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Weekly Vegan Dinner Plan: Countdown to Christmas

vegan shepherd's pie recipe

This week, in place of our usual weekday dinner plan, let’s count down to Christmas with five of VegKitchen’s most popular vegan main dish options for the holiday table. That way, you can start planning on what you’d like to make if you’re hosting, or to bring to share if you’re a guest. Most of these can be made up to 3 days in advance if you’d like to make ahead. Our Lentil and Mushroom Shepherd’s Pie is the #1 reader choice, so popular that it’s practically viral! A deep dish of absolute comfort, it’s a bit of a project, but not at all difficult, and definitely worth it for a special occasion or holiday meal. 

Roasted Seitan with Peppers and Mushrooms recipe

Roasted Seitan, Bell Peppers, and Portobellos is so easy to throw together, yet makes a festive main dish for special occasions. When you’re preparing a multi-course meal, it’s so nice when the entree can be made at the last minute with little hands-on time.

Sweet potato vegan mac n cheese1

Another popular recipe of ours, Roasted Sweet Potato Macaroni and “Cheese” by Sophia Zergiotis can be a fun and offbeat dish with which to impress your friends and family. You can even go with gluten-free pasta for those who prefer a GF treat!

Corn and Leek Stuffed Peppers

Festive Leek and Corn Stuffed Peppers makes an attractive centerpiece for special occasion dinners like your Christmas dinner. If you can’t find fresh corn at this time of year, frozen kernels will do just fine.

Hearty vegan vegetable pot pie

Everyone loves the nostalgic classic, Hearty Vegetable Pot Pie. Many VegKitchen readers have let us know that this mild dish of hearty veggies enclosed in pie crust is on their regular cool-weather meal rotation; it’s also a crowd-pleasing vegan option for a Christmas menu. Using prepared whole-grain pie crusts makes pot pies a snap to prepare.

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    December 22, 2016 at 8:58 pm

    Nava…we’re having over 20 people and I want to make the lentil shepherds pie. If I double it, could I put it in a rectangular pan like a 9×13 size (kind used with sterno pots and catering)? Or would the recipe you provided fit in a 9×13 pan?

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      December 22, 2016 at 9:02 pm

      Hi — If you’re planning to double this, I would use two pans. I think that twice this amount would be too much for one 9 x 13 pan, and you want to make sure everything bakes through evenly. I hope you and your guests enjoy it!

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