Vegan Snacks and Dips
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.
Crackers are great little gems to have tucked away for the random occasion when you need something quick, savory and snappy. They shine in celebratory times where they make there subtle, but necessary, appearance on party trays. They come to the rescue during more dismal times–acting as the only food some folks can stomach when feeling under the weather. They also work well as a simple and delicious snack, for no good reason at all. Recipe and photo contributed by Allyson Kramer, from Manifest Vegan. more→
This is a version of a recipe that circulates as “mock chopped liver,” though this doesn’t resemble or taste like chopped liver in an way. An even more traditional version of this is Passover Mock Chopped Liver, which is made with mushrooms. Really, this one isn’t mock-anything, just delicious in its own right. Serve it with any kind of cracker, or as a spread for fresh bread. more→
Here’s an old standby that never fails to please — a savory spread based on creamy white beans, accentuated with sun-dried tomatoes. Serve with raw vegetables and crispbreads. Make the sliceable version of Smoky Cheddar Cheez and serve with crisp red grapes for a lovely array of appetizers. Photo by Gail Calvert Rollins. more→
One of my old favorites, this tasty spinach spread, with hints of dill and crisp cucumber, never loses its charm. Serve with fresh bread, whole-grain crackers, crispbreads, or raw veggies. This is compatible with carrots, cauliflower, bell pepper, and celery. more→
What’s a vegan web site without a basic recipe for hummus? Here’s ours, with a few tasty variations. This classic Middle Eastern dip is great teamed with fresh pita bread and crisp veggies for scooping it up. It’s a fantastic snack for kids and a great ingredient for wraps or pita sandwiches.
Here are flavoring ideas for embellishing freshly made popcorn. These recipes make enough to flavor a 10-cup batch (from about 1/2 cup kernels). If you air-pop or use fat-free microwave popcorn, you might like to drizzle 2 tablespoons or so of melted Earth Balance or coconut oil into the popcorn just before adding the seasonings. My favorite way to pop corn is in an Old Fashioned Popcorn Popper like the one made by Jacob Bromwell. Very low-tech, but it seems to bring out the best flavor from the popcorn. I like to start with 2 tablespoons or so safflower or organic virgin coconut oil per 1/2 cup of kernels. more→
I whipped this up one afternoon as a quick snack and served it with apple sticks. The next morning I spread it on toast for breakfast. This could make a great lunch served with a green smoothie and fresh veggie sticks. Contributed by April Jones.