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    • pipkin71
    • By pipkin71 8th Nov 15, 12:02 PM
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    Vegetarian Christmas
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    • 8th Nov 15, 12:02 PM
    Vegetarian Christmas 8th Nov 15 at 12:02 PM
    This will be my first Christmas where I won't be eating meat so I wanted to make something special for the main meal itself and was wondering what others will be having instead of the traditional turkey.

    Are there any particular favourites you wouldn't mind sharing?
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    • sm1971
    • By sm1971 8th Nov 15, 12:13 PM
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    I've been veggie for over 30 years, so if it's you cooking, cook something you know you'll like (maybe a good lentil or nut roast?) but I often make large mushrooms filled with stuffing (not meat, obviously!) which could be packet or home made, then meat eaters can have them as a side dish if they want. Very quick and easy, as you'll probably have enough to concentrate on on the day.
    • BrassicWoman
    • By BrassicWoman 8th Nov 15, 12:18 PM
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    this tart looks great, but I cheat and buy ready made pastry

    http://www.jamieoliver.com/recipes/vegetables-recipes/vegan-mushroom-chestnut-cranberry-tart/
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    • SailorSam
    • By SailorSam 8th Nov 15, 12:23 PM
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    I'm not Vege, but i enjoy some vege meals. I think if i wasn't having meat, a nice fish recipie. Although some Veges don't eat fish either.
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    • pipkin71
    • By pipkin71 8th Nov 15, 12:27 PM
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    • 8th Nov 15, 12:27 PM
    Originally posted by BrassicWoman
    I've bought some gf free ready made pastry so will give this a try in the week and see how it turns out. Thanks
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    • pipkin71
    • By pipkin71 8th Nov 15, 12:29 PM
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    • 8th Nov 15, 12:29 PM
    I've been veggie for over 30 years, so if it's you cooking, cook something you know you'll like (maybe a good lentil or nut roast?) but I often make large mushrooms filled with stuffing (not meat, obviously!) which could be packet or home made, then meat eaters can have them as a side dish if they want. Very quick and easy, as you'll probably have enough to concentrate on on the day.
    Originally posted by sm1971
    Thank you

    I did think about a nut roast but as I often have that on a Sunday anyway I want to try something different.

    Everyone else eats meat but I like the idea of cooking things which they can then have as a side dish so that we're not cooking loads of things
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    • Gigervamp
    • By Gigervamp 8th Nov 15, 12:51 PM
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    I made a chestnut and mushroom wellington one year. The recipe came from this book which you might be able to find in your library.

    It was lovely, and the meat eaters enjoyed having a slice to accompany their beef wellington.
    • pipkin71
    • By pipkin71 8th Nov 15, 1:06 PM
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    I made a chestnut and mushroom wellington one year. The recipe came from this book which you might be able to find in your library.

    It was lovely, and the meat eaters enjoyed having a slice to accompany their beef wellington.
    Originally posted by Gigervamp
    Thanks for that idea. I will have a look online for a recipe
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    • PlymouthMaid
    • By PlymouthMaid 8th Nov 15, 1:11 PM
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    We usually flip between chestnut, red wine and walnut loaf or something like choux pastry tarts with mushrooms in madeira. loads of recipes out there so have whatever you really want - I always like to make something which will go with roasties and Christmas veg rather than an entirely stand alone veggie dish.
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    • BrassicWoman
    • By BrassicWoman 8th Nov 15, 1:27 PM
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    I'm not Vege, but i enjoy some vege meals. I think if i wasn't having meat, a nice fish recipie. Although some Veges don't eat fish either.
    Originally posted by SailorSam
    Pescetarians eat fish.

