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The holidays are quickly coming, and I want to share some of my favorite vegetarian brunch recipes! Many of these can be made ahead of time so you don’t miss out on the fun! Or they can easily be made during the family gathering as part of the merry making preparing it together.

Let’s first start out with some easy vegetarian brunch recipe ideas and menus! Here are 10 vegetarian Christmas recipes that you love!

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Vegetarian Brunch Recipe and Menu Ideas

Make Ahead Christmas Breakfast Ideas

When I think about fix it and forget it breakfasts, I think about vegetarian Christmas casseroles, vegetarian strata breakfast and a variety of baked good like muffins and coffee cakes.

The first half of the of these vegetarian Christmas menu ideas can be almost completely made ahead of time while the last three menus can be partially made ahead of time but need finished off right before serving. It can be a fun idea to enlist help from your guests to help with the last-minute touches as a fun activity.

Menu One

Butternut Squash, Poblano Pepper & Coconut Chilaquiles
Orange and Cherry Fruit Salad
Coffee, Hot Tea or Hot Chocolate

Menu Two

Cheese Breakfast Strata
Mini Sweet Potato Casseroles
Wild Blueberry Non-alcoholic Sangria

Menu Three

You can make almost everything ahead of time except for the eggs but they can be prepared quickly while everything else is gotten out and the beans are warmed up in the microwave or stove.

Wild Blueberries Huevos Rancheros
Tomato Cilantro Fresh Salsa
Bloody Mary Mocktail

Menu Four

A salad with protein could be a delicious pairing with this cake in addition to these high protein plant-based breakfast sausages.

Low Fodmap Cranberry Walnut Coffee Cake
Tempeh Pecan Sausage
Orange Missouri Mule

Menu Five

Tempeh Breakfast Scramble
Southwestern Potato Salad
Apple Cider Punch

Menu Six

Make the layers of this grit bowl ahead of time and then put it together in individual bowls and heat separately just before serving. If you have heat proof bowls that would work out perfect but heating each in a microwave works also.

Layered Breakfast Grit Bowls
Orange Avocado Strawberry Walnut Spinach Salad
Mexican Hot Chocolate

Menu Seven

Breakfast Salad
Pumpkin Donuts or Muffins
Hot Wassail

Menu Eight

Breakfast Tacos
Colorful Mexican Cabbage Slaw
Blueberry Tropical Smoothie

Menu Nine

Gluten-free Blueberry Pancakes
Tempeh Bacon
Orange Juice

Menu Ten

Tempeh Sweet Potato Spinach Burrito
Pear Bread Pudding
Chai Eggnog


Vegetarian Brunch Recipes for the Holidays

Here are the vegetarian recipes for breakfast. I hope that you enjoy!

Recipe for Butternut Squash & Poblano Chilaquilas
A different and new make-ahead breakfast idea!

Menu One

Butternut Squash, Poblano Pepper & Coconut Chilaquiles

This vegetarian Christmas casserole just feels warm and cozy! It is gluten free because it uses corn tortillas and arrowroot starch for the thickening. I made the sauce out of coconut milk which gives it a rich flavor to make the cheese sauce but feel free to use vegan cheese or no cheese to make this menu totally plant based!

4-6 servings

1 small butternut squash, peeled, seeded and cut into bite sized pieces

1 poblano, stemmed, seeded and cut into bite sized pieces

1 can black beans, rinsed and drained

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 can coconut milk

1 teaspoon ground cumin

1 cup white cheddar cheese (use vegan cheese if desired to make vegan)

1 tablespoon chili powder

1 cup kale or arugula

1 tablespoon Earth Balance margarine

2 teaspoons arrowroot starch

2 tablespoons of water

6 corn tortillas

Optional toppings

Salsa

Sliced avocados & sliced grape tomatoes

Light sour cream or yogurt

Chopped cilantro

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Cut butternut squash in half and roast until just begins to get soft. Turn the heat down to 350 degrees. Allow to cool and peel and cut into bite-sized pieces. In a large skillet, heat olive oil and saute butternut squash and poblano until begins to soften.  Take skillet off heat and cool.

Add drained beans and greens. In a small bowl, whisk arrowroot starch into water.  In a medium sauce pan, melt Earth Balance and chili powder and cumin. Add coconut milk. Slowly whisk arrowroot slurry into the coconut milk and allow it to thicken. Take off heat and allow to cool. After cooled but still warm, stir in 1/2 cup cheddar cheese and allow to melt. Cut corn tortillas into pieces that will fit into an 8 by 8 pan. 

