Christmas made easy: vegetarian Christmas dinner ideas

Christmas dinner for the veggie in your life

Veggie pasta Photo: Russell Bowes

Veggie pasta Photo: Russell Bowes

I’m a big carnivore and for me Christmas day wouldn’t be complete without a nice bit of meat, not necessarily turkey, but a lovely piece of slowly roasted meat with all the trimmings: or a steak with lovely potatoes, sauce and…….. okay back to writing this post! Christmas doesn’t mean Turkey or meat for everyone though. What do you make for the vegetarian in your life at Christmas, or that last minute vegetarian guest for Christmas day?

Well Hana has cooked us up a couple of great festive vegetarian recipes over the last couple of weeks which we think are perfect as an alternative vegetarian Christmas dinner and there is not a nut roast to be seen! I don’t know what vegetarians think of the ‘nut roast’ but I am not a fan. They always seem like a poor alternative to a meaty roast, or a meat loaf. If i am going to have a vegetarian alternative for a celebration meal it usually ends up as pasta dish. You can make a really great Vegetarian Lasagne, but that takes a lot of time and effort which you might not have if you are also making a roast.

So why not try one of these Vegetarian Christmas pasta recipes? They are really quick and easy to prepare so you can make them right alongside your main roast dinner for any vegetarian guests, or even as an alternative side dish! I think they would both work well served with roast turkey or chicken and make a great substitute to potatoes! (I think I will have to try that myself sometime).

The first recipe came about as Hana needed to use up some kale when making our dinner. There wasn’t much in the fridge or cupboards but she found just the right ingredients for this vegetarian pasta recipe. It takes just a few minutes to make the sauce in a blender.

Vegetarian Christmas recipe: Broccoli and chilli spaghetti

Broccoli pasta Photo: Russell Bowes

Broccoli pasta Photo: Russell Bowes

Ingredients

Broccoli
2 red chillies
Spaghetti
2-3 cloves of garlic
Olive oil
Salt and pepper
Method

Pop the pasta and broccoli on to boil. I’d do this in separate pans. When the broccoli is ready, after around 5 minutes, drain.

Whilst the broccoli and pasta are boiling, chop and fry the chillies and garlic in a little olive oil for 5 minutes. Crush the broccoli with a fork and set aside.

Mix the chilli, garlic and olive oil and the broccoli together. When the pasta is cooked, drain and toss in the broccoli mix. The oil will help it to coat the spaghetti. Season with a little salt and pepper and serve.

The second recipe is just as easy and again is nice and healthy, this isn’t strictly vegetarian as it includes anchovies.

Vegetarian Christmas recipe: Kale pasta

Kale and anchovie pasta Photo: Russell Bowes

Kale and anchovie pasta Photo: Russell Bowes

Ingredients

½ bag of Kale
3 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
2 red chillies, finely chopped
1 tin of anchovies, optional
2 tbsp pine nuts
Olive oil
Pasta

Method

Start by finely chopping the garlic and red chillies. Pop the pasta on to boil, following the pack instructions.

Gently fry the garlic and chillies for a few minutes in a little olive oil then remove from the heat.

Wash the kale then blitz it in a blender, you may need to do this in batches. Add the anchovies, pine nuts, chilli and garlic (as well as the oil they were cooked in and pulse to a paste. To thin the sauce add more olive oil.

When the pasta is ready drain it and return to the pan and pour over the sauce. Warm through for a minute then serve. It couldn’t be simpler.

I hope these recipes inspire you to have a try at an alternative vegetarian Christmas dinner, or for some festive recipes over the Christmas period.

Recipe, text and photos By Russell Bowes

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