There’s literally no better way to celebrate the festive season than with good food, and if you’re a vegetarian or are just looking for some good vegetarian Christmas dinner ideas, we have you covered. 

Read on to discover 5 super comforting and delicious recipes that are perfect to try out and dig into!

A dish is filled with food, with Roasted cauliflower

Whole Roasted Cauliflower

If a good roast and gravy are what you have in mind, this veggie version will blow away your mind! Start by rubbing a whole cauliflower head with some melted butter, salt and pepper and placing it in an oven-safe skillet with some garlic and herbs around it, and baking it until it is slightly charred.

To add a little spice sprinkle over some ground cumin and add some whole cloves (remove once cooked).

Rub again with some melted butter and set aside. Pair it up with a simple gravy that you can make by sauteing together finely chopped onions, cremini mushrooms, butter, salt, pepper and herbs and then stirring in a bit of flour, letting it cook for a couple of minutes, and then adding in some vegetable stock and cooking until the mixture thickens.

A great dish to make for a vegetarian Christmas if you only have a couple of vegetarians to feed and want to do meats too.

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Mushroom Risotto

Cooking risotto is super therapeutic, and this one will tingle your taste buds with just the right flavours.

Start by sauteing some chopped onions, garlic, a bay leaf and some thyme in some butter until they turn translucent.

Next, add some sliced button mushrooms and cook until they turn soft. Season with salt and pepper and then throw in some more butter and add the arborio rice, stirring constantly for around 2 minutes.

Add in some hot vegetable broth and keep stirring, allowing the rice to cook. Keep adding more broth until the rice is cooked. Serve hot!

For a more Slimming World version, this mushroom risotto is one you will love too. Why not also check out my other Slimming World rice recipes and easy to follow risotto guide?

Butternut squash risotto and garlic mushroom risotto are two of my other favourites!

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Creamy Pumpkin Penne

This one’s perfect for pasta lovers. To make this, all you’ll need to do is roast some pumpkin with onions and garlic, drizzled in olive oil and seasoned with salt and pepper in the oven until it just softens.

Get them out, pulse them with a stick blender along with a bit of vegetable broth. Add in some soaked cashews and a tablespoon of olive oil and blend again, until the mixture turns creamy.

Mix it together with some cooked pasta, season with more salt and pepper and add in a bit of fresh cream and give it a final mix! 

Mushroom Soup with Supergreens

The cold winter night calls for a bowl of hot soup, and this soothing mushroom soup ticks all the boxes, and is super healthy too- with the loaded greens in it!

To make it, you’ll first need to prep your greens & veggies- chop kale into bite-sized pieces, sliced mushrooms, cut broccoli into small florets, slice celery and mince some shallots and garlic.

Saute these on high heat with a bit of olive oil and then add in some vegetable stock, orzo pasta and dried thyme and basil and allow it to simmer until the pasta is cooked. Take it off heat, season with salt and pepper and finish with a garnish of basil leaves. 

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Butter Bean & Butternut Squash Soup

And if you’re someone who loves their soups, here’s another comforting one you just don’t want to miss.

Start by sauteing chopped butternut squash in a bit of olive oil and then add in some onions, garlic and ginger and cook until they also turn soft.

Now add in some vegetable stock, thyme and canned butter beans and chickpeas and bring it to a boil.

Add in some cooked couscous, some crushed butter beans (crush simply with a fork) and give it a final mix- top with spring onions and coriander! A lovely vegetarian Christmas soup!

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More Christmas recipe and ideas you might like

If you are looking for more inspiring Christmas recipes and ideas then check out the following articles I think you might like!

A red lentil soup as a great starter for Christmas

Beef Bourguignon makes a good meat alternative for Christmas dinner or for Boxing day when you don’t want to cook!

Raspberry and chocolate indulgence makes a great Christmas dessert.

If you have bought cranberries for Christmas you can use them to make a cranberry smoothie, cranberry tea, cranberry and honey drink or perhaps a cranberry and apple cider vinegar drink?

Potato recipes for Christmas

Christmas as a vegetarian trying to be healthy

Creating the perfect vegan Christmas dinner

Christmas red cabbage recipe

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