Special Occasions and Entertaining

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→

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