Blog | The best veggie options for your Christmas Dinner
Cooking on Christmas Day for someone who doesn’t eat meat? No worries! Here are six delicious vegetarian recipes to serve on Christmas Day alongside all the trimmings.
Sitting down and eating turkey for Christmas dinner is a time-honoured British tradition - alongside feeding your sprouts to the dog, and watching your Nan fall asleep in front of the Queen’s Speech.
But there are a growing number of vegetarians in the UK, who choose not to eat meat for ethical, religious or environmental reasons. They deserve more than just some limp vegetables and a couple of burnt roast potatoes on Christmas day. Cook up a storm for your meat-free guests with these delicious recipe ideas.
Packed with protein, this classic vegetarian Christmas option will give your guests that authentic so-stuffed-full-of-dinner-I-won’t-be-able-to-move-until-New-Year feeling, that we all know and love. Not only is this a tried and tested veggie winner, it’s also easily converted to a vegan recipe, and you can freeze the leftovers for up to two months. Pop a roast potato in that Boxing Day leftovers sandwich, you deserve it.
Nothing says comfort food like pastry. So what could be better than sitting down at the dinner table while the wind howls outside and it’s dark by 4pm, and having a little parcel of joy pop up on your plate? These individual pies are stuffed with leek, chestnuts, mushrooms and cranberries for an unmistakably Christmassy taste. If you’re a whizz in the kitchen you could make your own pastry - just make sure you get vegetarian suet.
What could be better than a delicious vegetable - except maybe that vegetable stuffed inside a bigger vegetable? Take this theory to it’s delectable conclusion with this recipe for aubergines. Cut them in half and roast them, then scoop out the flesh and use it to make a mouthwatering stuffing, along with mushrooms, spinach, cheese and breadcrumbs. These couldn’t be simpler to make - a blessing in a hectic Christmas morning kitchen, when your uncle is stationed on a chair by the smoke alarm, ready to waft a tea towel when the Christmas cake catches alight.
What’s green and is always left over at Christmas? Aside from terrible cracker jokes, it’s veg. Broccoli, green beans and sprouts - not to mention carrots, potatoes and parsnips. All left to loiter at the bottom of the roasting pan after the top button on the jeans has been undone at the table. Spare these unlucky vegetables their miserable fate by making them into a delicious Mediterranean-inspired quiche instead - all set with egg and a cheeky bit of cream. You’ll be dreaming of Greek islands during your after-dinner doze.
There’s something about Christmas which calls for cheese. More cheese than you’ve had in the house all year round - great lumps of stilton, melting camembert and soft brie all melding into one great stink every time someone unsuspectingly opens the fridge. But, we say, embrace the cheese! Put it out on the cheeseboard that only sees the light once a year, and feed it to your vegetarian guests in this stunning tart.
As a final offering, we present the queen of all the vegetables: the butternut squash. Boil it, mash it, fry it - it’ll come out delicious every time, sweet and nutty (a bit like your great uncle at Christmas dinner). This lasagne recipe swaps out the traditional mince for pure vegetable goodness. Roast up the chunks of squash while you’re making your tomato sauce. Then, in a big dish, layer up the sauce, the lasagne sheets, and a generous layer of mascarpone and butternut squash. Repeat the layering until the dish is so heavy you can barely stagger to the oven. That’s when you know you’ve made a good one.
What will you be eating on Christmas day? Let us know on social media, and just remember the best news of all for vegetarians: you can eat the desert!