Holidays and special occasions
Making vegan main dishes for your Easter dinner menu that are festive as well as easy is completely do-able! Enjoy a compassionate holiday by choosing one or two from among these VegKitchen favorites. Above, this hearty Roasted Seitan, Peppers, and Portabellas is so easy to throw together, yet makes a festive main dish for this and other special occasions. more→
VegKitchen’s vegan Passover Seder recipes and menus (great for vegetarians too) focus on the fresh produce of early spring. Here’s a full menu for Ashkenazic (Eastern European)-style recipes, from matzo ball soup to dessert. If you want even more choices, go to our Vegan Passover Seder Recipes and Menus. That’s where you’ll find tips for putting together a plant-based Passover Plate, as well. First up, and central to the celebration, Spring Vegetable Soup with Vegan Matzo Balls. more→
Unbaked Fig Bars by Gena Hamshaw have all of the chewiness and sweetness of traditional fig cookies, but they’re made with wholesome almonds, oats, and real dried figs. Truly perfect for the holiday!
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→
The holiday season, which defines that sometimes the period that includes Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas, and New Year’s shindigs can be overwhelming for anyone, but for vegans, there are particular challenges. Here are VegKitchen’s tips for navigating both the culinary and emotional aspects of the holiday season, especially for the plant-based crowd, but for anyone who wants to celebrate healthfully and joyfully. more→
When it comes to vegan Thanksgiving recipes and menus (which are also suitable for vegetarians, of course), VegKitchen is thankful that our Vegan Thanksgiving Dinner page has long been one of the premier resources on the web. There are lots of choices, from soups to desserts, but if you want to get right down to it, this page will narrow it down to our favorites. more→
Summer is prime season for informal parties, where the operative word in food is sharing. And even if you’re the only vegan at the potluck, everyone will want to try your dishes and ask for your recipes, so bring plenty! The fare that appeals most during warm weather is fresh, seasonal, and tastes best at room temperature. Here’s a selection of such dishes that you’ll find here on VegKitchen. more→
Cinco de Mayo has become a day to celebrate Mexican heritage and pride (contrary to popular belief, it isn’t Mexico’s independence day) —and a delicious way to celebrate is with easy vegan south-of-border and Southwestern-style dishes. VegKitchen has plenty of festive appetizers and main dishes to choose from! Shown above, Fully Loaded Vegan Nachos. more→
Not sure why, but vegan and vegetarian cookbooks rarely present many appetizer recipes to speak of, so hopefully you’ll find the wide array of choices here useful and appealing. A nice idea for entertaining (for the winter holidays or any casual occasion) is to offer a spread of hot and cold appetizers (instead of the usual sit-down dinner) with wine or cocktails, followed by a dessert buffet. If you need ideas for a vegan dessert buffet, we’ve got you covered there as well, of course, on the Vegan Dessert Recipes page. more→
It’s time to find the perfect vegan Easter recipes. To create delicious vegan Easter dinner recipes and menus (as well as desserts and treats, all of which also apply to vegetarian tastes), we need only to look to the fresh produce of early spring; light leafy greens, asparagus, beets, carrots, and bright, citrusy flavors. Easter, a holiday for both reflection and rejoicing, carries many connotations of renewal of life. Use these mix and match menu suggestions to create a memorable Easter feast for your family and friends. For lots more vegan Easter recipes and menus in book form, consult Vegan Holiday Kitchen. more→
Choosing festive and colorful recipes for a vegan Christmas dinner menu (suitable for any vegetarian as well) — as well as desserts and appetizers — doesn’t have to be difficult. VegKitchen is here to help with healthy holiday party fare! Feasting with family and friends, so central to this beloved holiday is made all the merrier when compassion is paired with the abundance of the season. Here’s a mix-and-match list to make planning your holiday gatherings easier and healthier. Pictured above, Black Rice with Corn and Cranberries; photo by Susan Voisin. more→
Thanksgiving can be a trying time for the meatless crowd. That’s because the holiday is so completely bound up with the concept of turkey. For those who are hosting vegans for Thanksgiving — or if you’re going to be the lone vegan at the table, the biggest challenges are choosing a great main dish, an unstuffed stuffing, and a delectable dessert.
To that end, here are a trio of recipes and a few Thanksgiving etiquette tips from Vegan Holiday Kitchen by Nava Atlas. With the addition of seasonal vegetable side dishes and salads that can be shared no matter what the dietary persuasion, everyone will leave the table satisfied. more→