15 Dec 2015
The Christmas holiday is a time to be spent with friends and family. It is a time to laugh and share stories. It is a time to reflect on the year almost past. It is a time when people decide to be nice to others for a two to three week period. So why am I anxious? Because it's my first Christmas as a vegetarian! A vegetarian who is on the road to becoming a vegan. I am worried that I will be sitting in a corner eating a plate of steamed broccoli and earning the ire of my loved ones. "It's your choice! You chose to stop eating meat." You have a point... but a pretty shitty one. It wasn't really my choice to go green, it's a result of my upbringing. I was raised to empathise and care for others - to put other people's needs ahead of my own. I didn't choose to be an empathetic person, rather, I was raised to be one. Thank Mumma Coleman for that one! I can't help but extend that empathy to animals. I know I have digressed here, but Christmas has a deep association with eating meat, so extend a helping hand to your veggie buddies this holiday. Once that two to three week period is up, you can go back to mocking us! A great way to do this is to create a few vegan sauces to spread around the table. No one need know, and I bet you will have some comments on just how good these taste. 1. Cashew Nut Cream: Put this on the table at Christmas and it won't last long. Similar to peanut butter, but creamier, and with a sour twist. 2. Cranberry Sauce: A Christmas favourite! The meat eaters will top their chicken and turkey with it, and us veggies will shove it on anything that doesn't walk. 3. 'Cheese' Sauce: This sauce mocks the colour and texture of the traditional cheese sauce. Use this on broccoli and potatoes, but it also compliments some starters such as crackers and chips. 4. Guacamole: One of the most popular sauces in the world and with good reason. This recipe has a bit of tang and great to use on the bread/buns sitting at the Christmas table. 5. Salsa Dip: This recipe is versatile and can be used with the meat, bread, and anything starchy at the Christmas table. Also terrific with crackers and tortilla chips for starters. So, rather than drown my veggie ass in bubbles and cocktails this Christmas Day, I'm going to show my family that vegan recipes aren't boring. There is a reason I love this diet. I know it's only a few sauces but it is better than nothing. And I think my Dad would have a heart attack if I swapped the Christmas ham with a vegan roast. Small steps. Small, small steps.