If you’re struggling to think of some fresh Christmas ideas, the wonderful Melanie Avery – author of Let’s Party! Additive Free, Let’s Celebrate Christmas! Additive Free and more – has generously shared some of her favourite additive-free Christmas recipes. Here’s how she likes to celebrate:
Christmas would have to be my favourite time of year. The magic and wonder, the sparkle and twinkle, the carols and Christmas decorations and let’s not forget the cooking and creating!
Even though it can be quite warm in Australia at Christmas and we have often had a ‘cold’ lunch on Christmas Day, I still prefer the tradition of a warm Christmas lunch. My favourite and easy lunch recipe is Herbed Roast Chicken and Vegetables served with Asparagus & Beans with Citrus Butter. Our family has a few favourite desserts that we share at Christmas but we always have Additive-free Traditional Christmas Cake (which last year I converted to be gluten free) and nibble on Rocky Road later in the day while playing games.
Enjoy the recipes which can all be found in Let’s Celebrate Christmas! Additive Free and have a wonderful Christmas.
Herbed roast chicken and vegetables
1/3 cup macadamia nut oil
2 tsp mixed dried herbs
8 small-medium potatoes, halved
500g kent pumpkin, peeled and chopped
2 carrots, peeled and chopped
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
Un-waxed kitchen string
Asparagus and beans with citrus butter
125g pure butter
2 tsp grated lemon rind
2 tsp grated orange rind
1 tsp grated lime rind
2 tsp fresh lime juice
1½ tbsp Masterfoods Dijon mustard
2 bunches fresh asparagus
500g fresh green beans
Additive-free traditional Christmas cake
Makes a 20cm square cake (a round tin could also be used). Be sure your dried fruits are 100% fruit with no additives such as sulphur – choosing organic helps.
225g unsalted butter
225g soft brown sugar
4 eggs, lightly beaten
1 teaspoon natural vanilla essence
4 teaspoons orange marmalade (additive free)
4 teaspoons golden syrup
1.25kg organic, mixed dried fruit
225g plain flour
50g SR flour
2 teaspoons mixed spice
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
120ml brandy, rum or port (additive free)
400g Green & Blacks milk or dark chocolate
1 packet Smallows
1 packet Natural Confectionary lollies
½ cup organic desiccated coconut
1 cup of crushed nuts or 1 packet of Arnott’s Scotch Finger biscuits (if prefer nut free)
Tip: A mix of both milk and dark chocolate works well. Great for gifts in a nice jar or lined box.
• Twix Bars chopped up can be used to replace nuts or Scotch Finger Biscuits as can Arnott’s Milk Arrowroot Biscuits.
• Nestle Choc Melts can also be used for this recipe.
• A white chocolate Rocky Road can be made with Green & Blacks White Chocolate (or Nestle White Melts), pistachios, Craisins, biscuits and with or without coconut.
• Be brave, lots of variations can be made using additive free ingredients.
About Melanie Avery
A passionate mum to three gorgeous children, Melanie began her additive free journey nearly four years ago when her daughter suffered stomach pain, bloating and asthma. After eliminating additives from her home, both Melanie and her family have reaped great health benefits. She started Let’s Party! Additive Free to share her growing knowledge and awareness about food additives with as many people as possible.
P.S. If you’d like to win a copy of Let’s Celebrate Christmas! Additive Free, simply
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