Christmas dinner is traditionally a meat-laden affair, but that shouldn’t stop vegetarians from enjoying the festivities. Whether you’re a relative novice catering for vegetarian dinner guests or a seasoned pro searching for new inspiration, this collection of vegetarian Christmas recipes is bound to provide you with plenty of fresh ideas.
Throwing a Christmas party? Plan ahead and whip up a few different varieties of vegetarian canapés to protect your guests against quaffing too many of your delicious Christmas cocktails. Nathan Outlaw’s Cheese straw recipe makes a fantastic festive snack, or for those aiming to impress Kevin Mangeolles’ elegant Red pepper purée with goats’ cheese canapé or Frances Atkins’ luxurious Truffle sandwich will add a sophisticated touch to any party. Filo is a popular fixture of Christmas party platters, but try a colourful twist on the norm with Deena Kakaya’s vegetable spring rolls recipe packed with vibrant beetroot, squash and paneer.
There are plenty of vegetarian Christmas dinner ideas, too. Try Andy Waters’ Vegetarian Wellington recipe as a fantastic Christmas dinner centrepiece, with golden puff pastry packed with vegetables, herbs and chestnuts for a festive touch. Similarly James Mackenzie packs chestnuts into his Vegetable stew before topping it with a herby crumb topping and crispy kale for extra texture — the perfect dish to serve alongside all the (veggie) trimmings at Christmas dinner. Graham Campbell’s Vegetarian haggis recipe makes a delicious and filling alternative Christmas dinner, and try one of the vegetarian starters in this collection — such as Lee Westcott’s signature Yeasted cauliflower dish — for an impressive way to begin your Christmas dinner menu.
If you’re cooking for vegetarian guests it’s worth bearing in mind that many popular cheeses are made using animal rennet, and therefore are not completely vegetarian. While some people don’t mind eating animal rennet cheeses it is always worth checking with your guests beforehand as there are plenty of vegetarian cheese alternatives available if they’d prefer.
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Serve your raw green salad in frico cups!
Frico cups are small cups made entirely out of cheese. They are naturally low carb, gluten-free, and completely irresistible.
You know that little bit of cheese that oozes onto the skillet when making a grilled cheese sandwich? The stuff that turns dark and crispy and perfect for popping in your mouth? Frico cups are essentially an entire serving bowl made of that rich crispy cheese.
You can make them in various sizes. Yet I’ve discovered if you bake them about the size of a paper muffin liner and fill them with a smaller serving of salad, they’re more likely to disappear!
Frico is what Italians call the wafer like crisp that forms when you bake or fry shredded cheese.
This delicate, baked Parmesan cheese cups are deceptively easy to make. You can fill them with whatever you want, but grape tomato, olive and feta make for a light and refreshing snack.
For the Frico Cups
Parmesan cheese (3 tbsp. per cup)
For the Grape Tomato, Olive and Feta Salad
4 c. grape tomatoes, halved
1/4 c. green olives, sliced and pitted
1/3 c. crumbled feta cheese
1 tbsp. olive oil
Basil, for garnish
For the Sesame Cucumber and Radish Salad
1 English cucumber, finely chopped
3 large radishes, thinly sliced
1 tbsp. lime juice
2 tsp. toasted sesame oil
2 tbsp. black and white sesame seeds
For the Farro, Corn and Green Onion Salad
4 ears corn, husked
2 c. cooked farro
2 green onions, thinly sliced
3 tbsp. lemon juice
1 1/2 tbsp. olive oil
- For the Frico Cups: Grate Parmesan and make piles, 2 inches apart, on a lined baking sheet. Bake at 375 degrees F until melted but not quite brown (6 minutes); use a thin metal spatula to quickly transfer to muffin pan, pressing lightly in centers. Cool before filling.
- For the Grape Tomato, Olive and Feta Salad: In medium bowl, combine grape tomatoes, green olives, feta cheese, sherry vinegar, and olive oil. Season with salt and pepper; garnish with basil.
