Savor and Flavor
You can make this vegan cheese-y appetizer as a spread in no time, or let it set up into slices. I like it both ways and hope that you will, too. This is good with sliced fresh baguette, or serve it with whole-grain or gluten-free crackers or crispbreads. It’s also quite nice served with chunks of red bell pepper and peeled celery cut into short sections. Grapes served in small bunches on the side add a nice flavor balance. Recipe adapted from Vegan Holiday Kitchen by Nava Atlas. Photos by Hannah Kaminsky. more→
This bright green dip of sweet peas, parsley, and luscious pistachios is great served with brightly colored vegetables—baby carrots, sliced red bell peppers, rounds of yellow squash, and thin wedges of raw sweet potato. You can also add fresh or crisp breads or stone-ground tortilla chips to the mix. This might well become your go-to as a tasty snack or appetizer. Photos by Hannah Kaminsky of Bittersweet. more→
If you like mushrooms, you’ll enjoy this simple vegan gravy, which is great over seitan, tofu, brown rice or other cooked grains, veggie burgers, and best of all, mashed or smashed potatoes. In other words, this makes comfort dishes even more comforting. Photos by Hannah Kaminsky of Bittersweet. more→
Hot artichoke dips are classic appetizer offerings, but they’re rarely vegan. This one is, and it’s every bit as luscious as the dairy version. Serve with crispbreads, baby carrots, spoon-sized chunks of red bell pepper, and Belgian endive leaves. Photos by Susan Voisin. Adapted from Vegan Holiday Kitchen. more→
This sweet and savory jewel-tone red onion jam, which can be made a day or several days ahead. This is what you want to serve with Chickpea-Zucchini Farinata. It’s also good with flatbread, dolloped on grain dishes, and with fresh, ripe tomatoes.
One of the trendiest and most popular things to do with kale is to transform it into crispy chips for snacking. Though I’m more partial to raw kale salad, kale chips enthusiasts report that once these are out of the oven, they’re instantly devoured by snackers of all ages. more→
Sometimes you need a quick and dip for a party or as an easy appetizer. This is simple to make, but dressed up with a little rum in the beans, some chile in the vegan sour cream, and topped with multicolored heirloom tomatoes, it makes an appealing presentation. Recipe and photo from The Great Vegan Bean Book* by Kathy Hester ©2013, Four Winds Press. Photo by Renée Comet. Reprinted by permission. more→
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.