If I had to choose a single thing to bow to my American brothers and sisters for, it will no doubt be your unfaltering devotion towards a Thursday of every November you call 'Thanksgiving'.What a wonderful Christmas-like tradition to celebrate with everyone you love, which is all about your presence and never about your presents.
Since the majority of my readers are indeed from the USA, over the last few years of blogging- I have learned to leave the Christmassy announcements until after Thanksgiving. No way am I about to interrupt your day of gratitude, but I'm also glad it's happening no closer to Christmas, than it already is, as I can no longer contain my festive spirit and am too excited to share the very first Christmas recipe of 2012... just minutes after Thanksgiving day is officially finito :)
Here's a super gorge, festive and healthy vege platter, which I believe is a must-be-cetrepiece to any Christmas table, party or event...
Vege Christmas Tree with a Cheesy Dip
For the tree
Choose vegetables, that could look like green tree branches. You can have celery sticks, green beans (like mine), sugar snap peas, green bell pepper strips, courgette pieces, etc. Assemble by constructing the bottom layer first and moving upwards.
You can cut the star out of virtually anything, such as a carrot, melon, yellow bell pepper, sweet potato, etc.
The tree decorations could include anything from radishes cut into halves (like mine), sliced carrots, red bell peppers, blueberries, etc.
For the cheesy dip
3/4 cup pinenuts
3/4 cup macadamia
6 sundried tomato halves, soaked if they are too dry
juice of 1 lemon
3 tbsp liquid aminos
2 garlic cloves
1/3 chilli with seeds, or more to taste
water as needed
Put all the dip ingredients into a high speed blender, starting with about 1/3 cup of water and adding more if required. Use a tamper to assist the blending process.
Scoop out into a separate dipping bowl to serve with your vege tree platter.
WARNING: This dip is very addictive! :))
If you think this idea is fun and the recipe is delicious, wait till you see my Christmas collection of 33 gorgeous drinks, meals, sides and desserts in Festive-The Best Raw Food Christmas Recipes. They are all in this eBook, available for instant download and enjoyment after purchase, here>>