Special Occasions and Entertaining

Rosh Hashana Apple Rugelach

Apple walnut vegan rugelach

Apples and honey are the traditional treat to celebrate the Rosh Hashana, in hopes that it will be a sweet New Year. Apples and agave or maple syrup have always provided this same sentiment just fine, but now I have something even better to kick off a new 365 days with. Rolling up a mixture of walnuts, apples, agave, and just a tiny touch of orange blossom water for that floral hint you’d find in honey, the standard buttery rugelach dough becomes a whole lot more special. more→

Strawberry Pancakes

Vegan Strawberry Pancakes

Make these strawberry-filled vegan pancakes in late spring and early summer, when strawberries are at their best. Perfect for a relaxing Sunday brunch. Serve with some pan-sautéed vegan sausages on the side, if you’d like, and consider adding a few blueberries to the sliced strawberries reserved for garnish. Photos by Rachael Braun. more→

Corn Pancakes with Bourbon Agave Maple Syrup

Rough Corn Pancakes and Syrup by Jason Wyrick from The Vegan Taste

I love these pancakes. I designed them so each pancake is a meal in itself, with texture not usually expected from a pancake and a big flavor profile with a minimal amount of work. They’re fun, delicious, filling, and perfect for a cold morning and a cup of hot tea. Recipe and photo contributed by Jason Wyrick from The Vegan Taste. more→

Savory Grits with Slow-Cooked Collard Greens

Savory Grits by Bryant Terry from Afro-Vegan

I offer these creamy grits topped with my version of Ethiopian greens. Of course you can also experiment with different savory toppings for your grits or try the greens as a side with other dishes. Reprinted with permission from Afro-Vegan: Farm-Fresh African, Caribbean & Southern Flavors Remixed* by Bryant Terry, copyright © 2014. Published by Ten Speed Press, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC. Photos © 2014 by Paige Green.

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Cabbage, Apple, and Raisin Slaw

Cabbage, apple, and raisin slaw

This colorful and naturally sweet slaw is a medley of cabbage, apples, and raisins with an appealing crunch. It’s great for everyday as well as holiday meals. Photos by Evan Atlas. Adapted from The Vegetarian Family Cookbook. more→

Vegan Picnic Treats for Spring

Quinoa and chickpea-stuffed bell peppers

Is there anything more quintessentially spring than a picnic? As the weather is warming up and the days are longer, now is the perfect time to head outside with a basket packed with vegan treats! And to help you get inspired with ideas of what to bring, here’s a roundup of great vegan recipes to explore:  more→

Sweet Potato Salad with Pecans

Sweet potato salad with pecans

This simple sweet potato salad, developed by Ginny Messina, is a great choice when you want something a little different for a picnic or potluck. It’s also a wonderful addition to fall and winter holiday meals. From Never Too Late to Go Vegan: The Over50 Guide to Adopting and Thriving on a Plant-Based Diet,* copyright © Carol J. Adams, Patti Breitman, Virginia Messina, 2014. Reprinted by permission of the publisher, The Experiment. Photos by Rachael Braun.

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Spring Vegetable Tart

Spring vegetable tart

This spring vegetable tart looks like a work of art, but it’s so easy to accomplish. Puff pastry isn’t the healthiest item in the world, but for special occasions, it transforms simple ingredients into something fun and festive. Use a name brand (these are most often vegan, though it doesn’t hurt to check the ingredients), and make sure to give it a good 45 minutes to an hour to thaw out—not less, and ideally, not much more. This makes two rectangular tarts that are easy on the cook and gorgeous to behold. Recipe adapted from Vegan Holiday Kitchen. Photos by Susan Voisin.

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Insanely Easy Vegan French Toast

Easy vegan french toast recipe

You don’t need a lot of bells and whistles for a fantastic yet easy vegan French toast recipe. It’s all about the golden-brown surface, cinnamon, and syrup. A nice amount of fruit or fruit salad is always a plus, too. I prefer garbanzo (chickpea) flour, as it yields an nice golden color, and since it’s made of bean, is a nice foil to the bread. more→

Cool Season Fruit Bowl

Cool-Season Fruit bowl

If it’s not quite the time for summery fruits, this medley makes the most of winter and early spring fruits for a luscious and refreshing finale to a meal. It makes a nice breakfast or brunch offering as well. Photos by Evan Atlas. more→

Gingered Winter Fruit Medley

Gingered winter fruit medley

This simple and pretty combination of winter fruits — pears, apples, oranges, and pineapple, spiced with crystallized ginger — is a refreshing finish to any meal. It’s pretty enough to serve as a Christmas dinner dessert, accompanied by your favorite cookies. Recipe adapted from Vegan Holiday Kitchen. Photos by Susan Voisin.
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Chickpea and Quinoa Salad in Sweet Pepper Boats

Quinoa and chickpea-stuffed bell peppers

These appealing bell pepper “boats” are filling enough to serve as a main dish for any festive meal. Perfectly portable, too, they make a wonderful picnic entree or a change of pace from sandwiches for a hearty lunch. Recipe contributed by Laura Theodore, from Jazzy Vegetarian Classics: Vegan Twists on American Family Favorites* © 2013 BenBella Books, reprinted by permission. Photos by Hannah Kaminsky. more→

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