The traditional Christmas table groans under the weight of meats, potatoes and other less-than-healthy foods. Sure, a little indulgence is great now and then, but if you’re vegetarian, have health concerns or otherwise are looking for something a little lighter on the meat [and on the waistline], it can feel impossible to join in the food-centred fun of the season. Komati Foods is coming to the rescue! Tempt your tastebuds- and your family- with this delectable vegetarian Christmas lunch idea. And while we won’t promise it’s entirely light on the calories, the fresh and different tastes will soon beat out a traditional menu in your list of Christmas favourites!
The perfect healthy Wellington
Who needs beef? You’ll combine a wedged red onion, 250g raw cubed beetroot, ½ a butternut squash [also cubed], and 4 juicy pieces of garlic in a baking tray. Throw in 6 tbsp of olive oil, 1 tbsp fresh thyme and 1 tbsp sumac, and roast until just tender. Toss in 250g of ready to eat lentils and around 90q of peeled and cooked chestnuts for a seasonal touch, and roast for about 10 to 15 minutes longer.
Next, salt some water and bring to the boil, tip in 100g of kale and cook til it wilts, then drain and cool. Squeeze out the water, then add to a blender with 2 cloves of garlic from the roasting pan, the juice of ½ a lemon, a little olive oil and seasoning to taste for a juicy Kale pesto.
Break out the puff pastry- the great news for vegans is that there are now premade, vegan friendly pastry rolls too! Create 6 strips from 2 sheets of pastry, and splash on the Kale pesto, roast veg and lentils. Brush the borders with a little almond milk, fold the ends and carefully roll into the traditional wellington shape. Chill for at least an hour, or freeze overnight, re-brush with almond milk, and bake for about 30-45 min. Scatter over some thyme and rough sea salt before serving.
Pair with great sides
Creating great vegetarian and vegan friendly sides is easy too. From a decadent but tasty whole Brie baked with almond and orange preserve, to charred sprouts with marmite; honey roasted parsnips; curried lentil, parsnip and apple soup and even a light and different stuffing baked in a separate pie pan rather than in-bird, there’s a hearty Christmas vegetable feast waiting to be explored. Round off the enjoyment with a fresh lemon or berry sorbet to clean your palate- or go decadent with vanilla frozen yogurt drizzled in almonds, honey and cinnamon with a touch of seasonal ginger.
A delectable meat-free Christmas feast awaits…be sure to enjoy the day! Komati Foods wishes you all the best for the season.