The countdown to Christmas has begun. Lazy days filled with holiday films, decorating the tree, carols and cosy evenings with the family. And of course signing up to festive feasting. But there’s more to Christmas food than heavy roasts and figgy pudding.
We found a few recipes that have health on your side, while keeping those delicious Christmas flavours.
To Start: Whole Roasted Ricotta with Honeyed Figs by Jamie Oliver
When it comes to entrees, you want something that’s super-easy to prepare. And when it comes to Christmas flavours, think nutty, creamy cheeses balanced with freshness. This year I’m going to try this dish from Jamie Oliver as it’s simple, hearty and creamy. You could also serve it as a canape if sitting round a table for hours on end isn’t your thing. A vegan ricotta can be made in 5 minutes using tofu and lemon, flavoured with nutritional yeast and seasoning to make this vegan and dairy free.
Get the easy recipe on Oliver’s site.
The Main Event: Easy Lentil Wellington by Healthy Living James
Even though I like to try different recipes, I find I come back to a good old mushroom Wellington every other Christmas or so. This version by Healthy Living James uses lentils which are a great source of protein and add extra texture, plus the tamari, mustard and gravy granules should give it that umami hit of flavour to comfort any meat-eaters. And the chestnuts really add a festive feel and flavour.
I think this dish will be perfect when paired with the classic veggies of choice for Christmas lunch or dinner. Plus a bit of leftover Wellington is great on Boxing Day. If there’s any to spare.
To Finish: Fruit Mince Tarts by Karen Kitto
Mince pies at Christmas are a British tradition dating back to the 13th century. Karen Kitto respects this classic favourite but has ditched the heavy pastry and adapted the recipe to produce a raw-version.
She’s given us two different crust options, one with cashews and one that’s nut-free. Both are gluten-free and vegan so it’s a win win for all. Why is it a healthier option? Although sweet in flavour, these pies are made without refined sugar – but if you want to indulge because it’s Christmas, just add a large dollop of brandy butter (or your choice of calorie-laden sauce).You could either make this recipe into small individual serves, or one impressive pie. Head over to One Green Planet for the entire recipe.