Since some friends asked me about what I am gonna eat for christmas – since I don’t eat dairy – I decided to write a little something about that topic:) I mean only because in our society every celebration or feast has to do something with meat, milk and cheese – doesn’t mean vegans or vegetarians have no alternative! On the contrary, the alternative just has to be shown so that you can orientate yourself a little better. 😉
For appetizers or an entrée there are a lot of good soups to find for instance, a creamy potato soup or maybe my featured “Cream of Tomato Soup“ from Veganomicon. Vegan soups can be very healthy and nutritious without filling the stomach too much so you still have space for the main course;) Using puff pastry, you have almost infinite possibilities to make your own vegan “amuse-gueules“ or appetizers (have a look at the pizza bites;)).
Cheesy Pizza Bites
Bruschetta may as well be a good idea as a lot of people like them AND they are vegan of course.
So my family traditionally makes a good “Raclette“ for Christmas, it brings the family together while everyone can eat, drink & talk and no one has to stand in the kitchen for most of the time, we just do all the preparing together in advance. At first I thought when I go vegan it will be sooo difficult for me while eating Raclette, but fortunately that is really not the case 🙂 phew!
Ok so when the others put meat on the grill, I just put bell peppers, mushrooms and other vegetables on it, it’s delish 😀 I also took sliced zucchini which I prepared with a mixture of olive oil, salt and pepper to put on the grill.
In the little Raclette pans, (I m not sure what their name is) I like to put a sliced potato with my favorite vegan cheese melt. I heard there are actually a lot of vegan cheese brands that can be used for this since they melt really nice. You can of course add more stuff, like tomatoes and pickles *mmmmh* so good…
Additionally, if there are some vegan salads on the table you will really have so much to eat, you won’t even miss the meat or the dairy because you are busy devouring the other good stuff 😀 true story!
Considering vegan dessert alternatives, nowadays there are a lot – and I really mean A LOT – of possibilities. If you prefer small tarts or cookies or muffins, you can find a multitude of recipes online but of course you should also try to veganize you Favorite cookies; its all about personal experience with these things 🙂
You can also prepare small dessert glasses and fill them with layers of vanilla soy yoghurt, berries and nuts or crunchy brittle. I made this one once, and even non-vegans/vegetarians wanted MORE of it!
Finally a rich cake doesn’t need to contain dairy per-se. There are so many vegan cakes, some of them don’t even need baking, you can work with the freezer (mostly with raw vegan cakes). I think this year for Christmas, we will have the Vegan (No-)Cheesecake for dessert…For me as a cheesecake fan this became my favorite vegan recipe for it and I need my brother (who’s also into cheesecake:P) to try it. 😉
Famous (No-) Cheesecake
The fact I love most about vegan kitchen is that you can really individually modify the recipe with fruits and nuts that YOU prefer the most. It’s mostly a flexible kind of cooking/ baking. So you can always add your personal touch to your creations 😉
I hope I was able to give you guys some ideas or suggestions about how to make your holiday a vegan one – however, if you have any specific questions or more suggestions, just go ahead and tell me about it in the comment section! Thank you, and I hope your 2 last weeks of December won’t be to stressful 🙂