Maca powder, a superfood that’s derived from a root native to Peru, has numerous health benefits. Maca is best used without cooking or baking it. The easiest way to use maca powder is to add anything from a teaspoon to a tablespoon to smoothies or protein shakes. The malty flavor works particularly well with chocolatey flavors, as in this Mocha Maca Banana Smoothie, shown above; but it also goes well with fruitier flavors, as in Strawberry-Vanilla Maca Smoothie. more→
In this simple preparation, oven-roasting naturally delicious sweet potatoes enhances them all the more. Embellished with a little onion, garlic, and fresh thyme, it’s really all you need to create fantastic side dish. more→
Unbaked Fig Bars by Gena Hamshaw have all of the chewiness and sweetness of traditional fig cookies, but they’re made with wholesome almonds, oats, and real dried figs. Truly perfect for the holiday!
For winter gatherings, my favorite food theme for entertaining is a delicious vegan appetizer buffet with wine, cocktails, and/or mocktails. After that, who needs dinner? You can then skip to coffee/tea and light desserts. Here are 8 tasty dips and finger foods, our absolute favorites from VegKitchen’s vast array of Vegan Appetizer Recipes. Choose 5 or 6 of these and serve with your favorite beverages. Above, Smoky Vegan Cheddar Cheez. You’ll find the way to the recipe with the 4th link below, along with its spreadable version. Photo above by Hannah Kaminsky. more→
Mixed Olives and Spinach Pizza is a simple twist on traditional pizza, and a generous dose of baby spinach or arugula makes it healthier. Do try finding the pepperjack or other spicy vegan cheese, which gives this a bit of a kick. more→
Tri-Color Coleslaw combines massaged kale with both green and red cabbage. It goes with just about every kind of meal, and you can vary it each time with different dressings. You can also add a little dried fruit or apple for a sweet twist.
Stir-Fried Tofu with Spring Greens is easy to make and versatile. See the note in the recipe for suggestions on which leafy greens to use; you can vary it each time. My favorite is baby bok choy!
Starting a meal with a veggie-packed vegan soup fills you up in a good way. Hardy vegetables (especially roots and cruciferous veggies), grains, beans, peas, and lentils are quite filling, yet low in calories. more→