Food and Drinks

Your Guide to a

Noche Buena Without The

Guilt and Cruelty

by Anne Marielle Eugenio, December 06, 2019 4:54pm

Art by Ahl Mirambel

Food and Drinks

Your Guide to a Noche Buena Without The Guilt and Cruelty

by Anne Marielle Eugenio, December 06, 2019 4:54pm
Art by Ahl Mirambel
 

Filipinos are always extra when it comes to celebration, especially during the Yuletide season. As the country with the “longest Christmas,” it is only apt that we celebrate the actual Christmas Day as festive as possible. There should be queso de bola, ham, sweets and other favorites on our table.

But there’s a dilemma after a festive buffet: cleansing our body. We wouldn’t have to face this if we know we are putting good food in our body. So, to have a festive Noche Buena without putting your health at risk, here are and guilt-free and cruelty-free alternatives—your vegan friend will be happy to come over.

Appetizers

Cashew-based Cheese

Queso de Bola is one of Noche Buena’s staples. But In a Nutshell has an alternative for all that creamy goodness we find in cheese. They have cashew-based cheeses like Parmesan and Cashew Cream Cheese and soy-based cheese like the Mediterranean Herb Feta. You wouldn’t have to worry if you’re lactose intolerant.

 
 
 
 
 
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Vegetable Lumpiang Shanghai

You can have all the lumpia you want without worrying about your cholesterol levels. This particular shanghai has carrot, sweet potato, singkamas, squash, and potato wrapped up in a crispy roll. Simply follow the instruction from Astig Veganonline

 
 
 
 
 
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Side Dish

Vegan Pancit Bihon

Our favorite pancit bihon can still be tasty without chicken (surprise, surprise). Switch chicken with tofu and you’ll have pancit every vegan and non-vegan person would enjoy. Check out this recipe from Yummly.

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Main Course

Plant-based Ham

We sometimes hear that a holiday ham is the “star of the Noche Buena.” Your Christmas table will still be complete with the vegan version of ham. It is made of 100% plant-based ingredients like wheat flour, chickpea flour, soy sauce, and beets. Artistic Vegan has the recipe for you. You can even freeze it for future use.

 
 
 
 
 
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Vegan Spaghetti

Spaghetti is a crowd favorite, especially among children; now, it can also be a vegan’s delight. Simply replace meat with tofu and hotdog and cheese with vegan alternatives. We’ve got your recipe here! You can find vegan hotdogs at The Vegan Grocer.

 
 
 
 
 
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Dessert

Dairy-Free and Egg-Free Cake

Who says vegans can’t have their cake fix? Cakes from Delicielo will satisfy your sweet tooth in no time. All of their cakes are dairy-free and egg-free. You can choose from their signature cakes such as Mocha Espresso Cake, Blueberry Cheesecake, and Classic Cashew Cheesecake. Or if you want a smaller version, they have a four-inch Mango Vanilla Creme, Dark Chocolate Moringa, and Calamansi Coconut.

 
 
 
 
 
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Dairy-Free Fruit Salad

Yes, you can still have our favorite staple dessert even without milk or cream. Throw in your favorite fruit slices and buko strips and substitute dairy with the goodness of coconut milk.

With these kinds of dishes, you can eat all you want without sacrificing your health. These are all healthy—your body will thank you for the feast. Happy holidays!

 

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