Wanderlust Vegans are Home for the Holidays

This Christmas we promised our families that we would be home for the holidays. Living in England the last two Christmas', we couldn't afford to come home for the holidays as the cost of travel skyrockets. You can read about our Christmas' abroad here: Christmas 2015 - Our First British Christmas
Christmas 2016 - A Wanderlust Vegans Christmas

Like most families, we decorated the tree, put up Christmas decorations and we bought presents! 
 Both of our families live here on Vancouver Island, we were quite busy. We have a Christmas Eve dinner, Christmas breakfast, PRESENTS and Christmas Dinner. We also contribute to these meals and were busy cooking delicious vegans goodies. Our families are very supportive of our vegan lifestyle and all our meals were very vegan-friendly.

For Christmas Eve dinner, we had VEGAN lasagna! It was soooo good! We had lots of salads to choose from to go with it. For dessert we had apple pie, crumble, ice creams and butter tarts!
 We even had that white Christmas that everyone dreams about.
For breakfast, we made a tofu scramble and my aunt made pancakes. We also brought along croissants. 
This house is pretty lit up! We do not know who these people are but they are giving the Griswold's a run for their money.
 For Christmas dinner we had Swedish 'meat'balls, mash potatoes, mashes yams, salad, cranberry sauce. All very yummy!

 It was a very busy, but relaxing few days. We spent Christmas evening reading near the fireplace.
Making butter tarts was a lot of fun but it took us a few tries to get them perfect. We had to try a few different recipes. The recipe that seemed to turn out the best was https://themisfitbaker.com/2015/12/04/vegan-butter-tart-bites/ instead of using a beater, we used a food processor. It worked much better to puree the tofu.

Pillsbury croissants are accidentally vegan so we made some of those and they were not too bad. 
We did a lot of cooking all on Christmas Eve for our different meals. We made some tofu scramble to bring to the Christmas breakfast, the mushroom gravy for Christmas dinner and the Wanderlust Chickpea Salad for Christmas dinner as well.


We thought about getting the Tofurkey Ham Style roast for dinner but it was kind of expensive at $20 and we knew there was lots of stuff we could eat at dinner without it. Maybe they will go on sale after Christmas and we will try it. We saw that all over Facebook people were searching out the grocery stores on Vancouver Island for the Tofurkey Ham Roast.

It seems like it all came and went so fast that we can hardly believe it is all over. It's hard to believe that we missed the previous two Christmas's with our families but it felt great to see them again this time around. 

Even though we were back home for the holidays this year, there were a number of family members that were not. We'll have to catch them another time. We hope you had a great Christmas and we hope you have a happy new year.




Comments

  1. heading home for Xmas when you've been away so long is a great feeling, we went back to England in 2016 having lived in Asia since 2014. BTW vegan lasagne is one of our favourites :)

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    1. Yeah, we enjoy being home, but the urge to travel is high!! haha. The vegan lasagna was delicious.

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  2. This reminds me of the big Christmas I use to have with my family. It is amazing how we can get so caught up in the day to day grind we forget to the things that really matter. And tofu scramble is my favorite breakfasts!

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    1. At the end of the day, family is very important. We try to spend as much time as we can with ours when we are home. Yes! Tofu scramble is our favourite too!

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  3. Sounds like you had a lovely Christmas! Thanks for sharing!

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  4. Sounds like a wonderful Christmas. Your dinner of swedish meatballs, mash potatoes, mashes yams, salad, cranberry sauce looked so good. I am super hungry now! Happy New Year!

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    1. It is nice how our family is so supportive and we can have a dinner like that! Happy New Year to you as well.

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  5. How great you got to be home for the holidays! Sounds like you had quite a feast for your meals - that's my style! ;)

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    1. Haha, we love to eat! Hope you had a wonderful time during the holidays as well.

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