Vegan Snacks and Dips

Roasted Chestnuts

How to roast chestnuts

The chestnut vendor offering hot, charcoal-roasted chestnuts on the streets of many cities symbolizes the coming of winter. This seasonal treat can be enjoyed by a cozy fire at home as well. Chestnuts can be roasted in a popcorn basket over an open fire, in a shallow baking dish inside the oven, or in a skillet on top of the range. Recipe contributed by Nikki and David Goldbeck, from American Wholefoods Cuisine.The first method is preferred, for the charred, crunchy portions that result from the uneven cooking are really part of the appeal. more→

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Salt and Vinegar Kale Chips

Salt and vinegar kale chips recipe

With this recipe for salt and vinegar-flavored kale chips, you want them to be both crispy and bright green. If they start to brown, they can taste burned. If you find that the chips are browning before the kale is crispy, reduce the oven temperature. From The Cleaner Plate Club* by Beth Bader and Ali Benjamin (Storey Publishing). more→

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Sweet and Savory Nuts and Pretzels

Almonds, pecans, walnuts, and peanuts in jars

This tasty snack is particularly nice to have on hand for guests to munch on during the winter holidays. more→

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Candied Pumpkin Seeds

Candied Pumpkin Seeds

This sweet treat makes a great holiday gift or party favor as well as a great everyday snack. They look pretty in clear bags tied with a ribbon. Contributed by Kim Lutz, from Welcoming Kitchen: 200 Delicious Allergen- & Gluten-Free Vegan Recipes(Sterling, ©2011). Photos by Rachael Braun. more→

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Silken Tofu and Sun-Dried Tomato Dip

Tofu and sun-dried tomato dip

This combination of silken tofu and sun-dried tomatoes makes a delicious appetizer, served with whole grain crackers and raw veggies. It’s also wonderful as a spread for sliced fresh baguette. Photos by Hannah Kaminsky. more→

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Curry Popcorn and Nuts

popcorn

A seasoned popcorn mixture with a lingering bite. An “adult” snack that is good to have at parties. Recipe contributed by Nikki and David Goldbeck, from American Wholefoods Cuisine.* more→

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Quick Dill Pickles

Homemade dill pickles

Quick to make — and quick to disappear! [and a note from Nava: I'd been looking for a go-to recipe for refrigerator pickles, and was so happy to find this, adapted from one by Nikki and David Goldbeck — I really like mild, half-sour pickles and could never get the balance just right until I tried this version. That being said, once you use this easy recipe, if you like your pickles saltier, more vinegary, more garlicky, and/or sweeter, you can play with those flavors in your future batches. These are quick and easy, and a lot less expensive than buying jars of good pickles!] more→

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Nutty Cashew Dates

Dates in a bowl

Give this healthy treat a try when you need to whip up something quick for guests. Contributed by Amy Hemmert and Tammi Pelstring, from Laptop Lunches. more→

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