If you are looking for ways to make your holiday meal a lot more interesting, look no further. These vegetarian and vegan recipes are not only gourmet but most are fairly simple to make. I swear even the most staunch meat eater will be going back for seconds...or thirds. So make a lot, and have yourself a Merry (and green) Christmas.

Hors d'oeuvres

savory maple sweet potato mini pies

These Savory Maple Sweet Potato Mini Pies are easily made vegetarian. (Photo: Sabrina Modelle/The Tomato Tart)


potato leek soup

Start a tasty meal with this hearty Potato Leek Soup. (Photo: Jaymi Heimbuch)


roasted red pepper cups

Add a kick to your tastebuds with these Roasted Red Pepper Cups. (Photo: Sabrina Modelle/The Tomato Tart)

Main course

mashed potato stuffed bell peppers

Mashed Potato Stuffed Bell Peppers are a colorful, tasty meal. (Photo: Jaymi Heimbuch)

Salad course

persimmon caprese salad

Persimmon Caprese Salad will make your dinner sing. (Photo: Jerry James Stone)

Dessert course

cocoa and black bean brownie

Shh. Don't tell the kids what's in Cocoa and Black Bean Brownies. (Photo: Jaymi Heimbuch)

Cheese course

brie and champagne fondue

Have fun eating this 15-Minute Brie and Champagne Fondue. (Photo: bonchan/Shutterstock)

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