When I stopped eating meat, Christmas seemed like the biggest challenge! I had always enjoyed traditional Christmas turkey and all the trimmings, how was I going to match up to that with a vegetarian meal?! Luckily there are so many fantastic vegetarian options out there that you need not miss out without meat. One important tip though; I’ve generally found that the meat eaters round the table also all want a taste of the veggie main, so make sure you make enough!
- Last year I made this Parsnip, Cranberry and Chestnut Loaf (BBC recipe here). It was simple, delicious and was suitable to make a day in advance so I had no stress on Christmas Day. It would also be easy to make this vegan by swapping the butter for coconut/ vegetable oil and the egg for aquafaba.
- This Squash and Hazelnut Gratin makes a great main for veggies, but is also guaranteed to go down a storm as a side for any meat eaters too.
- Wellington always looks impressive, and the filling in this Delicious Magazine Butternut, mushroom and chestnut version is a perfect medley of Christmas ingredients.
- Or even easier, using ready-made filo pastry, this squash, spinach and chickpea parcel also from Delicious Magazine, goes for slightly alternative curried flavours
I’ve always been a big fan of lots of amazing sides and most are vegetarian anyway so no need to miss out here! These are a few favourites:
- A huge tray of roast potatoes and root vegetables. Try mixing it up and throwing in some more unusual ones like celeriac and beautiful candy beetroot, as well as potatoes, parsnips and carrots
- My cauliflower cheese with mustard sauce and almonds is a guaranteed favourite. Get the recipe here.
- You can’t have Christmas without Brussel Sprouts! Roast them with maple syrup and pecan nuts to banish any thoughts of the soggy over boiled balls of green slime of years past…
- And don’t forget the Yorkshire puddings, stuffing (try Jamie Oliver’s mixed mushroom recipe here) and homemade gravy (best made using homemade vegetable stock).