Christmas dinner doesn’t have to be stressful! Make your life easier this year by cooking up some of these 25+ easy Christmas vegetable recipes.. Full of tips, tricks and cheats, these super simple Christmas vegetable sides, are sure to make Christmas morning a much less stressful and more enjoyable affair… but no less delicious!!
Essential Christmas Vegetable Recipes
What vegetables do you have for Christmas dinner? Here in the UK, the traditional Christmas vegetables are generally roast potatoes, Brussels sprouts, and roast parsnips. Lots of people would also include braised red cabbage and cauliflower cheese as Christmas vegetable essentials. And many would also add everyday favourites like broccoli, carrots and peas to that list.
But juggling multiple vegetable dishes can get complicated and stressful… which is why I have gathered together a bumper 25+ easy peasy Christmas vegetable recipes to make things that bit easier in the kitchen on Christmas day… so you can have more time to open presents, chat to friends and family and drink that glass of bubbly… rather than spending all morning feeling frazzled in the kitchen!
I would LOVE to know if you make any of these on Christmas Day and how they turned out! I would especially love to see pictures on social media 😀 I’m on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram – if you do make one of these recipes, please tag me @easypeasyfoodie and use the #easypeasyfoodie hashtag, so I can see what you’ve been cooking up!
I think most people would agree that roast potatoes are an essential Christmas dinner vegetable. But there are lots of variations! Here are 4 delicious – but very easy peasy roast potato recipes to choose from…
Easy Peasy Roast Potatoes
The classic option! These traditional Easy Peasy Roast Potatoes are simple to make and virtually foolproof. Adding onions, garlic and herbs adds lots of extra flavour. But if you want an even simpler recipe you can leave these extras out.
Polenta Roast Potatoes
Want the most perfect crispy, crunchy roast potatoes? Then you have to try my Polenta Roast Potatoes – polenta makes them super crunchy on the outside, whilst inside they are soft and fluffy…and deliciously flavoured with garlic and rosemary…and of course, as you’d expect from me, they are super easy to make!
Easy Duck Fat Roast Potatoes
If you have never had Duck Fat Roast Potatoes before, you are in for a treat. Not only does duck fat give roast potatoes a wonderful flavour… it also makes them extra crispy!
Easy Roast Sweet Potatoes
A great alternative to traditional roast potatoes, my Easy Roast Sweet Potatoes are quick and simple to make (only 30 minutes total time and no par boiling!), and packed full of flavour and goodness.
Another Christmas vegetable essential is surely Brussels sprouts? I have gathered together 5 of my easiest (and tastiest!) Brussels sprouts recipes for this collection. (Need more inspo? Head here >>> How to Make Sprouts Interesting)
Pan Fried Sprouts with Chestnuts and Bacon
Need a super easy, but totally delicious recipe for sprouts this Christmas? Then this Pan Fried Sprouts with Chestnuts and Bacon recipe is your answer. My easy peasy twist on a Christmas classic, this Brussels sprouts dish uses only 3 ingredients and just 1 pan… and can be ready in under 15 minutes!
Pan Fried Sprouts with Leek and Bacon
Quick, easy and utterly delicious this Pan Fried Sprouts with Leek and Bacon recipe is hands down my favourite Brussels Sprouts recipe of all time (though there are some close contenders!)
Pan Fried Sprouts with Chorizo and Almonds
Fancy your Brussels sprouts with a Spanish twist this year? Why not try my Pan Fried Sprouts with Chorizo and Almonds! Gorgeously tasty and utterly easy peasy, this 3 ingredient sprout recipe can be on your table in under 15 minutes… and only uses one pan!
Roasted Brussels Sprouts
If you have never eaten Roasted Brussels Sprouts, then you are in for a treat! They taste much nicer than plain old boiled sprouts and are much easier to make too… In fact, they are so good, they’ll even turn life-long sprout haters into sprout lovers!
Maple Roasted Sprouts with Cranberries and Pecan Nuts
Utterly delicious and dangerously moreish, these Maple Roasted Sprouts with Cranberries and Pecan Nuts are an easy peasy twist on standard Brussels sprouts. Perfect for Christmas Day… or any time when you want to elevate your sprouts to the next level!
Is Christmas even Christmas without roast parsnips? Roast parsnips are hands down the most popular Christmas vegetable recipe in our house – no matter how many I make… there’s never enough! Here’s my top 3 easy peasy roast parsnips recipes…
Perfect Roast Parsnips
Quick, easy and delicious, this recipe for Perfect Roast Parsnips requires no par-boiling or any other tricks – but it delivers perfectly cooked and crispy roasted parsnips every time.
Roast Parsnips with Honey and Thyme
Take your roast parsnips to the next level with with the addition of honey and thyme. These Roast Parsnips with Honey and Thyme are super simple to make and taste incredible!
Roast Parsnips and Carrots with honey mustard glaze
Make your life even simpler and roast the parsnips and carrots together, as in this Easy Peasy Roast Parsnips and Carrots recipe. For extra deliciousness add a classic honey and mustard glaze.
Braised Red Cabbage
For me Christmas wouldn’t be the same without braised red cabbage. Plus it’s really easy to make and it’s a great make ahead dish for Christmas and beyond! Here’s my easy peasy recipe…
Easy Peasy Braised Red Cabbage
This simple recipe for Braised Red Cabbage looks gorgeous and will fill your house with aromas of cloves, cinnamon and nutmeg, making it smell and feel like Christmas. Plus it’s really easy to make and it’s a great make ahead dish!
