December 12, 2012 · 9:44 pm

Have you seen the date today?

12.12.12. 

That’s pretty special isn’t it? We won’t be seeing another one of those in our lifetime!

Seeing today’s date also reminded me that it’s not long until Christmas!  I really want to be organised this year and have the festive meals planned well in advance (I imagine my that my mum has probably burst out laughing at this moment. Me being organised? That’ll be a first!)  However, this year I really am going to try my best.  My parents-in-law are coming to stay with us for Christmas (for the first time in years) and I really want to make it special for them. While they’re meat eaters, my plan is to prepare lots of veggie dishes that are so scrumptious that they won’t miss the meat for one second. Hopefully my plan will succeed ;)

I’m planning to make some of my family’s festive favourites – including a cashew & red lentil roast and a leek, chestnut and mushroom strudel – but I’m also looking forward to trying out some new recipes.

This morning, I checked out the websites of two of my favourite vegetarian charities – Viva! and The Vegetarian Society – and I was amazed by the array of festive recipes that they have on offer.  Both charities have set up dedicated sections for Christmas on their sites.

For this week’s WIAW foodie party, hosted by the lovely Jenn over at Peas and Crayons, I’d thought I’d show you some of the festive treats from these two wonderful charities that would be perfect for Christmas Day dinner :)

Nut roasts are the classic centre piece of veggie Christmas dinners. This year, I’m thinking of serving two different nuts roasts, baked in mini portion sizes in ramekins or muffin trays. Viva! has two new nut roast recipes that I’d love to try…

Individual Mediterranean Nut, Olive & Marinated Tofu Roasts with Caramelised Red Onion & Wine Reduction

Luxury Festive Roast

And how about serving them with roasted veggies and some Vegan Yorkshire Puddings? I was really pleased to come across this recipe on Viva!’s site as I’ve always wanted to try a vegan version of this British classic.

Strudels are impressive centre pieces for the festive dining table and they make a great alternative to nut roasts. They’re very easy to prepare, especially if you buy the pastry!

Viva!’s Deluxe Chestnut, Port and Thyme Strudel

The Vegetarian Society have got an amazing Vegan Christmas Pie recipe, which I will definitely be trying. They’ve even produced a step-by-step film to show us how to make it.

Another yummy looking festive centre piece from The Vegetarian Society is this Festive Filo Pillow. Again, they’ve produced a helpful step-by-step video…

Moving onto Christmas Day desserts…

For me, the classic Christmas Day dessert has to be Christmas pudding, served warm with non-dairy cream or custard. There are lots of dairy and gluten-free puddings available in the supermarkets and health food stores in their ‘Free From’ sections. I discovered that Tesco’s budget ‘Every Day Value’ Christmas pudding is also vegan. It only costs £2 for a 900g pudding. I’m not sure what it tastes like though, so I’ve bought one to try in advance. If it’s any good, I’ll report back.

Christmas pudding seems to be one of those desserts that people either love or hate. So, in case you’re in the latter camp, here are a couple of delicious-sounding alternatives that I came across today:

The Vegetarian Society’s Mincemeat Orange and Cranberry Strudel

Doesn’t it look delicious? A printable version of this recipe is available from the BBC website.

Soft Caramel & Black Cherry Bombe with Hot Chocolate Sauce
This dessert really does have the ‘wow’ factor. The name alone is enough to get me drooling ;)

Chocolate & Brandy Truffle Torte
This Viva! recipe looks so decadent!

And finally, if you fancy going raw, how about trying Shine on Raw’s Yuletide log?

As you can see, there’s a huge array of yummy vegan alternatives for Christmas Day.  Whether you’re planning a veggie Christmas for yourselves, or will be entertaining veggie friends over the festive period, do check out the Viva! and The Vegetarian Society’s websites as they’re truly inspiring. Even if you usually eat meat, maybe these recipes could tempt you to try a veggie Christmas this year ;)

Have you started planning your Christmas Day dinner yet? If so, I’d love to hear what you’re planning to serve. 

And don’t forget to enter my Magic Mayan Raw Chocolate Giveaway. It’s international, so all my lovely readers are very welcome to enter. On Sunday 16th December, 3 winners will be selected at random to receive their chocolate bar of choice!

Enjoy the rest of the week everyone! xx

 

 

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