A Colorful Vegan Christmas

Pan-Seared Winter Squash and Fresh Corn

Seared squash and fresh corn

Once you have a winter squash partially baked, most anything you make comes together easily and quickly. This simple side dish is easy enough to serve at everyday meals, and festive enough for the holiday table. Though its past fresh corn season in most areas, markets often bring this classic crop back for the holiday season, and it’s still quite good. This serves 8 or more as a side dish. more→

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Lentil and Mushroom Shepherd’s Pie

Hearty lentil and mushroom shepherds pie

There are no words to describe this lentil and mushroom shepherd’s pie than as a deep dish of absolute comfort. It’s a bit of a project, but not at all difficult, and definitely worth it for a special occasion or holiday meal. It’s perfect for Thanksgiving or Christmas! Recipe from Vegan Holiday Kitchen. Photos by Susan Voisin.  more→

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Spinach and Cucumber Spread or Dip

Spinach and Cumber Spread or 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. Photos by Evan Atlas. 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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Pineapple-Orange Ambrosia

Pineapple-orange ambrosia

The refreshing duo of pineapple and oranges will perk up your taste buds during winter’s long fruit drought. It’s easy enough to make as a snack, and elegant enough to serve as dessert. If you want to end a holiday dinner with a lighter dessert, this is a nice choice. It also makes a fabulous fruity finish for a casual brunch. Photos by Hannah Kaminsky. 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.

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Sautéed Red Cabbage

sauteed red cabbage

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

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Leek and Corn Stuffed Peppers

Corn and Leek Stuffed Peppers

For these festive leek and corn stuffed peppers, try to use fresh corn if you can. In the late fall or early winter, organic frozen corn will do just fine.  This dish makes an attractive centerpiece for special occasion dinners like Thanksgiving and Christmas. For everyday or weekend meals for a smaller crowd, cut the recipe in half. Photos by Evan Atlas. more→

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