December 31, 2012

Vegan Christmas Recipes

I love eating with my family because it most likely means I will be preparing a fancy-pants dish to share with loved ones. This is a challenge each time we gather since I want to hear them, "ooh" and "aweee" at plant-based meals, so I have no room for error. Thankfully, the internet exists as well as amazing cooks 'round the globe so I must not fear the kitchen and all it beholds! Here's what I made for this year's festivities:

Dr. Fuhrman's Thousand Island Dressing:

Boo... That was sort of rude of me. I don't actually have the recipe to share, but if want the measurements... Buy his book! It's fabulous: Eat to Live.

Raw Pumpkin Pie:

This pie was amazing! Thanks to Sweetly Raw, recipe link here! I followed her recipe almost exactly. Then I realized I had soaked a few cups of cashews, assuming her recipe needed them, noticed the ingredient list had coconut oil instead of nuts for the filling, and changed things up. I used cashew butter (threw soaked cashews in a food processor until creamy) instead of coconut oil, and canned pumpkin instead of raw pie pumpkin.

Post Punk Kitchen's Lentil "meat"balls!

this recipe is perfect. we served them with tomato sauce in a crock pot!

Cashew Ranch Dressing

Also from Dr.Fuhrman's book. It ended up being too sweet for my taste, though, so next time I would use a lot less dates. It almost tasted like the kale was dressed in frosting! Tasted great mixed with lentil meatballs, though. And after a few days, it tasted even better. The sweetness died down a little and the bold, rich, cashew flavor stood out. I love how well kale sits in the fridge, even covered in dressing!

Pumpkin Apple Walnut Harvest Rice

This was my favorite dish, hands down. Kathy over at Healthy. Happy. Life. posted this one on her blog and I found it through a mad search for Winter/Fall recipes. It was absolutely delicious, easy to make and a big hit for this meat-eating family! I will definitely be making this again, and again, and again. Hubby asked me to make it without onion next time, but you can't taste it at all - it's more of a, "oh snap - I see onion in this spoonful" issue. I vote more onion!

Hubby's Kale Salad with Balsamic
 Since my lovely husband isn't a fan of anything garlic or onion - I made him a special kale salad with equal parts olive oil and balsamic vinegar, with apple, walnuts, raisins and some pepper. He said it was delicious - score! I think I used about 2 tablespoons of olive oil and balsamic for about 3 cups of cut up kale. Superb.

All in all, it was a very salad friendly Christmas. I'm a fan of sharing the love of greens on the holidays, as you can see. If it's the only time they get greens, so be it!

Here's to catching up with the rest of what went down toward the end of 2012 and how 2013 has been thus far - oh my, how behind on blogging I am. It's okay, I'm enjoying my chubby bubbly boy and cherishing every second away from the computer. Can I return to blogging in February? Sweet!

May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and by his grace gave us eternal encouragement and good hope, encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good deed and word. 2 Thessalonians 2:16-17

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