Special Occasions and Entertaining

Pumpkin Cheesecake with a Hint of Chocolate

Vegan pumpkin cheesecake with a hint of chocolate

Here’s a vegan cheesecake-like version of pumpkin pie that offers a subtle chocolate twist with each bite. What a perfect way to finish a Thanksgiving dinner! Recipe adapted from Vegan Holiday Kitchen. Photos by Susan Voisin.

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Coconut Butternut Squash Soup with a Garnish of Greens

Coconut butternut squash soup

Once you’ve got the butternut squash baked, this autumnal soup comes together quickly. The mellow flavors of coconut milk, kale, and red onions synergies delectably with the squash, and look gorgeous together as well. It’s a fantastic first course for a Thanksgiving dinner, but it need not wait for a special occasion to enjoy it. Photos by Susan Voisin.

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Double-Layer Pumpkin Cheesecake

double layer pumpkin cheesecake

Thanksgiving isn’t the same without pumpkin pie. But if you’re looking for something different and delicious that your guests willl go crazy over, you’ve found it. Recipe and photos contributed by Susan Voisin, FatFree Vegan Kitchen. more→

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Tempeh Stew with Brussels Sprouts, Sweet Potatoes, and Shiitakes

Tempeh, Brussels Sprouts, and Sweet Potato stew

Just about any type of tempeh—soy, quinoa, sesame, wild rice—works well in this stew, which tastes even better the next day. Cranberry-Orange Sauce is a perfect accompaniment. Contributed by Leslie Cerier, from Going Wild in the Kitchen: The Fresh and Sassy Tastes of Vegetarian Cooking*. Photos by Hannah Kaminsky of Bittersweet. more→

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Mouthwatering Mashed Potatoes with Groovy Onion Gravy

vegan mashed potatoes with onion gravy

Have a funky holiday with these mashed potatoes and gravy, a must-have on the dinner table during the holidays. Try some of the variations for both recipes and make it even more fun! Contributed by Beverly Lynn Bennett, from The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Vegan Living*. Photos by Hannah Kaminsky of Bittersweet.

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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 Portobella Burgers

Easy Portobella Burgers

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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