Blogger-Approved Winter Dinner Party Ideas

Recipes that impress, for your most delicious feast yet.


Urbanette’s Perfect 6 ­Course Vegan Thanksgiving

And if you’re still not sure what to cook, here’s a full meal plan for you. Recipes included:
1. Cranberry Pear Salad
2. Veggie Loaf
3. Butter Beans with Lemon­-Garlic Collards
4. Apple, Onion & Cranberry Stuffing
5. Vegan Sweet Potato Joes
6. Apple­-Date Torte

Blogger-Approved Winter Dinner Party Ideas

Cranberry Pear Salad

Number of Servings: 4 (213 G )
Prep Time: 15 Minutes Ingredients

Blogger-Approved Winter Dinner Party Ideas

Dressing Ingredients
1/4 c. extra virgin olive oil
3 T. balsamic vinegar
1 t. whole grain mustard
1 t. honey
1/8 t. salt
1/4 t. freshly ground black pepper

Salad Ingredients
1/2 c. red onion, thinly sliced
1/3 c. dried cranberries, juice­ (sweetened)
8 c. baby spinach
2 pears, cored and sliced
2/3 c. hazelnuts, toasted and chopped

1. Whisk dressing ingredients together thoroughly.
2. Toss the spinach, onions and pears with dressing. Sprinkle with cranberries and hazelnuts.

Blogger-Approved Winter Dinner Party Ideas

Veggie Loaf

Number of Servings: 4 (150 G )
Prep Time: 15 Minutes
Cook Time: 35 Minutes

Blogger-Approved Winter Dinner Party Ideas

1 1/2 c. cooked lentils
1 1/2 c. carrots, minced
1 red onion, minced
4 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 c. Italian parsley, chopped
1 c. walnuts, divided
1 c. rolled oats, divided
1 T. sundried tomato, ground
1 t. canola oil

1. Preheat oven to 350º F.
2. Puree the cooked lentils and carrots together in a food processor until a paste forms. Transfer to a bowl and mix in onion, garlic, parsley and sun­dried tomato.
3. Process half of the walnuts and oats in the food processor until nicely powdered. Add to the lentil mixture. Roughly chop the remaining oats and nuts and stir into lentil mixture.
4. Lightly coat a 9 x 5 loaf pan with oil. Spread mixture in pan and bake 30­35 minutes. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving.

Blogger-Approved Winter Dinner Party Ideas

Butter Beans with Lemon-Garlic Collards

Number of Servings: 2 (247 G )
Prep Time: 10 Minutes
Cook Time: 10 Minutes

Blogger-Approved Winter Dinner Party Ideas

1 1/4 c. butter beans, rinsed and drained
1 lg. head collard greens, washed and sliced
2 t. olive oil
2 t. garlic, minced
2 T. lemon juice

1. Heat oil over medium heat.
2. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant.
3. Stir in collards, cover and cook over low heat 5 minutes.
4. Add remaining ingredients and heat through. Serve hot.

Blogger-Approved Winter Dinner Party Ideas

Apple, Onion & Cranberry Stuffing

Number of Servings: 8 (219 G )
Prep Time: 40 Minutes
Cook Time: 30­45 Minutes

Blogger-Approved Winter Dinner Party Ideas

4 c. whole­-wheat bread, cubed (6 slices)
4 c. white sandwich bread, cubed (6 slices)
1 3/4 c. vegetable broth
1 1/2 t. canola oil
2 stalks celery, chopped
1 lg. onion, chopped
4 apples, peeled, cored and chopped
4 t. fresh sage, chopped
2 t. fresh thyme, chopped
1/2 c. cranberries, chopped
Freshly ground pepper, to taste

1. Preheat oven to 350° F. Spread bread cubes on a baking sheet and bake until lightly toasted, 15 – 20 minutes.
2. While bread is toasting, heat oil in a large, non­stick skillet over medium heat. Add celery and onion; cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, 5 – 7 minutes. Add apples, cook for 3 minutes longer. Add 3/4 cup broth, sage and thyme.
3. Reduce heat to low and simmer until the apples are tender and most of the liquid has evaporated, 5 – 7 minutes. Add the toasted bread and cranberries. Drizzle remaining broth over the mixture and toss until evenly moistened. Season with pepper.
4. Reduce oven temperature to 325° F. Transfer stuffing to a lightly oiled casserole dish and cover with foil. Bake until heated through, 35 – 45 minutes. If you would like a crisp top, uncover for the last 15 minutes of baking.

Blogger-Approved Winter Dinner Party Ideas

Vegan Sweet Potato Joes

Number of Servings: 6 (332 G )
Prep Time: 5 min.
Cook Time: 35 min.

Blogger-Approved Winter Dinner Party Ideas

1 Tbsp. olive oil
1 onion, chopped
1 green bell pepper, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1½ cups tomato puree
1 tsp. salt
1½ Tbsp. Dijon mustard
1 Tbsp. maple syrup
1½ cups water
1 tsp. chili powder
1 cup red lentils
6 medium sweet potatoes, baked

1. In a large pot, heat the oil over medium heat and sauté the onion, bell pepper, and garlic until tender (8 – 10 minutes).
2. Stir in the tomato puree, salt, mustard, maple syrup, water, chili powder, and lentils. Bring to a rolling boil.
3. Lower the heat to a simmer, cover, and cook until the lentils are tender (20­25 minutes). Stir regularly to prevent sticking.
4. Slice the sweet potatoes in half lengthwise, mash with a fork, and top with lentils. Serve hot.

