A vegan Christmas was just too sad to bear, so this past Christmas season, I allowed myself a potentially last meaty Christmas. It's just not as much fun if I can't indulge in all the yummy goodness. I didn't, however, stuff myself with meat. Even though it'll be my last meaty Christmas, I do need to exercise some self-control, otherwise it'll defeat the "easing in" process and make the new vegan year even more difficult. I loaded up on all the veggies and had only small, "reasonable"portions of meats. I'm talking like 2 oz or less of no more than 2 different meats. Mmm hmm... *pat myself on the back* ^_~
Anyway, for actual Christmas dinner, the boyfriend and I did our grocery shopping at his favorite store: Costco. @_@ Don't get me wrong, I love Costco too and I'm often the one who needs to be held back at our Costco visits. But this year, we decided to have a very small, intimate Christmas dinner for two. For such a small dinner, Costco can be very dangerous for a compulsive grocery shopper like myself. I was craving a beef rib roast, but I can't make it with anything smaller than 2 rib roast. That's a 5 lb hunk-o-meat right there! Yeah, there'll be leftovers, but we'll be eating meat for days afterwards and that's again not the point of the "easing in" process.
See, now I have a moral dilemma. Should I give myself the last hurrah I wanted and satisfy my craving or should I stick to my plan and find something else. This is a huge decision for me, because those who know me know that I DO NOT deny myself ANY food that I desire. However, I was a good girl and decided that a good alternative would be a rack of lamb. I can still roast that sucker and I do love a good rack of lamb. It's also small, so we could eat it all in one meal without feeling too stuffed. Yes, I learned to exercise some self-control. This is huge for me!
Here are some pictures of our humble Christmas dinner: herb-crusted roasted rack of lamb, sauteed spinach, grilled asparagus, an aged V. Sattui Cabernet Sauvignon and homemade apple pie. We were both satisfied by our meal. It was a lovely Christmas indeed. :-D Please excuse the ghetto candlestick holders. I couldn't find the real ones. :(