It was Christmas 2007. We were living in a tiny condo, but nothing was going to stop us from having my husband's grown daughters over for Christmas Dinner. I was prepared with all the traditional fare with a spiral ham at the center when I realized that I may have to change gears a bit. Monica, his youngest daughter was a vegetarian.
I didn't think we all needed to eat vegetarian just because that was her choice, so I made some peppery hummus and served it with tomato basil wraps along side my spiral ham and all the fixin's. While the hummus wrap was beautiful to look at, it just wasn't a hit. I don't know if it was all the traditional fixings that put her off or if the hummus was just too radish-y, but from that point on I knew our holiday meals would never be the same. I would have to work harder at making it a very merry Christmas for Monica also.
Lately I've been thinking that perhaps making our Christmas Dinner be entirely vegetarian might not be a bad idea after all. My husband and I are meat eaters, but for one day we are thinking we could forgo it in lieu of new and interesting vegetarian dishes. Besides we both know we could use more vegetables in our diet, and plant based diets definitely never hurt anyone for a day. So, this year, we are taking the plunge and going all out with a pure and clean vegetarian menu!
In the coming weeks I will be sharing the different components of this menu with you, everything from appetizers to main courses to desserts! There really is no reason why a vegetarian Christmas Dinner can't be as delicious and celebratory and gorgeous as one centered around meat. So, today, we'll start with our first appetizer, Roasted Beet Hummus.
You gotta admit, it is beautiful! It has the traditional chick peas and garlic, but with the beautiful red addition of roasted beets and a few other ingredients this appetizer will not only be healthy and delicious, it is just a looker too. There is absolutely nothing about this that isn't pleasing.
You can get all the instructions on how to make this here. Next time we'll be looking at another appetizer that is sure to please the man in the house too!
Merry Vegetarian Christmas!