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Enjoy a meat-free ‘Christmas all wrapped up’


 14 December 2015

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Last week Arnold Schwarzenegger encouraged people to enjoy two meat-free days a week to help the planet and reduce their carbon footprint. If this Hollywood megastar’s words have inspired you or your family to reduce your meat-intake this festive season, then the Vegetarian Society has ‘Christmas all wrapped up…’ at


Whether you’re a veggie or catering for one, we’ve got your festive feasting under control. The collection features some of the Vegetarian Society’s best recipe ideas including party food, Christmas main courses to share, ways to use leftovers and delightful desserts to finish off a celebration meal. 

As well as special favourites, this year there’s a new recipe for you from celebrity cook, stylist and writer Anna Jones, who was one of the first apprentices at Jamie Oliver’s project 15.  A passionate vegetarian herself, Anna’s squash, roast tomato and popped black bean salad is great for a special supper for a few or as a dish for a buffet table for a large crowd.

Anna Jones commented: “When most people think of Christmas, it’s all about the big turkey for Christmas lunch – but I believe that Christmas is all about the traditions you make yourself, not just the meat! When I became vegetarian, most of my family quickly followed suit – meaning we have over the years made some new Christmas traditions of our own. “I love experimenting with new pies, puddings and suppers each year, and I hope that this booklet from the Vegetarian Society gives you some ideas and inspiration to experiment yourself and feed your family and friends over the festive period.”

It’s not just recipes though – there are ideas to help you through the festive season. Check out the brand new online advent calendar. From the first of December through to the big day each door will reveal a special veggie giveaway so keep popping back!  

Food plays a huge part of any Christmas celebrations and everyone needs to put in a little planning. These Christmas recipes and advent calendar will give you all the inspiration you need.

‘Christmas all wrapped up…’ is full of warm, seasonal flavours – chestnuts, beetroot, cinnamon, leeks and hazelnuts – all you need to do is remember the roasties. While for the sweet-toothed individuals out there, how about mincemeat muffins or desserts bursting with raspberries, chocolate, orange and ginger?

The Vegetarian Society is a charity that aims to influence, inspire and support people to embrace and maintain a vegetarian lifestyle. Being a vegetarian is a choice that is kinder to animals, to people and to our living planet. Established in 1847 we are the oldest vegetarian organisation in the world visit for more information. 


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•For more information about a veggie ‘Christmas all wrapped up…’, recipes or high quality images contact Su on 0161 925 2012 or

•Outside office hours the Vegetarian Society Media Office can be contacted on 07973 108 165/7. Alternatively visit the website for lots more information

•A vegetarian does not eat any meat, poultry, game, fish, shellfish or crustacea, or slaughter by-products

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