Celebrate Vegetarian Holidays
Holiday celebrations may seem challenging for vegetarians, but it can be a fun adventure, too. They are opportunities to enjoy a variety of great dishes, and at the same time, share the bounty of vegetarian food with your non-veggie friends and family.
I'm looking forward to hearing your holiday stories and your suggestions for a successful Vegetarian Holiday. I'd also love to hear from meat-eaters that may be concerned about providing alternatives to their vegetarian guests.
Image: Vegetarian Pastichio, © Julianne Gentile
Pastichio is a type of Greek Lasagna that my husband's family serves for special occasions. Since we are vegetarians, I make a meatless variety. This recipe includes dairy products, but can easily be made with vegan substitutes and would be just as yummy. This is a quick and easy twist on lasagna, and the kids love it!
For Vegans: replace the cheese with Daiya or other vegan cheese, select a vegan faux meat like Gimme Lean, replace the milk with unflavored soy milk or cashew cream, and finally replace the eggs with Ener-G or other vegan egg replacer. It's just as yummy!
- 1 lb elbow macaroni
- or ziti
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1/4 cup butter
- 2 tablespoons flour
- 2 eggs
- 3 cups milk
- 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
- 1/2 teaspoon paprika
- 1 cup grated parmesano reggiano cheese
- 1/2 small chopped onion (or use minced onion
- as desired)
- and minced garlic to taste
- 1 package of your favorite faux meat crumbles (1 can Worthington Burger or 12oz package of Yves Vegge Ground
- 12 oz. tomato sauce
- Mild shredded cheddar cheese
- Shredded mozzarella cheese
- Pastichio is usually seasoned with cinnamon rather than garlic and paprika. I prefer the garlic/paprika combo, but I urge you to experiment and see what ingredients you prefer.
- Cook pasta until al dente, drain
- Prepare a large casserole or baking dish
- Heat butter and olive oil and add flour to form a roux
- Cook the roux to remove the flour taste, but do not burn
- Beat eggs and milk together an stir slowly into pan
- Stir in the Parmesan cheese
- Stir until there are no lumps
- Place a layer of macaroni in your baking dish
- Pour half of the sauce over the macaroni and press firmly into pan
- Top with shredded cheeses
- Mix the faux meat, chopped onion, and tomato sauce and layer over the macaroni
- Press firmly into pan
- Follow with a final layer of macaroni and the rest of the sauce
- Cover with the shredded cheeses
- Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for about 30 minutes or until topping is bubbly.
Vegetarian Roasts - Compassionate alternatives to serving turkey, beef, or ham
- Celebration Roast, Field Roast
Field Roast has a number of vegan faux meat products that are perfect for the holiday table. Our family loves the Celebration Roast, which is stuffed with a delicious butternut squash, apple, and mushroom dressing. They also carry a tasty vegan meatl
- Gardein Stuffed Turk'y Roast
These are amazing! You can find them in the prepared foods section of Whole Foods. They are breaded and stuffed with a super tasty cranberry stuffing. Gardein products are vegan.
- Quorn Turk'y Roast
Quorn is a vegetarian meat alternative made from mycoprotein. They also have meatless meatballs, which are good for serving vegetarian Swedish Meatballs. Quorn is a vegetarian product, not vegan.
- Tofurky Roast
The men in my family really love the Tofurky Roasts. Tofurky Roasts are 100% vegan and made from soybeans and wheat.
Do you expect to have any Vegetarians or Vegans attending your holiday parties this year?
One of my favorite cookbooks!
I received this cookbook as a gift and it's one of my favorites. Tal Ronnen shows how to make gourmet quality vegan dishes with ease. The ingredients are easy to find as the recipes feature whole foods and popular vegan brands like Gardein. This book is a perfect start to design an irresistible vegan holiday menu.
What Does God Think?
As an outspoken vegetarian who is passionate about animals, I often find myself debating my dietary choices with family and friends. I've been told a number of times that God created animals for us to eat. Other religions believe that God wants us to do no harm, so eating animals is against the rule of God.
Since this time of year is full of religious holidays, I'd be curious to hear what the visitors to this lens have to say on this topic.
What does God think about eating animals?