Christmas Dinner

Happy day after day after Christmas!  I hope everyone had a good one.  We’ve been at bf’s mom’s house since Wednesday afternoon, just chilling out and spending time with his family.  I packed up a whole bunch of food to get me through four days away from home.  The big party here is on Christmas Eve, and  I wanted to keep things simple food-wise.  Ever since Thanksgiving I’ve been thinking of those “leftover sandwiches” people make, so I made my own version.  I started with bread on Sunday, made in the bread machine.

I used a recipe for Whole Wheat Bread that came with the machine, and subbed half the flour with spelt flour, quinoa flour, oats and wheat germ for greater grain variety.  This was a very tasty bread – perfect for sandwiches and SO good as toast.

The sandwich insides were spinach, tofurkey, vegan cream cheese and cranberry sauce.  I toasted this one in a pan.

Here’s a better picture of a test-run sandwich I made a couple days before.  This one also had red onion and pickles and was heated in my sandwich press.

To go on the side I made coleslaw with dried cranberries and pecans.  I originally wanted to make broccoli slaw, but I didn’t anticipate that they don’t sell broccoli slaw out here!  Must be a southern thing.

I also made orange-ginger mashed yams.  I roasted baby sweet potatoes and yams with shallots, garlic & ginger then mashed with a bit of orange juice.

I was going to take a picture of my plate, but I was getting enough weird looks for having a sandwich at Christmas Eve Dinner, so I abstained.

For dessert, I made Pumpkin Whoopie Pies again, by request.

I haven’t met a person yet who doesn’t love these.  I used canned pumpkin instead of fresh this time, so there was a little less than two cups.  I also baked them about ten minutes longer, since last time they were so soft that they stuck to the plate.  They were just a bit crunchy on the outside but still super soft on the inside.  So good.

I hope everyone had a great holiday!  Santa was quite good to me.  Kitchen related presents received were Vegan Lunchbox, Vegan Fire & Spicy, a cast iron skillet, cast iron pizza pan, stock pot, large flat-bottomed saute pan, rice cooker, and a julienne peeler.  I am so excited to try all my new toys, thanks Santa!


  1. VeggieGirl said

    WOWZA!!! What a feast!!! And I agree – I think EVERYONE loves whoopie pies 🙂

    Glad that Santa treated you well this year 😉 Fabulous presents!!

  2. meganellen said

    Those yams look delicious!!

  3. melisser said

    Oooh, I love those pies! I am all about the sandwich grills, they make the tastiest sandwiches! I love a good slaw.

  4. Marni said

    Wow, you made out for Christmas! Everything looks awesome but those Pumpkin Whoopie Pies are calling me, big time. I can get broccoli slaw down here in Southern California, no problem. Maybe it was just the store you were in? Hope you find some! Happy Holidays! 🙂

  5. That sandwich sounds fantastic! And pumpkin whoopie pies! I want to hang out with your family….congrats on all the new kitchen toys!!!

  6. alaina said

    i LOVE tofutti and cranberry sauce. and of course there’s nothing like homemade bread for sammiches.

  7. Mandee said

    That bread looks great and I love the whoopie pies, I am still yet to make some!

  8. Your bread looks perfect! That is what carby dreams are made of! I need those whoopie pies!! YUM!!

    Wow, you had tons of awesome presents! Santa must have thought you’ve been very very good! 🙂

    Thanks for your sweet comments on my blog! 🙂

  9. Diann said

    Mmm, what delicious food! The bread and whoopie pies look terrific.

  10. vicki said

    Wow, you really scored on the kitchen booty! You gotta make some skillet cornbread! Love the sandwiches & especially that homemade bread. Please pass the orange-ginger mashed yams! 🙂

  11. Pumpkin whoopie pies? Umm super yumlicious!

  12. Cyn said

    Yum! Those sammitches look delicious.

  13. evan said

    punkin whoopie pies!
    i made sweet potato creme pies last week,but they’re less whoopie pie and more oatmeal creme pie(there was no oatmeal,though) b/c they were chewy cookies.

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