Special Occasions and Entertaining

Buckwheat Crepes with Chocolate Sauce

Buckwheat Crepes + Chocolate Sauce by Jenne Claiborne from Sweet Potato Soul

These whole grain crepes are delicious, filling, very pretty, and totally healthy! They’re also great for kids. Then there is the chocolate! This creamy vegan chocolate sauce takes the crepes to the next level. Yes, even the chocolate sauce is healthy. There is really no excuse not to give these a try at your next brunch. Recipe contributed by JennéClaiborne from Sweet Potato Soul. Photos by Sydney Bensimon. 

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Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Pecans

Roasted Sweet Potatoes from Leslie Cerier

You can make this festive roasted sweet potato dish with yams or sweet potatoes or a combination of both. Generally speaking, garnet yams are sweeter than sweet potatoes. Serve it for the Thanksgiving holidays or anytime you want to warm up the house with the sweet aromas of cinnamon and nutmeg. Recipe contributed by Leslie Cerier. Photo by Tracey Eller

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Pinto Bean, Green Olive, & Sweet Potato Turnovers

Pinto Bean, Green Olive, & Sweet Potato Turnovers

I think I could eat one of these turnovers every day for lunch and be quite happy. They have everything I love: beans, olives, sweet potato, smoky cumin and crust. Especially crust. I like to make a big batch and put half in the freezer. Serve with salsa and/or cashew sour cream if you’d like. If you’re not into making your own dough, use vegan puff pastry. Or go super simple and stuff whole wheat tortillas with the warm filling. Recipe and photo contributed by Annie Oliverio of An Unrefined Vegan. Annie is the author of the forthcoming Crave Eat Heal: Plant-based, Whole-food Recipes to Satisfy Every Craving  * (April, 2015).

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Maple-Baked Beans and Cornbread Casserole

Maple Baked Beans with Cornbread Topping But I Could Never Go Vegan by Kristy Turner

I’m just going to come right out and say it: I love casseroles. I was raised in a casserole-lovin’ family and in my pre-vegan days, a rectangular dish filled with something cooked in a can of condensed soup and topped with potato chips or corn flakes or bread crumbs was the epitome of comfort. If you’re like me, never fear—since going vegan, the casseroles have only gotten better. more→

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Wild Rice Salad with Corn and Black-Eyed Peas

Wild Rice Salad with corn and black-eyed peas

This hearty wild rice salad, embellished with corn, black-eyed peas, veggies, and herbs, is an invigorating melange of flavors, textures and colors. It’s an attractive dish to serve at room temperature, any time of year, at buffets, potlucks, and holiday gatherings. Photos by Evan Atlas. more→

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Vegan Green Bean Casserole

Vegan Green Bean Casserole

Green bean casserole is a winter holiday favorite, especially for Thanksgiving. Here’s an updated, veganized, and healthy version of this comfort food favorite. The original, vintage version uses canned cream of mushroom and (gasp!) canned fried onions; this one gets its creaminess from pureed white beans or silken tofu. Sautéed onions, crisped up with a lightly floured coating, make a yummy topping along with breadcrumbs.  more→

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Black Bean and Zucchini Tortilla Casserole

Black bean and zucchini tortilla casserole chilaquiles recipe

Chilaquiles is a classic Southwestern casserole that layers soft corn tortillas with beans and cheese (vegan in this case). Adding zucchini and chiles adds to the lively flavors. This makes for a nice change-of-pace holiday main dish, but this is also easy enough to make for weeknight meals. Photos by Hannah Kaminsky. Adapted from The Vegetarian Family Cookbook. more→

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Two Potato Kugel

White and sweet potato kugel

This potato kugel (which is a baked pudding or a casserole) is reminiscent of my grandmother’s, but I kicked up the nutritional profile a bit with the inclusion of sweet potatoes and taking out the eggs. This version is less rich but still full of potato-y comfort, a cross between hashed browns and scalloped potatoes, and a great side dish at a Passover meal. Being gluten-free, I omitted the traditional matzo meal, but feel free to add that as described if you have no issues with wheat. By the way, a mandolin slicer works great for getting the potatoes into uniform matchsticks. Recipe and photo contributed by Maria Rose from Vegan Street. more→

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