The Christmas holidays seem to be synonymous to overeating. Bellies are filled to capacity and yet the tables still groan under the weight of the food left over after we have had our fill. And the desserts cover a table all of their own.
My strategy for my family’s Christmas meal is to not make more than we can possibly eat. I know what my family enjoys eating – and I know how much they can eat. Leftovers are allowed, but not so much that we eat them for days after – reheated and on sandwiches. Below is a working menu for our celebration meal:
- For a starter, I plan to make a simple, yet creamy, cauliflower soup.
- Our main meal will centre around a roast chicken (my family do not enjoy eating turkey).
- I will stuff a few acorn squash halves with rice fried with spring onions and baby tomatoes.
- My green salad will have some fruit pieces in it, depending on what I buy, with an apple cider-based vinigrette.
- A bowl of roasted vegetables will adorn the table comprising of a combination of beans, bell peppers, carrots and celery.
- A baguette of garlic bread will be placed on the side of the table for those who wish to eat some starch.
- Dessert will be simple: freshly cut fruit layered with ice-cream.
And that is it. By choice, I will not have the table laden with a variety of meats – the food on our plates will be mostly vegetables. One simple dessert will suffice as we will still have those Christmas cookies to eat later on with our tea!
What are your plans for your Christmas meal? Will your meal comprise of the traditional turkey? Or will it be more suited to your daily eating plan?
© Colline Kook-Chun, 2012