Being the only vegan at a family party is not always easy, but with planning and the tips in this article, you can turn the experience into an opportunity to showcase the deliciousness of vegan food.
Stocking Up on Vegan Food
When surrounded by non-vegan foods, it's crucial to have vegan options at hand. Supermarkets are increasingly filled with vegan alternatives for typical party foods, such as vegan wellington and chocolate boxes. So, even surrounded by non-vegan foods, you can delight in your vegan choices. And remember, slip-ups happen, but they are not the end of the world.
Bringing Vegan Treats to Work
In the workplace, where Christmas parties are common, bringing vegan foods can be an effective strategy. If possible, get involved in organizing the event to ensure vegan options. Surprise everyone with cakes, biscuits, and other vegan treats, showing that being vegan doesn't mean missing out on anything. After all, winning over the stomach is an infallible tactic!
Planning Christmas Dinner in Advance
If you're having Christmas dinner at a family member's house, let them know about your diet in advance and suggest vegan options. Supermarkets already offer many delicious alternatives for a vegan Christmas. You can also bring your own dishes to show that vegan food is rich and diverse. And if the meal is at a restaurant, don't hesitate to contact them to check for vegan options available.
Be Prepared for Questions
Being vegan in a non-vegan family can generate curiosity and even questions. It's essential to be patient and answer questions without preaching. Keep the conversation light and fun, and use online resources to support your answers. Remember, you don't have to have all the answers on the tip of your tongue.
Free Vegan Recipes Online
The International Vegetarian Union offers an extensive collection of vegan recipes from around the world
, available for free on their website. Explore a world of culinary delights in the Vegan Food Academy
section at IVU's Vegan Recipes Around the World. Whether you're a beginner or a seasoned vegan chef, you'll find inspiration to create delicious, plant-based meals for any occasion.
Convincing Meat Imitations
To really impress, offer convincing meat imitations, using tofu, seitan, or manufactured plant-based meats. Test various options and use herb-based seasonings to enhance the flavors.
Enjoy the Celebration!
Christmas is a day to have fun and create new traditions. Take it as an opportunity to show that being vegan is something natural and enjoyable. Plan ahead and enjoy every moment!
Easy and Tasty Vegan Christmas Recipe Suggestions:
Vegetarian "Bacalhoada" (Codfish-style Dish)
- 600g of potatoes
- Vegan margarine to taste
- 250g of seitan
- 1 onion
- 3 tomatoes
- 1 bell pepper
- 1 jar of coconut milk
- Olive oil to taste
Thoroughly wash the potatoes with their skin on. Slice them and boil in water until soft. After cooking, peel them.
Grease a baking dish with a little vegan margarine. Line the bottom of the dish with the cooked potatoes.
Slice the seitan thinly and layer it over the potatoes in the dish.
In a pan, heat some olive oil and prepare a sauce. Add sliced onion, chopped tomato, and bell pepper cut into strips. Cook until the vegetables are soft and the sauce is well reduced.
Add the coconut milk to the sauce and mix well.
Pour the sauce over the seitan and potatoes in the dish.
Bake in a preheated oven at 180°C (356°F) until the surface is golden brown.Suggestions:
Serve with cooked kale or other vegetables of your choice. For example, you can include broccoli or spinach to add extra color and nutrients to the dish.
For a more intense flavor, consider adding fresh herbs like basil or rosemary to the sauce.
A pinch of paprika or curry can add a special and sophisticated touch to the dish.
If you desire a crunchier texture, sprinkle some breadcrumbs on top before baking.
BANANA AND PECAN PIE
Check out this BANANA PIE, what a beauty!
This pie is a recipe by Greice Odebrecht.
The crust is made from cashews and oats.
This recipe is nutritious, delicious, and gluten-free. Yes!
And this caramelized banana filling with coconut milk is out of this world!
This recipe is part of the PDF "42 Essential Vegan Express Recipes
"Yield: 10-12 servingsIngredientsCrust:
- 180 g roasted, unsalted cashews
- 90 g oat flour
- 3 tablespoons water
- 1 tablespoon cane syrup
- A pinch of salt
- 500 g peeled bananas, sliced into rounds (about 12 bananas)
- 4 tablespoons demerara sugar
- 2 tablespoons hydrated raisins in 2 tablespoons of cognac
- 1 cup coconut milk
- 1/2 tablespoon cornstarch
- A pinch of salt
- Juice of 1/2 lemon
- Zest of 1 Tahiti lime
- Vanilla sugar
- Cinnamon powder
- Fresh thyme sprigs
- Preheat the oven to 200°C (392°F).
- Grind the oats and cashews.
- Add salt, water, cane syrup, and mix the dough until smooth.
- Line a 23cm diameter pie dish with parchment paper and add the dough. Spread it out, filling the bottom and sides, pressing with your fingertips to make it compact.
- Prick with a fork to prevent bubbles. Bake for 20 minutes or until golden. Set aside.
- Slice the bananas and drizzle with lemon juice.
- Pour the sugar into a skillet and when it starts to bubble, add the bananas.
- Once incorporated, add the raisins with the liquid and salt.
- Dissolve the cornstarch in room temperature coconut milk and pour slowly. Stir until it thickens.
- Let it cool in the refrigerator.
- Fill the crust with the filling and decorate with pecans, vanilla sugar, lime zest, and fresh thyme sprigs.
Phyllo Pouches Stuffed with Mushrooms
Serves 6Ingredients:For the Pouches:
- 6 medium Paris or Portobello mushrooms
- Oil for frying the mushrooms
- 225g fresh or frozen phyllo dough
- 25g vegan margarine, melted
- 30ml cranberry or redcurrant sauce
- Extra cranberry or redcurrant sauce for serving
- 1 packet vegetarian stuffing mix (such as parsley, lemon, and thyme)
- 1 small onion, finely chopped
- 1 stalk celery, finely chopped
- 15g vegan margarine
- 25-50g toasted hazelnuts, chopped
- Soy milk, as needed to bind
Preheat the oven to 190°C (374°F).
Fry the mushrooms for 3 to 4 minutes on each side until soft, then let them cool. Prepare the stuffing mix as desired. Fry the onion and celery in margarine, then add the stuffing mix and hazelnuts. Add a bit of soy milk, if necessary, to bind. Allow to cool.
Stuff each mushroom with the mixture.
Take 3 sheets of phyllo dough at a time. Cut them in half to get 10-12.5 cm squares. Brush a square with a little melted margarine. Place another square on top at an angle and brush again. Do the same with the third sheet.
Place a stuffed mushroom in the middle of the phyllo dough and add a teaspoon of cranberry or redcurrant sauce. Bring the edges of the dough together and pinch to form a pouch (money bag shape). Repeat with the remaining mushrooms.
Brush with melted margarine and place on a greased baking sheet. Bake in the preheated oven for 15-20 minutes until the pastry is crispy and golden. Serve hot with extra cranberry or redcurrant sauce.
This recipe is perfect for a flavorful and joyful vegetarian Christmas. Share these delicious pouches with family and friends and celebrate the holidays with lots of love and amazing food! 🌟🍄🎄