With the rise of vegetarianism, people being more conscious of what they are eating and those reducing their meat intake, it can be a little tricky deciding what to offer when family and friends come over for a Christmas meal. Fear not, you don’t need to make two dinners! There are lots of easy savoury dishes you can serve to your veg friends.
As a vegetarian (I don’t eat meat or seafood) I’ve often been left hungry after dinner parties when the only veg option was a sad green salad, while the other guests tucked into a substantial meat dish. As a thankful guest, the last thing I want to do is make my host feel uncomfortable by telling them I’m still hungry so I go home and raid the pantry for late night snacks.
It doesn’t have to be this way!
An ideal guest will be helpful and let you know exactly what they do and don’t eat but to be sure, it’s best to ask and double check as this will save you from preparing a dish and finding out later that your veg friends can’t eat it.
To make sure your guests don’t leave hungry, here are a couple of things to consider when planning your Christmas menu:
- Cheese, eggs, nuts and soy products like tofu are great sources of protein for vegetarians
- Ingredients like pasta, couscous, rice, quinoa and buckwheat can help make a dish more substantial, as can hearty root vegetables like carrots, potatoes, pumpkin and parsnip
- When making veg dishes be sure to stick with vegetable stock and roast the vegetables on a separate baking tray to the meat dishes
Stuck for ideas? Here’s a few easy and delicious recipes to get you thinking.
Snacks and Entrees
Keep your starters fresh and light for summer entertaining. A home made dip such as the roasted capsicum and almond is so full of natural flavour, while the quinoa salad with roast vegetables is perfect when catering for a large group, as it goes a long way.
When it comes to the main event, these recipes will also be a favourite among the meat-eaters at the table. The Christmas Frittata is a crowd favourite, and as it’s packed with eggs it’s a high protein option that definitely won’t send your guests home hungry and raiding the snack cupboard!
So there you have it, easy ways to cater for vegetarians at Christmas. Have you got a winning dish that your veg guests love? We’d love to hear about it!