10 Last-minute Vegetarian Dishes that you can make with things you already have in your pantry
Ho, Ho, Ho! It’s that time of year again when everyone is busy gearing up for all the Christmas festivities. Between getting the decorations, hunting down presents, and preparing a hearty feast, it could have slipped your mind that one of your dinner guests is a vegetarian😱. Or perhaps you have all your bases covered but want to shake things up with a vegetarian dish or two. Don’t fret! We have got you covered with our top 10 picks for a tasty, thoughtful, and more inclusive Christmas feast. They are perfect to whip up last-minute and you already have all the ingredients, so let’s get started!
1. Soy and butter-braised mushrooms
What better way to show your vegetarian guest some love than a steaming plate of sauteed mushrooms with butter, ginger, chili, and soy? Do not be fooled by its simple ingredients as this delicious umami-packed dish will have all your guests asking for more. This dish comes together in less than 30 minutes and can be served on its own or atop your rice of choice for a more substantial dish. Swap the butter for a little oil or margarine to upgrade it to 100% vegan.
2. Melting middle onions
At first glance, this dish looks like it came straight from a Shrek movie but these veggie cheese-stuffed onions are sure to delight your guests with their unique presentation and flavorful fillings. Be sure to use your leftover breadcrumbs, mozzarella, pine nuts, and herbs frozen from your Thanksgiving dinner to reduce waste and add to this “magical” concoction.
3. Smoky sweet root vegetables
This next one takes a bit of prep the day before but it is oh so worth it and makes up for it by not requiring anything fancy. A perfect accompaniment to any Christmas dish, these root vegetables are glazed the night before in a buttery sugar syrup and then lightly charred in a searing pan the day of. Make a bigger batch than you think you’ll need - you’ll thank us later.
4. One-pot mushroom & potato curry
This simple but spectacular curry dish comes together in a jiffy and all the cooking is done in just one pan, keeping your kitchen so neat that Marie Kondo herself would approve. Throw together root vegetables of your choice and let them bubble away with curry paste (adjusted to your spice tolerance) stock and coconut milk to add an element of heat to your Christmas table.
5. Kyoto style sweet potatoes with miso, ginger, and scallion
This feasting at home recipe will have you grab your unassuming sweet potatoes from the pantry and jazz them up with a miso ginger pan sauce. Roast them to fully bring out the sweetness and then broil them for extra color and flavor. Garnish them with finely chopped scallions or chives for that beautiful contrast for that insta-worthy shot your guests will be fighting to take. Serve it on its own or with a simple salad.
6. Herby root vegetable gratin
You can never go wrong with a gratin. The bubbly golden cheesy top will have all your guests salivating once these babies come out of the oven. Swap out the Swede (the root vegetable, not the tall nordic fellow) for cauliflower or Yukon gold potatoes in a pinch and this dish will taste just as delicious! Remember to let them cool for 10-15 minutes before serving - or don’t we won’t judge.
7. Instant pot mushroom stroganoff
This highly rated pasta recipe replaces the traditional beef strips with mushrooms to retain the same meaty flavor for a lighter, vegetarian take on the classic. You can make it quick and easy with an instant pot or prepare it on the stovetop, either way, this creamy tangy pasta dish will be a sure-fire hit with all your guests. Swapping out the regular sour cream for a vegan version will give you a winning dish at a very inclusive dinner party.
8. Grilled vegetable frittata
Frittatas are food for the soul. This version uses tasty bites of Yukon gold potatoes and grilled vegetables of your choice for a delicious, hearty medley of vegetables, eggs, and cheese.
Grilled Vegetable frittata by Paige Grandjean
This simple and reliable crowd-pleaser will compliment the flavors at any dinner table. Toss in your tomatoes, peppers, aromatics, and eggs and simmer them gently to your desired doneness. This ooey-gooey pan of deliciousness comes together in less than 30 minutes and is so simple you might even add it into your midweek dinner rotation or try out WellSmoocht's Shakshuka delivered to you in barePack.
10. Pretty “parslied” spaghetti
This base recipe for spaghetti really lets the parsley shine and can be layered with your favorite flavors like lemon zest, toasted almonds, and walnuts, or sun-dried tomatoes. It is super simple, completely customizable, and won’t take you more than 15 minutes to serve. A Christmas miracle indeed!
Pretty “parslied” spaghetti by Cooking Light
We hope these recipes will give you an idea of how to make Christmas a little more inclusive for all your vegetarian friends.
P.S. even if you don’t manage to pull them off perfectly, your vegetarian friends will be beyond glad that you made an effort.
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