Shopping for gifts for accomplished home cooks and seasoned dinner party starters can be hard. Sometimes it feels like these people already have everything, whether it’s a kitchen essential or the latest fad. If they are vegetarians, there is yet another level of difficulty. Let’s put it this way: an easy deli gift basket is definitely out of the question.
Do not worry. We’ve put together a gift guide just for the meatless pal in your life. Some of these items are great food items for the home chef, like delicious traditional beans to bulk up soups and stews, while others are appliances and tools to help their vegetarian cooking game. There are also some fun items like a spiralizer, a kit to make rice cakes at home, and a non-dairy milk maker. There are a few things on this list to tempt hungry omnivores. (Spoiler alert! That’s it on this list.)
Want to gift homemade vegetarian meals with one of these items? Check out these 55 vegetarian meals that will make anyone’s stomach growl.
Our top picks
How we chose these products
We reached out to bloggers in the vegetarian space for their favorite products and giveaways. We also spoke with chefs and restaurateurs about their vegetarian gifting habits. From there, we’ve compiled this roundup of the best gifts for vegetarians, whether it’s for a birthday, a housewarming party, or just because. Disclaimer: You might want to buy a few for yourself.
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Premium quality silicone spatula
“I love these seamless spatulas and find myself reaching for them all day in the kitchen,” said Laura Wright of the Vegan Blog The first mess. “They’re great for scraping the last bits out of bowls and jars, stirring sautéed vegetables and soups, and all sorts of cooking applications.”
“I’ve used all kinds of food processors in my personal kitchen, as well as professional kitchens,” Wright said. “This model is by far the best I’ve had. The paddle-style buttons are super convenient and easy to control. There aren’t too many annoying little crevices to clean. And the machine is just super efficient at making dips, pesto, pancake or pie dough, plant-based “cheese” spreads, nut butter, and more!”
“Pulling all the water out of the tofu makes such a big difference in texture,” Wright said. “I like crispy tofu, and taking the extra 15 minutes to press gives me the results I love.”
She suggests this Tofuture press. It extracts all the water from the tofu while it’s in the fridge. Next, Wright will cut the tofu into chunks, coat them in cornstarch, and air fry them.
“I love these beans and I cook them at home, especially in a soup called Lombard soup,” said Cathy Whims, chef and owner of the Italian spot. Nostrana in Portland, OR. These popular beans are named after legendary cookbook author Marcella Hazan.
The Lombard soup “consists of beans in their liquid which have been cooked slowly and slowly in the oven with aromatics, served on a piece of toasted bread and a drizzle of good extra virgin olive oil. It is so delicious and rivals with a meat dish every day of the week in my book!”
Mostarda Mediterranean jelly
“I always have a few [Dario Cecchini mostardas] in my pantry. My husband and I are so obsessed that we freak out if we start running out,” Whims said. grilled cheese made with fresh mozzarella.
Super slicer with 4 Japanese stainless steel blades
“A Japanese mandolin is great for helping to slice vegetables thinly and thinly, and you can cut them into sheets or julienne of various sizes,” said Ron Hsu, Atlanta Hot Spots Culinary Director. lazy betty and Juniper coffee, mentioned. “I use them at home and in restaurants.” This one comes with four super sharp stainless steel blades, which reviewers say they’re super easy to clean.
Set of 3 original Swiss peelers
“This peeler will change your life,” said Adam Finzel, deputy chef of the Franco-American spot. at Willa’s in Tampa Bay, Florida. “They’re super easy to use, sturdy and last a long time! This is the only peeler I’ve worked with in a professional setting or at home. I promise you won’t look back once you make the switch .”
“The Pineapple Collaborative makes some pretty tasty apple cider vinegar and olive oil that’s sustainably harvested and made in small batches,” said Amber Carregal, at Willa’s head bartender. “Carnivore or herbivore, it doesn’t matter, you’ll love this set of apple cider vinegar, olive oil and salt.” Bonus: Together they make a super fancy dressing.
On vegetables: modern recipes for cooking at home
“A fantastic book that every vegetarian should own,” said Jason Sirois, Executive Chef of Omaha’s Hotel Kimpton Cottonwood. “If you want to learn modern plant-based cuisine from a Michelin chef, this is the book for you. I refer to it often for our personalized wedding menus here at the hotel, which are gradually becoming more vegetable-centric.”
Vitamix E310 Explorian Blender
“I use my Vitamix blender for smoothies and more! said Jeanine Donofrio of the Vegetarian Blog love and lemons. “I make creamy vegan sauces, perfectly pureed soups, and the gooest nacho cheese ever made with sweet potatoes instead of real cheese. A staple in any vegetarian kitchen, in my opinion.”
Momofuku’s Impossible™ Spicy Ragu Rice Cakes Kit for 4
“You get the taste of the popular Momofuku Ssam bar from the comfort of your own home and with impossible meat!” said Joe Ariel, founder and CEO of belly of gold. “It’s a vegetarian’s dream. It includes all the ingredients so you can step into the shoes of celebrity chef David Chang for a night.”
Recipe book for delicious vegan dinners
This is a collection of all the best vegan dinners from the brains of our incredibly talented team of editors. Inside are 70 different vegan recipes, from vegetarian ramen to sesame mashed potatoes.
Certified organic cotton vegetable bags
Vegetarian cooks definitely have tons of veggies in their fridge, and these organic cotton vegetable bags will make them last a lot longer. Plus, they reduce the need for unnecessary plastic bags and are machine washable.
Good Grips 3-Blade Portable Spiralizer
Now, what to do with all those fresh vegetables? Get this handy spiralizer for your buds. With three different sized blades for three different types of cuts, it’s perfect for making veggie noodles, fun salads, or even crispy fries.
Milkmade Dairy Alternative Vegan Milk Maker
This gift is definitely a bit of a splurge, but it’s just the thing for a non-dairy obsessive. It’s super simple to use: just add the milk base of your choice (almond, oat, cashew, macadamia, coconut, etc.), add water and press “start”. In less than 10 minutes, 20 ounces of non-dairy milk will be ready to drink. From there, the applications are endless: smoothies, sauces, lattes, etc.
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