Five tips on how to give your veggie dishes a Christmassy spin
I know it might come as a surprise, but we at Oddbox HQ are ultimate veggie lovers, all year around! But let’s be honest: In December our souls want a little bit more than just salad or a stir fry. So here are five simple tips on how to turn your average veggie dish into a festive concoction.
Spice it up
Cinnamon, cardamom, star anise, cloves, ginger and nutmeg do wonders when it comes to adding some warming Christmas flavours to your veggies. In order to help them unleash their full flavour potential, add them to a bit of fat like butter or oil, or to another liquid and simmer on a low heat. Be careful not to burn them as it could make them taste bitter.
2. Sweeten the deal
Making dishes a little sweeter is another great way to boost the taste of your veggies in the festive period. You can use ingredients like dates, cranberries, oranges and honey, as well as boozy additions like cider or wine to subtly sweeten your recipes.
3. Make your own sauces, chutneys & marmalades
If that’s not sweet enough, there’s always the option of adding some sweet sauce to your dish. The advantage of this is that everyone can decide for themselves on how sweet is sweet enough - and you’ll please a sweet tooth and health warrior alike!
4. Add some crunch
Another way to change up your dishes is not to change the flavour, but to change the texture! Using nuts does exactly that, whilst also making the dish look that little bit more restaurant-like. Our Christmassy favourites are almonds, chestnuts, walnuts and pecans.
5. Bake them
Finally, a simple way to make your dishes that little bit more special is switching from a frying pan to a baking tray. Roast your veggies instead of frying them, pop your favourite variety of veg onto a tart rather than onto pasta, or layer them with other hearty ingredients in an oven dish.
Our favourite recipes are this Courgette, cauliflower and goat cheese tart and this vegan version of Dauphinoise Potato with Butternut Squash and Courgette.
The Oddbox Team