strong boil, lower the heat, cover it and let it cook until the potatoes are tender (about 15 minutes).
  • Remove it from the heat, remove the spices, add the soy drink and beat it all together for a few minutes until you get a smooth cream, without chips.
  • Try and rectify with salt. You can add more water or soy drink if you see it necessary.
  • You can serve this hot, warm or cold.

4. Stuffed Seitan Rounds

Ingredients for 8 people:

  • 3 roasted piquillo peppers
  • 10 fresh mushrooms
  • 1 ¼ cup wheat gluten powder
  • ¼ cup of whole wheat flour or oatmeal
  • 2 tablespoons of soy sauce
  • 1 ¼ cup of warm water
  • Medium medium zucchini
  • Half green pepper
  • Half medium leek
  • 1 tablespoon of corn starch or tapioca
  • ½ teaspoon of thyme
  • ½ teaspoon of garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon of parsley
  • A pinch of ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon of oil
  • ½ cup of tomato sauce
  • 1 onion
  • 2 tablespoons of soy sauce
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 cup of water
  • A pinch of salt

Preparation (45 minutes):

  • Mix gluten, flour, soy sauce and water in a bowl. Mix it by hand a couple of minutes. Cover and let stand 10 minutes.
  • Wash the vegetables and cut them into strips or julienne strips. Put them in another bowl with the starch, spices and a pinch of salt, and mix well.
  • Boil plenty of water in a big pot.
  • Stretch the seitan with the roller and form a rectangle. Put the vegetables in the first room and roll it up. Wrap it in a tight brown mesh or paper to boil.
  • In the boiling water, put the seitan roll, cover it and lower the fire a little. Keep it 30-40 minutes.
  • To make the sauce, heat the oil in a saucepan over medium heat.
  • Cut the onion into quarters and brown it for a few minutes.
  • Add the tomato sauce and stir quickly. Add the soy sauce and mix well. Add the bay leaf and water.
  • Boil a few minutes, until the sauce is mellow, and remove it.
  • Take the seitan to a serving dish and bathe it with the sauce.

5. Vegetable Cake

Ingredients for 8 people:

  • 1 ½ cups of cooked quinoa
  • 1 ½ cups of cooked lentils
  • 1 ½ cups of brown rice
  • 200 g of hard tofu
  • ½ cup of peeled and toasted almonds
  • 2 tablespoons of corn starch or tapioca
  • 2 tablespoons of soy sauce (shoyu or tamari)
  • ¼ teaspoon of salt
  • ½ teaspoon sweet paprika
  • ½ teaspoon of salvia
  • ½ teaspoon of thyme
  • A pinch of ground pepper
  • ½ cup of tomato sauce

Preparation (45 minutes):

  • Preheat the oven to 200 ° C in a fan forced oven.
  • Crush the almonds in a mortar. Crumble the tofu with your hands.
  • Put all the ingredients in a bowl, except the tomato sauce, and mix it very well. Add 100 ml of water if you see it too dry.
  • Spread a square or rectangular mold, high, with a little olive oil, and place the whole dough, trying to compact it well.
  • Bake it for 25-30 minutes, until it begins to peel off a little at the edges.
  • Take it out, let it rest a few minutes and unmold it on a tray.
  • Cover with tomato sauce and distribute a few chopped nuts on the top.

How to prepare a vegan Christmas menu

When you are vegan, you may have doubts about what to serve in the main meals and dinners: that your family does not know what to do, that you yourself do not have a good plan, or that you find yourself before diners unwilling to change, given the strength of tradition.

For these cases, what I recommend is that you offer to prepare the Christmas Eve dinner or the Christmas meal with the help of your family.

Make the kitchen a collaborative space in which they participate, that are part of the process, that bring their personal touch, that ask their doubts, that they try new things… The celebration can begin with the preparation of the feast.

A collaborative Christmas

Cucumber rolls with pate are a good start. Invite your guests (now kitchen assistants) to try them before doing anything with them. Surely someone has not tried anything similar and can give more ideas.

You can also offer to take part of the lunch or dinner so that you only have to heat it or present it in the host’s house. Advise in advance and make your proposals so that they do not prepare too much food. If necessary, you can make a previous homemade tasting.

If you prefer, propose that dinner or food be at home and cooking for everyone. If you propose a good vegan menu -that is tasty, complete and varied-, the health of your guests will thank you, especially the next day, when instead of feeling unwell what they may want to try again some of the delicacies of the yesterday.

My advice for these parties is that you take it calmly, with enthusiasm and humor. Do not get overwhelmed by the meals that you have to prepare or that you have to attend. Instead, propose solutions: let everyone do their bit and help in the kitchen, and prepare to spend a happy and pleasant evening for everyone, big and small.

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