Grease an 8 by 8 baking pan and grease with Earth Balance. To layer the casserole, add a small amount of coconut cream sauce and then add 1/3 of the corn tortillas. Add 1/2 cup vegetable mixture and then add 1/3 of the coconut cream sauce. Add the next 1/3 of the corn tortillas and vegetable mixture.

Finally top off the casserole with coconut cream sauce. You can allow the casserole at this point to sit in your refrigerator for a day and when its time to bake for 30-40 minutes until bubbly and top with remaining 1/2 cup cheese and baked an additional 5 minutes.

Orange and Cherry Fruit Salad

Makes 4 servings

2 oranges, sliced in horizontally into rounds

1/4 cup dried cherries

Toasted coconut or pecans

Slice the rounds in half and put in small bowls ahead of time. Mix with dried cherries and top with either coconut or pecans.

Hot Chocolate

Best Holiday Mocktails (vineripenutrition.com)

Hot Beverages warm the heart
Loving all the possibilities for a warm beverage when the whether gets cool!

Make ahead breakfast strada! Healthy Holiday breakfast!
Make a breakfast strata ahead of time so you can be part of the celebration!

Menu Two

Egg and Cheese Strata

I love the thought of making this vegetarian Christmas morning breakfast idea the day before and just popping in the oven! It makes 4-6 servings without doubling. Many greens can be a local food this time of year!

  • Butter,or Earth Balance margarine for greasing the baking dish
  • 4 thick slices hearty whole-wheat/wholemeal or multigrain artisan bread {I used some wholegrain bread that my husband made)
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup  milk
  • 8 oz grated Fontina cheese or locally made cheese {about 1 cup}
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup sauteed greens
  • 1/2 cup of caramelized onions

    Preheat the oven to 350°F. Butter a small 4-cup ovenproof baking dish.
    Remove the crusts from the bread if desired and cut into slices; This should make about 3 cups. Lay the slices on the bottom of the baking dish, they can slightly overlap and some edges to hang over the side of the pan.

    Whisk together the eggs and milk in a large bowl. Add half of the cheese and season with salt and pepper. Pour three-fourths of the egg mixture over the bread cubes. Add sauteed greens and caramelized onions. Pour the remaining egg mixture over the top and finish with the remaining cheese. At this point, you can bake the strata immediately, or you can save to make later by covering with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight to have ready for your holiday brunch! Bake the strata until just set, 30 to 35 minutes.

    Let cool slightly and serve in the baking dish. Double this recipe easily for a large crowd, and watch it disappear at every New Year’s Brunch or potluck. Bake for 1 hour in a 9-by-13 inch pan. You can double the recipe if you have additional guests coming.
Mini Sweet Potato Casseroles

Mini Sweet Coconut Potato Casserole

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Festive Sangria with Wild Blueberries
Get set for the holidays with this light and healthy punch!

Festive Wild Blueberry Sangria

Festive Wild Blueberry Sangria (vineripenutrition.com)

Great Brunch Recipe
This brunch entree is so flavorful! The secret ingredient is wild blueberries.

Wild Blueberry Huevos Rancheros

Tomato Cilantro Fresh Salsa

Wild Blueberry Huevos Rancheros Brunch (vineripenutrition.com)

Bloody Mary Mocktail

Bloody Mary Mocktail | Thirsty Radish

Menu Four

Gluten free and low fodmap coffee cake
Make some coffee! It’s time for breakfast. Bring on the coffee cake that is gluten free and low fodmap too!

Cranberry Walnut Coffee Cake

Low Fodmap Cake Recipes- Cranberry Walnut Coffeecake (vineripenutrition.com)

Spring Brunch Recipe Tempeh Pecan Sausage
You will not miss the meat with this handmade vegetarian sausage made with high protein ingredients!

Tempeh Pecan Sausage

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Orange Missouri Mule

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Savory Meatless Breakfast Recipe
Breakfast can be a great time to get some veggies and protein too!

Menu Five

Colorful Tempeh Breakfast Scramble

This vegetarian Christmas breakfast idea makes an easy and delicious meal!

Try this Savory Vegetarian Breakfast! (vineripenutrition.com)

Southwestern Potato Salad
Baby potato and other summer goodies make this salad!

