Tasty Vegan Appetizers

Walnut Meat-less Balls

Walnut Meat-less Balls

These meatballs are flavorful and replicate a traditional meatball quite nicely, but without the heaviness that comes from the meat. You get a nice punch of protein from the walnuts and immune-boosting benefits from the mushrooms, onions, garlic and parsley. You can throw these into a typical tomato sauce and serve over pasta or as a side dish with your favorite gravy. Recipe reprinted with permission from Kicking Cancer in the Kitchen* by Annette Ramke & Kendall Scott (© 2012 Running Press, a member of the Perseus Books Group). more→

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Beet Muhummara

beet muhummaraInspired by muhummara, a Turkish spread typically made from roasted red peppers and walnuts, this stunning and addicting spread is perfect for festive occasions or any regular day of the week. Serve with warmed pita triangles. Recipe and photo courtesy of Betsy DiJulio, from The Blooming Platter Cookbook: A Harvest of Seasonal Vegan Recipes* (© 2011, Vegan Heritage Press). more→

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New Potatoes with Parsley and Almond Pesto

Parsley on cutting board

New potatoes are given a flavorful spin with a mellow parsley and almond pesto. While some savor the powerful flavor of the classic basil and walnut or pine nut pesto, others find it overpowering. I like to think of this pesto as a mellower alternative.

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Olivada

Olive varieties

This spread is the perfect combination of salty and flavorful. Contributed by Kim Lutz, from Welcoming Kitchen: 200 Delicious Allergen- & Gluten-Free Vegan Recipes* (Sterling, ©2011). more→

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Individual Tortilla Pizzas

individual tortilla pizza recipe

These Southwestern-flavored “pizzas,” made with tortillas and embellished with veggies, can be part of a satisfying meal served with a hearty bean chili or  bean salad. Otherwise, they make a nice appetizer. If you’re just making them for one or two, don’t worry about sticking to the measurements. Just pile on the embellishments suggested below as you wish, and add or substitute others. There’s no wrong way to do these!  more→

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Avocado Mango Salsa

Avocado Mango Salsa recipe

Avocado and mango make a heavenly pair when combined in a delicious and easy salsa.You can spread this onto crackers, or papadi (small, round, and salty snack from India), spoon it into tortilla scoops, or serve as a dip for tortilla chips. Contributed by Mythreyi Vattikuti from her blog Yum! Yum! Yum!

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Eggplant Caponata

Eggplant caponata recipe

Caponata is a relish-like eggplant salad that’s a classic Italian appetizer. Its other characteristic ingredients include fresh tomatoes, celery, and olives. Serve on fresh bread or slices of Italian bread that have been baked until crisp (bruschetta) for a first course before serving a pasta dinner. more→

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Balsamic Basil Watermelon Antipasto

Balsamic Basil Watermelon Antipasto by Joelle Amiot from JarOHoney

We’re all looking for simple yet healthy dishes, and this antipasto fits the bill. Now that the abundance of fresh fruit is back because of the warmer weather, our choices are better than other times of the year. Yes we are still on the cusp of full fledge summer fruits and veggies, but I am seeing some favorites at the market. One of them is watermelon. This fruit is probably one of the most refreshing and versatile of all fruits. I have used it in beverages, salads, desserts, salsa, grilled it, froze it, pureed it, just cut it up and the list goes on and on. A lot of people do not know that watermelon makes GREAT savory dishes too. These single bites are a surprising mix of sweet and savory and have a slight tang to them. Not only are they simple elegance in presentation, they are very tasty and healthy too. Recipes and photos contributed by Joelle Amiot from her blog JarOHoney.
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