Are you spending Christmas in hostels rather than at home? Have you only got a backpack and passport to your name? Are you going to be missing the comforts of roast dinners that normally symbolize the holidays? If you answered yes to the previous questions, I dedicate this post to you!
Food and family sum up the holidays for me, and if I can’t afford a ticket home to Vancouver this year to see my parents and sister, well I simply refuse to also forgo stuffing my gut with delicious Christmas grub.
As such, I have developed FOUR holiday recipes that can be made with very few supplies, and best of all, NO OVEN NEEDED! You can make ALL of these recipes with only a frying pan or pot, a knife for chopping, a spoon for stirring, and a stove top. Each recipe calls for very few ingredients and is cheap and quick to make. Make them for your Couchsurfing host, or gather your hostel buddies together for a globetrotter Christmas feast!
Tip: If you can only buy one spice, I recommend “herbes de provence” which works with all of the recipes below.
1. Pan-roasted Potatoes
You can’t have Christmas dinner without spuds! In my family there is always a debate over which type of potatoes should be on the table – mashed or roasted. I’m totally #TEAMROASTEDPOTATOES, and these are conceptually challenging without an oven. However, making them in a skillet was really easy! I also tossed in some sweet potatoes to bring in a sweet element and boost the nutritional value of the dish.
Throwing some whole garlic cloves into the pan is a must! The cloves turn golden and gooey, melting in your mouth. Yes, you can eat them whole because when cooked, garlic won’t leave you with awful breath.
2. Scrumptious Stove Top Stuffing
Bread stuffing is always the favourite at Christmas dinner. This one is also vegan, but nobody need know! Usually stuffing is jammed up the rear end of a poor bird to keep it moist, but this version achieves the same consistency with the help of copious amounts of (vegan)butter and vegetable stock. It ain’t healthy, but damn is it good! It’s holiday time, bring out the “fat pants”, you have my permission!
3. Boozy Onion Gravy
No Christmas dinner would be complete without gravy, and let’s be real for a second: everything is better with sauce! I pretty much drown my dinner into an unrecognizable swamp with this stuff. It’s silky, savoury and made even more seductive with the help of my friend, red wine!
TIP: This gravy brings any regular joe sandwich up a level and a half. What a great way to use leftovers!
TIP: If your hostel doesn’t have a whisk, a fork is a suitable substitute.
4. Maple Parmesan Green Beans
I have my aunt to thank for this recipe which has now become a Christmas staple. It may sound weird to mix maple syrup with parmesan, but you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the delightful salty-sweet combination. It only takes 10 minutes to make, and only 3 ingredients! Much healthier than a green bean casserole, and way easier too!
Tip: Make sure your parmesan is vegetarian! Many hard Italian cheeses use calf rennet, the enzyme found in the lining of baby cows to help them digest milk. Look for cheese that uses vegetarian rennet.
Are you away from home this holiday season? Where will you be and what will you be cooking up?
Happy Holidays! xo