Vegan Easter Recipes

Linguine or Fettuccine with Asparagus and Portabella Mushrooms

Linguine or Fettuccine with asparagus and mushrooms

This quick Italian-style vegan pasta dish features fresh asparagus, which gives it a springtime touch, and portabella mushrooms, which makes it substantial. Try a flavored variety of linguine or fettuccine to further jazz up this dish. Photos by Evan Atlas. more→

Pasta Primavera

Vegan Pasta Primavera

Though this plant-based Pasta Primavera uses only a half-pound of pasta, it’s so chockfull of vegetables that it makes quite a heaping helping. You can serve it any time of year, but it’s an especially nice way to welcome spring, as its name implies. It’s also a pleasing main dish at spring holiday or special occasion meals, such as Easter or Mother’s Day. Serve with a simple salad of fresh greens.

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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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Deviled Tomatoes

vegan snacks

If you no longer eat eggs but have a craving for the retro classic, deviled eggs, you’ll really enjoy these deviled tomatoes — a completely vegan rendition. The combination of chickpeas, nutritional yeast, and vegan mayo add up to a fairly egg-like flavor and consistency. And these are even easier to make than the originals. Though these are somewhat spring-y (for instance, they’d be a lovely vegan Easter appetizer) they can be a treat any time of year for brunch, as an appetizer, or even to pack into the lunch box in a container. These are rather addictive, and with no worry about cholesterol, be prepared for them to disappear quickly! Photos by Hannah Kaminsky.

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Beet and Red Cabbage Slaw

Beet and red cabbage slaw recipe

This vivid salad of grated beets and red cabbage, served in modest portions, makes a dazzling visual statement on the dinner plate, but more importantly, add a dose of vitamins and antioxidants. It’s a beautiful addition to everyday meals or holiday plates.  more→

Asparagus with Mustard-Dill Sauce

Asparagus on table

I think about this recipe all winter, as I look forward to spring. It only takes ten minutes to prepare. Recipe by Devra Gartenstein, from Local Bounty: Seasonal Vegan Recipes, by permission of The Book Publishing Company. more→

Roasted Seitan, Peppers, and Portobellos

Roasted Seitan with Peppers and Mushrooms

This hearty combination of seitan, bell peppers, and portobello mushrooms is so easy to throw together, yet makes a festive main dish for special occasions. It’s a great centerpiece for a vegan Easter dinner, for example, and would be just as good for a Christmas menu. When you’re preparing a multi-course meal, it’s so nice when the entree can be made at the last minute with little hands-on time. If any of your family or guests eat gluten-free, this is obviously not the choice for them. Recipe adapted from Vegan Holiday Kitchen. Photos by Susan Voisin.

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Creole Creamy Carrot Soup

creole cream of carrot soup

This clove-scented Creole cream of carrot soup has a cheery orange color, and if good, fresh carrots are used, a subtly sweet flavor. It’s a real spirit-lifter in the fall, winter and spring, awakening and nourishing the senses. Serve with fresh warm bread or top with crisp croutons. Leftovers are great to pack into thermoses for school lunch or the office.

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Orzo or Rice-Stuffed Bell Peppers

Orzo or rice-stuffed bell peppers

Stuffed bell peppers are a favorite comfort dish, and it’s so easy to create vegan variations. Orzo, a tiny, rice-shape pasta, makes a nice filling, as does medium-grain brown rice. With the addition of green peas and fresh herbs, this makes a satisfying main dish. Photos by Rachael Braun.

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Seitan and Polenta Skillet with Fresh Greens

seitan and polenta skillet from vegan express

There’s something enticing about the seitan/polenta synergy, and with the addition of greens, results in a great-looking, hearty dish. Serve with a simple potato dish and salad or slaw. Recipe adapted from Vegan Express. Photo by Susan Voisin.

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Beet Muhummara

beet muhummaraInspired 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→

Crustless Tofu Quiche with Mushrooms and Herbs

Crustless Tofu Quiche

This crustless tofu quiche is so tasty and easy to prepare that you may come to prefer it over the heavy egg-and-cheese variety. For another tofu-based quiche, see Ricki Heller’s gluten-free Classic Tofu Quiche. more→

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