Christmas tends to be a time at which being vegetarian, or even vegan, is thought to be a little more difficult. You may find yourself falling back on the dreaded nut loaf. But (fortunately!) veggies across the globe are finding more and more reason to be full of glad tidings, seasonal cheer and wonderful vegetarian treats thanks to the creativity of the foodie industry!
Here’s our top ten vegetarian-friendly treats for yourself or the vegetarians in your life, whether you are trying to find a gift, or just want to make sure there are plenty of yummy snacking opportunities.
1. Try these amazing, vegan-friendly, Christmas pudding balls. They are also gluten and dairy free, so they are perfect for a family friendly yummy dessert. They’re no bake, saving you extra time – and precious space in the oven too!
2. Popcorn – there’s been a huge boost in popcorn popularity thanks to some of the outstanding flavours now being produced. There are some exotic sweet and savoury flavours out there; see what the wildest taste you can track down is!
3. Spice up your sprouts! This delicious recipe from Jamie Oliver (who produces some amazing veggie options) brings some Middle Eastern vibes to your traditional sprout dish.
4. Cheese and chutney boards – No Boxing Day platter is complete without the synonymous cheese and crackers. A good chutney can be the make or break of these platters for vegetarians – it’s a fabulous savoury treat that goes down a storm. Crackers, chutney and olives make a perfect alternative for vegans.
5. Technically not small enough to qualify as a treat, but we wanted to share this to show you how creative you can get with your veggie dishes this Christmas! This stuffed vegetarian dish is Christmas inspired, and will look fabulous on your Christmas lunch table – Christmas stuffed butternut squash!
6. A REALLY good salad – If you make a vegetarian salad you want to make sure it’s exciting! Don’t just dress some leaves in a bowl – go all out festive. Jamie Oliver has another cracker, which also allows you to re-use any remaining parsnips!
7. A bottle of something – nothing better to unite carnivores and vegetarians alike than a glass (or three) of something festively naughty!
8. Chocolate covered… anything! Strawberries, bananas; for an extra kick of luxury, try peanut butter stuffed dark chocolate Medjool dates. Simple to make and delicious to consume. Some dark chocolate is also vegan!
9. Is Santa a vegetarian? Want to make sure he doesn’t get left out? Whip up any of these vegan friendly cookies to leave for him by the fireplace with a glass of almond milk!
10. Not going to be with your vegetarian this year, or just want to get them a tasty variety of treats? A number of our Christmas hampers are vegetarian-friendly, with plenty to excite the taste buds. Take a look and let us know if you have any questions!
Here’s to a very Merry Christmas!