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« on: December 23, 2006 01:34:09 PM »

Well, my family is planning to make a traditional ham dinner for Christmas. . . and I'm hoping to make something vegetarian that could serve as a main dish for me, but I'm at a loss.  We're going to have sides like potatoes, bread, and cooked veggies, but I'd love it if I could make something a little more substantial (and delicious) that I could share with my family. 

So, what are the rest of you vegetarians and vegans making for the holidays?  Any ideas?
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« Reply #1 on: December 23, 2006 05:07:55 PM »

well, i'm the only vegan in my entire omnivorous family so i really have to find things that everyone will like and that i can eat.
after we open presents in the morning my parents and siblings and i will have Cinnamon Monkey bread (a recipe I found from Vegweb.com) and then we're going to my grandparents for the dinner. There I will eat the following (i am sick so my appetite lately is really small so that's why this might not seem like a ton of food)
-Near East Rice Pilaf
-a salad that my aunt will make (they're the most amazing things with black olives, beets, greens and peppers and lots of other ammmmazing thingfs) with fat free light italian dressing
-roasted lemon asparagus

and who knows what else. don't know if that gave you any ideas. but if you're looking for something that will appeal to everyone i've found that soups are ofted really popular. Nava Atlas has an amazing soup recipe book and i'm sure you could find tons of recipes on sites like vegweb. actually, most soups ARE vegetarian already or could easily be made so.

« Reply #2 on: December 23, 2006 05:25:58 PM »

I'm a vegan too, and I just typed the word 'vegan' in front of my favorite holiday foods (i.e. green bean casserole, gravy, biscuits, etc.). I also used the Vegan With A Vengeance cookbook, and I also made some cranberry salsa. Google is your BFF in situations like this.

PS- Everything turned out really well, and there were hardly any leftovers of the vegan food.
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« Reply #3 on: December 23, 2006 05:58:02 PM »

haha i use google as well. it's quite wonderful. people always ask me where i get my recipes from and I almost always reply "the internet"

good luck:)

« Reply #4 on: December 23, 2006 07:13:44 PM »

My boyfriend and I just went shopping for our Christmas dinner. We're making veggie pot pie (possible with some fake chicken, but I'm not sure), mashed potatoes, mushroom gravy, stuffing (which I think will involve veggie sausage), butternut squash cooked with apples (recipe from Vegan Lunchbox), green beans, and good ol' canned cranberry sauce. I think that's everything....oh, and apple pie!


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« Reply #5 on: December 23, 2006 07:26:06 PM »

i had a tofurky for thanksgiving and got another one for xmas, but in between, i found this awesome recipe on the fat-free vegan kitchen blog. it's a stuffed tofu mushroom rice dish. super yummy. i didn't make her gravy though, so i'm not sure how that tastes!


« Reply #6 on: December 24, 2006 01:43:00 AM »

My parents and sister are coming to my home on Christmas Day and we are going to have a traditional Finnish Christmas dinner, but without any meat. So we eat carrot-, swede- and potato casseroles and three kinds of salad. I'm making a nut loaf (recipe from Rose Elliot's book) instead of ham and fish, and I told that I can make some tofu dish too, but my mum said the loaf is enough. Casseroles and loaf are vegan, in salads there are dairy or eggs (my mum makes two of them), but they could be made vegan too.

My dad had said that he takes some ham slices with him, but I told that meat is only for cats in our home. I think he can eat enough ham during Christmas even if he doesn't eat it on one dinner. Besides, they'll come on Christmas day and in Finland Christmas Eve is the biggest celebrating day, and he can eat as much ham as he wants to on the main dinner.

Today we're going to my boyfriend's parent's house and they'll have traditional dinner with ham, last year his mum had bought some tofu for us, which was nice. But most of the Christmas dishes are suitable for vegetarians, so we wouldn't need anything special.

