This spring vegetable tart looks like a work of art, but it’s so easy to accomplish. Puff pastry isn’t the healthiest item in the world, but for special occasions, it transforms simple ingredients into something fun and festive. Use a name brand (these are most often vegan, though it doesn’t hurt to check the ingredients), and make sure to give it a good 45 minutes to an hour to thaw out—not less, and ideally, not much more. This makes two rectangular tarts that are easy on the cook and gorgeous to behold. Recipe adapted from Vegan Holiday Kitchen. Photos by Susan Voisin.
Yum, yum. Thanks to meaty-tasting portobello mushrooms, this satisfying stroganoff has the rich flavor of the traditional version without all of the extra fat and calories. Recipe contributed by Laura Theodore, from Jazzy Vegetarian Classics: Vegan Twists on American Family Favorites* © 2013 BenBella Books, reprinted by permission. more→
This simple seitan stir-fry is great choice for hearty appetites, and a warming dish for nippy evenings. Lots of red onion adds great flavor, and the mushrooms bolster the “meaty” quality of the seitan. Photos by Evan Atlas. more→
If you like mushrooms, you’ll enjoy this simple vegan gravy, which is great over seitan, tofu, brown rice or other cooked grains, veggie burgers, and best of all, mashed or smashed potatoes. In other words, this makes comfort dishes even more comforting. This recipe makes about 2 cups. Photos by Hannah Kaminsky.
This simple and delectable stir-fry of napa cabbage, mushrooms and tofu, augmented with Asian noodles, goes well with an easy slaw-style salad, and spring rolls from the freezer section of your natural foods store. It’s a great weekday meal, as the stir-fry can be accomplished in the time it takes to cook the noodles. Photos by Evan Atlas more→
Rich with nutty, invigorating flavors, this earthy wild rice and mushroom pilaf is good served warm or at room temperature. It’s a perfect side dish for the Thanksgiving or Christmas table, though you need not wait for a special occasion to enjoy it. Photos by Evan Atlas. more→
Using different colors of bell peppers makes this dish absolutely stunning. You can also substitute 1 to 2 additional bell peppers in place of the mushrooms if you prefer. Recipe and photo courtesy of Lindsay S. Nixon, adapted from The Happy Herbivore Cookbook.* more→
This hearty combination of seitan, bell peppers, and portabella mushrooms is so easy to throw together, yet makes a festive main dish for special occasions. It’s a great centerpiece for a vegan Easter dinner, for example, and would be just as good for a Christmas menu. When you’re preparing a multi-course meal, it’s so nice when the entree can be made at the last minute with little hands-on time. If any of your family or guests eat gluten-free, this is obviously not the choice for them. Recipe adapted from Vegan Holiday Kitchen. Photos by Susan Voisin.