Merry Christmas Eve Eve! Last night I had one of my family Christmases and I’m currently on the couch still in a coma from all of the food and drinks that were consumed. But oh my godddd it was all worth it. I thought I would take this opportunity to show off how amazing my food was – because trust me, being vegan does not mean you have to make sacrifices during the holiday season.
I picked up the Celebration Vegan Roast made by Field Roast Grain Meat Co., and hoped for the best because I had never tried it. I was so amazed by the flavour it had! It was made from plants such as wheat, barley, peas, and lentils, and was stuffed with butternut squash, apples, and mushrooms. I baked it in a little bit of veggie broth and seasoned it with sage and rosemary, but it honestly would have been just as good without the extra seasoning because it was already packed with so many spices and flavours. Before this, I had only tried Tofurky, and I found this to be much more flavourful and it had a better texture. I will definitely be making this again for the next family holiday dinner!
Shoutout to my mom who now has to cater to not just one, but two different diets in the family, as my sister has a gluten allergy. Talk about a super-mom. She made us a separate vegan and gluten-free stuffing, and she made the mashed potatoes vegan by using dairy-free margarine and unsweetened original almond milk to make them creamy and delicious.
And what’s Christmas dinner without gravy?? This mushroom gravy was so savoury, and the combination of creaminess with chunks of mushrooms within it was honestly just a sensational experience. Is that too much to say about a gravy? This recipe was too good not to share. I just used fresh portobello mushrooms, and the only major change I made was that I only blended about 3/4 of it so that it had some larger pieces of mushroom within it. https://minimalistbaker.com/easy-vegan-gravy/
Last but not least, my Auntie’s signature sweet potato casserole, which she made vegan and gluten free this year. This is not a pic of the one she made, but I forgot to take a pic of it – OOPS. So instead, here is a photo of a very similar vegan version that I made this year for thanksgiving! So sweet and yummy, it could basically qualify as a dessert itself!
And there you have it. A fully vegan and fully DELICIOUS Christmas dinner. Aside from all of the food here, there were copious amounts of baking, appetizers, and drinks consumed. Do I regret any of it? Nope. Am I going to do it all over again the next couple of days? Yup.