Tasty Vegan Appetizers

Tamari Chickpeas

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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.

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Black Bean Nachos Grandes

Vegan black bean nachos

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. 

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Baba Ghanouj (Middle Eastern Roasted Eggplant and Tahini Dip)

Baba ghanouj

An eggplant lover’s delight, Baba Ghanouj is, like hummus, 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.
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Black Olive and Sun-Dried Tomato Tapenade

olive tapenade by allyson kramer

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→

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Little Macs with Very, Very Special Sauce

Little Mac by Brian Patton from Sexy Vegan's Happy HourWhen 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→

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Baked Sweet Potato “Fries”with Adobo Dipping Sauce

sweet potato fries by brian patton from sexy vegan's happy hourThis Baked Sweet Potato “Fries” recipe is from the The Happiest Meal Happy Hour Menu in The Sexy Vegan’s Happy Hour at Homeby 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→

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Taco Bowls with Mixed Bean Sprouts Salsa

Taco bowls with bean sprout salsa

These crispy taco bowls, filled with an unusual salsa of mixed bean sprouts, are a fantastic party finger food, or a great snack for a cozy movie night on the sofa. They’re also perfect to please vegans, vegetarians, and those on gluten- dairy-, and nut-free diets. You can keep them simple or give them a spicy drizzle with your favorite sauces. Recipe and photos contributed Andrea Soranidis of The Petite Cook.
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Barbecue-Flavored Tofu Nuggets

Baked Barbecue-Flavored Tofu Nuggets

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→

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