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Planning my first vegetarian Christmas


As some of you may know I started my transition to vegetarianism early on this year, and touched my last piece of meat somewhere circa August. One of the few problems I have faced is the decision of what to eat on Christmas day.

I am the first vegetarian in my family (to my knowledge - with one half of my family coming from a farming background it isn't exactly a common occurance) so how to work this diet into my Christmas day meal (which is shared with my parents and grandmother - possibly one or two other relatives) is proving difficult. I have agreed with my mum that I will prepare what I want to take some pressure off her in the kitchen (a very small kitchen btw - how will this work?). Starters and dessert is easy as it's usually some kind of soup and I'm in charge of dessert most years so that's my area completely! But main course?

I still want something Christmassy, so a bowl of mac and cheese is out of the question. And whilst everything that gets put around the Turkey or Chicken is usually veggie I still want a center piece for myself.

Here are a few of the ideas I have already:


This Vegetable Cobbler from the Good Food Channel sounds quite simple but would make a good centre piece. I would have to adapt the recipe slightly as leeks = bad in my books. I think this would also be something that would go down quite well with the meat-eaters at the table as it still looks quite filling. 


Again another adaptation is needed on the basis of leeks being minging. but I'm a fan of crumble and cheese is an area I consider myself highly specialised in. 


So far this may be a winner. Most of the longer-term vegetarians I know say this is usually their center-piece. Whilst the pre-made packets of nut roast make me want to down 2 litres of water to try and re-quench myself I've been assured that when you make them yourself properly they can be quite a tasty affair. 

If you're vegetarian as well what do you usually eat on the 25th of December? Or even if you're a meat eater know of any good recipes?

Morag x
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  1. I've been veggie for 9 years and always enjoy Christmas dinner! Infact, most of my family end up eating my meal aswell as their turkey!

    I've had this a few times and it's really, really nice. It goes well with the traditional potatoes and veg served with a roast aswell. http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/8639/layered-squash-barley-and-spinach-pie

    I've no idea what to make this year yet as I fancy something different. I don't know why you turned veggie but if you still like meat then Holland and Barratt sell a little Christmas dinner pack which has those little mini sausages wrapped in bacon and some fake turkey (which is a bit dry but okay once soaked in gravy).

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  2. I'm not a vegetarian but best of luck finding an alternative to turkey at christmas. I like the look of the vegetable cobbler.

    Sarah
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