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)

Entrée

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

Amuse-bouche

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)

This story was originally written for Treehugger and is published here with permission. Copyright 2011.

27 gourmet vegetarian recipes for Christmas dinner
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