The past few weeks I’ve been spending a lot of time wading the internet trying to get to some perfect dishes to bring to the three different Christmas tables I was going to join. All three dinners were with my family, but in slightly different compositions. I am the first in my family to go vegan and even though they’re quite supportive, they do find veganism difficult and they are slightly skeptical about everything I cook. So I had to carefully find my way.
Here’s a selection of the things I made. The criteria for putting them here were basically that I managed to take a picture in which it looks tasty, he-he.
Enjoy! Maybe you find some inspiration for your New Year’s Dinner.
- Roasted Chickpeas
No, the dried cilantro didn’t get burnt – does it look burnt to you? It’s just the light and the contrast. I’m a perfect cook.
It’s totally awesome how chickpeas get all crispy when you cover them in oil and leave them in the oven for some time. You can eat them as a side dish, as croutons in another dish or just like that as a snack. The first time I made them I carefully followed this recipe, which calls for some nice spices and 30 to 40 minutes on 400°F equals 204,4°C. This time I just did something. I had them as a protein source on the side.
- Crispy Quinoa Cakes
I was so happy to find this recipe for Crispy Quinoa Cakes on Oh She Glows! They include quinoa (didn’t see that coming!), kale, sun-dried tomatoes and sunflower seeds. They exclude gluten, nuts, refined sugar and soy. Hooray! Well, mine didn’t exclude gluten, for I used wheat flour instead of gluten-free flour. I also didn’t manage to make oat flour so I just poured in the rolled oats. Maybe that’s why they were a bit crumbly. But crumbly or not; they did taste very well! I liked the crispy texture and my family liked it as well. Even my sister who claims to dislike sun-dried tomatoes. I’m sure I’ll be preparing them again.
- Chili Coconut Brussel Sprout Slaw
This recipe on What’s Cooking Good Looking is super cool. There’s raw, shredded Brussels sprouts, thinly sliced purple cabbage, green onions, cilantro, sesame seeds and shredded coconut, together with a dressing of coconut milk, oil, lime, jalapeño and salt. I made a slightly different version, but I really liked the combination of the veggies with the coconut! And I wanted to make a picture, for it is SUPER pretty – go check out the recipe – but then I finished it just in time for dinner and there wasn’t really time.
I’ve been experimenting with making chocolates, for about the first time actually. I am allergic to nuts, so I had a hard time to find some suitable recipes. Luckily I can have peanuts, sesame and coconut – and chocolate, obviously.
- Pumpkin-free Pumpkin Seed Truffles
The raw cacao coated balls are based on this Pumpkin Seed Truffles recipe on Millenial Kitchen. I am putting one into my mouth as we speak. Dates form the basis, together with cacao, cinnamon and some salt. There was supposed to be ground ginger as well, but we didn’t have any so I added some pepper. I have no clue. Oh, and the pumpkin seeds didn’t stick and actually I just preferred them like this.
- Not-so-Easy Carob Almond Freezer Fudge with no Almonds
I totally failed making this Oh She Glows’ Easy Carob Almond Freezer Fudge. This is partly due to my nut-allergy, but mainly because I didn’t put in enough peanut butter to replace the almond butter, resulting in very coconut oily fudge. At least, I think that’s what went wrong. Along with some other things… I can recommend the recipe anyways! For I already liked my weird version enough to eat it all. (My family didn’t like it that much… But they don’t like dark chocolate [or carob].)
- Chocolate hearts filled with banana, peanut butter, tahini and agave syrup
Speaks for itself. No recipe.
- Chocolate covered peanuts
Recipe: put peanuts with left-over melted chocolate, stir, put on plate, put in fridge. Eat.
Peace starts on your plate
I’d like to share with you still this poster. The initiative to spread a poster on veganism on train stations across the country the weeks before Christmas came from the Dutch Association for Veganism (Nederlandse Vereniging voor Veganisme) and was well funded via crowd-funding, even though it had to happen in a few days of time. It reads ‘Christmas thought – Christmas dinner?’ and ‘Peace starts on your plate. Go vegan.’ Underneath they sum up four reasons to go vegan (animals, other people, the earth, your health) and they direct you to a website with an example vegan Christmas dinner.
Today a friend told me the poster got him considering veganism more seriously, meaning it actually worked! That makes me happy.