Special Occasions and Entertaining

Red Quinoa Pilaf with Kale and Corn

red quinoa pilaf with kale and corn

I love recipes that are impressive enough to serve guests, yet easy enough to make as an everyday dish. In Vegan Holiday Kitchen, this recipe is offered as a Thanksgiving side dish; it’s so hearty that the addition of a cup or two of  beans (yummy with black beans), can make it plentiful entree. Or, to dress it up even more, use it to stuff small squashes like golden acorn or delicata. Can’t find red quinoa? Regular is fine; it will taste just as good, even if it won’t be as photogenic. Photo by Susan Voisin, FatFree Vegan Kitchen.
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Tofu and Potato Hash Browns

tofu and potato hash browns

This is a simple, comforting dish that’s just as good for dinner as it is for brunch. Have potatoes cooked ahead of time, and this easy and tasty dish will have your family or guests eating in short order. Leftovers are wonderful for breakfast. Or, if you make this expressly to serve in the morning, you can either microwave or cook the potatoes the night before for a head start. Great accompaniments include Israeli Salad, orange slices, and fresh whole grain bread. Adapted from The Vegetarian Family Cookbook. more→

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Scrambled Tofu Burritos

scrambled tofu burrito for lunch or dinner

These easy scrambled tofu burritos are excellent as a weekend brunch or breakfast; they also make a nice option for a quick dinner. Serve with a simple potato dish or fresh fruit, and a colorful salad. Photos by Rachael Braun.
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Olive Oil-Lemon Marinade

olive oil, lemons, and garlicThis basic marinade is excellent for grilling vegetables. The tang of lemon juice balances the fruity taste of the olive oil. more→

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Beet, Cucumber, and Orange Salad

Beet and orange salad

If you like beets, you’ll absolutely love them combined with the crunch of cucumber and the sweetness of citrus. This salad can be enjoyed all through fresh orange season, adding color and flavor to cool-weather meals. more→

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Composed Fresh Summer Fruit Platter

Fruit platter2

Fresh fruit platters are the best kind of dessert for summer evenings, with berries, melons, and other fruits at their peak. They can also be the main feature of a light brunch served with muffins or other baked goods. Here, quantities are given just as a guideline — they aren’t as  important as arrangement—and of course, the fruit should be ripe and luscious. Vary the kind of fruit used according to what’s available. Photo by Hannah Kaminsky of Bittersweet. more→

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Orange-Cranberry Muffins or Mini-Loaves

Cranberry orange muffins

The pairing of orange and cranberry makes for a lively flavor combination in baked goods. If I’m in the mood to make muffins for a weekend brunch, this is one of my top choices! And for holiday baking or giving, this batter is nice made into mini-loaves. Adapted from The Vegetarian Family Cookbook.
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Deviled Tomatoes

Deviled tomatoes

If you no longer eat eggs but have a craving for the retro classic, deviled eggs, you’ll really enjoy these deviled tomatoes — a completely vegan rendition. The combination of chickpeas, nutritional yeast, and vegan mayo add up to a fairly egg-like flavor and consistency. And these are even easier to make than the originals. Though these are somewhat spring-y (for instance, they’d be a lovely vegan Easter appetizer) they can be a treat any time of year for brunch, as an appetizer, or even to pack into the lunch box in a container. These are rather addictive, and with no worry about cholesterol, be prepared for them to disappear quickly! Photos by Hannah Kaminsky.

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