Fruitful Flavors

Pear and Walnut Compote with Choco-Wafers

Pear and Walnut Compot with Choco-wafers

Holiday meals, whether at home or at my grandmother’s, always concluded with a small bowl of stewed dried fruits perfectly sweetened and laced with cinnamon. Homemade chocolate wafers turn this delicious, unpretentious pear and cranberry compote into an elegant, alluring dessert perfect for holidays or company meals. Recipe contributed by Zel Allen, from Vegan for the Holidays.* Photos by Jennifer Strohmeyer of Virtually Vegan Mama.

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Gingered Winter Fruit Medley

Winter fruit medley

This simple and pretty combination of winter fruits — pears, apples, oranges, and pineapple, spiced with crystallized ginger — is a refreshing finish to any meal. It’s pretty enough to serve as a Christmas dinner dessert, accompanied by your favorite cookies. Recipe adapted from Vegan Holiday Kitchen. Photos by Susan Voisin.
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Orange-Mango Smoothie

Mango and banana smoothie

Get a healthy dose of vitamin C with this delectable mango, banana, orange juice in a combination that tastes like an intensely delicious creamsicle. more→

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Mixed Greens with Pears, Cranberries, and Pecans

Pear Salad

Bosc pears that are just slightly underripe are perfect in this salad that’s simple enough for everyday, yet festive enough for holiday meals. Contrasted with the crunch of pecans and and the sweetness of dried cranberries, this salad is a party for the palate. Photos by Rachael Braun. more→

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Chocolate-Drizzled Apples or Pears with Date “Caramel” Sauce

Chocolate drizzled apples or pears

Two or three crisp apples or firm pears plus vegan chocolate chips add up to a seriously good dessert. And if you have a few dates on hand (and a machine to blend them up with) you can make a caramel-y sauce to dip them into, though this is entirely optional. 
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Spinach and Apple Smoothie

Spinach and apple smoothie recipe

This refreshing smoothie of spinach, apple, and cucumber is among my favorites, as I like smoothies that are more juicy and not too thick.   more→

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Watermelon-Cucumber Cooler (aka Hangover Helper)

Watermelon Juice

I haven’t been on a bender since well before I had kids. But sometimes I’ll get “over served” at an event, or a new cocktail might leave me a bit more bleary-eyed than I’d like. That’s when I turn to this refreshing concoction. The melon and cucumber help to hydrate you, while the salt and mint aid in settling your stomach. Recipe contributed from Eating In Color: Delicious, Healthy Recipes for You and Your Family* ©2014 by Frances Largeman-Roth.  more→

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Classic Strawberry-Banana Smoothie

Strawberry-banana smoothie

If you’re looking for just one fruit smoothie combo to fall in love with, this strawberry and banana is a classic for good reason! more→

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