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Festive Recipe Roundup

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This week, I wanted to do something a little different. There are hundreds of recipes on the blog by now. Even I sometimes forget about old ones or ones that did not get tested extensively because they came together quickly. This does not mean that they are not super good and delicious. It simply means that they can get lost in the “ether”. So today, for your festive season and the upcoming holidays, I wanted to do a festive recipe roundup.

Starter

Personally, I love to start with something fresh – either some veggies or a salad. This Winter Warming Salad is a great addition. You could also swap the feta cheese for some baked goats cheese. The Beetroot Carpaccio with Burrata is super festive with some added toasted hazelnuts and a divine sauce that perfectly brings the dish together. Last but not least, this Creamy Kale Salad is an absolute dream with fennel and oranges.

My personal favorite: I would probably go with the Beetroot Carpaccio it is incredibly light yet really festive and delicious.

Soups

Sincerely, I adore this Vegan French Onion Soup, but be aware this does get filling really quickly. This Roasted Red Pepper Soup is mixed with basil, rosemary, and red lentils, and absolutely divine. Tomatoes are a must for the holiday season and this Lemon Tomato Soup is truly divine.

My personal favorite: I would go with the Roasted Red Pepper Soup.

Main

For the mains, you have two options: You either go with this Lentil Mushroom Walnut Meat Loaf and then make all the sides 😉. OR you take the opportunity to “only” create one meal. This Vegan Mushroom Risotto is absolutely delicious and would totally hit the spot in terms of being a satisfying main. If you are going with a roast or loaf, be sure to add this divine gravy, which is so, so delicious to the menu.

My personal favorite: I would make the loaf, gravy, and then all the sides (see below 🥰).

And I just realized that I presented you with an awful lot of mushroom options 😂. This is because mushrooms, from a flavor and texture perspective closely resemble meat. If you are not a fan of mushrooms, why not try this truly super delicious Vegetarian Spaghetti Carbonara?

Sides

Let us face it, festive menus are less about the “star” of the show and more about all of the sides 🤩. I absolutely love these Best Roasted Brussels Sprouts. If, like me, you have been turned off of Brussels sprouts as a child – do not be fooled. These ones are amazing!! Roasting them instead of cooking to oblivion makes all the difference here. Trust me, this dish has converted quite a lot of hardcore prior “haters” 😉. If you are not vegan, you can also add a bit of parmesan on top – yum!!

Potatoes are a must-have favorite (or truly any time of the year). These Creamy Mashed Potatoes are absolutely divine, super creamy, and delicious. The same (as a true German) goes for me with Red Cabbage (Rotkohl). Cooked to perfection, this one is so delicious and absolutely divine. It took me forever to nail this recipe and it involved a lot of calls to my dear granny to get all her favorite tips and tricks. Last but not least, these Green Cabbage Arancini Balls would make a perfect stuffing replacement if done smaller.

My personal favorite: I would probably make all the sides 😍.

Dessert

Anyone who knows me, knows that I am a pretty big fan of dessert. For this festive recipe roundup I thought I would go with a few more fruit-based desserts. These Baked Apples with Cinnamon Sauce are super easy to prepare and absolutely delicious!! If you are a classical dessert fan, my Vegan Hot Sticky Toffee Pudding is as good (if not better!!) than the original. It is also completely gluten-free. This Gluten-free Baked Apple Tiramisu would also make a great dessert. There are some extra bonus points, because you can easily prepare it in advance and only do the final assemble on the day. Last but not least, this Ricotta Cream with Cherry Compote is absolutely divine, delicious, light and creamy. It also comes together in very little time. You could change the cherries to cranberries or another festive berry if you fancied.

My personal favorite: I would likely make the Ricotta Cream as a whipped board, with cranberries and some toasted oats.

And that is my festive recipe roundup for this year. I hope you find some inspiration in the mix here and enjoy your festive season!! Do you think I have forgotten any recipe that you absolutely love? Let me know in the comments below 😍. Beautiful cover photo by Priscilla Du Preez on Unsplash.

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