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So what is everyone planning for Christmas dinner? This will be the first time I am actually trying to cook a Christmas dinner and I wonder how it really differs from a Thanksgiving dinner?<br><br><br><br>
For Thanksgiving I made:<br><br>
Homemade Stuffing<br><br>
Mashed Rosemary and garlic Sweet potatoes<br><br>
Boiled Carrots (I love them plain and I add a little bit of vegan butter to them)<br><br>
Green Bean Casserole<br><br>
Pumpkin Pie<br><br>
My boyfriend bought a ham for him and his daughter<br><br><br><br>
So what are some staples for a good Christmas dinner? Thanks!
 

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I'm doing:<br><br><br><br>
Pear and watercress soup for starter<br><br><br><br>
Chestnut and cranberry casserole<br><br>
Roast parsnips and roast potatoes<br><br>
Mashed carrot and swede<br><br>
Steamed mixed veg (whatever looks good in the shop when I go to buy ingredients)<br><br>
Some kind of stuffing<br><br><br><br>
Christmas pudding for afters (shop-bought, can't be bothered to do home-made)<br><br><br><br>
This is part of the plan to corrupt my relatives into the ways of veganism (or at least showing them that they can like vegan food) - I cooked for my parents last year and afterwards they went round telling everyone how great it was (after looking a bit glum beforehand when other people were comparing what animal they were eating as the Christmas dinner centrepiece, and they had to say "we're having vege<i>tar</i>ian..." *no jokes about eating vegetarians for Christmas dinner please!*). This year we have my uncle and aunt there too, so more people to corrupt <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D">
 

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Quorn roast, cranberries, stuffing, mushroom gravy, baked potatoes or sweet potatoes or yams, green beans (but maybe I'll do like derwenna and just get whatever looks good in the shop - yeah, that sounds better), bread, and apple pie with ice cream.
 

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Garden Protein stuffed "turkey" breasts from WFM.<br><br>
Cranberry relish<br><br>
Roasted garlic skins-on mashed potatoes<br><br>
Triple mushroom gravy<br><br>
Vegan green bean casserole<br><br>
Sweet potatoes with apples and pecans<br><br>
Salad<br><br>
Some type of fruit pie with vegan crust and crumb top.<br><br><br><br>
If the gb casserole recipe doesn't turn out right we might do steamed beans or broccoli with a little olive oil and garlic.
 

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I'm doing:<br><br><br><br>
Pear and watercress soup for starter<br><br><br><br>
Chestnut and cranberry casserole<br><br>
Roast parsnips and roast potatoes<br><br>
Mashed carrot and swede<br><br>
Steamed mixed veg (whatever looks good in the shop when I go to buy ingredients)<br><br>
Some kind of stuffing<br><br><br><br>
Christmas pudding for afters (shop-bought, can't be bothered to do home-made)<br><br><br><br>
This is part of the plan to corrupt my relatives into the ways of veganism (or at least showing them that they can like vegan food) - I cooked for my parents last year and afterwards they went round telling everyone how great it was (after looking a bit glum beforehand when other people were comparing what animal they were eating as the Christmas dinner centrepiece, and they had to say "we're having vege<i>tar</i>ian..." *no jokes about eating vegetarians for Christmas dinner please!*). This year we have my uncle and aunt there too, so more people to corrupt <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D"></div>
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Chestnut and cranberry casserole sounds good. Do you have a recipe that you could share?
 

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Yep, here it is:<br><br><br><br>
Chestnut and cranberry casserole<br><br><br><br>
1 leek, sliced<br><br>
1 tbsp oil<br><br>
450g/1lb peeled chestnuts, fresh or frozen<br><br>
1 red pepper, seeded and chopped<br><br>
1 courgette, quartered and sliced thickly<br><br>
4 sticks celery, chopped roughly<br><br>
50g/1 3/4 oz raisins<br><br>
1 tbsp soy sauce<br><br>
1 tbsp fresh coriander<br><br>
1 cinnamon stick, broken<br><br>
425ml/ 3/4 pint vegetable stock<br><br>
225g/8oz fresh cranberries<br><br>
2 tbsp demerara sugar<br><br>
soy sauce to taste<br><br>
freshly chopped coriander to garnish<br><br><br><br>
Cook the leek in the oil until softened but not browned, then add the chestnuts and stir over the heat until defrosted, if frozen. Add the pepper, courgette and celery, stir fry for one minute, then stir in all the remaining ingredients except the cranberries and sugar.<br><br>
Bring the casserole to the boil, then simmer gently for 10-15 minutes. Add the cranberries, continue to cook for a further 10 minutes. Remove the cinnamon stick and add about 2 tablespoons of sugar. Stir in extra soy sauce to taste.<br><br><br><br>
For a meal on its own, the recipe suggests serving with brown rice, but I'm doing it without rice for Christmas 'cos there'll be enough other stuff to eat with it.
 

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What is courgette?
 

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What is courgette?</div>
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It's British for Zucchini. Sorry, forgot to translate!
 

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and a much better word, too! Thanks - this looks very tasty.
 

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<span style="color:#800080;">So far I am planning a nut/tofu roast, scalloped taters, peas, carrots vichy (is gingerale vegan?), and a apple/raisin stuffing.<br><br><br><br>
I hope it turns out ok. I think the apple raisin will complement the nut loaf. I can't wait!</span>
 

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Ours is today, and here's my plan:<br><br><br><br>
-Apple and agave baked beans<br><br>
-lemon and thyme roasted potatoes<br><br>
-yam puree<br><br>
-PPk's cornbread<br><br><br><br>
Not much, I know. But my mom was like "I hope your stuff isnt going to take up a lot of room. We already have ham, turkey, chicken casserolle, and macaroni and cheese!" What in the world?! You dont think I want to have some food to enjoy too?? It made me pretty mad.
 

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Here's our plan:<br><br><br><br>
Baby spinach and lettuce salad with dried cranberries, toasted walnuts, pears and a basil vinegrette<br><br><br><br>
Pumpkin lasagna (TNS's recipe)<br><br><br><br>
Baby sweet peas with sauteed mushrooms<br><br><br><br>
Roasted beets with maple syrup and balsamic vinegar<br><br><br><br>
Artisan bread<br><br><br><br>
Vegan pecan pie<br><br><br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/drool.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":drool:">
 

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Wow, all of these dinners sound fabulous! MY boyfriend wants me to stick with the same food I made last time but with different desserts. I am pretty happy about that because I know I can make these recipes well and they were delicious. I think next year I will try to get a bit fancier! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sunny.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":sunny:">
 

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My mom si going to make the 13 fish for christmas eve dinner, thank godoness their will be sides. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/spew.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":spew:"><br><br><br><br>
My mom is making the christmas day dinner to so here's what she has planned ,but i'll be eating mostly sides.<br><br><br><br>
Cheese Lasagna<br><br>
eggplant parmasagn(of course i'll have the cheeseless peices!)<br><br>
Peas<br><br>
artichoke<br><br>
Baked ziti<br><br>
antipast<br><br><br><br>
..and that's all we have planned for now. We're ganna have the other relatives bring the other food. My mom doesn't want to deal with it. Lol
 
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