A Colorful Vegan Christmas

Easy Raw Cranberry-Apple Relish

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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Spinach, Orange, and Red Cabbage Salad

Spinach, orange, and red cabbage salad recipe

Here’s a gorgeous salad of spinach, red cabbage, and oranges that adds a burst of color and nutrition to the plate. It’s a quick salad for everyday meals and is equally welcome as part of winter holiday meals. Adapted from Vegan Express. Photos by Hannah Kaminsky. more→

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Bulgur and Sweet Potato Pilaf

Bulgur with sweet potatoes

This attractive dish has a subtle sweet flavor and the crunch of toasted walnuts. Double this recipe for a great winter holiday grain dish—it’s perfect for Thanksgiving or Christmas dinners. Recipe adapted from Vicki’s Vegan Kitchen by Vicki Chelf ©2011, Square One Publishing, reprinted by permission.  more→

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Cranberry Upside-Down Cake

Cranberry upside-down cake

This delicious and very pretty cake was contributed by Dynise Balcavage from The Urban Vegan: 250 Simple, Sumptuous Recipes from Street Cart Favorites to Haute Cuisine.It’s a lovely dessert to serve at Thanksgiving and Christmas, but you need not wait for a special occasion to make and enjoy it. more→

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Pineapple-Orange Ambrosia

Pineapple and 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 brunch recipe. more→

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