Last year for Christmas Eve, my family and I decided to do something completely different for our holiday meal together. Instead of mashed potatoes and gravy, stuffing and apple pie, we opted instead for a meal of vegetable tempura, sushi rolls and steamed edamame (all vegan!).
It was fun because we each made our own sushi rolls, and we also had never made our own tempura (kind of messy, but delicious nonetheless). And of course, it was enjoyable because it was completely different than any other holiday meal we’d ever had. Sometimes you just have to do something different during the holidays, or you have to create some new traditions.
If you’re looking for something entirely different to do this year, try switching up a menu. It doesn’t have to be the big event, but maybe do a different cuisine for the day before or the day after. Here are three different ideas for meals based upon recipes you can find here on Novel Eats. Experiment, enjoy and above all else – have fun!
Make homemade dolmas (stuffed grape leaves) a day or two before, then serve with some store-bought Greek olives, homemade hummus and freshly made pita bread. End the meal with bites of creamy and sweet truffles (the truffles aren’t Mediterranean – but do go along with the finger-food theme).
Start with a small serving of miso soup, then for a main serve soba noodles with peanut sauce, and for a side serve sautéed green beans. For a fun finish, serve cheesecake pops made earlier in the day or the day prior.
Enjoy a bowl of hearty and spicy lentil soup, served with Mexican cornbread and some quesadillas made with homemade tortillas and your favorite vegan cheese (I’d recommend Daiya). Finish up with some homemade coconut ice cream. Just because it’s fall doesn’t mean you can’t have ice cream!
What are your ideas on unique menus for the holidays?