Holidays and special occasions

10 Easy, Inexpensive Party Snacks to Make at the Last Minute

Sweet and Savory Nuts and Pretzels

Parties and celebrations help keep the winter blues at bay, whether for New Year’s eve or day, Super Bowl, Oscar-watching. Or any impromptu gathering for whatever reason helps to allay the post-holiday let-down. For your next gathering, whether hosting or attending, it’s handy to have a list of healthy, yummy snack ideas that can be made at the last minute. These are all vegan, super-quick to make, don’t require special equipment or expensive ingredients, and are relatively healthy. So get your munchies on, and be prepared for any of these to disappear quickly!

Sweet and Savory Nuts and Pretzels, at top, is an easy snack or appetizer to make for the winter holiday season and beyond. It’s also good for munching on while watching movies or sports. more→

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Handmade Kitchen Gifts for the Cook, Hostess, and Foodie

christmas cooking fir tree made from flour on a dark table ingredients for baking frozen cranberry and dried fruits on dark background top view

Nothing says thoughtful like a gift that is handmade. Handmade kitchen gifts are one-of-a-kind, and they’re more personal than buying yet another gift from your favorite kitchen brand. These handmade kitchen gifts are the perfect gifts for anyone who loves to cook, host dinner parties, or for anyone who simply enjoys eating! Check out our list of handmade kitchen gifts for the cook, hostess, and foodie. more→

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Last-Minute Vegan Thanksgiving Dinner in Less Than an Hour

Last-minute vegan Thanksgiving dinner

Thanksgiving has become the holiday that many vegans look forward to all year — there are so many great options to make and to share. But what with life’s unexpected twists, we’re here to help out if there’s an unexpected glitch in your plans — you, your partner, or your kids get sick; your flight gets cancelled; a snowstorm makes traveling hazardous. Or, at the very last minute, you’ve decided you just want to keep things quiet and intimate, rather than tussling with your rowdy relatives, especially in the current political climate

Whatever the reason, if you’re on the verge of opting out but just don’t want to feel left out, we at VegKitchen have designed this super-easy season-friendly menu that you can throw together at the last minute. There are no recipes to follow. If you want to get a little fancier, you’re free to explore our wide range of Thanksgiving recipes; and if you have more time and inclination, add our Easy Vegan Pumpkin Pie or just pick up some dessert.
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Easy Vegan Recipes for Your Holiday Meal

Holiday Meal

It can sometimes be tough to be vegan around the holidays. You have to content yourself with side dishes while your family eats turkey and asks you the same annoying questions about your diet.

But luckily, your holiday meal doesn’t just have to be about hunger and interrogation. Bringing some of these vegetarian entrees for Thanksgiving, or vegan side dishes to any holiday meal is a great way to both feed yourself and give your relatives a taste of the vegetarian lifestyle. more→

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10 Tasty Vegan Dishes to Share at Summer Barbecues

Barley and fresh corn salad

Whether you’re hosting or invited to a summer cookout, barbecue, or potluck, you’ll need a stash of easy-to-prepare and colorful cold dishes to share — and to help lure your friends to the plant-based side! Featuring plenty of summer produce, these room-temperature dishes are designed to impress the guests while keeping it easy on the cook. All of these are fantastic accompaniments to our Vegan Barbecue offerings.  more→

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A Plant-Based Father’s Day Menu

Unbaked vegan chocolate brownies

On Father’s Day, treat Dad to this delicious and easy plant-based menu. Your dad need not be vegan to appreciate this hearty (and heart-healthy meal) that shows how much you really care! Here’s our suggested menu, perfect as a brunch or lunch. more→

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10 Low-and No-Sugar Vegan Holiday Desserts

Gingered winter fruit medley

Thanksgiving cookies, cakes, and pies are hard to resist — even the vegan versions, which can be as sugary as their non-vegan counterparts. What about those who can’t — or won’t — indulge in sugar-filled treats? If that applies to you or any of your guests, you can still indulge in these seasonal, flavorful, and beautiful treats. Gingered Winter Fruit Medley (at top) is simple and pretty combination of winter fruits — pears, apples, oranges, and pineapple, spiced with crystallized ginger — is a refreshing finish to any vegan Thanksgiving feast. more→

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6 Vegan Stuffings for Thanksgiving & Beyond

Cranberry wild rice stuffing recipe

There’s something about stuffing that evokes comfort and nostalgia. While stuffing can be a nice change-of-pace from other starch-based side dishes for everyday meals, most of us don’t think of making it other than for holiday meals. Here are 6 savory and comforting vegan stuffings for Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners, but you need not wait for a holiday to enjoy. They’re great for everyday winter meals, too.

The stuffings here follow tradition by including bread as a basic ingredient. For those who eat gluten free, the good news is that there are several brands of gluten-free bread that can be used to make the bread cubes or bread crumbs in these recipes. In Cranberry Pear Wild Rice Stuffing, above, the wild rice adds a wonderful texture, and the slight sweetness of dried cranberries lends a delicious flavor. Serve on its own; or use to stuff winter squashes for a dazzling holiday main dish. more→

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