Holidays and special occasions
Not sure why, but vegan and vegetarian cookbooks rarely present many appetizer recipes to speak of, so hopefully you’ll find the wide array of choices here useful and appealing. A nice idea for entertaining (for the winter holidays or any casual occasion) is to offer a spread of hot and cold appetizers (instead of the usual sit-down dinner) with wine or cocktails, followed by a dessert buffet. If you need ideas for a vegan dessert buffet, we’ve got you covered there as well, of course, on the Vegan Dessert Recipes page. more→
To create delicious vegan Easter dinner recipes and menus (as well as desserts and treats, all of which also apply to vegetarian tastes), we need only to look to the fresh produce of early spring; light leafy greens, asparagus, beets, carrots, and bright, citrusy flavors. Easter, a holiday for both reflection and rejoicing, carries many connotations of renewal of life. Use these mix and match menu suggestions to create a memorable Easter feast for your family and friends. For lots more vegan Easter recipes and menus in book form, consult Vegan Holiday Kitchen. more→
Choosing festive and colorful recipes for a vegan Christmas dinner menu (suitable for any vegetarian as well) — as well as desserts and appetizers — doesn’t have to be difficult. VegKitchen is here to help with healthy holiday party fare! Feasting with family and friends, so central to this beloved holiday is made all the merrier when compassion is paired with the abundance of the season. Here’s a mix-and-match list to make planning your holiday gatherings easier and healthier. Pictured above, Black Rice with Corn and Cranberries; photo by Susan Voisin. more→
For vegetarians and vegans, Thanksgiving used to mean being relegated to side dishes, but over the last couple of decades it has grown into an occasion for full culinary expression. A more plant-based celebration actually reflects Thanksgiving’s original intent— a feast of gratitude for the harvest’s abundance.
Still, Thanksgiving can be a trying time for the meatless crowd. That’s because the holiday is so completely bound up with the concept of turkey. For those who are hosting veg guests — or if you’re the lone vegetarian or vegan in a turkey-oriented crowd, the biggest challenges are still posed by the need for a great main dish, an unstuffed stuffing, and a delectable dessert. To that end, here are a trio of recipes from the just-published Vegan Holiday Kitchen (Sterling Publishing, 2011) by Nava Atlas. With the addition of seasonal vegetable side dishes and salads that can be shared no matter what the dietary persuasion, everyone will leave the table satisfied. more→
For Jews around the world, early fall is the beginning of a new year, marking Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year. Here are recipes and menus for the vegan and vegetarian table. Rosh Hashana is more than a New Year’s celebration. The holiday’s ancient roots are as a harvest festival, and enjoyment of the abundant produce of early autumn remains central to the celebration. The foods served emphasize this holiday’s optimistic spirit. And so, naturally sweet foods are favored at the dinner table.
Here is a selection of easy vegan brunch recipes and menus that require minimum time in the kitchen, so you can relax with your guests! Brunch evokes images of leisurely weekend dining, and celebrations large and small. When you go plant-based, brunch is no longer defined by heavy, egg and cheese dishes and refined starches that make you feel like going back to bed. Here are some fresh ideas for your brunch time fare. Pictured above, Apple-Almond Butter Pancakes by Robin Robertson, photo by Lori Maffei (see third recipe listed just below). more→
These vegan Passover Seder recipes and menus (great for vegetarians too) focus on the fresh produce of early spring — very fitting, as the holiday has connotations of renewal and rebirth. Though there’s flexibility in what may be served for the meal itself, there are also many restrictions. Ashkenazic Jews avoid, aside from bread-related products, many other grains and legumes. For Sephardic Jews, leavened wheat products are avoided, but rice and other grains can be used, as well as legumes. Shown above: Spring Vegetable Soup with Vegan Matzo Balls; photo by Susan Voisin.
Here are easy, tasty vegan barbecue recipes (great for any vegetarian, too) for grilling vegetables, tofu, tempeh and seitan. Create your own BBQ fireworks with alternative protein foods and vegetables that take on an entirely new taste dimension on the grill. Grilling is more art than science. It may take a few rounds to get the knack of working with whatever grilling equipment you have, be it a fancy gas-powered unit or a simple outdoor electric grill. Remember, though, that expensive equipment is not necessary to create a tasty outdoor meal.