What I love about vegan food is everyone can eat it. So even if you aren’t vegan, if you take vegan food along to any festive or Christmas gathering this year you will make everyone happy as it will be all inclusive.  All of my recipes are gluten free so you will have that covered too.

I am sharing with you this week some delightful recipes to make, a lovely traditional Christmas meal and then some poolside, picnic, BBQ ideas.  

I grew up in Darwin to English parents and even though they didn’t mind the heat too much they always choose to have a cold food Christmas so an oven didn’t have to be turned on. Christmas time was always a time for salads in abundance and of course a trifle. I’ve left it too late to develop a vegan trifle recipe but have put a link to one that someone else has made. Admittedly I haven’t tried it yet.

Traditional Christmas fare

Nut roast

You cannot go past the nut roast I share with you. Eat it with either the capsicum sauce or make a mushroom gravy

For something a little different you can make the nut roast into balls, cutting the cooking time in half and making the presentation all that more special.

Last year people made the nut roast as a filling and put the filling into pastry making a Nut Roast Wellington.

Serve the nut roast with any vegetable you like and make sure you have some lovely baked potatoes. These Greek potatoes are the best potatoes I have ever tasted. I am seriously not exaggerating here. Here's the Nut Roast recipe

Greek Potatoes

8 large potatoes
1 cup water
½ cup olive oil
4 cloves garlic minced
½ cup lemon juice
generous salt
a few sprigs of dried oregano or fresh rosemary

Wash and peel the potatoes and cut into wedges. Place the potatoes in a baking tray with the water, olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, salt and pepper. Make sure you coat the potatoes with the water mixture.

Place the potatoes in a 220 C oven and cook for 40 minutes. Turn the potatoes over and add ¼ to ½ cup more water if the potatoes have all dried out.

Cook again for up to 30 minutes or until the potatoes are cooked and crispy.

Baked Broccoli with Red Onion and Olives

In addition to any good nut roast and the best Greek Potatoes ever a lovely green vegetable will be great to accompany this traditional Christmas meal. My choice is broccoli and why not go all out and bake it too. You may want to make a lot as it makes a good cold salad the next day also.

2 heads broccoli cut into long florets then in half (see the photo to get an idea)
1/4 cup lemon juice
¼ cup olive oil
1 red onion sliced thinly
1 tsp salt
generous amount of pepper
½ cup pitted green olives
¼ to ½ cup of pepita sprinkle
place every thing in a baking tray except the sprinkle and bake at 200 C for 20 minutes. Turn the broccoli and add the pepita sprinkle and cook for a further 5 to 10 minutes or until the broccoli is cooked.

For a more casual gathering I have links to some great salads and a dip. My most favourite dip though at the moment is one I made only the other day and I actually didn’t take a photo so you will have to take my word for it that it is delicious

Artichoke and spinach dip

1 serve of vegan sour cream (you can use sunflower seeds or cashews)
1 jar marinated artichokes
1 bunch of English spinach wilted then shredded
A good squeeze of lemon juice
salt to taste
pepper to taste

Cut up the artichokes as fine as you can and mix with the rest of the ingredients. That’s it. Too Easy.

Pasta Salads

Everyone seems to enjoy pasta and you can get some really good gluten free pasta these days. These two pasta salad recipes are equally as delicious, good luck deciding on which one.

Tips for vegans/vegetarians at christmas or for those of you who have vegans coming to lunch at christmas

Omega three rich recipes

These stuffed mushrooms, roast pumpkin and salads are a winner at any time of the year

Healthy Alternatives for Eating Salmon

Potato salads also win friends

These two potato salads are beyond good, choosing which one to make is the hardest part.
Two Winning Potato Salads

And you can’t go past a good hummus

Try out this one with sorrel and add Kalamata olives to have a green and reddish touch to Christmas

What is your favourite Hummus Recipe

Vegan Trifle

Vegan Summer Trifle Cups

I found this good looking recipe for trifle. It is gluten free too and you could easily make it into a big trifle rather than individual cups. I suggest making a cashew cream to go in it too.
1 cup cashews
½ cup water
maple syrup to taste

Whizz everything in a blender until smooth and thick. If too thin add more nuts.
Get the Vegan Trifle Recipe Here

Tips for Vegans/Vegetarians at Christmas

For those of you who struggle with Christmas because you are vegan or vegetarian and have to attend gatherings where meat is being consumed or you are ridiculed for being vegan I have an old blog post to share with you. It is also good for those to read who are not vegan but have vegan or vegetarian family members as the last thing you want to do is make people feel uncomfortable at your gathering.

Tips for Vegans and Vegetarians at Christmas

And just before I wish you all a wonderful festive time I would like to remind you that there are only 12 more days left until the early bird price for the training ends. So if it is something you are really interested in please do send me an email.

Have a fabulous time everyone. Hoping you get to eat lots of delicious vegan food and enjoy relaxing either on your own or with loved ones.

With huge love


Categories:Snacks/Sides Sauce/Dips

Tags:Potatoes Gluten Free Christmas food

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