Have a vegetarian at your holiday table this year?
Perhaps this is the first year you’ll have a vegetarian at your holiday table or maybe you are just looking for some inspiration on how to feed these plant-based eaters. Tofu and stir fries are great non-meat options but they aren’t really festive and seasonal and you don’t want the vegetarian at the table to feel short changed. Hey, they want to eat something fun and celebratory too! See below for more tips or grab a copy of my latest e-book “A Collection Of Vegetarian Holiday Recipes.”
If you are looking to make vegetarian meals a little more festive you can:
- Add ingredients like cherries, hazelnuts, chestnuts, figs and pomegranates which represent the season
If you are overwhelmed with the amount of preparation some of these vegetarian meals require:
- Keep it simple and add fresh fruit, vegetables (raw or roasted), nuts and seeds
If you are worried the vegetarians will only be eating the soup, salad or sides:
- Prepare an appetizer platter with a bean dip using chickpeas or black beans so they eat some protein and won’t be hungry an hour later.
If you want a main dish that everyone at the table will be happy with:
- Serve a big platter of roasted veggies and add some protein by sprinkling with toasted nuts or seeds.
If you want to serve more of a traditional holiday meal test one of the meatless holiday meal
If you aren’t quite sure what your vegetarian guests like to eat:
- Visit a heath food store or check out the natural food aisles for other vegetarian and vegan products like non-dairy ice cream or eggnog.
If you want to veganize some of your classic dishes:
- Use vegetable stock instead of beef or chicken stock.
- Use vegan margarine or soy milk to make stuffing and mashed potatoes with gravy.
- Use flax eggs for baking.
- Substitute coconut oil for butter in baked goods.
Looking for more inspiration? Grab a copy of my e-book “A Collection of Vegetarian Holiday Dishes” and get planning!