Food & Drink, Winter

10 Vegetarian Christmas Dinner Ideas To Try

christmas dinner for vegetarians

Looking for vegetarian Christmas dinner ideas? Try these 10 delicious ideas for some festive inspiration.

Aah, vegetarian Christmas dinner ideas.  The thing that stumps me year after year.  After a decade of vegetarianism, Christmas dinner is still the one area that I struggle with knowing what to cook.  Turkey is so synonymous with Christmas that it is difficult to think of ‘traditional’ or ‘festive’ vegetarian dishes.

To help you, and to inspire me this year, I’ve put together ten vegetarian Christmas dinner ideas, that aren’t nut roasts.  I don’t know about you, but my heart always sinks when I see nut roast on a festive menu.  I’ve never come across a nut roast that I have actually liked.

Instead, I’ve concentrated on seasonal produce, like root vegetables, kale, cauliflower, and other vegetables in season in December.

Some of the Christmas dinner ideas might be a little left field. However, without a traditional vegetarian Christmas dinner, I say why not start a new Christmas dinner tradition?!

And yes, I know it’s early, but with four weeks to go. However, I thought some organised folks (more organised than me!) might want to start planning their Christmas dinner early!

10 Vegetarian Christmas Dinner Ideas

Kale, Chestnut and Mushroom Pie

Kale, chestnut and mushroom pie

This kale, chestnut, and mushroom pie from Delicious magazine looks so tasty and comforting. I feel like you can’t go wrong with pie – it’s guaranteed to be a real crowd-pleaser.

Mushroom Hazelnut Tart

Mushroom Hazelnut Tart

This mushroom hazelnut tart from The New York Times could make a great vegetarian Christmas dinner idea. This one can be made well in advance, to save stress on Christmas day.

Sweet Potato and Kale Pie for Vegetarian Christmas Dinner

Sweet Potato and Kale Pie

This sweet potato and kale pie from Healthy Magazine looks like a proper winter warmer. This can be served with extra green vegetables like steamed broccoli or green beans for added nourishment on Christmas day.

Spinach and Feta Quiche

vegetarian christmas dinner

If you are a fan of quiche then this spinach and feta quiche with sweet potato crust from Cooking Light looks really tasty. It also contains that vegetarian failsafe combination – spinach and feta. These two bedfellows go so well together, that you can’t really go wrong with this quiche come Christmas day!

Christmas Veg Laska

christmas dinner ideas for vegetarians

Curry might not be the most festive of choices, but I say keep an open mind. This Christmas veg laska, from Jamie Oliver, is something a bit different this festive season. It also makes great use of any leftover butternut squash, parsnips, or carrots, if you’ve prepared too many.

Butternut Squash and Stilton Filo Pie for Vegetarian Christmas Dinner

christmas dinner for vegetarians

If you are looking for something that is a bit of a showstopper, then this butternut squash and stilton filo pie recipe from Tesco is something to wow any Christmas dinner table. I would say it looks like it could be the recipe for us this year.  My cooking skills are limited at the best of times so I need to see if I can muster up the courage to work with filo!

Root Vegetable and Chickpea Crumble

vegetarian dinner party recipe

This root vegetable and chickpea crumble again from Delicious Magazine, looks so simple to put together, yet so tasty. Delicious Magazine says the earthy beetroot and parsnip flavours are set off perfectly by the chickpeas and hazelnuts. This could be a strong contender for us!

Whole Roasted Cauliflower with Garlic and Paprika

alternative christmas dinner

Again, for another show-stopping centrepiece then try this whole roasted cauliflower with garlic and paprika. It might certainly be one of the more left-field options for a vegetarian Christmas dinner, but it would certainly make a talking point! Serve with roast potatoes, and all the trimmings, for a delicious festive feast.

Herb and Garlic Root Vegetable Crumble

savoury vegetarian christmas dinner

Finally, this tasty-looking herb and garlic root vegetable crumble is vegan friendly and gluten-free too. Add some green vegetables on the side, maybe some roast potatoes, and you are all set.

What’s on your menu for Christmas dinner?  Are there any vegetarian (or vegan) meals that you cook every year?

If you’re busy getting ready for Christmas then you can also check out my guide to having an eco-friendly Christmas. It’s bursting with festive ideas that are kind to the planet! From choosing an eco-friendly Christmas tree, to help finding eco-friendly gifts and wrapping paper. From tips on plant-based Christmas dinner ideas to tips on reducing your festive food waste, it’s all in there.

Babies, Children, Families, Life & Style, Special Occasions

Ethical Christmas Gift Ideas #4

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big picture press maps

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For my last installment of my ethical Christmas gift guides, I’ve put together some ethical gift ideas for kids.  Now, the thing that I’m realising as a parent is that from a very young age kids have very firm ideas of what they would like for Christmas.  Last year my then two year old really really wanted a red scooter (specifically red) and a purple doctors kit (specifically purple), and this year she really really wants a pink bike with a bike seat on the back from her doll, and a basket on the front.

So, rather than suggest those kind of big gifts (because I’m sure you’ve got that covered) I’m here to suggest little gift ideas, costing no more than £26.  Whether you’re a parent looking for a little stocking filler, or a grandparent, relative or friend looking to buy a small ethical gift for a child, this guide should help you out!  As always I’ve tried to source items straight from the maker, or from independent shops:

Ethical Christmas Gift Ideas for Kids

ethical kids gift ideas

From clockwise:

1)  Wooden Rabbit Stacking Toy (£10) – I came across the Sarah & Bendrix online shop quite recently and was immediately struck by the fantastic selection of beautiful toys.  I will definitely be back for a visit next Christmas, when our second little pudding will be celebrating his/her first Christmas, making a mental note to purchase this stunning stacking toy.  It looks like a real hand-me-down piece, yet only £10.

2)  Sequin Crown (£15) – perfect for little boys and girls to play King and Queen dress up.

3)  Puppy Egg Cup (£4) – Again, the Little Maldod online shop was a recent Instagram find for me, and I have a feeling my bank balance is going to suffer when the new little one comes along (in five weeks, eek!) as I stock up on incredibly gorgeous kids gear.  This egg cup is such a cute way to encourage kids to eat their breakfast!

4)  Bunny Rattle (£5.99) – again from Little Maldod – see what I mean – all so beautiful and so reasonably priced!

5)  Monty The Fox (£26) – Sara Carr’s knitted soft toys are just stunning.  My daughter has a Sara Carr animal that I bought her when she was born, and it’s been a favourite of hers ever since!

ethical kids christmas gift guide

6)  Unicorn T-Shirt (£12) – For older kids this unicorn t-shirt from Lost Shapes is sure to be a firm favourite!

7)  Bird Bingo (£14.17) – what a fun way to learn about different species of birds!

8)  Lego Figure Crayons (£3.50 for 6) – for any Lego fanatics out there this would make a great stocking filler!

9)  Maps (£14.54) – We have this book, it’s beautiful to look at and fun to read.

10)  Animalium (£13.21) and Animalium Activity Book (£6.04) – a fun and stimulating way to find out more about the natural world around us.  I secretly want this for me!!

That’s the last of my ethical Christmas gift ideas posts – I hope you’ve found them useful and perhaps discovered some new makers or new independent shops.  I always enjoy putting these guides together for you – I do love a bit of window shopping!!