Fresh Gifts For Veggie Lovers

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Beautiful photographs fill the pages of The Forest Feast by Erin Gleeson (Image source: Forest Feast)

When shopping for the perfect gift, it’s important to not only be budget conscious, but thoughtful as well. Depending on who you are looking for, sometimes the most specific people make for the most well-suited gifts. Take vegetarians for example. They are the types of people who don’t expect anything special, but are elated when they receive a gift that is catered to their personal lifestyle preference. Here are some ideas that will win you major points with your root-loving friends.

Cutting Board

Any vegetarian worth their salt should be an ace when it comes to produce. So why not make sure your green beans and carrots are sliced to perfection on a quality cutting board? While basic wood and even some bamboo boards can splinter and plastic can melt to a curvy warp in the dishwasher, sturdy cutting boards can be hard to come by. Give butcher block a try.

The ultimate chef’s tool, this John Boos Maple End Grain Butcher Block is hand made from Northern Hard Rock Maple, with an end grain construction that ensures the knife blade cuts with, instead of across the wood grain. It is recommended that butcher block boards are always well-oiled for longevity with a food safe mineral oil.

Available for $176.95 at www.cuttingboards.com.

Spiralizer

Make no mistake, vegetarians love their carbs. But when pasta becomes too much, a healthier alternative and look alike is a spiralized vegetable, like zucchini. Spiralizers make it possible to create veggie noodles that are fast favorites of herbivores alike. Give zucchini, yellow squash, sweet potatoes, carrots, butternut squash and even beets a twirl in the spiralizer. The OXO Spiralizer is a good one for those who want to turn by hand.

Available for $39.95 at Williams Sonoma.

Cookbooks

The gift of a book is always the perfect gift to give. Not only is it thoughtful to the person you are giving it to, it is informative and allows the reader to embark on an imaginative and creative journey, especially in the world of food.

For the plant eaters in your life, consider these cookbooks:

• Naturally Nourished: Healthy, Delicious Meals Made with Everyday Ingredients (2017) by Sarah Britton, which simplifies cooking for weeknights with 100 inspired vegetarian recipes;

• The First Mess Cookbook: Vibrant Plant-Based Recipes to Eat Well Through the Seasons (2017) by Laura Wright, in which the author shares more than 125 seasonal, plant-based, and healthy recipes in her debut cookbook;

• PLANTLAB (2017) by world-renowned vegan chef Matthew Kenney, who serves up a unique and visually stunning cookbook that emphasizes the art of plant-based cuisine and an oldie but a goodie;

How to Cook Everything Vegetarian: Simple Meatless Recipes for Great Food (2007) by Mark Bittman, who made vegetarian cooking accessible to everyone.

• The Forest Feast: Simple Vegetarian Recipes from My Cabin in the Woods (2014) by Erin Gleeson

Casserole Carrier

The token vegetarian in the family is usually great with whipping up magical vegetable creations, so it’s no surprise when they are the ones asked to make a casserole. Whether you’re tasked with bringing the corn, green bean casserole, lasagna or all three (enough for Uncle Ned to take home this holiday), you’ll need a vessel that can transport your dishes safely.

Available in eight different colors, Rachael Ray’s Expandable Lasagna Lugger is your best bet. Featuring two separate compartments, the Lasagna Lugger expands to hold two 9-inch x 13-inch baking dishes (not included). Triple-Tek insulation and Temperfoil lining keep food hot or cold for hours and the leak-proof, easy clean lining eliminates messy, hard to clean spills.

A must-have transportation device to holiday dinners, family gatherings or picnics, this item is available for $26.99 at Amazon.

Vegetarian Society Annual Membership

Everyone loves gifts that are prepaid, especially memberships. For the vegetarians in your life, give the gift of annual membership to The Vegetarian Society. Members receive a welcome pack filled with personalized information and goodies, a quarterly magazine, hundreds of veggie-friendly discounts exclusive to members, and mentoring and volunteering options. If they choose to continue the membership after that’s up to them, but if not, you introduced them to a network of like-minded veggie lovers.

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Jennifer Fauci is the managing editor of Long Island Weekly, Boulevard and Anton Media Group’s local magazines. Her passion for literature, travel and the arts lend to the unique content in her publications. In her time at Anton, she has received first place in the Folio Awards, second place for the NYPA awards and is the recipient of three PCLI awards.

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