Continuing with the theme of giving some extra ideas for the holidays, this week I am sharing some favorite vegetarian main dishes. In case you missed last week’s brunch ideas, do take a look – there are lots of great recipes both from here and other blogs – and more collections will be coming later this month too.
All too often, or at least so it seems, holiday meal planning is distinctly meat-oriented and while that works for many people, there are obviously plenty for whom it doesn’t. Even if you are not vegetarian like us, it can definitely be good to break up the more meaty trend that can happen this time of year, That doesn’t mean you have to be relegated to picking at the side dishes, there are lots of options for some great meat-free main dishes that are both delicious and impressive enough to serve as part of a holiday spread or when entertaining. You might even have the meat-eaters jealous! Here are a few of my favorite dishes that would be great as vegetarian holiday mains – some are vegan too. I’ve chosen them for their seasonal ingredients and/or things that work well to serve small groups. Plus being tasty, of course.
The colors here scream seasonality even if technically the ingredients are not quite in season themselves. It’s a tart you make in two parts as there’s a bit of preparation, but this reduces what you do on the day. However the fantastic flavors of slow roasted tomatoes, caramelized onions and cheese will have you forgetting the slight bit more work and digging in for more of this beautiful rustic crostata from Selma’s Table.
Many countries have a version of spinach and feta pie and it’s not surprising as it’s a delicious combination. This Bosnian zeljanica from Ginger and Bread is definitely no exception, the delicious smooth filling surrounded by crisp flaky pastry.
This tart looks impressive but is actually very easy to make and really tasty to boot. With only a few simple ingredients, the beetroot takes on a delicious caramelization that would go down a treat on any holiday table.
This potato leek pie from A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures may have been developed with St Patrick’s Day in mind, but it would be just as good at this time of year. Hearty, comforting and tasty.
Since you may well have the oven on anyway, plus it’s often just what you need in colder weather, these stuffed squash make a great option that are delicious with varied, seasonal flavors. What’s more, it makes for an impressive plate being it’s own self-contained package. Plus, it’s vegan too.
This beetroot, butternut squash and grains dish from Foodbod is a delicious combination of flavors – some delicious vegetables with a gentle spice. Plus it’s colorful and healthy too, as well as being vegan.
Seasonal ingredients, colorful, and as with some of the other dishes here, as an added bonus it’s pretty healthy too. This salad can be served either warm or cold as you prefer. Also, if you miss out or make the cheese on top vegan, it’s another great vegan option as well.
With some great seasonal flavors from the squash and sage, along with some green goodness and tang from feta, this is another great comforting option for a tasty main dish from Cooking Chat.
Who can resist ooey, gooey cheese and pasta? A bit more sophisticated than your average mac and cheese, this is comforting, delicious and a balance of decadent and healthy (well, fairly) with lots of vegetables in there as well.
Gnocchi are a favorite any time in our house, and I always make my own these days, but I know they will still be a bit more special for others and, after all, we eat them often for a reason – they are delicious! These acorn squash gnocchi are a great seasonal variation.
Even if not specifically for the upcoming holidays, I hope you’ll try some of these great dishes, vegetarian or not. They are all delicious!