Well this time tomorrow evening it will be `the night before Christmas’. Most of the food preparation will have been done, gifts all wrapped, and the kitchen floor mopped. Time to relax with a drink in front of the TV and watch Carols by Candlelight from the Sidney Myer Music Bowl in Melbourne. A long time family tradition.
In the past, Christmas would have meant having candy canes, bowls of peoples favourite sweet `goodies’ to nibble, and rich sweet desserts. Lots of grains, refined sugar, processed foods, and bad fats in abundance. Lots of good food, with a sugar-fest attached. This year we decided that we would have a healthy, paleo Christmas. So everything is primal or paleo!!! Surprise…..it really hasn’t been hard to do, nor does it feel like we are missing out on anything.
Some finger food ideas:
Cucumber makes a good base for toppings that you may have put on crackers in your pre-paleo days. These are:
- Top left: a 2cm slice with the centre scooped out and loaded up with guacamole.
- Top right: a slice of cucumber topped with a piece of smoked salmon, a dollop of homemade egg mayonnaise, and a sprig of dill.
- Bottom left: a slice of cucumber topped with a piece of smoked salmon, a dollop of homemade egg mayonnaise, and a sprig of coriander (cilantro).
- Bottom right: a slice of cucumber topped with a dollop of guacamole, a prawn, and a sprig of curly leaf parsley.
You can’t go wrong with a platter of Stuffed Jalapeños wrapped in bacon as a pre-dinner snack, or part of a light meal after Christmas. You can make them the day before and keep them in the fridge until you are ready to cook them.
I’ve made up several jars of Basil Pesto dip as I use it in so many ways…..a dip with vegetables, with various salads, stuffed tomatoes.
Make sure you’ve got some cherry tomatoes on hand. You can make these Caprese salads or stuff them with the basil pesto.
Today I made up a batch of Apple Coconut pudding. It keeps well in the fridge for a few days and means that I have a quick, light dessert ready.
We always have a supply of Coconut energisers in the fridge. We’ve recently made up several different flavours including:
- Macadamia nut / chocolate – to the mixture add a heaped tablespoon of raw cacao powder and 100 grams of crushed macadamia nuts. This makes the energisers quite crunchy.
- Choc-mint – to the mixture add a heaped tablespoon of raw cacao powder and several drop of peppermint essential oil. I don’t know how many I used – start with three and just add to taste.
- Mango – add chopped dried mango to the mix. This one is VERY nice.
This grain free Christmas cake is a re-work of an old family recipe. We’ve found that it can double as a pudding which is delicious served with some fresh double cream or custard.
The fridge is filled with the makings of lots of great drinks. The weather forecast is for a rather hot day here so this will be vital.
One of the challenges is to have things for snacks or nibbles. Over the past few days we have been preparing dried fruits and vegetables for this. We’ve done kale chips, seaweed crisps, zucchini crisps (sprinkled with ranch dressing mix), apple crisps (sprinkled with pumpkin spice mix), and dried mango. Both the Thermomix and the food dehydrator have been working over time these past few days.
You’ve just got this evening and tomorrow to get all the last minute food things prepared. be prepared and enjoy a healthy, paleo Christmas.