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VegKitchen’s Favorite Vegan Thanksgiving Recipes

Stuffed butternut squash with whole wheat and wild rice

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 favorite vegan Thanksgiving recipes.

And of course, if you still prefer to cook from a book rather than a web site, please consider Vegan Holiday Kitchen, which offers recipes like these, and much more, for the Thanksgiving feast (and beyond — Hanukkah, Christmas, as well as the spring holidays and summer entertaining). Continue Reading…

Vegan Potluck Recipes Especially for Summer

Israeli couscous summer salad

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.

For lots more ideas for special occasion fare, see Vegan Holiday Kitchen by Nava Atlas.

Grain and bean salads

Southwestern Black Bean and corn Salad

Black Bean and Corn Salad

Pasta Salads

Southwestern pasta salad with avocados and peppers

Southwestern Pasta Salad with Avocados and peppers

 

Potato Salads

Potato and leek salad

Veg-Centric Cold Dishes

Gado-gado recipe

Indonesian-Style Gado-Gado Salad

Vegan Appetizer Recipes

Bruschetta with Eggplant and tomtato spread

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. Shown above, Eggplant and Tomato Spread. Continue Reading…

Vegan Easter Recipes

Citrus-roasted tofu

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. Continue Reading…

Vegan Christmas Recipes (Vegetarians Welcome!)

Black rice with corn and cranberries

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. Continue Reading…

Are You Hosting a Vegan for Thanksgiving?

Cranberry wild rice stuffing recipe

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. Continue Reading…

Vegan Jewish New Year Recipes

Moroccan-Style Tofu with Apricots, Almonds, and Olives

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. Continue Reading…

Easy, Festive Vegan Brunch Recipes and Menus

Apple-Almond Butter Pancakes by Robin Robertson; photo by Lori Maffei

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). Continue Reading…

Vegan Passover Seder Recipes and Menus

vegan matzo ball soup recipe

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. Continue Reading…

Vegan Barbecue Recipes for Grilled Vegetables & Proteins

Grilled veggie kebabs

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.

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Healthy Holiday Eating Tips

Smoky vegan cheddar cheez recipe

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. Continue Reading…

Vegan Hanukkah Recipes

vegan latkes recipe

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! Continue Reading…

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