This year, Scrooge, in the form of a diabetes diagnosis for my uncle, attempted to ruin Christmas and all it’s lovely, justifiable-because-it’s-a-holiday extravagances. Instead of letting such a miser suck all the fun out of our holiday, we showed him who’s boss with a delectable pork roast, some incredible quinoa, homemade whole grain bread and a vast array of vegetables that could please even the most finicky of palates. If anything, we had too much.
Roast pork (I am not normally a huge pork fan because it tends to dry out easily, but this was tasty and juicy)
Salad (served with homemade maple vinaigrette)
My brother made a delicious buckwheat bread (he even made his own buckwheat flour in his Magic Bullet)
Cauliflower and mushrooms with fresh parsley and bacon
Carrots with dill and homemade applesauce with cinnamon and orange peel
Quinoa with leeks, mushrooms and parmesan
Roasted asparagus with lemon butter and pecans
Roasted butternut squash with craisins and bacon
Dessert wasn’t as health minded as the rest. A peppermint chocolate pudding cake (made with skim milk, sugar free pudding and Cool Whip), this Guinness gingerbread cake which was amazing the first time I made it, but a little heavy this time around, and my mom’s traditional assortment of homemade Christmas cookies. Sorry for the photo neglect for dessert!
The best part:
Now that it’s all over, it’s time to catch up on sleep, reflect on my 2009 accomplishments, make some 2010 resolutions and prepare for the new year!
Have a festive, fun and safe New Year’s Eve!