(photo of the Koch & Charles family Christmas dinner 2010 above)
Christmas is that time of year when some people remember that:
- they're religious
- they haven't paid their credit cards from last Christmas, but that doesn't mattter because they also remember...
- that everyone will be at the local shopping centre, so they must be too
- they can't stand their family/friends/the world's population
- for some reason this time of year is an excuse for gluttony in all it's forms
- they love animals, somewhere after they've gorged on just about every creature they can
- even though they're religious, love animals and such "thou shall not kill" just does not apply to anything they like to eat
I try not to be despondent at this time of year. But years of previously working in music retail, seeing people who can't afford to pay their credit off from last year, filling trolleys with more stuff that they do not need really gets to me. It gets to me that people force themselves to see people they can't stand, buy rubbish they don't need, eat food they don't need etc etc just because they're told they're meant to either from some deity or shopping/marketing deity. I realise that people celebrate Christmas, often begrudgingly, especially us vegans who know that even more of our animal friends are killed to fill already-indulged bellies at this time of year.
So, here's a collection of some Cruelty Free & Vegan Christmas ideas, recipes (raw and gluten free options) and tips to get through the silly season. I wish us all the luck in the world!
Snacks & Starters
Chick Pea patties
Raw Sushi Rolls
Sweet Potato and Pumpkin chips
Tempeh & Vegetable Kebabs
Vegetables with Corn chips and Guacamole
Fried Wild Rice
Quinoa Chilli stir fry
Tempeh Satay with Asian greens
Wild Rice and Meditteranean Vegetables
Sides & Salads
Chinese Greens with Eggplant
Pumpkin and Asparagus Tofu
Roasted Root Vegetables
Stir Fry with Linseeds
Sweet Potato and Mixed Bean salad
Carob & Date Truffles
Carrot & Currant Muffins
Chocolate Pie with Seasonal Fruit
Ice Cream Sandwiches
Raw Banana Ice Cream
Raw Chocolate with Raw Cashew Cream
I suggest you choose 4-6 dishes from each section depending on how many people you are having for your Christmas meal/s.
THE RECIPES, PHOTOS and MORE
Snacks & Starters
Chick Pea patties:
Raw Sushi Rolls:
Sweet Potato and Pumpkin chips:
Tempeh & Vegetable Kebabs:
Vegetables with Corn chips and Guacamole:
Other ideas: Dips with Crackers, Soup and Bread; Spreads, Pate, Cream Cheese with raw vegetables
Fried Wild Rice:
Quinoa Chilli stir fry:
Tempeh Satay with Asian greens:
Patty makes this each year and has been following Karen Davis' (from United Poultry Concerns) recipe from her book Instead of Chicken, Instead of Turkey for years. Here's the Recipe and How-to video. Patty's tip is to marinate the tofu before packing it into the colander.
Wild Rice and Meditteranean Vegetables:
Other ideas: Savoury Pumpkin Pie, Nut or Bean Roast or Loaf
Sides & Salads
Chinese Greens with Eggplant:
Pumpkin and Asparagus Tofu:
Roasted Root Vegetables:
Stir Fry with Linseeds:
Sweet Potato and Mixed Bean salad:
Other ideas: Potato salad, basic garden salad, Jelly, Gravy, Cranberry Sauce, Dressings
Carob & Date Truffles:
Carrot & Currant Muffins:
Chocolate Pie with Seasonal Fruit:
Ice Cream Sandwiches:
Pumpkin Pie made by Techa from Christmas 2010 with a ice cream mix I made (dried fruit and nuts mixed with a 1L tub of Soy Good vanilla ice cream):
Raw Banana Ice Cream:
Raw Chocolate with Raw Cashew Cream:
Other ideas: Christmas Pudding, Fruit Mince pies or cake, Chia Pudding, Trifle, Fruit Salads like the ones below:
See also: Janenne's Christmas Food Ideas from 2010
I hope you have a wonderful festive season whatever plans you have with the people who are important to you.
Here's my A Christmas Wishlist poem in video form:
‘Tis the season to be aware
of your actions, words and deeds.
My wish for you this Xmas
is that you get exactly what you need.
Replace old traditions with new ideals,
Replace what you’ve accepted with the truth.
Replace excessive spending with empathy,
Replace knick-knacks with things you can use.
Replace intolerance with justice,
Replace war with intelligence.
Replace uncertainty with understanding,
Replace religion with reverence.
Replace all that you want with what you deserve,
Replace consumerism with content.
Replace presents with hugs-a-plenty,
Replace gluttony with nourishment.
‘Tis the season to be thankful
for the lessons good and bad we’ve received.
May your Xmas be full of laughter and joy,
Safe, happy and cruelty-free!
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