Another Christmas vegetable classic for many people is Cauliflower cheese. Here’s my easy peasy – and virtually foolproof – recipe…
Easy Peasy Cauliflower Cheese
Perfectly cooked cauliflower enveloped in a thick, velvety cheese sauce, topped with extra grated cheddar cheese and baked until beautifully browned – this Easy Peasy Cauliflower Cheese is quick and simple to make but will make your taste buds very happy indeed.
Multiple Christmas Vegetable Recipes
Want to make your life even easier? Cook one of these recipes, which combine 2 or more Christmas vegetables in one dish!
Easy Christmas Vegetable Traybake
Cook 3 of the most popular Christmas vegetables in one easy peasy traybake… My Easy Christmas Vegetable Traybake means less time in the kitchen and more time drinking bubbly and relaxing with your guests!
Easy Peasy Roasted Root Vegetables
Deliciously crisp and caramelised roasted parsnips, carrots, red onions and sweet potatoes – all roasted on one tray. Maximum taste, minimum fuss, healthy and frugal… and only one tray to wash, makes my Easy Peasy Roasted Root Vegetables perfect for a stress-free Christmas!
Brussels Sprouts Colcannon
A Christmas twist on this traditional Irish dish, my Brussels Sprouts Colcannon is a really easy way to tick off 2 of the Christmas vegetables essentials – potatoes and Brussels sprouts! (It’s also a great option for using up leftover sprouts after Christmas!)
Brussels Sprouts Gratin
Another great sprout and potato combo is this delicious Brussels Sprouts Gratin – layers of sprouts, bacon and potatoes covered in a creamy garlicky sauce – virtually guaranteed to turn sprout haters into sprout lovers this year!
Easy Christmas Vegetable Gratin
Or take the gratin idea to the next level and turn all the Christmas vegetable favourites into a multi-layered gratin! This Easy Christmas Vegetable Gratin features potatoes, parsnips, carrots and sprouts… all covered in a creamy garlicky sauce and topped with cheese. What’s not to like? As a bonus this looks much more difficult than it really is…your guests will think you’ve been slaving in the kitchen all morning, when really this takes just 15 minutes prep and then let the oven take over while you relax.
Easy Peasy Christmas Turkey Traybake
While not strictly just a vegetable dish, I couldn’t not include this Easy Peasy Christmas Turkey Traybake, which not only features all the main Christmas vegetables but also, turkey and pigs in blankets too… all ready in under 1h 30mins, with only 2 pans and a colander to wash up!
Alternative Christmas Vegetable recipes
Want to go for something a bit different this year? Here are some easy peasy alternatives to the Christmas vegetable classics…
Easy Homemade Parmentier Potatoes
Delicious mini roast potatoes coated in garlic and herbs, these Easy Homemade Parmentier Potatoes are one of my favourite side dishes. They would make an excellent alternative to roast potatoes on Christmas Day… and as a bonus they are even quicker and easier to make than standard roast potatoes.
Easy Dauphinoise Potatoes
Oozing with cream and garlic and topped with tangy cheddar cheese, these Easy Dauphinoise Potatoes are decadently delicious… yet incredibly easy to make – and virtually foolproof! Perfect if you want an alternative to roast potatoes.
Yes – these are my homemade version of Nando’s Macho Peas. No – I’ve not gone mad! These next-level minty peas would go perfectly with a Christmas dinner… and they are super easy to make! Perfect if you want something a bit more exciting than plain old boiled peas on Christmas Day.
Corn On The Cob
Everyone loves corn on the cob, right? This Easy Roasted Corn On The Cob recipe would make a great addition to a Christmas roast dinner… and it’s a super simple recipe! Just 3 minutes of hands on time and ready in less than 20 minutes. (And no par-boiling!) What’s not to like?
Cumin Roasted Cauliflower and Butternut Squash
OK, this one is a bit left-field, but if you love roasted cauliflower and squash, then why not? This Cumin Roasted Cauliflower and Butternut Squash makes a lovely alternative Christmas vegetable side dish. And, of course… as you’d expect from me, it’s easy peasy!
More Essential Christmas Recipes…
Want easy peasy recipes for all the other Christmas dinner essentials – like turkey (and alternatives), sauces, Yorkshire puddings, stuffing and Christmas desserts? Head this way >>> 40 Essential Recipes for Christmas Day
Easy Christmas Dinner Time plan
One of the hardest parts of Christmas Dinner prep is getting the timings right. If that’s something you struggle with then definitely check out my Easy Peasy Christmas Dinner Time Plan. The time plan features all the main Christmas vegetables, as well as all the other Christmas dinner essentials like the gravy, sauces, pigs in blankets… and of course the turkey! And there’s even a handy dandy downloadable Christmas Dinner Shopping List to make your life even easier!
Christmas Vegetable Leftovers?
It’s easy to over cater on Christmas Day… fortunately there’s lots you can do with your Christmas Day leftovers… from Bubble And Squeak to Christmas Leftovers Pie, this roundup of 30 Easy Recipes For Your Christmas Day Leftovers has you covered!
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