With one in eight British adults now vegetarian, a veggie Christmas has become a common thing
Many meat eaters have meat-free days, too (there’s even a name for them – ‘flexitarians’), so you might find that you don’t have to cook two separate meals when you’re entertaining over Christmas (although perhaps check with your guests beforehand if you’re planning on cooking a meat-free Christmas dinner!).
Ask your veggie guests whether their vegetarianism extends to cheese. If so, check packaging carefully. To be sure a product is suitable for vegetarians, it should state this on the packaging, either with a ‘V’ symbol or in print. It’s always wise to check, as some meat-free products aren’t suitable for vegetarians.
Veggie finger foods are easy to make. You can provide everything from blinis to bruschetta; mini pizzas to Spanish tortilla wedges; quails’ eggs with celery salt to crispy potato skins and more.
Veggies can even get in on some sausage roll action with these mushroom-packed pastry bites.
If you’re pushed for time or would rather not spend a lot of time cooking and preparing food, you can always turn to Sainsbury’s range of party foods. From the chilled shelves and freezer cabinets, choose from a selection, including:
- Sainsbury's Crispy Coated Mushrooms With Garlic Mayonnaise Dip
- Sainsbury’s Green Jalapeno Peppers
- Sainsbury’s Indian Snack Selection (6 onion bhajias and 6 vegetable samosas)
- Sainsbury’s Vegetable Spring Rolls
You can create some wonderful meat-free starters that are fit for a Christmas feast. Try our recipes for fabulously festive Taleggio fig party bites – they ooze silky cheese and have a delicious crunch.
For the most part, vegetarians can eat the same desserts as meat-eaters, with the exception of Christmas pudding if it contains suet. But there are some ingredients to watch out for when choosing a ready-made product or selecting a recipe: gelatine, carmine and cochineal, lard (used in some homemade pastry recipes), suet and rennet (found in some cheeses) are the main ingredients to avoid.
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