As I get older, holiday dinners become a bit of an “oh no, it’s three days away” affair. We keep our dinners small, but still delicious. In honor of my procrastination, I wanted to share 13 vegetarian holiday main dishes that can satisfy all your guests. For many years, I’d always make a quiche as the main but over the years I’ve done everything from stuffed squash to hearty stews. We’re non-traditionalist and I kind of like it that way.
These are some of my favorite, standard holiday recipes. As I mentioned above, quiche is an easy go-to (that reheats well for breakfast the next day). Also, the butternut squash shell recipe is a sure-win. What’s not to love about pasta, cheese, and squash?
- Bulgur Lentil Ragu
- Roasted Beet Galette
- Kale Quiche
- Butternut Squash Stuffed Shells
- Root Vegetable Pot Pie
While I tend towards the quiche, I’ve also done my fair-share of vegan main dishes. I find squash, having a hearty flavor and the ability to serve in large pieces, works well as a main. I like the idea of having a fork/knife meal and vegetable ‘steaks’ work well for this (like the celeriac recipe below.)
Inevitably you will probably have one gluten-free person at the table. I like to make a dish that is vegetarian by default but also happens to be gluten-free. These are the recipes people love because they are so full of flavor, even the meat eaters will grab a few bites.
- Quinoa and White Bean Risotto
- Whole Roasted Tikka Masala Cauliflower
- White Bean Masala Smothered Sweet Potatoes
- Arugula Salad with Roasted Potato and Endives