Jewish New Year

Just-as-Sweet-as-Honey Cake

vegan honey cake

Ashkenazi Jews consider honey cake to be an integral part of their New Year celebration. Here, a combination of agave nectar make vegan version of  honey cake practically indistinguishable from the classic version. Adapted from Vegan Holiday Kitchen.Photo by Susan Voisin, FatFree Vegan Kitchen.

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Sephardic Stewed White Beans

Sephardic bean stew

This simple stew of white beans in a savory sauce is a common Sephardic recipe. It’s served year round at holidays such as Hanukkah and Rosh Hashanah, and everyday meals as well. more→

Sautéed Carrots with Dried Fruits

Sautéed Carrots with dried fruits

Here’s a tasty way to highlight carrots in a lightly cooked side dish. Their natural sweetness is enhanced with chopped dried fruit and balanced with a bit of lemon. It’s a nice everyday side dish and a welcome addition to fall and winter holiday meals. Photos by Hannah Kaminsky. more→

Vegan Apple Strudel

Vegan Apple Strudel recipe

This dessert is super easy to throw together, even at the last minute. Surprisingly, the most common brand of puff pastry (Pepperidge Farm) is actually vegan. Though it’s not the healthiest product in the world (to say the least — make this a once-in-a-while treat!), it’s a great way to make an impressive dessert quickly. Check the freezer section for it; it’s sold in sheets that come in a narrow, rectangular box. If you’re serving company, double the recipe (two puff pastry sheets come in the box)—it goes fast! Recipe from Vegan Yum Yumby Lauren Ulm. Photo by Debby Sunshine, from Vegan American Princess. more→

Sautéed Carrots with Almonds

Sautéed Carrots with Almonds

This simple side dish of carrots embellished with almonds and herbs brings color and natural sweetness to the dinner plate. It’s a favorite vegetable dish to serve with a Passover or Jewish New Year dinner. Photos by Evan Atlas. more→

Egg-Free (Vegan) Challah

vegan challah

It took a while for a virtual non-baker like me to get the hang of baking without eggs, but I did. One of my first projects was to learn how to bake vegan challah because I wanted my son to continue to enjoy his favorite Friday night ritual, safely. I found that it was easier, safer, and tastier to make it myself, rather, than to relentlessly ask questions at the bakery which only yielded nonchalant responses that could result in a potentially life threatening episode.

Often, my guests ask me for this recipe and as part of my mission, I now pass it on to you. Another benefit of this challah (aside from the fact that it is ridiculously simple) is that it is cholesterol-free for those family members or guests who are on restricted diets. Enjoy! more→

Hot Beet and Potato Borscht

Hot beet borscht recipe

Though beet borscht is generally eaten cold, the addition of potatoes creates a more robust version for fall or winter. Unless you are fond of grating, doing so in a food processor makes the job much easier. Adapted from Vegan Soups and Hearty Stews for All Seasons. more→

Zucchini with Mint

Zucchini with mint

This simple preparation of zucchini with mint is adapted from a Sicilian classic. It’s welcome in late summer or early fall, when both are abundant. Photos by Hannah Kaminsky. more→

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