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A Herbivore’s Christmas Dinner Survival Guide

by | December 24, 2018

A three-step herbivore’s Christmas dinner survival guide on making your holidays a little less complicated this year.

Christmas dinner is considered as one of the most important meals of the year in American culture. Unfortunately for us who follow plant-based diets, this can be a stressful time of year especially if you are the only vegan sitting at the dinner table. After many years of being the joke of the day and resorting to filling up on potatoes, I will try something new this year in terms of how I will approach Christmas dinner with my extended family who is not vegan in any way, shape or form. Read on to know my plan to survive this Christmas dinner.

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A Herbivore’s Christmas Dinner Survival Guide

Step 1: Assess who will be there

If you have a large family like I do, it’s important to ask the host (if it’s not you) who will be attending. There are a couple of reasons for this. First off, to have a head count for the dish that you will bring to share. Second off, to mentally prepare yourself if you know that somebody who loves to tease you will be attending. That way, you could be prepared with a quirky response to your Uncle Jack’s infamously annoying “But bacon though” remark that he never fails to say at every family gathering or you could alternatively mentally prepare to block out whatever nonsense he may bring up at the table. Being mentally prepared is the key.

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Step 2: Find Inclusive Recipes to Share

What I will be doing this year (something I recommend too) is preparing one side dish and one main dish, in order to feed yourself as well as to have enough for anyone, who would like to try your vegan masterpiece. I have settled on making two recipes from Jamie Oliver this Christmas. For an appetizer, I will prepare an aubergine and mint bruschetta and for the main dish, I will cook vegan mushroom rolls.

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Step 2 and 1/2: Pass on Recipes

Keep the links, to the recipes you referred to, handy. In case anyone mentions trying it for themselves, pass those links onto them. This may or may not happen, but if it does, having the recipe ready could be what opens the door for them to follow a plant-based diet.


Step 3: Cheers!

Don’t forget, beer is vegan and so are many wines. Enjoy your Christmas dinner with a little something extra (if you are over 21, of course!)

Try this Herbivore’s Christmas Dinner Survival Guide and let us know how it went this year.

A Herbivore's Christmas Dinner Survival Guide


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