As a vegetarian, I usually graze on side dishes for Thanksgiving and Christmas. This is actually just fine with me, as I do love rolls, cranberry sauce, and green beans (though not in the form of green bean casserole!). This year I am hosting Christmas dinner, and my guests have assured me that they don’t mind going meatless. So what should I serve? Here are some websites with vegetarian feast ideas:
The Veggie Table has suggestions for every course, from appetizers to meat-free main course options. I like the idea of a Christmas salad made from red, white, and green ingredients.
Veg Kitchen features a holiday menu that takes advantage of “late season” produce. The carrot and orange soup sounds tempting.
Rose Elliot has a vegetarian cook book for Christmas ideas. I just put it on hold at my library!
The Vegetarian Society collected their recipes from years past and has a huge collection, including ideas for catering to vegetarian guests and recipes from around the world.
International Vegetarian has 64 vegan holiday recipes, many of which feature pumpkin: baked pumpkin with veggie pilaf, pumpkin stew, stuffed pumpkin, pumpkin bisque, pumpkin pie, pumpkin bread, pumpkin pudding, and more!
BBC Food offers three gourmet vegetarian holiday menus with recipes such as port and stilton pâté, chestnut and mushroom tartlets, Christmas crostini, and pumpkin ravioli.
If you’re hosting Christmas or other holiday dinners, do you make any attempts to “go green” with vegetarian, organic, or free-range food? Let me know if you have any ideas for a vegetarian Christmas to remember!