Special Occasions and Entertaining

Easy Mushroom Gravy

Easy vegan mushroom gravy

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→

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Quinoa with Cauliflower, Cranberries, and Nuts

Quinoa and cauliflower pilaf

This pilaf combines two companionable ingredients—cauliflower and quinoa. If you can plan ahead, having cooked quinoa and chopped cauliflower makes this dish a breeze to put together. Serve with a simple bean or lentil dish and a colorful salad.  more→

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Easy Portabella Burgers

Grilled portabella burgers on while-grain buns

The easiest route to a grilled vegan burger is to simply lavish portabella mushroom caps in a good marinade and plunk them on the grill. To vary this, simply choose different marinades and accompaniments. This is good with or without buns, and works well on an indoor electric grill as well. If you don’t have either kind of grill, simply prepare in a skillet. Delicious with lightly cooked or grilled corn and a big salad or any  kind of potato salad.  Photos by Rachael Braun. more→

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Raw or Nearly-Raw Cold Beet Borscht

Nearly raw beet borscht

The ingredients of classic cold beet borscht are usually cooked together, then chilled, but in this version, there’s no need to cook at all, unless you’d like to lightly pre-cook the beets. After this has a chance to chill, don’t be shy about amping up the lemon/agave contrast to your taste. Photos
by Hannah Kaminsky of Bittersweet Blog. more→

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Creamy Tofu Scramble with Kale and Pumpkin or Butternut Squash

Creamy Tofu Scramble with Kale and Butternut Squash

This recipe contributed by Ricki Heller, from Diet, Dessert and Dogs  proves that you don’t need a ton of ingredients to create a flavorful recipe. This delicious and very pretty tofu scramble features pumpkin or butternut squash and kale, making it perfect seasonal fare for a super-quick dinner (providing that your pumpkin or squash is pre-baked; see VegKitchen’s tips here, brunch, or even a hearty breakfast. more→

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Seven-Vegetable Couscous

Seven-vegetable couscous

Seven is a lucky number in Jewish tradition, so a soup or stew featuring seven vegetables is a Rosh Hashanah (Jewish New Year) favorite among Sephardic Jews. Despite the longish ingredient list, it’s easy and quick enough to serve as a mid-week main dish even if you don’t observe the Jewish New Year. Feel free to replace other veggies for the ones listed below. Want a gluten-free version? Substitute  quinoa for the couscous. From Vegan Holiday Kitchen. Photo by Susan Voisin, FatFree Vegan Kitchen. more→

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Grilled Tempeh, Green Beans, and Pineapple

grilled pineapple, tempeh, and green beans

For your summer barbecue pleasure, grilled pineapple makes a heavenly foil for the assertive flavor of the hoisin-marinated tempeh and green beans. If there was ever a dish that captured the essence of vegan BBQ bliss, this would be it! Adapted from Vegan Holiday Kitchen.* more→

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Grilled Asparagus with Spring Onion-Radish “Butter”

Grilled Asparagus

Be prepared for a new late spring favorite! I knew I wanted to grill the asparagus and I knew I wanted something special on top, but that special something eluded me until I thought of the simplest and most elegant appetizer radishes spread with butter (vegan buttery spread, in this case) and a garnish of sea salt. Oh my goodness, this dish is amazing! Recipe and photo contributed by Betsy DiJulio; adapted from The Blooming Platter. more→

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