I know I said I don’t like New Years resolutions, but I actually have a goal to achieve this year – cut as much meat from my diet as possible and consume far less dairy.
My Christmas dinner is a perfect example.
After going all out for Thanksgiving I wasn’t keen on having a repeat for Christmas. The Thanksgiving dinner was spectacular and I loved making/eating it, but it was a full day’s work and I like to chill out on Christmas.
As good as the meal was, I felt like I would have been just as happy with no meat.
I stuck with two simple sides. One was the vegan fennel sage stuffing that I made for Thanksgiving because I’ve been looking for an excuse to have that again.
The Brussels sprouts were good, but the chopped bacon was added for the man.
I chopped the sprouts, diced a couple apples, added bacon and then cooked it all up in a maple-Dijon sauce. A bit of olive oil, a bit of maple syrup, and a small spoonful of spicy Dijon mustard.
I roasted a whole chicken, and it was good, but I was sad that I didn’t try to make a festive dinner with no meat on the table. I had wanted to try that all year but caved in the end. I don’t want that to be the case in 2012.
I feel I’m a good enough cook now to be able to come up with some creative non-animal foods, and that’s what I’m going to work on this year.