Vegetarian Main Dishes for the Holidays
Planning a holiday menu is no easy task. Whether you’re hosting a small group of family members or inviting over half the neighborhood, there is always a bit of pressure to include everyone’s favorite dishes. On top of the desire to plan the perfect menu, you may also need to consider dietary preferences and food allergies. Below are some delicious meatless main dish ideas, many of which include our favorite plant-based form of protein: toasted wheat germ. Vegetarians and meat eaters alike will enjoy these hearty main courses!
Fall Veggie Pot Pie: This vegetarian take on the classic comfort dish typically made with chicken or turkey is packed with fall vegetables, including butternut squash, carrots and potatoes. Try stirring 1/4 cup of toasted wheat germ into the filling before baking to bump up the nutritional value and add a little crunch.
Roasted Vegetable Gratin: Italian flavors such as balsamic vinegar, sun-dried tomatoes and basil give this gratin lots of flavor without a lot of added calories. The original recipe calls for zucchini, but feel free to incorporate any seasonal vegetables you have on hand.
Vegetarian Shepherd’s Pie with Garlic Mashed Potatoes: Who doesn’t love shepherd’s pie? It’s hearty and satisfying, and we’re confident your meat-loving guests will not miss the lamb or beef in this vegetarian version!
Spinach Lasagna: Our meatless version is full of heart-healthy ingredients like spinach and wheat germ, but still satisfies the pasta and cheese craving we expect when diving into a plate of lasagna.
Pumpkin Stuffed with Vegetable Stew: This show-stopping entrée is served in a beautiful, rustic pumpkin — perfect for entertaining. Stir 1/4 cup of toasted wheat germ into the stew before serving to bump up the iron content, which helps you adsorb the Vitamin C found in all those veggies.
What meatless main dishes will you be including in your menu this holiday season? We would love to hear from you in the comments below