Blogger-Approved Winter Dinner Party Ideas

Apple­-Date Torte

Number of Servings: 8 (234 G )
Prep Time: 25 Minutes
Cook Time: 45 Minutes

Blogger-Approved Winter Dinner Party Ideas

30 dates, pitted (divided)
1 c. warm water (divided)
1 1/2 c. walnuts
1 t. cinnamon
1/2 t. nutmeg
1 t. vanilla
1/2 t. salt
4 apples, thinly sliced

1. Preheat oven to 350ºF. Line an 8″ tart pan with parchment paper. 2. Cover 18 dates with half of the warm water and set aside.
3. Place walnuts in food processor and grind to a fine meal. Add the remaining pitted dates and water and process until dates are blended with the walnuts to form a coarse, sticky meal. Press mixture into tart pan.
4. Place soaking dates and their liquid in blender along with cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla and salt. Blend until smooth.
5. In a medium bowl, toss apple slices with the date sauce. Layer into crust.
6. Bake for 30­45 minutes, or until apples are tender when poked with a fork. Sprinkle with extra cinnamon to serve.

Recipes provided exclusively for Urbanette, by Guiding Stars.

Blogger-Approved Winter Dinner Party Ideas

Blogger-Approved Winter Dinner Party Ideas

Blogger-Approved Winter Dinner Party IdeasI’ve also created two Pinterest boards. One that has Delicious Vegan Recipes, and one that’s just Holiday Recipes and DIY. You can click the images here to go directly to those boards. Hope you like them!

Still want more? Check out this list of 25 Vegan Holiday Recipes, and have yourself a happy and healthy vegan holiday!

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A writer, artist, and designer since she was young enough to put pencil to paper, Hilary taught herself code and created Urbanette when she was a teenager. Currently, she lives in Monte Carlo, but spent the past decade living in NYC, still considers herself a New Yorker, and visits regularly. She's always traveling, looking for hot new topics, destinations, and life hacks to bring to Urbanette readers.

Reader Discussion: 339 Comments

  1. Amelie Phillips

    I don’t eat meat vegan is the only way to go we need to stop killing animals.I think it is so barbaric the idea of eating another living things flesh makes me sick. I hope with this recipes, more people will start switching to vegan for the holidays.

  2. Ellie Stevens

    I love the dishes here! Some of it even looks like it has meat in it, but it doesn’t. I’m glad I came across this post. Our menu needs more.

  3. Ava Boyle

    Vegan diets can be extremely economical. Many vegans center their diet around grains, beans, legumes, nuts, and seeds, all of which can be purchased cheaply in bulk. Buying in-season veggies and fruits is quite easy on your wallet. Honestly, being vegan is a little pricey.

  4. Nicole Atkinson

    Jamie Oliver is an idol of mine for vegetarian dishes. I love watching him in lifestyle cooking shows too.

    • His dishes were controversial but I beg to disagree. They all taste good I bet.

  5. Ella Gardiner

    The dishes listed in this article makes me want to go vegan. I’m going to show this to my friends, maybe we could come up with some of this for Christmas eve.

  6. Tegan Pugh

    Eating clean is the best choice I have ever made, and now my family is joining in. Get yourself educated!!! Read the China Study, or better yet, watch Food INC, Forks Over Knives, and Food Matters. You will get the facts that are so often hidden, and then you decide what is right for you.

  7. Glenda Winslow

    This list is so great you want to go vegan! I have a tip for you. First of all, make lists of all animal products you currently use. Then go to the store and find replacements for these products when you cook a meal. Slowly but surely you won’t buy animal products anymore. Also, try too cook vegan once or twice a week first and do it more often. Online you can find amazing recipes. But also nonvegan recipes – including your favorites – can easily be ‘veganized’. This is what I did back then. I started slowly until I stopped feeling like I was starving myself from animal products. Sometimes, things like this are mind over matter. By looking at the brighter side, it truly is healthier and it tastes good too.

  8. Georgina Thomas

    Reduction in dairy, meat, and eggs is often tied to the alleviation of allergy symptoms. Many vegans report much fewer runny noses and congestion problems. I had been experiencing this half of my life until I switched to being vegan.

  9. Grace Fry

    I’m very particular with my skin which is why I switched to vegan. The nuts and vitamins A and E from vegetables play a big role in healthy skin, so vegans will usually have good skin health. Many people who switch to a vegan diet will notice a remarkable reduction in blemishes as well. I used to have cystic acne and large pores. But for some reason, when I switched to being vegan, my pores have gotten smaller and my acne has cleared. Maybe our mothers didn’t lie when she sad something about fruits and vegetables aiding the youthful glow in our skin.

  10. Nicole Andrews

    The dishes here are simply WOW. I would definitely not mind going vegan this holiday if those were the dishes I’ll be eating.

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