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8 Vegans Around The World Share Their Christmas Day Meal

Food is a very important part of every culture.

All over the world people gather around food to celebrate births, milestones, marriages, religious ceremonies, and often times to mourn.

It is the heart of family gatherings, and long held traditions. It conjures up nostalgia, and causes people to look forward to friend, or family gatherings with excitement.

Being vegan does not mean missing out on any of the celebrations. In fact, plant based foods are cause for more celebration just knowing that with every bite, no one had to die, and we still feel great after a big plate of food!

More than ever, we look forward to our big vegan Christmas dinners.

The table is filled with beautiful delicious food. We hope that one day soon food without animal products will be a wide spread accepted social norm where people don’t feel threatened in creating new cruelty free traditions, and we can all celebrate, mourn, or just simply sit down to our daily meals without taking life.

So in this blogpost we thought we would collaborate with a few vegan bloggers, and all share what we had for our holiday lunches or dinners.

 

Jenn & Alex from Forever MicroRanch Sanctuary

This Christmas we spent the day with all the beautiful animals in southern Saskatchewan.

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We made a cashew/walnut holiday loaf with baked squash, carrots, yam, baked apple, baked potato, cranberry sauce and coconut rice pudding for Xmas dinner.

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Our Xmas afternoon meal was orange, red, yellow baked peppers, red lentil stew, baked squash and potato.

 

Amanda from Burger Abroad

For the holidays this year, I am in Holland! It’s a beautiful country to spend the season in. I’m quite in love.

The meal I had for Christmas was a simple quinoa salad with festive holiday accents of pumpkin and cranberries.

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I’m not the best cook in the world, so this dish was pretty easy for me since it just involved cooking the quinoa.

Then I added broccoli, blueberries, cranberries, pumpkin, pumpkin seeds and pine nuts. I put the mixture on on bed of baby spinach, added some sliced avocado, along with a dressing of olive oil, balsamic vinegar and lemon juice. And, viola! A festive, fresh (and easy) superfood dish!

 

Dale & Franca from Angloitalian

Thanks to house sitting we’ve spent Christmas in London this year, completely for free, which means we’ve had the pleasure of our own kitchen to get creative in over the holidays.

This year we both spent the morning in the kitchen making a Mushroom, Leek, Spinach, and Borlotti Bean Pot Pie topped with an over-the-counter puff pastry that we found that was vegan.

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Paired with plenty of roast potatoes, roast parsnips, carrots, and too few sprouts (we love them!); altogether it was exactly the filling Christmas Day dish we’d been dreaming of.

 

Diana from dtravelsround

For Xmas eve I headed to Tacos and Beer, a sweet little Mexican joint just off the infamous Las Vegas Strip.

While the menu focuses heavily on meat, the spot does have veg options. I requested vegan and they were really professional about it.

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They checked to make sure the beans didn’t have meat and gave me Mexican rice in my burrito since there was butter in the other. The sauces were incredibly flavourful. And the craft beer options???

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Hello, beautiful sour creations. I’ve got a new Christmas Eve tradition!

 

Karyn from The Lost Lemurian

My husband are currently living in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Although there are tons of vegan restaurants here, my husband is omni so we agreed to compromise by having Christmas lunch at a place that served a variety of foods.

A few weeks ago, we stumbled upon a lovely Iraqi restaurant offering a buffet that was half vegan. The guy confirmed they were open Christmas Day, so we decided to eat there.

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Unfortunately we returned on Christmas Day to discover the restaurant had unexpectedly closed down! We were shattered and I didn’t know what to do – I was worried a lot of vegan places might already be booked up, and although we would have been welcome at a friend’s potluck it was too late notice to cook anything.

Fortunately, we found a Japanese place and after I explained I needed vegan options, the host went through the menu with me and assured me they could make modifications if need be.

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I ended up having these delicious vegan steamed vegetable dumplings, followed by tofu steak in mushroom sauce with miso soup, rice, vegan kim chi, salad and green tea. Yummy!

 

Mindy & Ligeia from Bounding Over Our Steps

Traditionally, with my family, Christmas has always been a day with a big feast at dinner.

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I’m ensuring that this tradition continues, but with a vegan flair. After experimenting with homemade seitan at Thanksgiving earlier this year, I’ve perfected my recipe for a roast with a bread stuffing center.

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Other favorites, and mandatory side dishes for any feast, included mashed potatoes with mushroom gravy, macaroni & cheeze and 4-bean salad.

The only thing not homemade was the jellied cranberry sauce from a can. Sorry, but it’s tradition!

 

Randi & Michael from Veggie Visa

This year we spent Christmas in Prague. With its multitude of decorations, festive atmosphere, and Christmas Markets, the city is a lovely place to be during the holiday season.

Our Christmas dinner was delicious yet minimal. Since Michael and I were celebrating alone, we kept it simple and had one main course and one dessert.

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On Christmas morning Michael began to cook what turned out to be a rich, hearty, and robustly flavored tomato sauce. The sauce, which was prepared with onions, garlic, bell pepper, jalapenos, and various herbs and spices cooked for eight hours.

We served it tossed with spaghetti and topped with sauteed tempeh and vegan cheese. It was truly outstanding.

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For dessert I made homemade, yeast-risen vegan donuts with two different glazes, raspberry and coffee. These highly addictive, sugar-laden, fried gems were the perfect treat for Christmas Day.

 

OUR CHRISTMAS DINNER

This year we decided to start our own cruelty free tradition and gather with a few friends for a festive vegan meal in Toronto.

The center-piece of our meal was a tofurkey roast with homemade mushroom gravy, mashed potatoes, roasted brussel sprouts and carrots, and cranberry sauce.

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For dessert, our friend Stephanie stopped by with a special delivery of 6 pints of her creamy, dairy free, organic, cruelty free Pleasantville Creamery goodness.

A few of our favourites that we indulged in were Richie Rich-Locally sourced farm-fresh mint, with direct trade heirloom cacao butter, cacao nibs, and candy cane pieces.

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And our ABSOLUTE favourite-Twas The Night-Spiced nog with old fashioned spiked fruit cake chunks, and sugar cookie pieces.

Anything you can eat, we can eat vegan!

 

Comments To This Entry.
  1. Ligeia and Mindy December 30, 2015 Reply

    So many fantastic meal ideas! Thanks to Cody and Giselle for putting this together. 🙂

  2. Lucia Pereira December 31, 2015 Reply

    FANTASTIC!!! All those meals look soooo delicious and the best part is that they are all cruelty free and compassionate…..to think that what I eat is not destroying anyone’s life, is the best feeling in the world….I love you all!!

    This year I made 3 vegan meals for Christmas Eve and took them to my sister’s for myself
    and my two incredible nephews.

    • Giselle and Cody January 30, 2016 Reply

      Glad we were able to be at home for the holidays and have a delicious vegan meal with you. <3

  3. Julia January 11, 2016 Reply

    Love this. Always intrigued whether people go traditional or contemporary for Christmas dinners!

    • Giselle and Cody January 17, 2016 Reply

      Thanks so much for the comment Julia.

      We have all started our own traditions not involving the use of animals 🙂

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