Milk and Cookies? No, Make That Carrots!

Milk and Cookies? No, Make That Carrots!

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Milk and Cookies? No, Make That Carrots!


I got a little tickled by this headline that crossed my desk: What to Leave out When Santa Is a Vegetarian.

What! It’s heresy not to leave milk and cookies! We’ve always loved Christmas Eve at our house, with a special plate to hold Santa’s treats, and a carefully written note of welcome left for him—all the way through to the next morning, when crumbs were all that remained.

But we can get updated along with the rest of the world, and recognize that Santa may now be concerned about diabetes, or may live a gluten-free . . . or, yes, vegetarian life. So, here are the menu items being offered to Santa by a restaurant called Heidi’s Minneapolis. These are the inspiration of Executive Chef Stewart Woodman, who has put together a vegetarian holiday menu that could make any meat eater think twice.

  • ‘Tis the Season for Soup: Spicy Butternut Squash & Potato Soup with Toasted Pepitas and Brussel Sprouts drizzled with Banyuls Vinegar & Plum Oil
  • Tofu “Hot Pot:” House made Tofu, Spaghetti Squash & Cucumber in a fragrant Mushroom Broth
  • Nitro Chocolate Mousse with Roasted Marshmallow, Peanut Butter Bliss & Honey
  • Apple Julep: Maker’s Mark Bourbon with muddled Apples, Cinnamon & Mint

If you live in the Minneapolis area, check them out. And, if not, perhaps you can create your own updated traditions for Santa, whether its for dinner or a little something to tide him over during his long winter’s night.

Of course, if you are sticking with tradition, we have lots of cookies to go with that glass of milk! Check out a few of them in our Christmas Cookies link, or click here for our great Christmas story, The Night Before Christmas Cookie.  


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