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The Vegetarian Christmas Dinner

Updated on November 25, 2011

A Vegetarian meal

Christmas is only a few weeks away. This is one of my favourite festive celebrations. I like the lights, the music and the food, oh yes, the food.

Christmas does not have to be a time of excessive consumption nor was it ever meant to be.

People often go way overboard in their desire to celebrate and show the world or at least their neighbours they know how to keep Christmas.

I find the best way to do that is to treat people with kindness and consideration but we all walk our own paths.

I was a vegetarian for nearly 15 years and went back to eating meat, organic and free range when I could find it about three years ago.

The past two Christmases we cooked a turkey for the Christmas table and while it was enjoyable, it was not as satisfying as the vegetarian Christmas dinners we used to enjoy.

In fact, it was really only the white meat that we both liked. Neither of us enjoyed the legs, wings and dark meat and I preferred the white meat in a sandwich the next day on whole wheat bread with cranberries.

I make a mean turkey soup but I do not enjoy eating it all that much. The taste of turkey is a taste that I can do without.

Ham is another meat option but while I can devour a ham and cheese on rye bread or fry some up with eggs as a main course I’ll pass.

I tried goose once but liked that less than turkey so this year the Christmas Eve Dinner and the Christmas day Dinner will be vegetarian.

Our meals ranged from tofu lasagna to a baked squash with vegan stuffing. All the other trimmings were there, sweet potatoes, turnips, cranberries, cookies, Christmas cake, nuts, candies, punch and wine. There was simply no turkey involved.

This year we are planning a return to those meals, not a return to vegetarianism but to a vegetarian Christmas dinner. We eat vegetarian meals about three times a week so this is not a big stretch.

I will likely make a turnip and onion pie for the main course served with brussel sprouts which I love and my wife can tolerate, broccoli, which she loves and so do I and a vegan stuffing simply because it is a traditional part of the meal.

Food and celebration are a natural combination. The only ingredients that are necessary are good company, some seasonal music and the meal, no matter what that may be.

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  • Bob Ewing profile imageAUTHOR

    Bob Ewing 

    12 years ago from New Brunswick

    You are welcome and thanks for stopping by.

  • Denny Lyon profile image

    Denny Lyon 

    12 years ago from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA

    Thanks for introducing me to the new recipe index! Eager to see what all is stashed there for new food adventures. grin. Love celebrating the Christmas goodwill too and part of that is the sharing of food with others. Great hub!

  • Bob Ewing profile imageAUTHOR

    Bob Ewing 

    12 years ago from New Brunswick

    I agree Andrew a fruitarian dinner could be very traditional. Thanks for the visit.

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    Andrew Hawkley 

    12 years ago

    I've been trying to go fruitarian recently. I suppose a Fruitarian Christmas isn't too much of a stretch of the imagination, given its association with nuts and exotic dried fruit.  

  • Bob Ewing profile imageAUTHOR

    Bob Ewing 

    12 years ago from New Brunswick

    We each have our own way and tastes, thanks for stopping by.

  • Dottie1 profile image


    12 years ago from MA, USA

    Thanks Bob for that turkey soup link. I went and printed it out. I don't know about not having a turkey on Thanksgiving...I voted maybe...something I would have to think about....but I do love lots and lots and lots of vegetables.

  • Bob Ewing profile imageAUTHOR

    Bob Ewing 

    12 years ago from New Brunswick

    Spinach and mushroom lasagna that sounds good. A gathering on Christams Eve is a great idea, bringing friends and family together is what is is all about.

  • Amanda Severn profile image

    Amanda Severn 

    12 years ago from UK

    We're planning a spinach and mushroom lasagne on Christmas day with a good selection of vegetables on the side. We have our Christmas Feast on Christmas Eve, when the house is always full of friends and family who drift in and out through the afternoon and evening. We spend the morning cooking quiches, tortillas, homity pie, making spicy bean dip, hummous and guacamole and chopping vegetables for the dips. Our guests bring puddings as their contribution, and although it is the maddest, busiest day of the year we always have a lot of fun, and the children get to please themselves with their friends whilst we adults chat in the dining room.

  • Stacie Naczelnik profile image

    Stacie Naczelnik 

    12 years ago from Seattle

    I love the idea of a brunch instead of big dinner. I may try that myself.

  • Bob Ewing profile imageAUTHOR

    Bob Ewing 

    12 years ago from New Brunswick

    Sounds delicious, I enjoy a Christmas day brunch.

  • kerryg profile image


    12 years ago from USA

    My family makes spaghetti with pesto and red sauce on Christmas Eve and does a big Christmas morning brunch instead of Christmas dinner. It's not a vegetarian holiday (brunch includes sausages from a good local sausage house) but pretty close, and I'd take it over a traditional Christmas dinner anytime!

  • Bob Ewing profile imageAUTHOR

    Bob Ewing 

    12 years ago from New Brunswick

    I love beans prepared in many different ways, rice as well, there are many combinations, thanks for the visit.

  • SweetiePie profile image


    12 years ago from Southern California, USA

    I am semi vegetarian and when grew up, and even now, I will often go weeks without eating meat, or just eat it once a week. There are so many yummy sources of protein in the vegetable and legume world, so thanks for the yummy hub. I too love a turkey on Christmas day, but when it is just me and my sister a big turkey would be a waste. A simple lasanga or enchilada plate would be easier to deal with. Thanks for the interesting hub.

  • Bob Ewing profile imageAUTHOR

    Bob Ewing 

    12 years ago from New Brunswick

    It is very good, I may be talking myself into making it, thanks for stopping by.

  • AmandaB profile image


    12 years ago from Middletown

    Neato Bob! That lasagna DOES sound good.

  • Bob Ewing profile imageAUTHOR

    Bob Ewing 

    12 years ago from New Brunswick

    I am looking forward to planning this Christmas's menu. thanks for the visit.

  • countrywomen profile image


    12 years ago from Washington, USA

    You are right. I myself gave up meat since I was feeling guilty. In our life we can celebrate without affecting any animal life. Great hub.

  • Stacie Naczelnik profile image

    Stacie Naczelnik 

    12 years ago from Seattle

    The lasagna sounds yummy. I've been a vegetarian for the last 13 years, so I'm used to veggie meals. My favorite was one Christmas when we made Polish mushroom soup (my husband's recipe)--so yummy!


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