A Colorful Vegan Christmas

White Bean and Sun-Dried Tomato Pâté

White bean and sun-dried tomato paté recipe

Here’s an old standby that never fails to please — a savory spread based on creamy white beans, accentuated with sun-dried tomatoes. Serve with raw vegetables and crispbreads. Make the sliceable version of Smoky Cheddar Cheez and serve with crisp red grapes for a lovely array of appetizers. Photo by Gail Calvert Rollins. more→

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Spinach and Cucumber Spread or Dip

Spinach and cucumber dip

One of my old favorites, this tasty spinach spread, with hints of dill and crisp cucumber, never loses its charm. Serve with fresh bread, whole-grain crackers, crispbreads, or raw veggies. This is compatible with carrots, cauliflower, bell pepper, and celery. more→

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Spiced Cranberry Nog

Spiced Cranberry Nog zel allen vegan for the holidaysA knock-your-socks-off festive holiday beverage, this unique take-off on eggnog lights up with a tangy edge and an inviting powder puff pink color thanks to the season’s bountiful cranberry harvest. The nog is quickly assembled in the blender, but you may want to plan ahead for multiple batches when serving a crowd. Recipe and photo contributed by Zel Allen, from Vegans for the Holidays.*

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Stewed Spiced Pears in Red Wine

Pears stewed in red wine

In this light dessert, pears are lightly cooked in red wine and apple juice and gently spiced with cinnamon and allspice. A delicious and elegant way to present pears, this is especially nice in the winter when so few other fruits are available. more→

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Easy Raw Cranberry-Apple Relish

Fresh raw cranberry apple relish

Antioxidant and nutrient-dense cranberries have so much going for them. Why not enjoy these tart treats raw? This delicious relish can be made in minutes and can be enjoyed on special occasions (like Thanksgiving and Christmas, when cranberry sauce is a staple) or for everyday meals. This recipe doubles easily for serving a crowd. Served in small portions, this provides a great burst of color and flavor to the plate and goes just as well with spicy dishes as it does with comfort foods. more→

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Sautéed Red Cabbage

sauteed red cabbage

This wine-scented dish of red cabbage and onion cheering is a winter recipe, and a simple side dish for everyday and holiday meals. more→

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Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Garlic mashed potatoes

Mashed potatoes laced with smoky-flavored roasted garlic adds a big yum factor to a comforting classic. No worries if you’re a bit shy of garlic — roasting garlic makes it much mellower and sweeter.
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Squash, Sweet Potato, and Corn Chowder

Squash and corn chowder

Squash, corn, and sweet potato combine to make a hearty chowder that’s especially perfect for fall. Though this admittedly involves a bit of preparation, none of it is difficult. It’s a great soup to make on a quiet Sunday — you’ll be happy to come home to it during the week! It’s delicious with fresh cornbread. It’s also the kind of soup you won’t mind making an extra effort to make for holiday meals like Thanksgiving. more→

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