Hi guys, as promised yesterday, today’s post is going to be a roundup of vegan Christmas mains that I’ve tried over the years. A run down of what I think is good and why, plus a few suggestions on what I’d change if I were to make it again. Most of these recipes are things I tried for my first vegan Christmas, many years before I’d even thought of creating a blog. As a result, the images of the recipes in this post are taken directly from the recipes themselves, not from my own creation. Other than the last one, because that’s from a book…
My first Christmas, I tried a lot of different things, from lentil and sweet potato pies to classic nut roasts. As I said in my previous post, I think it’s a good idea to try a good variety of options first. But for the sake of this post, I stuck to some of the more traditional options I’ve tried to compare as closely as possible.
Vegan Recipe Club
This recipe is a good one for a few reasons. The main one being that it’s both quick and small. This recipe isn’t going to take forever to make if you have limited oven space and it’s a great one to make in smaller batches. If you know you’re going to be the only one eating it, or only one or two others will take you up on the offer of trying it, this is great. While the loaves look more aesthetically pleasing, this one wins on practicality.
I did not end up making this for my first Christmas, opting for a loaf instead. If I were to recreate this one, I’d extra seasoning. Although the texture of this one is fine and the recipe is convenient, it’s lacking a little something in the flavour department. Not totally bland, but could definitely use a pinch more.
BBC Good Food
This is another one more aimed at single servings. It’s a lentil base rather than nuts, if you don’t like the sound of the last one. Again, easy to make small portions of or adapt the recipe to make more if you’re sharing. It’s a very simple recipe and it has cranberries in for Christmas, so it’s a winner.
Oh She Glows
This one is the one I ended up making my first year. Oh She Glows was the first vegan recipe site I fell in love with. I must have tried at least 30 of Angela’s recipes now and there’s maybe been one or two that I haven’t loved. This loaf recipe is fairly simple and tastes delicious. The only issue I had with this one is texture.
The first time I made this, it was a tiny bit dry. When I made it again, it was a little too wet and needed to be cooked for slightly longer. Obviously, this is to do with factors like how much water is in the vegetables and lentils, not a fault of the loaf itself. But it is something to keep in mind if you’re not the most confident in the kitchen. I’d still highly recommend this one though! Just keep an eye on it and use your judgement.
I’m almost cheating including this one because I’ve never 100% followed this recipe. But, the last two years this is the recipe I’ve adapted. The first year I made the loaf exactly following the recipe but didn’t use the aubergine to make the ‘wellington’ part. The second year I baked it with the aubergine slices but made some changes to the loaf recipe. But whatever I do to this one, it turns out well.
As far as loaves go, this one has the nicest texture I’ve tried. Not too wet or dry, a good level of flavour.
I’m sorry this isn’t a page I can link too, rather than a recipe in a book. But it’s a great book for plant-based eaters anyway, for all seasons. Definitely, one I go back to.
I hope anyone looking for recipe inspiration found this helpful! And I can’t sign off on this without reminding you that my own Christmas roast recipe will be coming next week. And, obviously, that one is better than all of these and that isn’t a biased opinion at all. Which one of these would you be most inclined to try?
Tomorrow’s post was going to be a similar round up of sides, followed by desserts on Thursday. However, my favourite vegan and cruelty free beauty brands were supposed to be Vegmas Day 5. Which also happens to be Black Friday. I know a lot of the sales are already underway, but that post will now be going up as Vegmas Day 3. That way you can still get some stuff in the sales if you decide to try something. The posts of a similar nature to this one will now be days 4 and 5.