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Wild Rice Salad with Corn and Black-Eyed Peas

Wild Rice Salad with corn and black-eyed peas

This hearty wild rice salad, embellished with corn, black-eyed peas, veggies, and herbs, is an invigorating melange of flavors, textures and colors. It’s an attractive dish to serve at room temperature, any time of year, at buffets, potlucks, and holiday gatherings. Photos by Evan Atlas. more→

Vegan Green Bean Casserole

Vegan Green Bean Casserole

Green bean casserole is a winter holiday favorite, especially if you’re planning a vegan Thanksgiving. Here’s an updated, veganized, and healthy version of this comfort food favorite. The original, vintage version uses canned cream of mushroom and (gasp!) canned fried onions; this one gets its creaminess from pureed white beans or silken tofu. Sautéed onions, crisped up with a lightly floured coating, make a yummy topping along with breadcrumbs.  more→

Black Bean and Zucchini Tortilla Casserole

Black bean and zucchini tortilla casserole chilaquiles recipe

Chilaquiles is a classic Southwestern casserole that layers soft corn tortillas with beans and cheese (vegan in this case). Adding zucchini and chiles adds to the lively flavors. This makes for a nice change-of-pace holiday main dish, but this is also easy enough to make for weeknight meals. Photos by Hannah Kaminsky. Adapted from The Vegetarian Family Cookbook.

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Two Potato Kugel

White and sweet potato kugel

This potato kugel (which is a baked pudding or a casserole) is reminiscent of my grandmother’s, but I kicked up the nutritional profile a bit with the inclusion of sweet potatoes and taking out the eggs. This version is less rich but still full of potato-y comfort, a cross between hashed browns and scalloped potatoes, and a great side dish at a Passover meal. Being gluten-free, I omitted the traditional matzo meal, but feel free to add that as described if you have no issues with wheat. By the way, a mandolin slicer works great for getting the potatoes into uniform matchsticks. Recipe and photo contributed by Maria Rose from Vegan Street.

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Chunky Sweet Potato Bisque

Chunky Sweet Potato Bisque

A satisfying soup that gets its golden-orange color from sweet potatoes and carrots, this will warm you throughout the fall and winter. Served in a generous bowl, it can be a main dish, completed simply with salad and fresh bread. Served in smaller portions, it’s a nice way to start a vegan Thanksgiving meal. Photos by Evan Atlas.
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Spinach or Arugula Scrambled Tofu 

Tofu and spinach scramble

Here’s a colorful, tasty tofu scramble with plenty of healthy spinach or arugula and red bell peppers that’s festive enough for a company brunch (double the recipe in that case), but simple enough to make for a weekend meal for you and yours. Adapted from Vegan Holiday Kitchen. Photos by Susan Voisin. more→

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→

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