Vegan Holiday Kitchen: More than 200 Delicious, Festive Recipes for Special Occasions
by Nava Atlas
Here is do-able, hearty fare for major holidays year-round! With more than 200 mouthwatering recipes, Vegan Holiday Kitchen is your go-to resource for recipes and menus for major holidays. Vegans can at last celebrate the holidays with gusto and enjoy every course of the meal—from appetizers to desserts.
What’s more, these lovingly crafted dishes will satisfy everyone who loves great food, no matter what their culinary preferences. There’s no reason to wait for a special occasion to enjoy these recipes — many are easy enough to make as everyday fare.
Delight friends and family with delectable dishes for …
Thanksgiving: Coconut Butternut Squash Soup; Black Bean and Sweet Potato Tortilla Casserole; Smashed Potatoes with Mushroom Gravy; and Pumpkin Cheesecake with a Hint of Chocolate
Christmas and the holiday season: Gingered Carrot Soup; Wild Rice Pilaf–Stuffed Peppers; Hearty Lentil and Mushroom Shepherd’s Pie; Chocolate Mint Bars; and a velvety “Vegg” Nog
Passover, Rosh Hashanah, and Hanukkah: Moroccan- Style Vegetable Soup with Vegan Matzo Balls; Vegan Latkes, Coconut-Almond Macaroons, Sweet Noodle Kugel; and Seven-Vegetable Couscous.
Easter: Roasted Seitan, Peppers, and Portobellos; Spring Vegetable Tart; and Chocolate-Orange Cake
Independence Day and summer entertaining: A great guide to grilling vegetables and plant-based proteins; Summer Tomato Salad with Peaches and Pecans; and Corn Fritters with Cilantro Sauce
Brunches, appetizers, and potluck dishes: Rosemary Potato and Sausage Skillet (yes, it’s vegan!); Apple and Broccoli Coleslaw; White Bean and Sun-Dried Tomato Pâté; and A Big Pot of Really Good Chili
You’ll also find that many of the recipes in this collection are gluten-, soy-, and nut-free. Full color throughout, with more than 40 dazzling photos by Susan Voisin of FatFree Vegan Kitchen. Published by Sterling Publishing.
Photo by Susan Voisin
(Vegan) Holiday Party with Nava Atlas
A column celebrating the release of Vegan Holiday Kitchen from Ellen Kanner’s Meatless Monday column on Huffington Post, 2/11/2012
Every family should have its own designated party giver. When vegan diva Nava Atlas was growing up, that meant her Aunt Blanche. “She was the family hostess, she set the style,” recalls the author of many meatless cookbooks including Vegan Holiday Kitchen. “It was never anything fancy, but comfortable, generous and gracious. She was someone to aspire to. She helped everybody. And everyone loved her.”
Aunt Blanche would have approved of Vegan Holiday Kitchen, which offers favorite dishes for every holiday. As Atlas puts it, it’s “tradition with a twist.” The twist is a vegan makeover.
Let’s be clear — vegans like to party, too. We just choose not to do it with ham. Or brisket. Or lamb. Or all the other meaty, eggy, milky dishes that seem to make up a traditional holiday table. “Our pleasure should not come at the cost of harming other creatures,” says Atlas.
Happily, those of us who like to eat and party well need not suffer, either. This was not always the case. Atlas went meatless, back in the 1970s, when meatless meals were boring, brown and bland. “Being vegan today is easier,” she says. “The products taste good, vegan, there’s ethnic eateries everywhere.” And there’s Vegan Holiday Kitchen.
Atlas shows Thanksgiving can be bountiful indeed and not a turkey harmed. Beloved winter holiday hits go meatless, including vegan holiday cookies spiced with cinnamon and ginger, mock chopped liver (cashew, onion and mushroom pate) and “vegg” nog, thick and rich with almond milk and cashew butter, liberally spiked with rum. The spirit of the season remains but anything animal is excised.
“I love being part of the vegan community,” says Atlas. “It’s so supportive. We get more admiration. A lot of people say, ‘I wish I could be a vegan,’ not, ‘Wow are you crazy?’”
For vegans who may not run with such an enlightened crowd, Vegan Holiday Kitchen offers tips on navigating tricky social situations, like the family dinner where your aunt insists you eat the roast she slaved over (because what’s a family holiday without a little guilt or passive-aggressive behavior?) or the office party where everything contains bacon, including the cocktails (bacon-infused bourbon. It happens). Read the rest of the column here.
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