This spicy, nutty dish of noodles and vegetables dressed in peanut sauce and topped with tempeh croutons is a fusion of Indonesian and Thai-influences. It’s good served warm or at room temperature. This dish really has it all, so you can finish the meal with a simple soup or a complementary salad like Asian-Flavored Coleslaw. Photos by Hannah Kaminsky. more→
This simple preparation is typical of a sunomono, any of a variety of vinegary cold dishes served as part of Japanese meals. A sunomono ranges from quite vinegary and salty to mildly vinegared with a hint of sweetness. For this refreshing rendition, we’ll explore the latter. This is traditionally made with Japanese cucumber, or kyuri, but since these aren’t readily available in western markets, firm English cucumbers make a good substitute. more→
A friend from Shanghai described this to me as a typical dish that comes as close the definition of salad in both the Eastern and Western interpretations of the word. Its name, literally translated, is the less-than-descriptive “cold mix.” This veganized version features matchstick-cut vegetables and a chewy baked tofu. Serve with a simple noodle or rice dish for a delightful meal. more→
Though you won’t find this on domestic restaurant menus as often as you would traditional green papaya salad, the basic ingredients for this southern Thai composed salad are more readily available to the home cook. Central to this gorgeous composition is a mound of rice, which is surrounded by a variety of veggies plus one fruit — usually pineapple or green apple. A feast of flavors, textures and colors, what really pulls it together is the toasted coconut. 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!
I’m officially in love with anything pumpkin flavored, though I admit I’ve only recently started cooking with pumpkin … and I’ve been missing out. Luckily, that dry spell is over. This recipe is great for the waffle maker. Most vegan pancakes tend to be dense and the waffle maker gives it a bit more of a fluffy texture. I left out baking powder on purpose from the recipe because you can make them taste great without it. Add any fruit or maple syrup that you have on hand as a topping. Recipe and photo by Sophia Dubrovsky from Plant Based Made Easy.
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→
Burritos, literally meaning “little donkeys,” are a staple of basic Southwestern cuisine. These easy burritos, filled with beans and vegan cheese, are delicious and filling. Photos by Hannah Kaminsky. more→