    Vegetarians don't eat fish and get annoyed by pescetarians describing themselves as vegetarians because then they get fish at dinner parties and go home hungry.
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    • dandy-candy
    • By dandy-candy 8th Nov 15, 3:42 PM
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    I'm the only veggie in the house so I will be cooking the whole turkey and trimmings, but will have a nut burger with my veg. I do love nut roast but there isn't much point in making it for one!
    • cloey
    • By cloey 8th Nov 15, 3:43 PM
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    This is the first year i'm actually making christmas dinner myself, normally we go to my folks. But first year of married life, and we've ended up having a couple of friends aswell, one of whom is a "vegetarian", she eats fish but since i'm making dinner and i hate fish she's having something else.

    I was thinking of a nut roast, or what i make for myself alot a carmelised onion and feta tart (just premade pastry with stuff on top). I was vegetarian for about 7 years before i met my OH but I would just eat a massive plate of vegetables. If you're looking for something easy tesco had a fair selection of vegetarian christmas meal things, nut roasts, quorn roasts and the like.

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    • By VfM4meplse 8th Nov 15, 4:25 PM
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    It may not sound festive but I am salivating at the thought of a good vegan curry for Christmas lunch. Miles tastier than anything that could come out of an oven.
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    • By drinkupretty 8th Nov 15, 5:02 PM
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    vbites have started doing meat free pigs in blankets, you can get them in holland and barrets or order from vbites website. This is my first meat free christmas too, my partner's Dad makes a lovely parsnip nut roast so I am going to steal the recipe for that.
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    • gupalsmurthpadacal
    • By gupalsmurthpadacal 8th Nov 15, 7:43 PM
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    Im a vegan but you could easily adapt most meals. In previous years my favs have been stuffed butternut squash with walnuts, cannellini beans and thyme/ Roasted squash, cranberry, walnut and mango puff pastry parcels/ Vbites Meat-Free Celebration Roast (obviously the lazy option!).
    • FrugalWorker
    • By FrugalWorker 8th Nov 15, 8:20 PM
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    If you're eating with others who are eating turkey, something that goes well with all the trimmings. I did a leek gratin from Dennis cotters cookery book one year. I'm not a vegetarian, but was in the past and have had other vegetarians join us. It's nice to have a separate special dish to replace the turkey. But bear in mind, if you're trying to cook a turkey at the same time you'll need to edge in a bit of space in the oven.
    • Reen
    • By Reen 8th Nov 15, 9:44 PM
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    Stuffed peppers are nice and colourful. You can use any nutmeat recipe for the stuffing.
    • candygirl
    • By candygirl 8th Nov 15, 10:57 PM
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    I think we're having a veggie indian buffet, with a couple of curries n rices, naans, chutneys, samosas n bhajis I can't stand nut roasts, and quorn, so usually have this! In the past we used to go to the indian restaurant on xmas day, but funds are tight this year
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    • pipkin71
    • By pipkin71 9th Nov 15, 6:13 AM
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    I think we're having a veggie indian buffet, with a couple of curries n rices, naans, chutneys, samosas n bhajis I can't stand nut roasts, and quorn, so usually have this! In the past we used to go to the indian restaurant on xmas day, but funds are tight this year
    Originally posted by candygirl
    Most quorn products taste the same so, although I do have a few I don't tend to eat as much.

    We do make a lot of vegetable curries, plus they can be made in advance, freeing up oven space.

    Sounds like your Christmas meal will be delicious
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    • pipkin71
    • By pipkin71 9th Nov 15, 6:16 AM
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    If you're eating with others who are eating turkey, something that goes well with all the trimmings. I did a leek gratin from Dennis cotters cookery book one year. I'm not a vegetarian, but was in the past and have had other vegetarians join us. It's nice to have a separate special dish to replace the turkey. But bear in mind, if you're trying to cook a turkey at the same time you'll need to edge in a bit of space in the oven.
    Originally posted by FrugalWorker
    Leek gratin sounds lovely but unfortunately, dairy is off the menu so no cheese or cream.

    A good point about space. I've got a halogen, slow cooker and the oven but they will all be in use.

    Thank you for your suggestion
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