The Holiday time, starting from October with Halloween, up until the New Year is one of the most indulgent periods of the year. Accompanied with some sweater weather for most parts of the world, it seems like the ideal time to just experiment in the kitchen and then enjoy not-so-healthy feel-good creations.
Good news for us vegans, though, is that most of the foods we eat are already healthy! It’s the amount of food we consume that we need to monitor unless we look to greet the New Year with a good amount of extra weight that’s definitely NOT the type of present to wish for!
Bursting with antioxidants, cranberry sauce is the perfect liver-enhancing Christmas food to help you recover from that Christmas party hangover.
“Cranberries support liver health because they contain a high concentration of antioxidants, specifically proanthocyanidins which are known to quench free radicals and amplify other antioxidants,” says nutritional therapist Shani Kekati.
Plus, it tastes great. Just remember to go for the low sugar option.
Here’s an easy vegan recipe for you to try:
6 Cups Cranberries (2 x 12 oz Bags)
1/2 – 3/4 Cup Sugar (use more sugar if you prefer a much sweeter sauce)
1/2 – 3/4 Cup Brown Sugar
1/4 Cup Fresh Orange Juice (or Juice from approx. 1 Orange) – You can also add some zest from an orange if you prefer a stronger orange flavor.
1 3/4 Cup Water
1/4 Teaspoon Cinnamon
Wash & Drain Cranberries
In a Medium sized pot add Cranberries, Orange Juice, Sugar, Brown Sugar, Cinnamon & Water & mix together well.
Bring Mixture to boil over medium heat until mixture begins to thicken and the cranberries start to pop. Stir Regularly to prevent mixture from burning.
Not just for roasting on an open fire. This Christmas food is packed with heart and skin-boosting fatty acids, says Neema Savvides, nutritional therapist at Harley Street Fertility Clinic.
Not only that, but Neema describes chestnuts as a fertility superfood: “They are one of the best sources of beta-carotene which is crucial for enzyme production for egg fertilisation.” Go nuts.
3. BRUSSEL SPROUTS
Love them or hate them, Brussels sprouts can help you guard against that nasty post-Christmas bloat thanks to their high fibre content, says head nutritionist at The Nutri Centre Shona Wilkinson.
That’s because fibre keeps your digestive system happy and healthy. Try roasting your sprouts to bring out their sweetness and adding chopped nuts or cranberries for an added flavour boost.
Delicious recipes, featuring Brussel Sprouts in The Complete Vegan Recipe Solution.
4. RED CABBAGE
Loaded with vitamin C, red cabbage is a great Christmas food for battling off illness during the festive season.
“One cup of chopped red cabbage has 56% of the recommended daily intake of vitamin C, which strengthens the immune system by stimulating the production of white blood cells that fight invading bacteria and infections,” Shani explains. Not too shabby.
Turns out that the humble parsnip is a hidden warrior when it comes to protecting your heart and lungs. “This Christmas food is packed with potassium and folate, important for cardiovascular health,” says Shani.
Forget your usual spuds, roast a few of these health-boosting beauties instead. Yum.
6. NUT ROAST
You’d be nuts to miss out on this veggie favourite, which is fantastic for your skin thanks to their high vitamin E content.
Tuck into delicious nut roast to give your complexion that party glow for New Year’s Eve.
Here’s an easy recipe:
5 cups mixed nuts (hazelnuts, walnuts, pecans)
1 cup cooked chestnuts
1 red onion
2 tablespoon olive oil
1 garlic clove, mince
1 red chilli
100g chestnut mushrooms
1/2 cup (100ml) of veg stock
1 cup (100g) wholemeal breadcrumbs
1 tbsp of chopped fresh thyme
½ tbsp. of chopped fresh sage
a few gratings of nutmeg
a large pinch of allspice
Preheat the oven to 180C Place the mixed nuts on a baking tray and roast for 5-10 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow to cool, then roughly chop. Increase the oven temperature to 200C and grease and line a loaf tin with greaseproof. Peel and chop the parsnips, place in a saucepan of salted water and cook over a medium heat until soft.
Once cooked, set aside.
Once cooled slightly mash. Finely chop the red onion and place in a frying pan with the olive oil and a pinch of salt. Sweat the onion until it is soft and translucent. Finely chop the garlic and chilli and then add to the pan with the onion. Cook until soft. Peel and grate the carrot and finely chop the mushrooms. Add to the pan and cook until softened. Add veg stock, bread crumbs, chopped herbs and spices to the pan.
Mix well. Add the mashed parsnip and chopped toasted nuts, mix well. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Place in the lined loaf tin and cover with foil. Bake for 30 minutes covered. Remove the foil and bake for a further 30 minutes uncovered.
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