A Colorful Vegan Christmas

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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Rosemary Roasted Mushrooms

Roasted mushrooms rosemary

Here’s a delicious roasted mushroom appetizer that can also be used as a first course for almost any kind of meal. Use any kind of mushroom you like, or a combination of two or three. more→

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Cocoa Mock Mince Pie

Mince pies are a long-standing Christmas tradition, but of course the standard versions use mincemeat or suet. Nineteenth-century American housewives began making mock mince pies, and they’re so good that I suspect no one ever missed the meat. This version has an additional twist—a bit of cocoa for a deep, rich flavor. more→

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Cranberry Slaw

cranberry coleslaw

This festive coleslaw is easy to make with pre-shredded cabbage (make sure to get the kind with added carrots), though you’re welcome to use a combination of fresh green and red cabbage, as suggested in the variation. This is welcome as an everyday salad and is also festive enough to serve with holiday meals.  more→

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Fruity Kale Salad

kale in a basket

This beautiful massaged kale salad provides a gorgeous burst of color for every day or special occasion meals (festive enough to include in a vegetarian/vegan Christmas or Thanksgiving dinner menu). It’s so luscious that I consider this the salad equivalent of candy.  more→

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Nutty Wild Rice with Mushrooms

wild rice

Rich with nutty, invigorating flavors, this wild rice and mushroom pilaf is good served warm or at room temperature. more→

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