Plant based Christmas menu

My Christmas menu for this year resolves around more plant based vegetable options that won’t disappoint on warming Christmas flavours. I do eat a wholesome diet that does include animal proteins, although I have been more drawn to plant based foods for a while now.

That’s why I decided to do something a little different this year. I do love a slow roasted leg of lamb with mint sauce during the festive season I must admit and gammon with a sweet mustard sauce! Yum!

But hey, you only live once, we have to sometimes change our set ways. It helps us to experience a bit of both worlds.

All the food prepared will be low carb, gluten and refined sugar free.

I like to enjoy festive food throughout the day, so I consciously prepare the cuisine beforehand so that I don’t feel overwhelmed and miss out on special moments on the day.

I hope the menu inspires you to create something healthy, yet delicious for your loved ones.

Our Christmas menu is going to look something like this

Home made Christmas cookies and coffee in bed.

These cookies can be made long in advance and frozen. I simply remove them from the freezer the day before and thaw them before snacking on this little crunchy treat.


Cinnamon crunch cereal with coconut yogurt and fresh berries.

Coconut is a family favorite. It has tons of health benefits including it speeds up the metabolism, its LOW GI and gentle on blood sugar levels.

Snack Platter

  • Assorted roasted nuts and seeds
  • Fresh fruit
  • Carrot sticks
  • Hummus
  • Marinated olives
  • Seeded crackers
  • Dried fruit

These snacks are light, nutrient dense and delicious with a a few flavorsome contrasting dips, crackers and more.

The center piece of good conversation.

Late lunch / Early dinner

Maple glazed tofu

Home made mieliebread

Baby spinach, cranberry and pecan nut salad

Balsamic roasted beets

Roasted sweet potato


Raw dried fruit and nut salami served with fresh cherries.

Vegan friendly Christmas cake. Oh you will love a slice with a cup of tea the ideal way to finish the spread.

And scoop of creamy dairy free coconut ice cream. Delish!

I hope I created some creative cooking inspiration for you and your family to enjoy on Christmas day, please snap a pic and share them with me (tag me @chefdotsa) because I’d love to admire your work!

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Qualified chef, Health Coach and Nutritionist based in Johannesburg & Cape Town, South Africa

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