I know that we are only 2 days away from Christmas but I thought I’d post some last minute vegan/veggie-friendly options in case you’re struggling to come up with some food ideas. Truthfully, I’m not feeling festive at all this year, but what I’m excited for is cooking Christmas food as it’s my first year of being a vegetarian/vegan during this festive period. I won’t babble on with my usual bullshit and get straight to the point!
BBC Good Food is like my recipe bible, it’s full of amazing food that’s easy to cook and tastes incredible! This recipe isn’t vegan friendly – however, you can easily substitute the dairy products in this to tailor it to your dietary needs. I’m making it for my whole family as mum and I in particular adore mushrooms.
- 50g unsalted butter (vegan butter)
- 2 shallots, finely chopped
- 1 leek, finely chopped
- 2 garlic cloves, crushed
- 100g chestnut mushrooms, finely chopped
- 100g shiitake mushrooms, finely chopped
- 2 tsp wholegrain mustard
- 2 tbsp crème fraîche (you can substitute for a vegan-friendly ingredient)
- 3 tbsp chopped fresh tarragon, plus extra to garnish
- 1 French stick ; extra vigin olive oil; mixed salad leaves, to serve
Christmas Nut Roast
I was SO happy when Jamie Oliver put this recipe up on his YouTube because I’m super excited to make this! This seems the kind of thing that everyone would enjoy, unless you’re allergic to nuts of course… Either way it’s a perfect mix of something new/different but feels like a Christmassy dish at the same time! I’ll also be substituting pumpkin seeds for chestnuts in this recipe as my mum has bought too many and wants me to do ‘something about them’.
Roasted Aubergine With Cornbread Stuffing
Once again, I shall be substituting the cornbread stuffing with a traditional sage and onion stuffing (because I’m a lazy bitch… But also because I like the taste of it) This will be perfect for all the family as stuffed aubergines are way more ‘indie’ than stuffed peppers but taste just as good.
Since my grandma is diabetic and I tend not to drink anyway (unless I’m going out) I thought that a healthier alternative that suits my grandma’s dietary needs as well as mine would be a nice finish to the suggestions I have made above. This is a recipe by a YouTuber Niomi Smart, who I’ve previously mentioned in my ‘Massive Healthy food haul’ blog post, and who has become one of my favourite people to follow for vegan/healthy recipe ideas as she lives in the UK and introduces people like myself to certain products that are accessible to me in the UK. Either way, I hope you try out this recipe because I sure shall be enjoying drinking this on Christmas day.
I hope I might’ve helped some of you who, like myself, are going to be doing some last minute food shopping before the big day. Happy holidays everybody!