Holidays and special occasions
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→
For Jews around the world, early fall is the beginning of a new year, marking Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year. Here are vegan Jewish new year recipes and menus for the vegan and vegetarian dinner table. Rosh Hashana is more than a New Year’s celebration. The holiday’s ancient roots are as a harvest festival, and enjoyment of the abundant produce of early autumn remains central to the celebration. The foods served emphasize this holiday’s optimistic spirit. And so, naturally sweet foods are favored at the dinner table. more→
Here is a selection of easy vegan brunch recipes and menus that require minimum time in the kitchen, so you can relax with your guests! Brunch evokes images of leisurely weekend dining, and celebrations large and small. When you go plant-based, brunch is no longer defined by heavy, egg and cheese dishes and refined starches that make you feel like going back to bed. Here are some fresh ideas for your brunch time fare. Pictured above, Apple-Almond Butter Pancakes by Robin Robertson, photo by Lori Maffei (see third recipe listed just below). more→
These vegan Passover Seder recipes and menus (great for vegetarians too) focus on the fresh produce of early spring — very fitting, as the holiday has connotations of renewal and rebirth. Though there’s flexibility in what may be served for the meal itself, there are also many restrictions. Ashkenazic Jews avoid, aside from bread-related products, many other grains and legumes. For Sephardic Jews, leavened wheat products are avoided, but rice and other grains can be used, as well as legumes. Shown above: Spring Vegetable Soup with Vegan Matzo Balls; photo by Susan Voisin. more→
Here are easy, tasty vegan barbecue recipes (great for any vegetarian, too) for grilling vegetables, tofu, tempeh and seitan. Create your own BBQ fireworks with alternative protein foods and vegetables that take on an entirely new taste dimension on the grill. Grilling is more art than science. It may take a few rounds to get the knack of working with whatever grilling equipment you have, be it a fancy gas-powered unit or a simple outdoor electric grill. Remember, though, that expensive equipment is not necessary to create a tasty outdoor meal.
The phrase “healthy holidays” might seem like a contradiction in terms for anyone with dietary restrictions (vegans, vegetarians), food intolerances and allergies (gluten, lactose) and the generally health-conscious. No one relishes the idea of gaining the fabled seven pounds that the average American puts on between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day. While this statistic might be an urban legend, but it’s become emblazoned on our consciousness. So, even the fear of those extra pounds makes it a force to be reckoned with.
Food-related guilt and stress aren’t choice emotions with which to celebrate the holiday season. To help find balance and joy, here are a few of VegKitchen favorite ways to celebrate healthy holidays. more→
Hanukkah is pure fun and joy. There aren’t as many traditional or symbolic food as for other Jewish holidays, but latkes (potato pancakes) are a must among our vegan Hanukkah recipes. VegKitchen’s vegan latkes are among the most popular on the web — link through below, and, along with some of our other vegan Hanukkah recipes you’ll see why! more→