A merry veggie Xmas

13 December, 2019

As the year comes to a close and we gear up for Christmas, we have Mariah Carey’s All I Want For Christmas Is You on repeat and our heads are buzzing with ideas for the big day. You want to prepare the feast of the decade but you’ve got a bunch of guests going meat free this year and you need ideas stat. We know ham, prawns and BBQ’s are a big part of Aussie Christmas culture but we’ve got a few meat free ideas up our sleeves the will leave your guests fulfilled and floating on cloud nine. Instead of having one big main meat dish with a few sides, having a choice of delicious vegetarian style dishes for your big day is the way to go. You don’t need meat to have fun.

Cheese Platter
An easy way to avoid meat this Christmas is to provide a cheese platter of epic proportions. Brie, camembert, blue cheese, vintage cheddar; we could go on all day. Add crackers, pretzels and bread to fill up your guests and add spurts of fruit, nuts and veggies for a pop of colour and nutrition. Bring it up a notch with exotic dips like hummus, tzatziki and caramelised onion for optimum taste sensation.

Spicy Lentil & Walnut Tacos

This dish is sure to be a crowd pleaser and will fill up your meat eating guests and have them forgetting it’s veggo.

What you’ll need:
500g button mushrooms
1/2 cup walnuts
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 onion diced finely
1 crushed garlic clove
1 teaspoon chilli flakes
1-2 sachets taco seasoning
400g tin lentil, rinsed and drained
8 taco shells
Taco Toppings:
2 smashed avocados
1 cup sour cream
3 cups finely shredded iceberg lettuce
2 cups diced tomatoes
1 cup finely sliced capsicum
1 cup grated cheese
1/2 cup coriander for garnish
Let’s make the magic happen.
Finely chop the mushrooms into small cubes and use a food processor to grind up the
walnuts into coarse crumb and set aside.

Heat up your olive oil in a saucepan over medium heat and fry up the onion, garlic and chilli flakes for 5 mins. Once the onion is translucent, add the chopped mushroom and fry for a further 5 mins, stirring occasionally until they soften. Stir through the taco seasoning and 1/2 cup of water and simmer for 30 seconds. Stir the lentils into the mushroom mix, along with the ground walnuts until the mixture thickens. Remove from heat and keep warm until ready to serve. Heat the taco shells in the oven until they are crispy and golden brown. Place all taco toppings in serving bowls, including the warm lentil mix and serve.

BBQ Veggies
Aussie’s love a good BBQ. The sun is out, friends are gathered and booze is on ice. The perfect Christmas day. But going meat free means you need to think on your toes. BBQ’ing vegetables gives you endless choices on the grill with no guilt. You can grill eggplant, capsicum, mushrooms, corn on the cob, asparagus, broccolini, zucchini, sweet potato for optimum BBQ’ing experience. Make sure you give your tongs the 2 click check before you start.

It’s easy to keep the masses happy at Christmas time, especially if you keep their glasses full and overflowing with ice cold prosecco.