I have been vegetarian on and off for around 10 years. In that time we have had a few Christmases. My sister and brother are now both vegetarian, so it is a very veggie Christmas affair. Every December, my mum will send us a message asking what we want to eat on the big day. We will ping her some recipes over and then make a selection from that. I would happily have all the trimmings, without a show stopper. This year I fancy something different, I have yet to pick from my every extending shortlist. I’ve gathered here some of my favourite recipes, some show stoppers, some easy makes, to please meat free friends far and wide. I’m sticking savoury here, because there’s enough festive desserts on the internet to keep you going for another 100 years or so. Enjoy the festive season friends, may yours be merry and bright. Read more
Now, I feel this recipe may cause some controversy out there. I know the S word causes a great divide between people. Some people may quake in their boots when they see this. Others (I hope lots) will raise their hands with a cheer. Because, I for one, think sprouts ROCK. This salad comes together quickly, and is a sure-fire Christmas Day show stopper and crowd pleaser. Hell, I’d happily eat this every day of the year. The pomegranate seeds give a juicy burst of flavour to complement the roasted spouts. Throw in some toasted nuts and you’ve got a damn fine festive dish right there.
Just 150g (1 cup) of sprouts, contain more than enough of your recommended intake of these awesome components:
They’re a great source of iron, protein and potassium. Brussel sprouts are part of the cruciferous vegetable family and contain cancer-fighting glucosinolates. When you combine sprouts with a whole grain, you get yourself a nice complete protein. Do I need to go on about how AWESOME sprouts are?!
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Brussel Sprouts with Pomegranate and Toasted Nuts (v) (gf)
500g Brussel Sprouts
Seeds from ½ large pomegranate
Handful of almonds / cashews (toasted)
1 teaspoon pomegranate molasses
1 tablespoon EVOO
Salt + pepper
Preheat your oven to Gas Mark 5 / 190 C
Rinse your sprouts under some cold water. Trim the bottom of the sprouts, then slice them into halves or quarters. Place them on a baking tray with a drizzle of oil and some salt and pepper. Roast them for 25-30 mins until they’re soft and starting to crisp around the edge.
Once roasted, throw all your ingredients into a bowl and give a good mix. Serve immediately with an extra drizzle of oil, or a sprinkling of sumac.
I’m entering this juicy dish for #recipeoftheweek with A Mummy Too