A Colorful Vegan Christmas

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

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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Parsnip Chowder

Parsnips are hardy winter roots whose mild flavor is perfect for this soothing cool-weather soup. more→

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Roasted Root Vegetable Medley

Roasted root vegetable medley

Oven-roasting brings out the natural sweetness of many vegetables, and this is particularly true in the case of root vegetables. You can vary the vegetables suggested here; for example, if you prefer not to use beets, use more of one of the other types of vegetables; and if you don’t care for parsnips, try golden potatoes. more→

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Cabbage, Apple, and Raisin Slaw

This colorful and naturally sweet medley of cabbage, apples, and raisins has an appealing crunch. It’sgreat for everyday as well as holiday meals. Adapted from The Vegetarian Family Cookbook. more→

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