Here's what I made:
- Night of the 23rd: I made the delicious cauliflower bake from Vegan Yum Yum, with homemade marinara and white sauce and tofu ricotta. I love this dish because it tastes rich & filling, but it's healthy and fairly easy to throw together. I had to omit the tahini, but the white sauce was still delicious without it. Everyone tried and loved this dish- even my sister-in-law, who claims to hate tofu. She didn't even know it was in there ;-)
- Christmas eve: I kept it simple and made myself a "squash bowl" meal, since the rest of the fam was having ham and scalloped potatoes. My meal was a beautiful roasted acorn squash stuffed with spinach & asparagus farro with dried cranberries and walnuts, and a mixed baby lettuce side salad. Simple, healthy, and yummy! My family liked trying the farro, too- aside from my brother-in-law, who claimed it looked too "healthy." lol.
- Christmas dinner: I thought my warm, decadent-tasting butternut squash orzo with sage brown butter would be a perfect Christmas meal. Another hit with the family too, and I was excited to introduce them to Orzo, since they'd never had it. For both this dish and the cauliflower bake, I served my meal over a giant bed of arugula, which I think goes perfectly with both of these dishes and makes them beautiful main courses!
- For lunch one day, I also made herb citrus tofu (tofu marinated in fresh squeezed orange juice and herbs) served on toast with dijon mustard, sea salt, and hummus- which was great because I got my aunt and sister to try - and like- tofu!
- I also made a creamed spinach dinner another night, using white northern beans, a little tofu, nutritional yeast, some spices, and some almond milk for the "cream" sauce. It was soooo delicious, and so easy to make. It also made for a great lunch the next day, spread on some whole grain sunflower seed bread!
For dessert, since my brother in law is British, he always brings home a giant "milk tray" of delicious Cadbury's chocolates. Sadly, these are not vegan of course. Instead, I indulged in some of these treats:
- An array of cookies made with my oldest nephew, who loved "experimenting" with what we threw in the batter :-) We also made vanilla-cinnamon patties: non-peppermint patties - we didn't have peppermint extract, so instead, we made the sugar filling, flavored with vanilla and cinnamon-spice and covered with chocolate. The kids loved making - and of course eating- these!!
- Trifles -I made a few different versions, using the soft, moist sponge cake recipe I've used before, filled with different centers: fig-date filling, chocolate ganache, or fresh berries, and topped with a vegan nog frosting. Yummmm. I made these Christmas eve and no-one wanted to eat the non-vegan desserts after seeing and trying these ;-)
- Carrot cake cookies. A bit hit, as always!
- Finally, I also made homemade chocolate-covered dried cranberries -simply melt some dark or semi-sweet vegan chocolate chips, mix in some dried fruit, spread on a tinfoil-covered plate, and place in the freezer for about 10-15 minutes. Voila! Homemade, vegan chocolate covered yumminess, to compete with Cadbury's ;-)
Hope you all enjoyed delicious food and great family time over the holidays as well!