Alternative vegetarian & vegan Christmas dinners

I don’t want to lecture or rant.* You’ll do what you want, regardless. But maybe just consider that the seasonal slaughter of turkeys and ducks is not completely necessary? There are some alternative meals you could be enjoying instead.

Scouring Pinterest for some veggie Christmas dinners for this post has been mouth-watering stuff, and actually all the recipes I’ve found seem quite easy. No defrosting the bird in the bath overnight only to find it’s too big for your oven. And what with Sainsbury’s vegan cheeseboard, procuring affordable non-meat and non-diary food stuffs is actually starting to be feasible.

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Here’s my top 5 suggestions for veggie mains that I’ve narrowed it down to. What should I choose?

  1. Beetroot & squash wellington
  2. Squash, chickpea and spinach filo pie
  3. Vegetable, almond & brazil nut roast
  4. Stuffed roasted squash
  5. Chestnut, port & thyme strudel

I’m also hosting a small Christmas party and looking for ideas for veggie canapes and snacks – does anyone have any ideas?

And if all else fails, Yotam Ottelengi will save me from a meaty Christmas.

*But it would be remiss of me not to provide a few Christmas turkey facts for you to consider.

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10 Replies to “Alternative vegetarian & vegan Christmas dinners”

  1. No animals will be killed and eaten around our family table. We are all vegetarian or vegan. This looks nice. Thanks.
    Your top 5 suggestions sound mouth watering. I don’t have any suggestions for you, It’s not a snack, but homemade carrot and coriander soup, or butternut squash, onion and carrot soup is really nice. Otbut i hope you all have a great occasion. :-)

    1. No dead things for me either :) my family are flexitarians so are quite happy to go along with a nut roast for my benefit as they enjoy it too.

      Thanks for your suggestions, I have a look into those as they sound great!

  2. I remember as a child growing up on a small poultry/dairy farm in Australia raising turkey chicks. We hatched them from fertile eggs from our breeders, they were hatched in an incubator then transferred to brooder cages (large, heated cages indoors) then out into the growing pens ( large grassed paddocks) for months. Our turkeys were slaughtered at around 10 months old as young adults.
    One year it was my job to look after the turkeys from the time they left the brooder until slaughter time; I fed and watered them, gave them blackleg vaccinations (medication in the water) and removed snakes and rats from their night shed. I spent a lot of time with them. The morning before slaughter day I decided I couldn’t do it and opened the door of the pen. I chased them all into the bush and left the door open. The next morning when my father went to the pen to start the slaughter all the turkeys had returned and were going about their normal day. I had to help kill my babies and process them, I cried for weeks and have not eaten turkey since.
    While I do eat meat on occasion, I only eat what I have killed. I believe there has to be a price for our food and the price for me is to provide a good life before I kill them. I still cry every time and do not eat a lot of meat, but that is my belief.

    1. Thank you for your comment, it’s very interesting to hear your experience. I think it was very brave to free the turkeys and I suppose with retrospect it was not surprising that they returned to where they could rely on food and shelter. My main objection is to mass factory farming, the conditions of which I’m sure differ quite significantly to what you’ve described, whereas I can’t really heavily criticise subsistence farming. The trouble is we have such a distance from the animal and the meat that animal welfare and the ethics of consumption get lost. I don’t even aim for a world in which no one eats meat – if that is even desirable when you consider the massive civil unrest it would cause – as I know it’s impossible, I just want people to eat a little less meat.

      1. I am with you there completely. I feel that if people are responsible for their own meat production they will come to know and value their animals and maybe have more respect for those who sacrifice so we can live. I also feel that nature will make us balance our diet; diseases like mad cow and alpha-gal point to a subtle shift in our biology. Nature is a system that self balances.

  3. I am pretty sure I would be all for a giant vegetarian meal. Quinoa would be a high priority and would sit next to the giant sweet potato deliciousness. However, I have a husband and a son who see differently and insist on meat being on the menu. I think though I might make one of these meals and not tell them there is no meat. See what they think. Perhaps I can even have one meal a week be meat free!?? Dare I hope??

    1. We all get stuck in our habits. :) It’s so difficult when you’re cooking to please people with different tastes. If you’re the chef though, you get to decide what to cook!!!!

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