Your monthly guide to in-season, vegan eating. Easy, cheap and delicious, these recipes tick all of the boxes! In Season Vegan: December.
In Season Vegan: December
It’s December! Frost touches everything laid down before it and every morning catches your breath away. The afternoon is almost indistinguishable from the night and you search for the comfort that warming food will bring.
The shortest day comes, and with it a time to celebrate with those closest to you. Towards the end of the month, your attention may turn to health. It’s a time for family. It’s a time for warmth. It’s a time for love. Andy Williams wasn’t kidding when he said it’s the most wonderful time of the year!
Why you should be eating the seasons.
When food isn’t in season, it has to be forced in energy guzzling hothouses or shipped in from overseas. This isn’t only bad for our planet: the fruit and veg taste best when they are at their natural peak. It is widely believed that fruit and veg that is in season retains more of its nutritional value as it hasn’t spent weeks being transported across the globe. Getting a Riverford veg box has made seasonal eating so easy for me: if you don’t already, I highly recommend it.
In short: it tastes better, it’s better for our planet, it’s better for our bodies… and guess what? It’s often better for our wallets too.
What’s in season in December?
Here is my pick of this season’s vegan ingredients. I use Eat the Seasons for all my seasonal lists (non-vegan website).
Beetroot, brussels sprouts, cauliflower, celery, horseradish, kale, leeks, parsnips, potatoes, shallots, swede, turnips and wild mushrooms.
Apples, clementines, cranberries, passionfruit, pears, satsumas and tangerines.
Almonds, brazil nuts, chestnuts, hazelnuts and walnuts.
The best vegan recipes that are in season in December.
These are my top picks this month: a few of them I’ve already tried. The rest are on my list to make this month. Each recipe is warming, comforting and perfect to see you through winter and beyond.
- Oh my. This garlic alfredo pasta with brussels sprouts from Minimalist Baker looks absolutely divine. I think that will definitely be on next week’s meal plan. One thing that the post doesn’t mention is that not all wines are vegan. Be sure to check with Barnivore before you buy a bottle!
- This vegan version of Cauliflower Cheese featured last month and it should still be on your rotation this month. It’s about as close to non-vegan cauliflower cheese as you can get, and a great looking centerpiece.
- The vegan Christmas dinner by Bosh is simple and sooooo good. Come for the parsnips, stay for everything else!
- My easy vegan veg curry is on the menu as always, although I really think I should make a few more curry recipes for you… I’m thinking a vegan Christmas curry packed full of sprouts, cauliflower and parsnips. Yummy! As soon as I do, I’ll link to it here.
- This maple parsnip and chestnut wellington from The Tofu Diaries is a contender for our Christmas dinner. It looks simple yet delicious. Is it weird that I’ve never actually tried chestnuts, as far as I know? I’m going to try and forage some this year.
- Speaking of which, here’s an easy-looking recipe for roasted chestnuts. If I’d known it was as simple as that, I probably would have tried this ages ago!
Are you eating the seasons? What’s on your meal plan this month? Let me know in the comments!