How to Host a Vegetarian Christmas Dinner
Most people think of a traditional
Christmas dinner and and often times that means turkey, ham, or duck. In
other words... MEAT! These days, however, more and more people are moving
away from these options and leaning towards meatless meals. Meatless meals
are better for our health and better for the health of our planet and people
just don't want to envision that their holiday legacy is animal cruelty and
support of factory farming. Here’s how to make a vegetarian Christmas dinner
everyone can enjoy and be proud of.
#1 – Have “Tofu-rky” for vegetarians and vegans for the Thanksgiving entrée.
* 2 blocks extra firm tofu, well pressed
* 3 tablespoons soy sauce
* 1 1/2 tablespoons sesame oil
* 1 1/2 tablespoons dry sherry
* 3 tablespoons water
* 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
Two nights before Thanksgiving, place both blocks of tofu into the freezer.
In the morning, take the tofu out and allow it to thaw. Press out all of the
extra water after it has thawed. Lightly grease a loaf pan and place the
tofu blocks into it squeezing them as close together as possible.
Place the remaining ingredients into a small bowl and whisk them together.
Separate 1/3 of the mixture and place it in the refrigerator. Pour the
remaining mixture over the tofu. Cover the loaf pan and place it in the
refrigerator. Let the tofu marinate for at least 4 hours but preferably
When it’s time to cook the tofu, pour the remaining liquid over the tofu.
Bake it in a 350 degree oven for 45 minutes. Use the liquid from the pan to
baste the tofu once or twice. After 45 minutes, carefully flip the tofu over
and bake it for another 45 minutes. Allow the tofu-rky to cool slightly
before slicing and serving.
#2 – Have mashed sweet potatoes. Boil several sweet potatoes until they’re
fork tender. Remove them from the water and allow them to cool for a bit.
Peel the skin off and mash them. Next, you can sprinkle 1/2 cup of brown
sugar over the potatoes and then add a few tablespoons of non-dairy
margarine. Stir them up and serve them.
#3 – Traditional mashed potatoes are a favorite of many families at
Christmas time. Rather than using cow’s milk, use soy milk and non-dairy
margarine so everyone can have some.
#4 – Store-bought packaged stuffing can be made in the microwave rather than
placing it inside a turkey. The taste and consistency are similar and they
take half the time to cook.
#5 – Homemade baked apple pie is something even vegetarians will look
forward to. Read the ingredients on prepared pie shells or you can make your
own using vegetable shortening.
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