Tasty Vegan Appetizers
You’ve likely come across tamari almonds; they’re deliciously addictive, but also loaded with fat and calories. Tamari chickpeas sounds almost like a mixed metaphor—combining Mediterranean and Asian flavors, but it works! Consider this — a half cup of almonds has about 415 calories and 35 grams of fat. Chickpeas, on the other hand, have only 143 calories in a half cup, and 1.37 grams of fat. This isn’t to say to avoid almonds; quite the contrary — you just need to use very judicious portions. Tamari chickpeas make a great snack, a nice protein boost for the dinner plate, and a delicious topping for salads and grain dishes.
Nachos are great as an appetizer, snack, or a simple accompaniment to salads and grain dishes. Use natural stone-ground tortilla chips. Adapted from The Vegetarian 5-Ingredient Gourmet. Photos by Rachael Braun.
An eggplant lover’s delight, baba ghanouj is a classic Middle Eastern spread meant to be scooped up on wedges of pita bread. It’s also good as a dip for raw veggies.
A delicious starter to any meal when served with crisp vegetables
or small bites of bread, this tapenade features some of the finest flavors in European cuisine. Use as a mix-in to stews and pasta dishes for a ton of added flavor with very little effort. Recipe and photo contributed by Allyson Kramer, from Great Gluten-Free Vegan Eats Around the World* © 2013 Fair Winds Press, reprinted by permission. more→
When author Brian Patton (aka The Sexy Vegan) began dating his soon-to-be wife, he offered to entertain her with Friday night happy hours at her apartment or his. After a long workweek, she was ready to kick back and enjoy a cocktail or glass of wine, and it was the perfect way to enjoy summer evenings. After a couple weeks, these evenings weren’t just for two because her friends begged for invitations after hearing rave reviews of Brian’s delicious tapas and appetizers.
This Little Macs recipe is from the book’s The Happiest Meal Happy Hour Menu that also includes a recipe for Baked Sweet Potato “Fries” with Adobo Dipping Sauce. Excerpted with permission from The Sexy Vegan’s Happy Hour at Home* ©2013 by Brian Patton. Published with permission of New World Library. more→
This Baked Sweet Potato “Fries” recipe is from the The Happiest Meal Happy Hour Menu in The Sexy Vegan’s Happy Hour at Home* by Brian Patton, which also includes a recipe for Little Macs with Very, Very Special Sauce. Excerpted with permission from The Sexy Vegan’s Happy Hour at Home* ©2013 by Brian Patton. Published with permission of New World Library. more→
This is so simple that it barely qualifies as a recipe! But it is invariably a huge hit, and makes believers out of tofu skeptics. It can be served as a simple protein dish on the dinner plate, or as a hot appetizer with cocktail toothpicks. Of course, if you use VegKitchen’s recipe for Quick Vegan Barbecue Sauce, this becomes more than a 3-ingredient recipe, but since I’ve never found a prepared BBQ sauce I’ve been too impressed with, I like to take the few extra moments to make my own. more→
This takes about 10 minutes to prepare and makes a wonderful appetizer. You can use either fried or roasted peanuts: both are delicious, differing mainly in the mouthfeel of the moist or crunchy nuts. Reprinted from Every Grain of Rice: Simple Chinese Home Cooking*by Fuchsia Dunlop. Copyright © 2012 by Fuchsia Dunlop. Photographs copyright © 2012 by Chris Terry. With the permission of the publisher, W.W. Norton & Company. All rights reserved.