And I am yet to decide what I am making for Christmas lunch.
This isn't quite as catastrophic as you might think. My family has a standard Christmas lunch that will be continuing this year with minimal effort needed from me. My mother has things in a nice routine, involving some traditional Christmas dishes that I wrote about last year. I do, however, need to figure out what I will be eating while the rest of the family tucks into turkey.
Last year was the first Christmas that I was vegetarian; prior to that I didn't eat red meat but did eat seafood and poultry. I added to our traditional Christmas dinner with purple nut roast, cinnamon sweet potato chickpea salad, and mandarin and maple spice quinoa salad with cranberries, apricots and almonds. My family was delightfully accommodating of my additions, and my Dad even ventured to try the quinoa salad. Given that he isn't even very fond of rice, and wouldn't voluntarily put dried fruit in savoury dishes, this was a touching gesture.
This year, I am having trouble making up my mind. I do, however, have a shortlist. It's currently more of a longlist, but I am working on it.
If you are like me and have yet to finalise your Christmas day menu, here are some ideas for main meals and sides - all vegan or easily veganised.
Christmas dinner ideas from around the blogosphere
(see Johanna's blog for many more Christmas recipes, including a great collection of nut roasts)
Red rice, white bean and vegetable salad with toasted almonds and dried cranberries from Notes from the Vegan Kitchen
Christmas dinner ideas from bite-sized thoughts
My 2011 round up of Christmas meal ideas can be found here
|A gift package with punch!|
In other news, I was fortunate enough to return from work today to a package from the lovely Lou of Fridge Scrapings. I was the lucky winner of Lou's Christmas give away and she put together a gorgeous package - thank you again Lou :-) I feel like Christmas has started already.
What are you planning to serve this Christmas? Are you taking a traditional or non-traditional route?