Southwestern Potato Salad

2 New Potato Recipes (vineripenutrition.com)

This apple cider punch is a delicious and healthy holiday beverage

Apple Cider Punch

Happy, Healthy New Year! “The Toast!” (vineripenutrition.com)

Menu Six

Layered Breakfast Grit Bowls

Picture of Grit Breakfast Bowl
Grits bowls using local stone ground grits and No Evil Foods chorizo is a breakfast treat!

Breakfast Grit Bowls

This vegan Christmas breakfast bowl uses a meat chorizo substitute called No Evil Foods Plant Meat which is available in my hometown of Asheville. I used sweet potatoes and spinach but you can use a variety of food combinations for these breakfast bowls! Change them based on the seasons! These would also be delicious with some eggs and cheese if you like! If you can’t find No Evil Foods, Field Roast also makes a great vegan chorizo.

Makes 4-6 breakfast bowls

1/2 cup of stoned ground grits
2 baked sweet potatoes, firm enough to cube
1 pound of spinach, washed and drained well
2 large link No Evil Foods chorizo (or another meat substitute equivalent
Olive oil to cook chorizo

To make grits: let 2 1/4 cups water to boil and take 1/2 cup grits and turn down heat below and add 1/2 teaspoon of salt and 1 tablespoon of your choice of fat whether it be olive oil or Earth Balance tub margarine. You will have to stir often to prevent grits from sticking and scorching. You may need additional water.These grits will finish cooking in about 30-40 minutes depending on if they are fine or coarse ground. You can take a taste to see if they are done. They can also be cooked ahead of time and reheated to make your bowls quick.

Crumble or chopped chorizo in a small amount of oil in a skillet and cook until crispy and crunchy. Drain, if necessary, on a paper towel. The chorizo is spicy so if you need a mild version, try their Italian “sausage”. Layer the grits, sweet potatoes, spinach and top with chorizo! You can top with cheese if desired.

This makes a delicious vegan Christmas breakfast without the cheese or eggs.

Orange, Avocado, Strawberry, Walnut and Spinach Salad
This salad is rich in antioxidants and phytochemicals which keep much more than our skin healthy!

Orange Avocado Strawberry Walnut Spinach Salad

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Mexican Hot Chocolate

My grandson asked for this for the holidays one year and I became a fan. Proceeds from some of the sales go to protecting the Monarch butterfly.

Mexican Hot Chocolate – LaMonarcaBakery

Menu Seven

breakfast salad with tofu and eggs
Salad for breakfast can be a tasty and healthy choice! This recipe was inspired by the Sunny Point Cafe which is down the street!

Breakfast Salad

Having salad for breakfast is a delicious way to add more vegetables in your diet!

One of my favorite breakfast spots in my neighborhood in West Asheville is called the Sunny Point Cafe. 

They are known for a lot of legendary dishes and one of my favorites in their breakfast salad. My breakfast recipe below was inspired from theirs. It is something special to have for a breakfast brunch!

Makes 4 servings.

4 cups mixed lettuce

1/2 cup thinly sliced carrots

4 eggs, prepared your favorite way-I like mine scrambled

Add roasted potatoes and choice of breakfast protein.

Drizzle with Mustard Maple Dressing (below) and top salad with pecans if desired.

Recipe of tofu bacon (see below)

Recipe of roasted potatoes (see below)

Make the dressing, tofu and potato recipes. In 4-6 bowls add lettuce and carrots. Scramble the eggs. Next add potatoes, tofu bacon and eggs to the bowls. Drizzle mustard maple dressing to the top.

Mustard Maple Dressing

1/4 cup pecans if desired

1/4 cup maple syrup

1/4 cup olive oil

1 tablespoon cider vinegar

2 teaspoon Lusty Monk Mustard

Salt and pepper to taste

Mix the ingredients together in a small bowl and pour over salad.

Roasted potatoes

3 small potatoes

Olive oil

Salt and pepper to taste

Cube potatoes into small pieces. In a small board toss potatoes with salt and pepper. Add to small pan. Roast potatoes the same amount of time as tofu and it should be done around the same time.Turn every 5 minutes.

Breakfast Tofu

Tofu has a bland flavor and takes on whatever seasonings that you add to it. In this recipe, this marinade makes tofu into a tasty bacon!

