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20 essential recipes for a vegetarian Christmas

Ensure everyone enjoys a delicious Christmas feast with our collection of hearty vegetarian recipes! These are more than just side dishes - each one can easily star as a vege-friendly alternative to traditional turkey or ham.

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    Rustic fresh tomato tart with homemade basil pesto

    Put vibrant tomatoes to good use in this delicious tart recipe. Easy made-from-scratch pastry, sweet cherry tomatoes and homemade pesto come together to create this tasty meal

    Woman's Day (NZ edition)|

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    Fried eggplant with thyme honey (berenjenas con miel)

    The salty, savoury sweet mix of this fried eggplant with honey recipe is so very moreish. Also known as berenjenas con miel, this dish is a traditional Spanish tapas that's delicious served as a pre-dinner nibble


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    Pumpkin, orange and quinoa salad

    This delicious pumpkin, orange and quinoa salad is packed full of plant-based proteins and the butterkin (a cross between butternut and pumpkin) is sweet and comforting with every mouthful.

    New Zealand Woman's Weekly|

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    Mexican-style grilled corn

    Upgrade your usual grilled corn with this delicious Mexican-style corn recipe! Smothered in lime, garlic, spices, mayo and rolled in cheese, this side dish is sure to be a hit at your next BBQ!


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    Beetroot and feta crumble

    This delicious beetroot and feta crumble recipe is the perfect side dish for entertaining! Sweet, tangy and topped with golden breadcrumbs, this easy dish was made to impress

    Woman's Day|

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    Brie and cherry tomato galette

    A galette makes a great starter or lunch dish because they are so versatile – the topping ingredients can be changed. Try ham, smoked salmon or bacon, capsicum, mushrooms or spinach, and any cheese you like


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    Grilled cheesy courgettes with pine nuts and olives

    Nici Wickes' grilled courgette recipe creates the perfect fuss-free side dish. With two types of cheese, raisins, pine nuts and olives, this dish packs a real flavour punch without requiring any effort

    New Zealand Woman's Weekly|

  • 10

    Eggplant with spiced chickpea filling and haloumi

    Barbecues aren't just for cooking meat! Whip up this eggplant recipe for a tasty vegetarian dish at your next barbie. The lightly spiced chickpea filling and haloumi topping is a winner


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    Roast peppers stuffed with peas, pine nuts and feta

    These stuffed peppers look so great on the Christmas table – all red and green – and taste phenomenal! Whip up this recipe on the day or make the day before and reheat for an easy side dish

    New Zealand Woman's Weekly|

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    Spinach, kale and gorgonzola tart

    This stunning tart recipe is easy to make and will go down a treat at your next brunch or lunch. The mixture of the three cheeses, paired with spinach and kale, is a perfect marriage of flavours

    New Zealand Taste|

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    Vegetable ‘steaks’ with lemony hummus

    Nici Wickes' barbecued cauliflower and broccoli recipe is so delicious that you’ll wonder why you never thought of serving these “steaks” before! Fear not if they get a little charred in places – it all adds to the smoky flavour

    New Zealand Woman's Weekly|

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    Roast vegetables with basil and feta polenta

    Deliciously tender roast vegetables with a creamy basil and feta polenta. This winning combination is perfect for a healthy meat-free meal any night of the week.

    Australian Women's Weekly|

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    Pumpkin, capsicum and fetta stuffed mushrooms

    These tasty stuffed mushrooms are packed full of goodness and wonderful texture. They're great served as a starter for a dinner party with friends.

    Australian Women's Weekly|

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    Dukkah beetroot & kumara skewers

    These healthy Middle Eastern spiced vegetable kebabs combine sweet, dense kumara with juicy beetroot to create a flavour sensation that will keep you coming back for more!

    Australian Women's Weekly|