If you’ve been vegetarian or vegan for a long time, you probably used to find holiday celebration meals a little complicated. Inspiration for vegetarian (let alone vegan) holiday food was hard to find, everyone else had spent days looking forward to the big roast, and your less tactful relatives would wonder out loud why you couldn’t just eat what everyone else was having.
Luckily, vegetarian and vegan food has improved a lot since then, and it’s now much more likely that you won’t be the only person with an alternative diet at the table. In recent years, more and more people are seeing the benefits of plant-based diets, and these days you’re more likely to be spoiled for choice than lacking in inspiration. This New Year’s Eve, whether your family is vegetarian, or just looking to try something new, we’ve got a family-sized feast of vegetarian and vegan meal ideas that even your steak-loving uncle will want to try.
Pumpkin, sage and ricotta mug cakes: with their fluffy soufflé-like texture and sophisticated flavours, you’d never guess that these ingenious mug cakes are actually made in the microwave. These tasty cups take just minutes to make, giving you more time to spend with your guests.
Stuffed white cabbage: these elegant cabbage leaf parcels are stuffed with Italian cheeses and served with an aromatic vegetable gravy. Remember to check that the cheese is vegetarian when buying your ingredients for this dish.
Vegan, gluten-free fritters: these crispy fritters are full of meat-free flavour, with lentils, diced onion, carrot and parsnip, umami-rich soy sauce and a toasty sesame seed coating.
Pea risotto: satisfying but light, this fragrant risotto is made with aromatic vegetables, sweet garden peas, basil and mint for a fresh and tasty main course.
Chickpea meatloaf: who says vegans can’t enjoy meatloaf? This comforting family favourite goes meat and dairy free with chickpeas, aromatic vegetables, and plenty of herbs and spices.
Brussels sprout quiche: this tasty slice of quiche is full of surprises. Not only is that creamy filling suitable for vegans, but the pastry case is gluten-free too.
Tofurkey roll with mushrooms: perfect for celebrations, this vegan Wellington has a creamy mushroom centre wrapped in homemade tofurkey and a golden pastry casing.
Homemade seitan with mushrooms and white wine: used in many modern meat substitutes thanks to its deliciously meaty texture, seitan can easily be made at home, and makes the perfect vegan ‘steak’, complete with a creamy white wine and mushroom sauce.
Geranium's Rasmus Kofoed has decided to stop serving meat at the restaurant currently ranked number two on the World's 50 Best Restaurants list. But the Danish chef isn't yet willing to go purely plant-based.