14 ounce box, extra firm tofu, drained

To make marinade:

1 tablespoon soy sauce

1 teaspoon sesame oil

1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar

1 tablespoon sorghum

1/2 teaspoon fresh garlic (or substitute garlic oil)

1/2 teaspoon ground ginger

1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes

Cut the tofu in three pieces, cutting cross grain. Then cut each of these pieces into four and then cut each of those pieces diagonal to make little triangles. Make the marinade mixture in a 9 by 12 glass pan. Place tofu in marinade and ready to bake at 425 degrees for about 15 minutes. The marinade should be soaked into tofu and will be crisp.

Pumpkin Donuts cooling on a bakers rack
Fresh, glazed pumpkin donuts cooling on the rack.

Pumpkin Donuts or Muffins

These moist donuts along with the Breakfast Salad make delicious breakfast ideas for vegetarians.

2 Pumpkin Spiced Treats for Fall (vineripenutrition.com)

Hot Wassail

Best Ever Hot Wassail Recipe – Yummy Healthy Easy

Menu Eight

Breakfast Tacos
This recipe is easy and delicious!


Breakfast Egg Tacos

Mexican food and eggs are two of my favorite breakfast foods! A combination of the two is even better! I love breakfast burritos, tostadas, frittatas, huevos rancheros and egg tacos! All of these combinations have the flexibility of being plant- based meal or include a lean meat.

Makes 4 servings
4 corn tortillas
4 eggs
1/4-1/2 cup veggies of your choice such as chopped onions, green peppers and mushrooms
2-3 ounces of protein if desired, of your choice of sausage, bacon, tofu, tempeh or seitan if desired
1 tablespoon olive oil Toppings such as greens of scallions, cilantro, cabbage, lettuce, spinach, chopped bell pepper, shredded cheese ect.

Heat oven to 425 degrees. Place corn tortillas on a cookie sheet and brush both sides with 2 teaspoons of oil and bake for 5 minutes on each side. Heat 1 teaspoon oil in skillet and add vegetables. Saute them until they are soft. While the veggies are cooking in a small bowl, beat eggs and add salt and pepper.

Add eggs and lightly scramble. Place 1 or 2 tortillas on a plate and add eggs. On top of egg and tortillas, add toppings of your choice, salsa and cheese.

Salad with Green, Purple, Red, Orange and White Vegetables
This recipe has so many vegetables from all colors of the rainbow and it’s so tasty and good for you too!

Colorful Mexican Cabbage Slaw

This beautiful slaw makes a beautiful topping for your tacos along with other fixings prepare them ahead so breakfast comes together quickly, and everyone can top their own taco!

Colorful Mexican Cabbage Slaw (vineripenutrition.com)

Tropical Smoothie with Wild Blueberries, mango and macadamia nuts
This smoothie makes a great breakfast or dessert option!

Wild Blueberry Tropical Smoothie

Wild Blueberry Tropical Smoothie (vineripenutrition.com)

Menu Nine

Blueberry Gluten Free Pancakes
A tasty breakfast that everyone will love!

Gluten-Free Blueberry Pancakes

These pancakes are both gluten-free and low fodmap! You can mix the dry ingredients together and, in the morning, mix the other ingredients and make breakfast together! You can marinate the tempeh bacon ahead of time and even cook ahead of time and reheat. You can also cook them when your family is helping you make the pancakes on a large griddle so most of them are done quickly so everyone can eat at the same time!

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Open face tempeh andwich
Make a veggie bacon sandwich out of tempeh.

Tempeh Bacon

The tempeh can be cooked ahead of time and added in the morning. It makes a great sandwich that also makes a great vegetarian lunch! Be brave try some tempeh and let me know your experience with my tempeh bacon recipe!

1/8 cup maple syrup or brown sugar

1 teaspoon liquid smoke or smoked paprika

2 tablespoon cider vinegar

1 teaspoon black pepper

1 tablespoon garlic oil

Mix maple syrup or brown sugar, liquid smoke or smoked paprika, vinegar, garlic powder, and pepper in a 9 inch pyrex pie plate.

Take the block of tempeh and cut it into strips that are about 1/4 inch thick and marinate it for about 30 minutes. Turn it over once.

Heat skillet and add the olive oil. Add tempeh (keeping remaining tempeh in plate) and cook about 2-3 minutes and turn over. Cook a little more.

