The holidays are quickly approaching and I am starting to get into the festive spirit. Really! Planning ahead in the kitchen will help you stick to your goals and eating plan. The holiday’s usually means extra calories, sugar and some not so healthy options. So if you want to stick to you meal plan it is best to start to plan ahead of time. For example I know that wherever I go I will be following a raw vegan diet. So I need to be prepared to bring a dish with me or coordinate the meal. If I start to plan ahead then there is no stressing about it a the last minute. Here are two easy options that you could make over the holidays that won’t have you worrying away.
When I think holidays, I think of creamy and rich desserts and yummy drinks. Here area two guilt free options for you.This week after juicing I had a huge bowl of left over carrot pulp. Half of it was used to make a carrot cake and the other half I put in the freezer.
For this cake since I already had the pulp and no whole carrots I made the cake a little differently. I took about one cup of walnuts and ground them in the processor. Then added in about 2 cups of pulp. Several tbs of carrot juice, shredded coconut and dates. Blend until it creates a dough texture. Then I add in the spices. Nutmeg and cinnamon. Layer the mixture in a pan.
For the For icing I used macadamia nuts and fresh orange juice. Blend the nuts in the food processor with fresh orange juice until it is nice and creamy. Add your sweetener of choice and then layer onto the carrot cake. The orange juice turned the icing an nice yellowy-orange colour which was fun. Put in the fridge to firm up and enjoy.
Since I had some macadamia nuts left I made a smoothie. Use macadamia nuts, water and frozen banana to make a rich creamy drink. Vanilla and cinnamon can be added to make more of a festive treat as pictured below.
This is also great if you are craving those frothy coffee drinks. This is richer than your typical almond milk so it makes a nice addition to your holiday menu. You can offer this instead of eggnog. If you are on a budget, just use a few macadamia nuts and replace the rest with cashews.
Have you started planning for the holiday menu? What special treats are you going to make? Please share some of your ideas below so we can all support each other with some holiday recipes.