Holidays and special occasions

Vegan Thanksgiving Dinner (Vegetarians Welcome!)

Whole wheat and wild rice-stuffed butternut squash

Here’s your premier source for vegan Thanksgiving recipes and menus to create a memorable dinner—suitable for any vegetarian guests as well! Create mix-and match menus from the following recipes, from soup to dessert, complete with vegan stuffings and main dishes—all the holiday traditions you adore, updated for a compassionate plant-based feast. Shown above, Butternut Squash With Whole Wheat, Wild Rice, & Onion Stuffingphoto by Hannah Kaminsky. more→

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Vegan Potluck Recipes Especially for Summer

Israeli couscous summer salad

Summer is prime season for informal parties, where the operative word in food is sharing. And even if you’re the only vegan at the potluck, everyone will want to try your dishes and ask for your recipes, so bring plenty! The fare that appeals most during warm weather is fresh, seasonal, and tastes best at room temperature. Here’s a selection of such dishes that you’ll find here on VegKitchen. more→

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Vegan Cinco de Mayo Recipes

Fully Loaded Vegan Nachos

Cinco de Mayo has become a day to celebrate Mexican heritage and pride (contrary to popular belief, it isn’t Mexico’s independence day) —and a delicious way to celebrate is with easy vegan south-of-border and Southwestern-style dishes. VegKitchen has plenty of festive appetizers and main dishes to choose from! Shown above, Fully Loaded Vegan Nachos. more→

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Vegan Appetizer Recipes

Scallion pancakes recipe

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→

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Vegan Easter Recipes

Citrus-roasted tofu

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→

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Vegan Christmas Recipes (Vegetarians Welcome!)

Black rice with corn and cranberries

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→

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Vegetarians or Vegans at the Thanksgiving table? No problem!

Cranberry wild rice stuffing recipe

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 and a few Thanksgiving etiquette tips from 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→

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Vegan Jewish New Year Recipes (Vegetarian-friendly!)

Moroccan-Style Tofu with Apricots, Almonds, and Olives

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. more→

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