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.

  1. 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.

Try this great recipe for spiced red cabbage or why not add some cinnamon and a pinch of ground cloves to this Warm Carrot & Cavolo Nero salad?

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.

For example, this Caramelised Onion Tart Tatin makes a show-stopping starter or main and here’s how you roast parsnips with honey.

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!

We love this simple Red Onion Marmalade recipe, and here’s an exotic twist on your standard Cranberry sauce.


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.

Add them to your veggie pasta dish, like this Cauliflower Gnocchi one or integrate them during cooking. This Creamed Brussel Sprout & Chestnut recipe looks particularly luscious!

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.

What are your favourite ways to make your veggies more Christmassy? Tag us at @OddboxLDN on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

Happy Cooking!

The Oddbox Team

Oddbox Team