- For the Sesame, Cucumber and Radish Salad: Toss cucumbers and radishes with lime juice, sesame oil, and sesame seeds. Season with salt and pepper.
- For the Farro, Corn and Green Onion Salad: Preheat grill on medium-high. Grill corn 10 minutes, turning occasionally. Remove from grill, let cool. Cut kernels off into large bowl; toss with farro, green onions, lemon juice, and olive oil. Season with salt and pepper.
Simple, summery and a great little appetizer with a salty parmesan bowl of its own.!
This roast vegetables formula uses the simplest of fall vegetables; creamy sweet butternut squash, tender yukon potatoes, juicy zucchini, the sweetest carrots and crisp bell peppers. Mixture the veggies works as a result of the more durable veggies square measure roast ten minutes longer than everything else. You’ll be able to additionally modification up the veggies.
The flavor combination is lovely and the sprinkle of cheese at the end, even lovelier! Roasted vegetables would make a stunning and vibrant Thanksgiving side dish.My Mama-in-law shared this recipe with us last week and we’ve made it several times already. It’s pretty simple to make but takes a sometime to chop everything up.
Make Ahead Tip: You can chop all of your veggies a day in advance and refrigerate in ziploc bags overnight. Just be sure to keep your potatoes refrigerated in a bowl of cold water so they don’t change color.
If you’re lucky enough to have leftovers: It reheats really well on a pan for lunch the next day and you can puree it to make baby food.
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6 medium yellow potatoes, unpeeled and sliced into 3/4″ to 1″ thick pieces
1 medium butternut squash, peeled, seeded and sliced into 3/4″ – 1″ thick pieces *see tips below
2 large carrots, peeled and sliced into 1/2″ thick rounds
4 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
1 large or 2 medium zucchini, sliced into 3/4″ thick rounds
2 red, yellow or orange bell peppers, cut into 1″ pieces
1.5 Tbsp garlic salt, or to taste
Freshly grated black pepper, to taste
Extra light olive oil, or avocado oil, or vegetable oil
1/2 cup shredded parmesan or mozzarella cheese
1. Start with the vegetables that take longer to bake: place potatoes, butternut squash, carrots and 1/2 of chopped garlic into a large mixing bowl. Drizzle with 2 Tbsp olive oil and sprinkle with black pepper and 1 Tbsp garlic salt, or to taste. Stir to coat the veggies evenly. Divide this mixture into your two prepared baking pans and roast uncovered at 450˚F for 10 minutes.2. In the same mixing bowl, combine remaining veggies: zucchini, bell pepper, remaining chopped garlic, 1 Tbsp olive oil, black pepper and 1/2 Tbsp garlic salt, or to taste and stir well to combine. Remove roasting pans from the oven and quickly place the mixed vegetables evenly over the top. Return to the oven and roast an additional 20-25 minutes or until potatoes and squash are tender and easily pierced with a fork.
3. Sprinkle the top with shredded cheese and place under the broiler for 1-2 min or until cheese melts.
I’m a great believer in meat rubs and marinades. As far as I’m concerned seasoning meats, seafood, and even veggies and letting them rest for a few hours or so is what really brings out the flavors. That’s why I mix up a variety of rubs and marinades to fit whatever flavor I want. One of my favorites is this Lemon Pepper Meat Rub, I’ve been using it to season steaks and many other things for years!
I know if you look at the label on the jar of Lemon Pepper seasoning it says it’s recommended for chicken, seafood, and vegetables. Yes, it’s delicious on all that but it’s also a great seasoning for beef and lamb! Oh and don’t forget salads! Toss your greens with some Lemon Pepper, you’ll love it!
My recipe for Lemon Pepper Rub makes enough to fill a half pint sized mason jar. I usually make a batch so I have some on hand when I need it. Just be sure you keep it in an airtight container placed in a cool dry spot in your pantry. It should keep for about 3 months.