I like to add the rest of the marinade and cook this flavor into tempeh. When browned on both sides, take out of skillet.

Makes enough for 3-4 sandwiches.

To make sandwiches: put on toasted bread, add lettuce or other salad greens, tomato and mayonnaise and mustard.

Orange Juice

Menu Ten

Black Bean Burrito with Tempeh Sweet Potatoes and Spinach
This recipe is one of my family’s favorite go-to recipes

Tempeh, Sweet Potato Spinach Burrito

 I usually have this tasty burrito for lunch or supper, but I also think that it makes a great breakfast for the weekend also! This burrito was inspired by one that I had in Boone, NC about 10 years ago at a restaurant that is no longer there. It is has been enjoyed by vegetarians and meat eaters alike. Toasting the tempeh in the skillet gives it a beautiful brown and gives it a nutty flavor.

Makes 4-6 servings

1 large sweet potatoes, organic if possible and local

1 package tempeh (I like to use the local Smiling Hara Smoked Salt and Pepper)

2 cups cooked black beans, rinsed and drained ( if you are sensitive to oligios choose lentils or garbanzo beans)

1/2 medium onion chopped (or the greens of scallions if you are sensitive to oligios)

1-2 cloves garlic minced or substitute 1 teaspoon of garlic oil if you are sensitive to oligios

1 teaspoon ground cumin

1 tablespoon chili powder Here is a low fodmap chili powder.

Salt and pepper to taste

2 cups fresh spinach or other local greens

1/2 cup chopped cilantro (I have been using some from my window seal).

1/2 cup salsa (if you are looking for one without onions or garlic

1/3 cup shredded cheddar cheese

4-6 whole wheat tortillas

To Roast Sweet Potatoes and Onions: Cube sweet potatoes into 1/2 by 1/2 pieces. Place on cookie sheet along and toss with about 1 teaspoon olive oil. Roast in oven at 425 degrees and add onion. Roast 5-8 minutes or until potatoes and onion are soft and caramelized.

To make tempeh: Cube tempeh into 1/2 by 1/2 pieces. Saute it in a small amount of oil in a cast iron skillet on medium heat, turning every 5 minutes until browned on most sides. Add chili powder, cumin and garlic to brown lightly. Add about 1/3 cup of water and turn down low and simmer about 5-10 minutes.

Mix sweet potatoes with tempeh and mix together. Add your choice of beans or skip if desired. To assemble burrito, add 1 cup filling, 1/3 cup spinach, 1 tablespoon cheese and 1 tablespoon salsa.

Roll it up like a burrito or fold in half like below. You can make a quesadilla or even use for a nacho filling! You can also add sour cream or Greek yogurt and guacamole if desired!

Pears also make a delicious bread pudding for a healthy dessert recipe
You can use leftover bread to make this melt in your mouth dessert!

Pear Bread Pudding

Chai Egg Nog

Chai Eggnog – Gimme Some Oven

If your holiday celebration includes a smaller breakfast instead of brunch, here is a little twist from the usual oatmeal.

Bowl of Breakfast Quinoa with Apples
This high protein grain makes a great breakfast!

Breakfast Quinoa with Apples and Pecans

Where I live local apples are a good fruit to have in the fall and winter unless you are lucky enough to have a “keeper apple”. As we head into spring, you can use local produce like strawberries and in the summer a variety of black, blue and raspberries and peaches. Next fall in addition to apples try pears and figs. In the winter when fresh fruit is sparse, try drying and freezing fruit during the season for a welcome treat when it’s cold and dark outside!

Makes two servings.

1/2 cup light coconut milk /
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup rinsed quinoa
2 teaspoons pure maple syrup
½ teaspoon vanilla
Pinch of ground cardamon
Pinch of salt
1 chopped apple (or you can substitute for berries or use less apple if you are sensitive to it)
¼ cup pecans

Bring milk, water and quinoa to a boil in a small saucepan. Cover and simmer. Cook until most of coconut milk is absorbed (which will be about 12-15 minutes.)Remove from stove and stir in maple syrup, cardamon, and chopped apples. Top with pecans.

As a nutritionist in Asheville, I hope that you love these 10 vegetarian Christmas breakfast recipes. Stay tuned for more recipes coming on the Vine Ripe Nutrition blog all season long! If you enjoy plant-based eating and want to learn more about its health benefits, you might be interested in signing up for A Fresh Approach to Plant-based Eating!

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