Struggling to know what to make for a gluten and dairy free Christmas dinner? Don’t fret, I’ve got you covered.
There is always a strange pressure to make everything perfect at Christmas, especially the dinner. It can be even more frustrating when your diet seems to somewhat restricts what you can eat.
No-one should be left out at Christmas, so whether you’re dairy free, gluten free, paleo, vegetarian or vegan, I can assure you there is a recipe out there with your name written all over it.
With little adaptions you too can have all the chocolate, mince pies, stuffing, cocktails and other festive treats you desire.
Christmas breakfast in our house consists of homemade bread with roast ham. I’m going to smother my slice with avocado, scrambled egg, mushrooms, spinach, toasted pumkin seeds and smoked salmon.
For a festive twist to this basic loaf, add rosemary or try pecans and cranberries.
Mulled spice smoothie bowl
1 frozen banana
¼ cup frozen grapes
½ tsp cinnamon
½ tsp ginger
2 cardamon pods
1/8 tsp cloves
1/8 tsp nutmeg
Zest of an orange
1 scoop vegan protein powder
1 tsp coconut sugar
1 tsp cacao (optional)
1 tsp cranberry/acai powder to create more a wine colour (optional)
1 cup almond milk or try cranberry/grape juice
The Main Event
We usually sit down to dinner around 3pm and these are some of my favourites.
Christmas eve I’m cooking a fish feast for my mum and I but for the big day we’ll have turkey rubbed with olive oil or coconut oil and stuffed with an orange, bay leaves, rosemary and thyme.
Most sausages contain gluten (wheat) and a bunch of ‘bulking’ ingredients. I’ve struggled to find ones with good quality allergen free ingredients, so I’ve decided to make my own own. I shall be using lean pork mince mixed with caramelised onion, grated apple, flax seed and seasoning. I’ll roll it into tubes and pan fry (hopefully).
I’ve had a nightmare trying to create a great tasting gluten and dairy free stuffing recipe. I tried a vegan butternut and lentil one but it looked and tasted like saw dust. So I have taken inspiration from various recipes and decided to use lean pork mince, red onion, garlic, carrot, mushrooms, crushed gluten free crackers, dried apricots, cranberries, parsley and rosemary.
If you think you hate sprouts, think again. Sure boiling Brussels tastes bland but wok frying them with bacon/chestnuts/herbs tastes bloody delicious!
My sister (a vegetarian) and I both agree that this gravy somehow tastes like meat. Just sub the plain flour for gluten free and you’re good to go.
You may be sensing a theme but Jaime Oliver is probably my favourite chef and his Christmas cookbook is brilliant. I love how crisp and fluffy these potatos are. I use flavour combo 1 and am very generous on with the rosemary.
I follow the recipe my mum has always used from a 90’s home cookery book, making substitutions as necessary.
100g plain gluten free flour (I often use buckwheat)
1 tsp baking powder
pinch pink salt
300ml almond milk
coconut oil for greasing the pudding tin
Once you’ve beaten everything to a smooth batter pop it in the fridge for about 10 mins, or make ahead and take it out when needed. Put a little coconut oil in each muffin case/tin holder and put the tray in the oven to melt the oil and get nice and hot. Add the cold mixture to the hot tray and cook at 220°c for about 30-40 minutes.
I swap the raisins for currants and the apricot for cranberries but do whatever tatses best to you. Honestly, the mince meat in these is sooo good I couldn’t help but eat spoonfuls of it out of the belnder.
This is a good recipe that you can tapper to your taste. I’m going to mix currants, dates, cranberries and cherries with a splash of brandy.
The smell of gingerbread cookies cooking is divine and one of the best ways to get you in the Christmas spirit.
Orange and spice is the perfect Christmas combo.
Obviously you need chocolate. These are 3 of my favourites:
Drink Drink Drink
I have stocked up on kombucha for the festive season to give my liver a break from all the alcohol. Don’t get me wrong I shall definitely be drinking too, (Port is that you calling?) but I don’t want any stomach pains, bloating or toilet troubles like last year.
I also got a bottle of Purearth superberry kefir to have with my Christmas breakfast instead of Buck’s Fizz.
Feel free to swap the fruits and adjust the spice to your liking.
I discovered this last year and fell in love. I don’t like overly sweet cocktails so this cocktail is heaven to me. Add some cacao powder and grate some raw chocolate on top for an indulgent chocolatey hit.
Heads up, this pinot noir from Aldi is great quality and tastes a lot more expensive than its £4.49 price tag. Stock up.
Hope these recipes have given you some inspiration. Have a wonderful Christmas everyone!