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Vegan and Sustainable at the Vancouver Christmas Market

I know it’s officially the holiday season when the fencing goes up at Jack Poole Plaza, and behind it, a carousel, a village, and lots and lots of twinkly lights. The Vancouver Christmas Market has opened its doors, y’all! 

Vancouver Christmas Market

For me, the Christmas Market has been a holiday tradition for many, many years. I could go back through my archives and pull the photos, and someday I probably will, but today is not that day. 

As with any event I go to that includes food (and lets be fair, why would I even go to an event if it didn’t include food??), I’m always on the lookout for the vegan and vegetarian options. 

Here’s a quick rundown of some of my favourite vegan options at the Vancouver Christmas Market this year: 

Das Gulasch Haus: a hearty stew of carrots and potatoes, spiced with paprika, this stew comes served in a bread bowl, which is both so comfort food-y and sustainable all at the same time! 

Das Kartoffelhaus Hurricane Potatoes: those crazy spiral potatoes on a stick! 

gluhwein vancouver christmas market

Taste the Wild: these guys have a delicious vegan mushroom soup. Soup is what you need when you’re outdoors at night in December. Also, wine. You need warm, mulled wine. They have that, too (but not at Taste the Wild). 

JJ’s Fresh Roasted Chestnuts: I mean, does it get more Christmas than freshly roasted chestnuts? I think not. 

Mr. Hotcakes: they serve a pancake filled with melty brown sugar… it’s reminiscent of your childhood and will make you very happy. 

Vegan Churros Vancouver Christmas Market

Traditional Spanish Churros: I know, I know, it seems weird to have Spanish food at a German Christmas Market, but really, who cares? They are my favourite thing every year, and the market just wouldn’t be the same without them. 

Candy Meister: don’t forget that they have tons of vegan candy options here. 


One thing I thought was interesting about this year’s market were the vendors selling sustainable goods. One major reason I don’t eat meat is because I believe a vegetarian diet to be more sustainable and environmentally-friendly, so to me, sustainability and being meat-free go hand-in-hand. 

So I wanted to highlight a few vendors at the market that weren’t selling food, but were selling products that can help to reduce waste and have a lower impact on the environment. 

Amezing Lights Vancouver Christmas Market

Amezing Lights are made from recycled milk cartons. They come in a kit, so part of the fun is building the light. They are kind of like Lego; you can follow the formula, or you can branch out and create your own. 

sustainable vancouver christmas market

Clockwise from top left: Life UNPacked, The Straw Hut, Ru Supply and MysGreen

Single-use plastics are one thing I am trying to cut out of my life. But in order to do so, you need to replace your ziploc bags and your plastic wrap with sustainable options. At the market, you’ll find Rü Supply, who sells sustainable lunch bags, The Straw Hut, who is providing an alternative to single use plastic straws, MysGreen who is selling beeswax wraps (to sub out for your plastic wrap) and reusable pouches (to sub out for your ziploc bags), as well as Life UNPacked, who’s got environmentally-friendly grooming supplies, like toothpaste, bar soaps and shampoos, cotton swabs and floss. All of which are vegan! 

What’s your favourite part of the Vancouver Christmas Market? Comment below and let me know! 

Beetza (Beet Pizza)

You maybe hate beets. That’s okay. Beets are a pretty polarizing vegetable. Many people think they taste like dirt. 

But like many other vegetables (oh hi brussels sprouts), a lot of the way they taste is in how you treat them. 

Brussels sprouts caramelized at high heat in hot oil are delicious. Boil them for 40 minutes until they are a sickly greenish-grey? Yeah, they’re terrible. 

a pizza topped with beet slices, blue cheese and greens

Same with beets. They’re not great boiled, but roasted, they come alive and the natural sugars actually make them quite tasty and sweet. 

So beets on a pizza. Weird? Perhaps. But don’t knock it till you try it. 

I’ve been using my new Breville Smart Oven Air almost constantly these last few months since I got it around my birthday. It’s been great. There are just two of us, so it’s been really useful to not have to turn on the big oven for most things. I think I’ve only used my oven a few times since I got it. 

One of the settings on the Breville Smart Oven Air is pizza. We are very seldom without frozen pizza in our freezer. It’s just an easy option for nights when we are super busy, or if it’s the weekend and I don’t feel much like cooking. Sometimes I buy the plain cheese ones from Costco, and sometimes I make my own

This particular combo is brought to you by the letter “B.” When I first started thinking about putting beets on pizza, I thought, what kind of cheese would go well with that? And the answer, of course, was blue. Beets, blue cheese… finished with the beet greens… what could be a more fall pizza than that? 

I realize this won’t appeal to everyone. And that’s okay. But also, don’t knock it till you’ve tried it. It’s actually really, really good. 

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Beetza (Beet Pizza)

Ingredients

  • 1 recipe your favourite pizza dough (I’m currently using the @foodgays from their cookbook, Cooking in Color) or your favourite store-bought pizza crust
  • 1 medium-large beet
  • tomato sauce or pizza sauce (homemade or store bought)
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese 
  • 1/4 cup blue cheese 
  • beet greens or arugula
  • olive oil
  • balsamic reduction

Method

  1. Wash the beet well and cut into really thin slices using a knife or a mandolin. Brush the slices with oil on both sides and sprinkle with pepper. Place on a cookie sheet and roast in a hot oven (400-425) until crispy on the edges (I did this step on the airfryer mode of my Breville Smart Oven Air). Remove and place to the side. 
  2. Roll out or stretch your pizza dough to the right size to fit your pan. Before placing the dough on the pan, brush the pan with a little olive oil and sprinkle some cornmeal down to keep it from sticking and to help give a crispier crust. 
  3. Place the dough on the pan and stretch it to fit. 
  4. Place a few tablespoons (up to 1/4 cup) of tomato sauce on the dough and spread it evenly. 
  5. Sprinkle the dough with a fine layer of parmesan cheese. 
  6. Place the roasted beet chips on the pizza, then crumble and scatter about the blue cheese. 
  7. Bake pizza in a pre-heated hot oven (425) for about 9-12 minutes, or until the edges are golden. 
  8. Remove from oven and garnish with clean, chopped beet greens or arugula, a drizzle of fresh olive oil and a drizzle of balsamic reduction (if you wish). 
  9. Serve immediately. 
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