This Lemon Pepper Rub has a bit of a bite, that’s from the Cayenne Pepper I add to it. You can adjust the spiciness by adding or reducing the amount of Cayenne in the mix. In fact if you don’t want it to be spicy at all just omit the Cayenne, it will taste just as good.
To use the rub stir 2 tbs. of the mix into 1 tbs. of olive oil to make a paste. Rub that on to your meat, seafood, or whatever you’re seasoning. Cover the seasoned meat and let it rest in the fridge for at least 2 hours. Meats can rest for up to 24 hours, seafood for not more than 3-4 hours. Remember the longer it rests the more flavor it will absorb so try and keep it seasoning in the fridge for as long as possible. I find that for steaks and lamb resting over night gets amazing results!
If you’re looking for a rub to make Barbecued Chicken try my Basic Barbecued Chicken Rub.
For something more exotic try this Shawarma Rub, it’s delicious!
Overnight Oats! What the heck is that? At least that’s what my family said when I told them we’d be having them for breakfast.
Ok overnight oats is basically raw oatmeal that’s been soaked in a liquid and allowed to sit in the refrigerator for a minimum of 6 hours.
Overnight oats for breakfast is a great way to start your day. You can make them a head of time, they last refrigerated for up to 5 days, they’re filling, nutritious, versatile, and heart healthy, you can have them on the go, and most importantly they’re yummy!
If you look around you’ll find like a million recipes for the best overnight oats in the world. Some are vegan, some have fruity flavors, others have nuts, and still others include yogurt, and more. Seriously the possibilities seem endless! But at the end of the day no matter what flavor or topping you prefer you still have to start out with basic oats.
Yes the French Toast or Banana Nutella overnight oats recipes look delish but really those are just ingredients you can add to make your breakfast to suite your taste or your mood. But in my case I make overnight oats for myself, my husband, and grandkids; of course everyone likes something different. The best solution is to make a batch, ok a big batch of overnight oats, portion them in containers (they can’t even agree on the containers they want to use), then just before eating each person can “customize” it to suite their taste.
So today I’ll share with you my basic recipe for overnight oats, even then you can switch out some of the ingredients to suite your needs. For example if you have mild allergies you can use non-dairy liquids such as soy or coconut milk. You can change up the liquids even if you have no allergies just to get a different taste.
Also I used rolled oats as I feel they have the best texture. Rolled oats are the ones you must cook, not the instant ones you just add water to and microwave. If you like your oats a bit on the crunchier side you can use steel cut oats.
The 2 most important things to remember when mixing overnight oats are the proportion of liquid to oats, I like to use 1 to 1 proportions; and that pinch of salt! Yes overnight oats must be seasoned to taste good and if you forget the salt there’s no amount of sweetener or toppings you can add that will make them taste right. So remember the salt!
Having said that here’s my recipe it makes 9 pint size mason jars (half filled) – you can portion them out in mason jars or small plastic containers with a lid. Be sure the lids lock onto the containers.
Ingredients for oats:
6 Cups Rolled Oats
6 Cups Liquid – milk, coconut milk, soy milk, almond milk, or whatever type of milk you prefer – I use 2% milk or coconut milk
1/2 Cup Natural Sweetener – honey, molasses, maple syrup, coconut sugar, agave syrup, or whatever sweetener you like – I usually use coconut sugar or honey – try to stay away from white sugar
1/2 Cup Chia Seeds (optional)
2 Tbs. Salt
Fruit – fresh, dried, or frozen berries, bananas, mango, papaya
Nuts – sliced almonds, pecan pieces, etc.
Nut butters – peanut, almond, etc.
Or whatever topping you like
Mix all the ingredients for the oats together in a large bowl.
Divide them into portions enough to fill your mason jars or plastic containers half full.
Refrigerate overnight or at least 6 hours. Overnight oats can be refrigerated for up to 5 days. The longer you refrigerate them the creamier they become.
Before serving/eating add the toppings of choice. Mix them in the oats and enjoy!