Special Occasions and Entertaining

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. 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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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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