Christmas Collection 2014

The last few months have been insane; and that is the understatement of the year. It’s been ridiculous. I don’t even know how I’m still standing. So many things have changed, but that’s OK. Soon, it will just be normal; but for now I’m still getting used to it. I read a quote at the beginning of this year, and chose it to be my mantra for the year. I don’t think I could have chosen one that applies more to my life this year

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If you want to hear more about what 2014 taught me, then look out for my next post, which should be up before New Years Eve.

For now, I thought I would share with you guys the collection of recipes I used to create a very enjoyable vegan Christmas for myself. The rest of my family and extended family eats a standard diet, so I challenged myself to find recipes that all of us could happily enjoy, while being mindful of our health, the planet, and of course the lovely animals that we share this planet with (:

I am a dessert queen, so let’s start there!

Yvonnes Chocolate Crunch Bars, which can be found on her app, My Eclectic Kitchen – They`re amazing and my entire family loves them. I made 2 changes; I used additonal maple syrup in place of the brown rice syrup, and ommit the stevia entirely, for an additonal tablespoon of maple syrup… Us Canadians love our maple syrup 🙂

Next up is another recipe from Yvonne, for her delicious Pumpkin Pie . It`s phenomenal. I have had many pumpkin pies in my life, both vegan and non-vegan, and gluten free, and this one takes the `cake`!

The last dessert I added to the table were these amazing Snickerdoodles by my inspiration to go vegan, and hometown favourite, Angela, otherwise known as Oh She Glows. These snickerdoodle are by far the best I`ve ever had; even my grandmother agrees and she is the queen of Christmas cookies 🙂

For my main meal…
– I have convinced the fam to swap butter and cream for Earth Balance and Almond milk. (win!)
– I made my own vegetable gravy a few months ago, and froze it in ice cube trays for on-the-go use, and I will by reheating those to go with my dinner
– I plan to make a salad for myself tomorrow morning to have with dinner, comprised of: baby spinach, field greens, corn, black beans, cucumber, cilantro, roasted potatoes, green apple, carrots, pomegranate seeds, and dry roasted chick peas, all topped off with a creamy avocado-lime dressing
– Squash is a tradition in our family for Christmas dinner, so I will be enjoying that 🙂
– Potato Galette is one of my mums favourites, so I make a mini one for myself by swapping out the parmesan and butter for Earth Balance and a sprinkle of nutritional yeast.
– Lemon Garlic Green Beans are another family fave, and they happen to be vegan (yay!!!) so I will most definitely be enjoying some of those!!

We also have appetizers on Christmas, so that everyone isn`t whining when dinner is later than expected. I will be making my famous whipped guac, which is simply avocado, lots of lime juice, salt, pepper, cilantro, and celery seed… sooo simple. I will also be bringing a yummy hummus dip to share (blend chickpeas, lemon juice, and tahini or natural peanut butter until smooth), with homemade pita crisps (homemade pitas sliced into triangles and toasted), vegan bagel chips, as well as sliced veggies to dip.

Let me know what you plan to have for your Christmas Dinner, and how you deal with being a dietary minority around the holidays.

Merry Christmas everyone!

xx Kat

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