« Reply #7 on: December 24, 2006 02:10:30 AM »

ooh, thanks for the link to that blog!  It looks like I'll find quite a few good recipes there.
« Reply #8 on: December 24, 2006 05:16:58 AM »

Well, we did our Christmas dinner tonight, on Christmas Eve Downunder, and we had gourmet homemade pizza, with a salad, trifle, and fresh grapes, cherries, and strawberries. Oh, yeah, and nice chocolates. It was so freaking yummy, I am currently waddling.

The pizza had homemade crust, spread with tomato paste mixed with salt, sugar, olive oil, and mixed herbs. Toppings were: Roast pumpkin and eggplant, sliced mushrooms, red onion, red bell pepper, pineapple, spinach, kalamata olives, ricotta cheese (the Italian kind, which is just fresh cheese curds drained, not the stuff in the tub), cheese, and basil. It was AWESOME!! Grin

The salad was a gourmet salad mix and butter lettuce, grape tomatoes, Lebanese cucumbers, red onions, kalamata olives, and Danish feta cubes, with an olive oil-balsamic vinegrette. Also DELICIOUS!!!

Can you tell we are all foodies here?? Grin I even took pics to show my SIL in Hawaii the dinner she missed, lol.

« Reply #9 on: December 24, 2006 08:24:53 AM »

no prob becca- i've made a lot of her recipes and they always turn out yummy!

« Reply #10 on: December 25, 2006 11:12:53 AM »

I'm not vegetarian, but my dad makes this fantastic lentil and barley casserole filled with veggies and cheese.  The cheese could be substituted with soy cheese for vegans.  I'm not entirely sure of the recipe, but those of you who are a little adventurous could try it out.

I also make a red pepper and tomato soup.  It's not exactly winter-y, but it has a festive colour.  I roast red peppers, tomatoes, and onions in the oven or grill the peppers on the barbecue until the vegetables are soft and I can peal the skin off the peppers.  I boil some potatoes and carrots, drain and reserve some of the liquid, then add the vegetables and a drained and rinced can of red lentils.  Let it cook until it's soft then blend.  You can thin it a little with the potato water or some milk.  Salt and pepper to taste.  It's pretty tasty served with pita chips.

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« Reply #11 on: December 25, 2006 01:20:03 PM »

 I am not big on Christmas dinner- or Christmas in general- so I am just going to be making Arugala and lemon pasta with some handmade bread on the side. I have been eating way to much peanut brittle, and I need to get healthy again  Cheesy

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« Reply #12 on: December 25, 2006 02:09:47 PM »

I celebrated christmas with my darling's family and was the only veggie, as usual - very hearty typical Norwegian fare.  Last year for Christmas my darling made me a nut loaf and I had vegetarian gravy, and this year I had a non-meat loaf from soy protein 'mince' with lots of good stuff in it like onions and capsicum with a mushroom gravy...both Christmas dinners I've had with his family have been really good because the stuff we made for me has been compatible with the side dishes and I get the stodgy Christmasy gravy type feeling too.  And, of course, everyone wanted to try my food, which I always like, as they always enjoy it and I feel I'm spreading the good word about how yummy vegetarian food can be.

Yum.  I got an enormous vegetarian cookbook from my darling (he's a sympathetic omnivore who's learnt a lot about lentils in the last few years) and so I was starving again an hour after dinner after drooling over the beautiful pictures in it (and yearning to sew something - I got me a sewing machine!  Yay!)

Enough showing off over fabulous dinner and presents.  I hope you all had a fabulous Christmashannukwanzaa and a delicious veggie dinner!  Smiley
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« Reply #13 on: December 27, 2006 09:09:50 PM »

for the folks, did a roast chicken with a pomegranate glaze. For the veggie sister of my BF, made a good mix of other dishes:

salad starter: warm crispy walnut-encrusted goat cheese rounds on a bed of spring greens lightly dressed with vinagrette.

sides: green beans sauteed with garlic, fresh lime juice, and olive oil

wild and basmati rice pilaf with tangerines, dried cranberries, and pine nuts.

store-bought orange-cranberry relish

dessert: pear-cranberry crumble.

two hours of cooking and voila! We ended up having more than enough for five, and people could eat chicken or not. The menu meshed well either way.

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