It's 10 DAYS before Christmas Day and I can't wait to open my presents and just celebrate love, light, and joy with my family. With that being said, as much as I love baking and prepping an excellent holiday meal with my husband (he usually does most of the cooking!), I'd love for us to chill this year. Especially with our diverse dietary restrictions within our family of three, cooking our own meal could get pretty complicated sometimes ;)
My 4 year-old son is strictly gluten-free, while my husband and I have been decidedly vegetarian for almost 5 months now (although we did eat some turkey breasts on Thanksgiving and I did eat tons of seafood when I was in Indonesia last week hehe). We want to be on the 'Nice List' this Christmas so we want to stick to our diet. Thankfully, Whole Foods Market has got an array of quality meat and meat alternatives for us to choose, along with appetizers, sides, and desserts -- all natural, wholesome, responsibly-sourced, and held to the highest quality standards!
I picked what I wanted for my holiday feast online HERE, and picked up my items at my local Whole Foods Market store!
Okay, if you follow on instagram, you would know that I posted about this appetizer called Brie en Croûte that I LOVE so much last Thanksgiving Day. I am obsessed with it! It's a creamy Isigny Ste-Mère Brie cheese (a grass fed Bonhomme Brie that’s exclusive to Whole Foods Market) wrapped in puff pastry, and it's just one of the best things that's ever made with cheese. What a genius idea! It's chilled at the store, so remember to bake it for 20 minutes before serving at home. Other appetizers including fruit trays, hummus, and empanadas could be found here.
As I said time and time again, the sides make the meal. And this Christmas, I am finally having Whole Foods Market's Butterflake Dinner Rolls for one of my side dishes! The name says it all, it's flaky and buttery, and just heavenly. On the creamier side, I'm getting the vegan "Cheesy" Rutabaga and Potato Mash, that is available a la carte or as a part of the Vegan Meal for 2 combo. To view other sides, click here.
Okay, I know what you think, what do vegans/vegetarians eat for their main course? Anything and everything with no meat in it! The key is creativity, I often go with deep-fried cauliflowers, sautéed mushrooms, and so on. Thankfully, Whole Foods Market in partnership with chefs at the famous Vedge restaurant is serving a diverse variety of vegan mains that are just so delicious! I'm getting the tangy and flavorful roasted Mustard-Glazed Whole Cauliflower and Field Roast's Hazelnut Cranberry Roast En Croute (you can find it by the meat alternative frozen food section at Whole Foods Market). For my gluten-free son who loves meat, we're getting turkey breast again!
It's well-seasoned, it's meaty and juicy, high in protein, and allergy-friendly!
For dessert, we're getting Whole Foods Market's Very Berry pie that is just bursting with flavors of strawberries, raspberries, blueberries and blackberries. For my gluten-free son, I'm getting Udi's Double Chocolate Muffins from the store (search the allergy-friendly frozen food section). It's gluten-free, dairy-free, nut and soy-free! Click here for some more holiday feast inspiration.
YOU CAN FIND A LIST OF ALL GLUTEN-FREE ITEMS AVAILABLE AT YOUR LOCAL WHOLE FOODS MARKET, by the way. It has made our life easier, raising a gluten-free kid, I'm sure it will be helpful for you too. The one from my local store is here.
I hope this post has been helpful for you :) Remember that you can feast and celebrate the holidays without compromising your lifestyle choices or triggering your allergies. More importantly , you don't have to do all the hard work — let Whole Foods Market do the cooking, so you can do the feasting :)
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*Special thanks to Whole Foods Market for providing the meals. This post is sponsored, however all opinions expressed in this post are my own :) Follow them at @wholefoods on instagram!