My First Christmas as a Raw Vegan – Part One

Happy holidays everyone!

I hope you have all have had a great time over christmas and new years, eaten some good food, and shared some quality time with your family and friends. I definitely had a great time, filled with delicious food, and nice evenings with my family.

I want to share with you what I ate during Christmas, as this was my first time being a raw vegan. I thought it would be hard, but I still had a good feeling about it, because I really love eating this way.
I loved eating delicious salads and making some creative desserts for me and my family. I spent some quality time with my family in the kitchen, and they enjoyed my salads as well.

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For Christmas Eve I hadn’t really planned anything beforehand. I had dinner with my family, my parents, sister, and grandparents, and I just knew that I wanted to eat something that I know I love: fruit and veggies. My favourite fruits at the time are mangoes and persimmons so I made a delicious fruit salad with persimmons, mangoes, herbs and pomegranate and it turned out very festive looking and delicious. Everyone enjoyed it!

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And those of you that have been following us on instagram probably know that I LOVE LOVE LOVE zucchini noodles. So what I made was tri-colour zucchini noodles, featuring tahini-ginger, tomato marinara, and basil pesto sauces. Hands down the best idea. Then I also used the sauces to make some zucchini rolls as an appetizer.

(The pics aren’t the greatest. Winter in Iceland is dark, it’s haaard 😦 )

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For the tomato marinara I blended in my blender:

Handful of sun-dried tomatoes, soaked for easier blending
2-3 ripe and sweet tomatoes or some cherry tomatoes
Handful of fresh basil
2-3 sprigs of fresh dill

Tahini-ginger sauce

2 teaspoons tahini
Thumb of ginger, grated
2-3 sprigs of fresh dill, chopped
2 mandarins
1 tsp fresh lemon juice

Squeeze the juice from the mandarins and lemon over the other ingredients and mix well with a fork until it’s smooth and creamy.

Basil pesto sauce

1 small avocado
1 bunch fresh basil
Small handful fresh cilantro
Juice from half a lemon
1/4 zucchini
1 tsp cumin

Blend everything in your blender until smooth.

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For dessert I made a delicious apple pie with a date caramel sauce and banana ice cream! It was sooo good!

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I love how christmas brings everyone together, and even though I didn’t eat the same foods as everyone else, we still enjoyed each others’ company and had a great time.

I will be sharing my other meals over the next few days so stay tuned!

Happy new year everyone!

– Erna Vala

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