7 Savory Vegan Recipes for the Holidays

Kathy : December 17, 2014 09:00 : Kathy Hester

Holiday dinners can be hard for those with special diets. Show someone how much you care about them by having at least one dish that they can enjoy.

You’ll get some wonderful ideas from some of my fellow vegan bloggers below. This year you may even decide to have a full vegan meal! It’s not that hard, I promise.

Garlic Pistachio Cranberry Tarts (Recipe and photo from SpaBettie.com)

Garlic Pistachio Cranberry Tarts (Recipe and photo from SpaBettie.com)

Pecan and Cranberry Cheese Log (Recipe and photo from Tastespace.wordpress.com/)

Pecan and Cranberry Cheese Log (Recipe and photo from Tastespace.wordpress.com/)

Tempeh Fricassee (Recipe and photo from Diannesvegankitchen.com)

Tempeh Fricassee (Recipe and photo from Diannesvegankitchen.com)

Seitan and Vegetable Roulade (Recipe and photo from Veganappetite.com)

Seitan and Vegetable Roulade (Recipe and photo from Veganappetite.com)

Portabella Mushrooms stuffed with Herbed Chickpeas, veggies, cashews (Recipe and photo from Veganricha.com)

Portabella Mushrooms stuffed with harvest Chickpeas (Recipe and photo from Veganricha.com)

Creamed Kale (Recipe and photo from Diannesvegankitchen.com)
Creamed Kale (Recipe and photo from Diannesvegankitchen.com)

ginger lime Brussels sprouts

Ginger Lime Brussels sprouts (Recipe and photo from SpaBettie.com)

Have a wonderful holiday dinner!

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Easy Vegan Slow Cooker Potluck Recipe: Tempeh Braised with Figs

Kathy : December 10, 2014 08:41 : Kathy Hester

This Slow Cooker Tempeh Braised with Figs and Port Wine is from my first cookbook, The Vegan Slow Cooker and is perfect to bring along to a potluck. You can easily double or triple the recipe to make enough for a crowd. Another bonus is that you know you’ll have something to eat as a main course too!

This is a dump and go recipe that’s perfect for the busy holiday season. You can even cut up the ingredients the night before to make your morning even simpler. If you’re going to have this cooking longer than 8 hours you may want to add 1/4 to 1/2 cup water or broth so it doesn’t cook dry.

Tempeh, it an Indonesian soy food. It has halved soybeans in it and is cultured. It’s a great substitution for any of your old non-vegan recipes and holds together great in the slow cooker.

You can use balsamic vinegar in place of the port wine. But use 2 tablespoons vinegar and add extra water to make up a whole cup of liquid.

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10 Vegan Holiday Treats You Can Give as Gifts!

Kathy : December 3, 2014 09:00 : Kathy Hester

It’s that time of the year. At least now it’s after Thanksgiving, but I’ve seen Christmas  and Hanukkah decorations up since before Halloween.  Yesterday, I was shopping and the holiday music finally wasn’t as much of a stretch.

That may make me sound like a Grinch, but I love just about any holiday. I’m just tired of having to buy my Halloween supplies before October 20.

Now I’m ready to start baking and hopefully put up the tree soon too. This year I have some little cool gifts for friends, but they will be accompanied by a nicely packaged food gift. I’m notorious for not wrapping presents, but with a food gift it’s easy. You only need to add a ribbon and you’re done!

I’ve talked a few of my fellow vegan bloggers to share some of their best holiday treat recipes with you. They all would make great gifts and you can snack a little while you make them too. Just click on the links below and you’ll go to the blogger site to get the full recipe.

Who needs to go to Edible Arrangements if you can make your own fruit Santa Pops? The recipe and photo above are from ForkandBeans.com.

Here are a few cookie recipes that are perfect for neighbor or hostess gifts, but you can always send some of the leftovers to me!

Almond Sesame Cookies from  DiannesVeganKitchen.com

Almond Sesame Cookies from DiannesVeganKitchen.com

raw gingersnap cookies from This Rawesome Life

Raw Gingersnap Cookies from ThisRawsomeVeganLife.com

Brown Sugar Cardamom Snickerdoodles from tastespace.wordpress.com

Brown Sugar Cardamom Snickerdoodles from tastespace.wordpress.com

Make your own box of truffles to gift with these easy and delicious little bites of chocolate:

Green Earth Orbs from 100 Best Juices, Smoothies and Healthy Snacks by Emily von Euw from HealthySlowCooking.com

Green Earth Orbs from 100 Best Juices, Smoothies and Healthy Snacks by Emily von Euw from HealthySlowCooking.com. Healthy truffles anyone?

Chocolate Bourbon Caramel Truffles from  SpaBettie.com

Chocolate Bourbon Caramel Truffles from SpaBettie.com, well what holiday couldn’t use a touch of bourbon?

Maca mint chocolate truffles from aDashOfCompassion.com

Maca mint chocolate truffles from aDashOfCompassion.com add the mint into the your box of holiday chocolates.

Here are a few extras that you’ll want to add to your holiday baking list: 

Oatmeal Cookie Butter from HealthySlowCooking.com

Oatmeal Cookie Butter from HealthySlowCooking.com would be perfect in a mason jar with a festive ribbon.

Amazing Bundt Cake Fruitcake from VeganInTheFreezer.com

None of your friends will make fun of this Amazing Bundt Cake Fruitcake from VeganInTheFreezer.com.

Punkin Pie from Canned-Time.com

It’s just not an end of the year holiday without a little Punkin Pie from Canned-Time.com!

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