The words plant-based and Christmas lunch don’t usually appear side by side in the one sentence. Don’t get me wrong I am not suggesting that Christmas become an exclusively plant-based affair for everyone… but some of us would like to enjoy it with veggie options.
I believe way too much emphasis is placed on what’s on the table and not who’s at the table. For many this day is seen as a day to gorge and eat all the most rich food imaginable in the one day. But quite simply… it doesn’t need to be that way.
Imagine feeling light, satisfied and energised on Christmas afternoon!
If you are sitting down to your Christmas banquet with fellow plant-based dinners this is a great opportunity to try something new, stretch your culinary skills and source all the best quality fresh produce that money can buy. If you are sharing the table with more traditional eaters that this is an ideal opportunity to prepare something special to contribute to the meal. Don’t make a bit fuss about not eating this, or not eating that, but simply add your special contributions to the table and enjoy them and enjoy the experience of sharing ‘your’ food.
12 tips to rock a plant-based Christmas feast
- Source all your favourite seasonal produce in the best quality you can afford.
- Choose veggies and fruits that are vibrant in colour and naturally eye catching.
- Make an effort with your salad dressing. Keep it simple for every other day of the year but for Christmas pull out all the stops.
- Use herbs and spices with every dish. Herbs and spices = flavour, flavour, flavour!
- Nuts are your flavour and texture friend with plant-based cooking. Mix them up to create rich nut cheeses and spreads.
- Season your food well. Salt and pepper might sound like the least of your worries but trust me they can be the deal breaker when it comes to flavour.
- Get all the glorious textures and tastes happening together. Incorporate crunch, silkiness, saltiness, sweetness, bitterness and sourness into your dishes.
- Whip up a showstopper dish if you have the confidence to try something visually spectacular. The wow factor is what I am thinking!
- Tap into your inner artist when plating up your dishes. Granish, zhoosh, build, scatter and arrange your beautiful creations to let them shine.
- Use your best china, cutlery, glassware and linens as all food looks better on the good stuff (and quite frankly when else are your going to use them).
- Set the mood… scientific research has shown us that food tastes better if we are in a good mood.
- Put out generous portions even if you are not sure it will all be eaten… The result: more takers or all the more left overs for you.