One of the best things we can do to live in a more eco-friendly and ethical way and reduce our carbon footprints is by choosing to adopt a vegan diet and growing as much of our own food as possible at home. Most of us will be able to grow a far higher proportion of our own food if we choose to adopt a vegan diet. But in spite of common opinions, a vegan diet does not have to seem restrictive or boring. Even meat eaters could enjoy a vegan meal. These vegan meal ideas for Christmas dinner could inspire you to make a change:
Classic Nut Roast
When most people think of vegan meal ideas, one of the first things that springs to mind is the classic nut roast. Unfortunately, some people have been put off by dry and unappetising nut roasts that leave much to be desired. There are actually a huge range of nut roasts to choose from, many of which are delicious Christmas dinner ideas.
Chestnut, Squash & Sweet Potato Loaf
If you are looking for a more interesting option for a Christmas loaf, how about trying this moist and delicious combination of chestnut, squash and sweet potato, seasoned with the herbs of the season? There are, of course, plenty of different polytunnel ingredients that you could use to make a layered and festive vegan loaf as a Christmas dinner main.
Caramelised Shallot Tart
Simple yet delicious, impressive and satisfying, this tart uses the sweet, delicate, complex flavours of caramelised shallots atop a pastry base. For extra nutrients and flavour, you could consider making a shortcrust pastry and adding some walnuts or other nuts or seeds to the pastry dough.
Roast Cauliflower With Sage & Onion Crust
Who needs roast beast when the humble cauliflower can become the star of the show. Roasting a cauliflower can really bring out its best, and sage and onion, olive oil, oat or breadcrumb-based crust can make for a wonderful combination of flavours when used to coat the vegetable.
Festive Vegetable Layer Cake
This festive vegan main gives a whole new meaning to Christmas cake. Cakes are not just for dessert. This fabulous festive vegetable layer cake will be sure yo impress your guests this Christmas, whether they are completely vegan or not. Layer roasted winter root vegetables with mashed potato, swede, squash or sweet potato in a spring-form cake tin, along with whichever herbs and seasoning you desire, then carefully un-mould your cake and give it pride of place on your Christmas table.
Do you have a vegan meal idea for Christmas dinner? What vegan recipes do you make using polytunnel produce. Let us know in the comments below.
Elizabeth Waddington is a writer and green living consultant living in Scotland. Permaculture and sustainability are at the heart of everything she does, from designing gardens and farms around the world, to inspiring and facilitating positive change for small companies and individuals.
She also works on her own property, where she grows fruit and vegetables, keeps chickens and is working on the eco-renovation of an old stone barn.