Meatless Monday -We all want some figgy pudding

Stock up on your cranberries, figs and pomegranate, dust off your cookie cutters and be prepared to roast some tofu, it’s meatless holiday baking time! Below are some links to my recommendations for meatless holiday meal ideas.

For links to tips, meal prep, recipes and some cookbooks check out the VegKitchen with Nava Atlas:

http://www.vegkitchen.com/?s=Holiday+

For 70+ vegan holiday recipes check out Vegan Richa:

http://www.veganricha.com/2015/12/70-vegan-holiday-recipes.html

BuzzFeed has a list of 28 “delicious vegan holiday recipes”¬†with colourful pictures:

https://www.buzzfeed.com/expresident/vegan-holiday-recipes?utm_term=.qjKA74b0V#.qwjoLJjzq

The Vegan Society has some special holiday recipes on their site:

https://www.vegansociety.com/resources/recipes/special-occasions

And for specifically Chanukah recipes, check out the following links:

http://vegnews.com/articles/page.do?catId=7&pageId=1390

http://www.vegkitchen.com/tips/hannukah/

https://www.buzzfeed.com/mathewg5/23-vegetarian-hanukkah-dishes-dst2?utm_term=.tvMY4erqz#.rkq63NygD

 

Sugar Sunday – Cookie spread

Did you know that reducing the sugar in a recipe can help reduce the dreaded cookie spread? It won’t reduce the tummy spread, though, from eating too many goodies.

Today is a day for spreading cookie joy! The holiday cookie baking championship begins on Food Network Canada and it’s National Cookie Day! I’ve got my chai gingerbread ready to be slathered in a pistachio cranberry frozen dessert. What cookie will you have to celebrate?

To commemorate this day, check out the following link from Foodimentary.

December 4th is National Cookie Day!

Around the World in 80 Bites – Bite 24

Bite 24 –¬†gingerbread

‘Tis the season to stock my gingerbread survival kit. In it I put fairly traded and powdered ginger and true cinnamon. I also have on hand some powdered clove, cassia and allspice. A combination of date molasses and maple syrup provide the sticky sweetness that goes so well in gingerbread cookies, cakes and scones.

I love gingerbread! Starting November and going into January it is a warm and comforting food that becomes one of my winter staples. To learn more about the origins of  gingerbread, see the following link:

http://www.pbs.org/food/the-history-kitchen/history-gingerbread/