Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Another year down - Christmas dinner review

2014 went so quickly for us!
I usually post quite a few pre-Christmas ideas but unfortunately this year I didn't get a chance to - my apologies.
I will however, do my usual wrap-up of our Christmas meal & include a few recipes that you might like to store up for next year (don't you just love pinterest for that reason)!

Pre-dinner nibbles of veggie sticks and baked corn tortillas with refried bean dip (recipe coming soon).

 Dinner included the following:

Beetroot & Green bean Salad (recipe below)

Agave Mustard Baked Veggies
Mini potato bites
Wholemeal Quinoa Loaf

Spinach, sweet potato, corn & mixed bean salad
Red Lentil & Spinach Loaf (recipe below)

And for dessert we enjoyed:

Christmas Chocolate fruit cake
Trifle (directions below)

Red Lentil & Spinach Loaf

375g packet red lentils
2 bay leaves

120grams baby spinach leaves
1 large onion
2 garlic cloves

400g can tomatoes
1 1/2 cups oats   **
1 teaspoon each: oregano, cumin, sage

BBQ sauce

Place the lentils and bay leaves in a saucepan & fill with just enough water to cover them.
Bring to the boil and then simmer til lentils are softened but not yet falling apart (approx 15-20 mins).
Pour the cooked lentils into a large mixing bowl, removing the bay leaves.
Stir through the spinach leaves and allow the warmth of the lentils to wilt the leaves.
In a small frying pan, place the chopped onion and crushed garlic - dry fry until golden brown.
Stir the onion/garlic mix into the lentil/spinach mix.
Stir through the tomatoes, oats and herbs.
Place mixture into a lined loaf pan and spread the top with BBQ sauce.
Bake in a preheated 180C oven for 45 minutes.
This will slice best if you allow it to cool briefly before removing it from the loaf pan.

** For a firmer loaf you can use 2 cups of oats, however this will make a more dense loaf too (pictured below). My husband prefers the loaf with 2 cups of oats, I prefer it with 1 1/2 cups of oats. So take your pick!!!

Beetroot and Green Bean Salad

60grams baby spinach leaves

60grams beetroot leaves
6 baby beets
1 cup green beans
6 walnuts

150g soft tofu
2 Tablespoons nutritional yeast
1 Tablespoon lemon juice

Combine the leaves in a salad bowl. Chop the baby beets and spread them evenly over the leaves. Remove the ends of the green beans and lightly steam them. Spread over leaves along with the crushed walnuts.
To make the dressing - blend all ingredients until smooth.
Pour dressing over salad to serve.


You will need:
basic vanilla cake
custard- I doubled the quantity of the custard in this recipe, but halved the sugar
600grams frozen raspberries
1/2 cup fresh mint leaves.

Tear or chop the cake into little pieces.
In a glass serving bowl, layer 1/3 of the pieces of the torn cake, 1/3 of the raspberries and then a final layer using 1/3 of the custard, followed by a sprinkling of torn mint leaves.
Repeat layering process 3 times or until all ingredients are used up.
Refrigerate until time to serve.

I have to admit that I wasn't too disappointed to have some leftovers to enjoy!
I hope you all had a splendid Christmas time.
Happy New Year to all my readers :-)
Look forward to sharing with you in 2015. 


  1. happy new year sandy - your christmas feast looks really delicious and festive - I am a big fan of any savoury loaves at dinner - and I love the sound of your trifle

    1. Hope you've had a wonderful start to this year also Jo :-)

  2. Happy new year. Lovely to see what you all enjoyed and you certainly had a feast. For Christmas, I made a dairy free cheesecake which was very rich, dairy free ice-cream that tasted very delicious and just after Christmas I made a avocado chocolate mousse (which Clara and I discussed in great detail on my Facebook page) which I will certainly make again as it was so good! But at the moment I am hooked of date and chocolate balls (dates, coconut, coconut oil and cocoa) as they are so yummy.

    1. Hope the new year is treating you well Jo. Sounds like you made sure your son had plenty of treats. Your balls sound very similar to ones I make using oats, dates & cocoa powder - such a yummy treat! :-)

  3. Happy new year! This all looks amazing, especially the lentil loaf. I made a trifle as well, also with raspberries! I love your idea of including mint leaves, yum :)

    1. Trifle is just soooo good hey :-)
      Hope you've had a wonderful start to the new year Kate!


  4. Good post! I am also going to write a blog post about this... thanks

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    1. Thank you! Always fun to share Christmas meals :-)