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For most of us this year, Christmas will be different. Many of us will be apart from our families and beloved traditions – but that doesn’t mean we have to forgo show-stopping food.

Here are five recipes to bring you some festive cheer as we near the end of a difficult year following the COVID-19 pandemic.

1. Roasted Chestnut Cranberry Stuffed Squash

This stuffed squash recipe is a perfect main course for when you’re bored of nut roasts. It’s balanced with pulses and vegetables – the quinoa and mushroom filling go hand in hand, sweetened by gorgeous squash flesh.

Nourishing Amy’s Roasted Chestnut Cranberry Stuffed Squash

2. Easy Lentil Wellington

Wellingtons make for a great main course, and this herby lentil-rich recipe is a fine example. It’s also gluten-free.

Healthy Living James’ easy lentil wellington

3. Pesto Brussel Sprouts

The marmite of the festive vegetable: sprouts divide us all. Happy Skin Kitchen’s punchy pesto Brussels sprouts promise to win over the odd ‘sprout hater’ – with a sprinkle of nutritional yeast, of course.

These make for a delectable side dish and what’s more, sprouts are rich in nutrients and minerals from vitamin A and C to antioxidants and fiber.

Happy Skin Kitchen’s Pesto Brussels Sprouts

4. Baked butternut squash with mushroom filling

Nutritious and delicious, this vegan Christmas meal will help kick off your celebrations the right way.

It’s high in vitamins A, B6, and C, as well as magnesium and fiber, and is sure to satisfy these holidays.

Credit: Rebel Recipes

5. Easy Lentil Stew

Stews are a great addition to your mealtimes. They are always comforting in some way. This easy lentil stew is served best with hearty mashed potatoes on the side, along with any vegetable of choice.

ElaVegan’s Easy Lentil Stew

Emily is a News and Features Writer for Plant Based News. She has previously worked as a journalist in Devon, UK, reporting on local issues from politics to the environment.