This consisted of a red lentil and cashew nut roast, glazed with cranberry sauce, accompanied by roasted potatoes, parsnips, carrots, steamed broccoli and brussel sprouts and a drizzle of roasted onion gravy.
We love Christmas Pudding, served with Alpro Single Cream or Alpro Vanilla Custard. It’s very calorie intensive though so I’m glad we only eat it at Christmas. This year I tried Tesco’s budget range Christmas pudding as it was dairy-free. As expected, it didn’t have as many nuts or fruits in it as the deluxe puddings but I thought it tasted good, especially for the price.
I made my own mince pies this year, using my favourite wholemeal chapatti flour. They were really yum, especially when served warm with Alpro custard. Apologies for the lack of pics. In a blink of an eye they were all gone!
For the third year in a row, I made the Christmas Cake using my mum’s trusted old recipe. When we finally got round to decorating it (on Boxing Day!), we opted for a ‘snowy scene’ so we could add Santa and his sleigh on top. Lil’ L used the left over marzipan to make a snowman
Even though I baked it slightly later that I had planned to, it turned out just fine. It cuts really well and tastes scrumptious! I’m rubbish at baking cakes so all credit has to go to mum’s recipe.
Grapefruits and Tangerines
I seem to only eat grapefruits at Christmas time. I have no idea why! They’re so refreshing. The tangerines have been really tasty this Winter too. I’ve been eating at least one a day
Rocket Salad with Beetroot, Orange, Pomegranate and Walnuts
I made this salad for our Christmas evening buffet and it was really yummy! It looked really pretty too.
For me, a bowl laden with whole nuts and a nutcracker is synonymous with Christmas. I love freshly shelled walnuts. They taste so much better than the pre-packaged nuts. And there’s something very satisfying about cracking open the shells yourself… or watching a strong man do it for you
Lil’ L has been loving pistachios this Christmas. If you don’t watch him, he’ll easily devour a pot in no time at all!
I only recently discovered wasabi peas and they quickly became my number 1 evening snack during the holidays. The hotness of the wasabi makes me pull funny faces and makes my nose tickle but I keep going back for more. Anyone else share my strange obsession with these hot little peas?
At Christmas, four years ago, I quit drinking alcohol. I never imagined that I’d be able to quit but, to be totally truthful, I haven’t missed it for one second. I’m very glad to say that Christmas hangovers are well and truly behind me now!
Instead of alcohol, this Christmas I’ve been loving warming drinks, such as home-made warm lemon & ginger sodas, and the bottle green spiced berry cordial.
At meal times, instead of wine, I drank Shloer sparkling juices.
We also drank lots of frozen berry smoothies. Since Lil’ L is still refusing to eat whole berries, blending them into a smoothie has been a great way to get him to eat these antioxidant and vitamin-C rich fruits. We’ve also been blending chia seeds into the smoothies for an omega-3 boost (plus they make the smoothies even creamier!)
Well, largely thanks to the puddings and cakes, my clothes are feeling a little snugger this week. I’m not worried though as I know that the Christmas pounds will soon come off now I’m back into my regular eating habits and morning runs
For the month of January, I’m looking forward to cooking lots of easy, minimum prep, cheap, tasty, healthy, plant-based foods… and then sharing the recipes with you guys I’ve got lots of ideas for quick meals and I can’t wait to test them out.
What was your favourite festive eats? And what sort of recipes are you looking forward to trying this month?