5 Tips for Successful Vegan Christmas CookingDecember 22, 2018
A vegan chef’s advice for pulling off your menu this Christmas
Perhaps it’s your first year doing the cooking for the Christmas meal? Or maybe you’ve invited a bunch of vegan-skeptic omnis over and you need to wow them with your vegan feast?
Whatever the situation, creating a delicious meal on Christmas day doesn’t have to be a stressful occasion. With so many amazing vegan recipes available to choose from, it’s easy to achieve success in the kitchen with just a little bit of know-how.
So sit back, relax and enjoy a vegnog as you read through my top tips to ensure your vegan Christmas cooking goes off without a hitch this year…
1. Make some space
Give your refrigerator a tidy by cleaning out anything that’s been left in there too long and making sure to use up any leftovers you may have a day or two before you do your Christmas dinner shopping trip. You’ll need the space for all the extra items you’ll be buying.
2. Get organised
Gather all the recipes for your menu and write out a shopping and prep list. The prep list saves you time. For example – if you need onions cut for three different dishes, you’ll know to cut them all at once and divide up for each recipe.
3. Prep in advance
Take a look at the items on your menu that can be done in advance. Things like veg can all be peeled and chopped the day before; your seitan roast will have a better texture if you give it a night to rest in the fridge, and even gravy can be done in advance. Staggering the work like this means less work and less time pressure on the day.
4. Let the veg be the star!
If you don’t fancy a Tofurky or nut roast but you’re also terrified of dishing up a chewy and rubbery seitan roast, relax! Don’t worry about buying a meat substitute roast or similar item. Put the effort into making a few great veg dishes (like this roasted squash and Brussels sprouts dish, these carrots braised in carrot juice and orange zest or this fresh vegan potato gnocchi) that will wow your guests.
5. When in doubt, keep it simple
The holidays are about spending time with your loved ones. Show them you care with delicious food, but also your time and attention. You don’t want to be sweating in the kitchen all day so choose a menu that allows you to eat well and enjoy time with your family and guests.
Bonus tip: And if it all goes terribly wrong, just remember that gravy on a savoury dish and heavy whipped coconut cream on a sweet dish will cover up a multitude of errors! Enjoy!