Special Occasions and Entertaining

Baba Ghanouj (Middle Eastern Roasted Eggplant and Tahini Dip)

Baba ghanouj

An eggplant lover’s delight, baba ghanouj is a classic Middle Eastern spread meant to be scooped up on wedges of pita bread. It’s also good as a dip for raw veggies.
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Black Rice with Corn and Cranberries

Black Rice with Corn and Cranberries

This delectable dish of black or wild rice, corn, and cranberries is a festive eyeful, but it’s too good to save for only special occasions, and too simple not to make for everyday meals. It makes a gorgeous holiday side dish, or, stuffed into small squashes, a great vegan main dish. Recipe from Vegan Holiday Kitchen; photo by Susan Voisin, FatFree Vegan Kitchen.

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Veggie Frittata with Salsa Verde

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This quick frittata is one of the most requested dishes in my household. It can easily have countless variations by using seasonal vegetables from your local farmer’s market in place of the ones listed. Try shredded kale instead of asparagus and zucchini in place of the carrot for a fun twist or try adding minced red pepper for a dash of color.  Recipe and photo contributed by Allyson Kramer, from Great Gluten-Free Vegan Eats Around the World * ©2013 Fair Winds Press, reprinted by permission. more→

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Pear and Apple Crumble

Apple pear crumble recipe

If you’d like an alternative to pumpkin pie for fall celebrations like Thanksgiving, or everyday meals, this combination of pears and apples is a welcome dessert. It’s especially tasty served warm over vanilla nondairy ice cream. Photos by Hannah Kaminsky. more→

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Hearty Vegetable Pot Pie

Vegetable pot pieEveryone loves this nostalgic classic, whether served at everyday meals or as holiday fare. Using prepared whole-grain pie crusts makes pot pies a snap to prepare. Photo credit: Sang An.

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Black Lentil Celery Couscous with Jeweled Fruit

Black Lentil Celery Couscous with Jeweled FruitCelery is used twice in this dish: softened in the beginning with a little olive oil, and tossed in at the end for a decisive crunch. You may substitute traditional couscous for the whole wheat and brown or green lentils for the black ones. (The black ones are especially pretty, though.) Recipe reprinted with permission from Ripe: A Fresh, Colorful Approach to Fruits and Vegetables* © 2012 by Cheryl Sternman Rule, photography by Paulette Phlipot; Running Press, a member of the Perseus Book Group. more→

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“Tofuna” Salad Sandwich Spread

"tofuna" salad

This sandwich spread is so simple, yet every time I make it, it disappears quickly. Even tofu skeptics love it. Since all you really need for this is the first three ingredients, it hardly qualifies as a recipe, and you won’t even need to consult this after you make it once. The last two ingredients, though entirely optional, are highly recommended. If I’m having guests for lunch or brunch on weekends, I often make a batch of this as an extra, no matter what else I’m serving. more→

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Berry-licious Vegan Stuffed French Toast

Vegan Berry stuffed french toast by helyn dunnWhat to make for a late morning brunch… too cold for a smoothie, not really up for oatmeal… haven’t had french toast for a while so I thought, why not make it a little different and a lot special…

There are three components to this fantastic, healthy dish: the french toast itself, the blueberry “cream” cheese stuffing and the blueberry syrup… of course you can use any or all of them separately for other yummy, nutrient-dense meals. Contributed by Helyn Dunn from her blog Helyn’s Healthy Kitchen. more→

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