Vegan Snacks and Dips
You’ve likely come across tamari almonds; they’re deliciously addictive, but also loaded with fat and calories. Tamari chickpeas sounds almost like a mixed metaphor—combining Mediterranean and Asian flavors, but it works! Consider this — a half cup of almonds has about 415 calories and 35 grams of fat. Chickpeas, on the other hand, have only 143 calories in a half cup, and 1.37 grams of fat. This isn’t to say to avoid almonds; quite the contrary — you just need to use very judicious portions. Tamari chickpeas make a great snack, a nice protein boost for the dinner plate, and a delicious topping for salads and grain dishes.
Here’s a formula for quick refrigerator pickles that you will love — no need for traditional canning methods and equipment! I like to have these in the fridge as often as possible, as a crunchy, nearly calorie-free snack. They’re also great served alongside veggie burgers, sandwiches, and wraps. Don’t just limit yourself to cucumbers! This works with other veggies, as suggested following the recipe. Photos by Evan Atlas. more→
Give this healthy treat of nut-butter and cashew-stuffed dates a try when you need to whip up something quick for your family or guests. Simple but quite delicious! Photos by Evan Atlas. Contributed by Amy Hemmert and Tammi Pelstring, from Laptop Lunches. Makes 24 pieces, 2 to 4 halves per serving. more→
Crackers are great little gems to have tucked away for the random occasion when you need something quick, savory and snappy. They shine in celebratory times where they make there subtle, but necessary, appearance on party trays. They come to the rescue during more dismal times–acting as the only food some folks can stomach when feeling under the weather. They also work well as a simple and delicious snack, for no good reason at all. Recipe and photo contributed by Allyson Kramer, from Manifest Vegan. more→
This is a version of a recipe that circulates as “mock chopped liver,” though this doesn’t resemble or taste like chopped liver in any way. An even more traditional version of this is Passover Mock Chopped Liver, which is made with mushrooms. Really, this one isn’t mock-anything, just delicious in its own right. Serve it with any kind of cracker, matzo, or as a spread for fresh bread. It’s also goo as a dip for cut carrots and celery. This makes about 2 cups; each serving is about 1/4 cup. more→
One of my old favorites, this tasty spinach spread, with hints of dill and crisp cucumber, never loses its charm. Serve with fresh bread, whole-grain crackers, crispbreads, or raw veggies. This is compatible with carrots, cauliflower, bell pepper, and celery. Photos by Evan Atlas. more→
What’s a vegan web site without a basic recipe for hummus? Here’s ours, with a few tasty variations. This classic Middle Eastern dip is great teamed with fresh pita bread and crisp veggies for scooping it up. It’s a fantastic snack for kids and a great ingredient for wraps or pita sandwiches.
Here are flavoring ideas for embellishing freshly made popcorn. These recipes make enough to flavor a 10-cup batch (from about 1/2 cup kernels). If you air-pop or use fat-free microwave popcorn, you might like to drizzle 2 tablespoons or so of melted Earth Balance or coconut oil into the popcorn just before adding the seasonings. My favorite way to pop corn is in an Old Fashioned Popcorn Popper like the one made by Jacob Bromwell. Very low-tech, but it seems to bring out the best flavor from the popcorn. I like to start with 2 tablespoons or so safflower or organic virgin coconut oil per 1/2 cup of kernels. more→
I whipped this up one afternoon as a quick snack and served it with apple sticks. The next morning I spread it on toast for breakfast. This could make a great lunch served with a green smoothie and fresh veggie sticks. Contributed by April Jones.
Inspired by muhummara, a Turkish spread typically made from roasted red peppers and walnuts, this stunning and addicting spread is perfect for festive occasions or any regular day of the week. Serve with warmed pita triangles. Recipe and photo courtesy of Betsy DiJulio, from The Blooming Platter Cookbook: A Harvest of Seasonal Vegan Recipes* (© 2011, Vegan Heritage Press). more→
If you’re at all unsure about the gustatory merits of kale chips, try this recipe first. You’ll be shocked at how outrageously fantastic these pizza-flavored crunchers are. This recipe is from Practically Raw,* copyright © 2012 Amber Shea Crawley, reprinted by permission, Vegan Heritage Press.
This creamy vegan cheese spread is absolutely addictive and delicious on your favorite crackers, rye crisp, or crusty bread. Recipe from World Vegan Feast* (©2011, Vegan Heritage Press) by Bryanna Clark Grogan.