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Vegetarian Christmas dinner – no turkeys were harmed

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Christmas is here once again with all the trimmings: Excessive presents, mad rushes for last minute gifts, dogs and kids pulling the tree down faster than you can put it up, and lest we forget – The turkey.

Well that’s all ok if you’re a carnivore, but wait; what about us vegetarians? Well, here are a few ideas that will make your Christmas dinner traditional and enjoyable.

Firstly, a lot of people get caught up with the idea that they need a meat substitute which is all well and good, but let’s dispense with that notion, and instead concentrate on putting together a dinner that will taste great and satisfy your appetite, while still maintaining a traditional Christmas feel.

The Menu

Starter: Roast Chestnuts

Main Course: Vegetarian Loaf with roast vegetables

Side Dishes: Buttermilk Biscuits, gravy


Preparing and cooking the starter

Roast chestnuts are a staple of Christmas and you’ll find them everywhere from street vendors at Christmas markets to the opening line of Christmas Song sung by Nat King Cole. What better start to your Xmas dinner?

What you’ll need:

Directions:

When you’re ready to serve, squeeze the shells, peel them and remove the nut coating.

Preparing and cooking the Buttermilk Biscuits

These are a great side dish and are delicious served straight from the oven.

What you’ll need:

Directions:

This recipe should give you 12 biscuits which are best served hot from the oven. If you need to reheat them you can pop them in the toaster or lightly grill them with butter.

Preparing and cooking the main course

This vegetarian loaf is full of goodness and provides a meal in itself. Of course some roast vegetables and delicious gravy to complement it rounds off a great main course.

What you’ll need:

For the gravy:

Directions:

There are 2 Cooking options:

The vegetables will have to be cooked separately and you’ll need a large roasting dish to cook them in. The cauliflower, peas and sprouts can be boiled for about 15-20 minutes – keep the water for the gravy.

No dinner is complete without gravy and for this dinner we’re going to make a Leek and Garlic gravy.

Preparing and cooking the gravy

There you have a great Christmas dinner, full of flavour and goodness, plus your conscience will remain clear – safe in the knowledge that no animals were harmed in the making of this wholesome and satisfying meal.

Merry Christmas!

Read more about vegetarian, vegan, and raw diets.

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