Vegetarian Holiday Recipes

Getting Ready for a Veggie Thanksgiving

By Autumn Ladouceur – Past TVA Communications Intern No matter what walk of life you’re in, Thanksgiving can be a difficult holiday for the vegetarians out there. When we think of Thanksgiving the first thing most people picture is a turkey, so our challenge as vegetarians is to try to make a satisfying Thanksgiving feast that we and our omnivorous friends and family will enjoy and maybe even love. These tips, hints and recipes should make this Thanksgiving a little easier for all the herbivores out there. Here is a list of alternatives that you will need for your veganized Thanksgiving feast. Not only can you use this advice in your own kitchen, but you can share it with mom and dad so that they can modify their Thanksgiving feast to meet your needs as well. Milk – Soy, coconut, almond or rice There is a peanut allergy in my family so we steer clear of almond milk during the big holidays, but all of these alternatives will substitute cow’s milk effectively. For instance, my dad always puts milk in the mashed potatoes, but since I went vegan he has been substituting it for soymilk. Not even my most… Read More


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Vegetarian Passover Recipes

Photo care of Emilie Hardman Without the right resources, being vegetarian in an omnivorous family can be challenging. With two holidays this month, Easter and Passover, we thought we’d pass on some tips for making sure you’re not following the way of the Easter Bunny and just munching on some carrots while everyone else enjoys a flavourful feast! First, try our chocolate matzo bark recipe, below. If you use egg-free, whole wheat matzo, it’s simple, vegan, and healthy too! Second, check out Oy Vegan’s Top 5 Passover Recipes – find out how to make matzo ball soup, sweet potato kugel, and three other tasty dishes. Looking for more Passover desserts? We’ve got you covered with five ideas here! For more recipe ideas, check out the Jewish Vegetarian Year Cookbook, which is divided into chapters for each Jewish Holiday, available at our Resource Centre For links to recipes and meal ideas for Easter, visit our Vegetarian Easter Tips and Recipes page. Surprise your loved ones by making easter eggs out of Japanese sticky rice! Chocolate Matzo Bark 10-12 pieces matzo 11-12 oz. dark chocolate 5-6… Read More


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Ukrainian Christmas Recipes

A 12 Course Traditional Meat-Free Holiday Feast The ritual dinner enjoyed on Christmas Eve in the Eastern Orthodox Christian homes of the Ukraine was, in fact, semi-vegetarian. Ukrainians have always celebrated Christmas Eve with a twelve course meatless feast (Sviata Vechera). Traditionally this dinner was meat-free, with the exception of fish. Here, we present a version that is completely vegetarian (with vegan options). The reason for 12 courses is variously linked with the “12 days of Christmas” or with the 12 apostles. In addition to the recipes below, pyrohys (potato onion dumplings) and Kallach bread (Challah) are often served and available commercially. This holiday menu reflects many cultural traditions from Eastern Europe – some of these dishes would not be out of place on a festive table for Chanukah. Kutya An important ritual dish that starts the Ukrainian Christmas Eve celebration but is also reminiscent of the Passover haroset. 1 cup cream of wheat 1/4 cup vegan margarine or Earth Balance 2 cups water 1/4 cup maple syrup 1/4 cup poppy seeds 1/2 cup chopped nuts Bring the water to a boil and add the cream of wheat and chopped nuts. Stir until soft… Read More


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Vegetarian Thanksgiving

Illustration by PJ Chimiel, printed by permission. See www.pjchmiel.com for more art, and food photos. This Canadian Thanksgiving enjoy a vegetarian feast. We have tips on what to serve and links to the best recipes. Thanksgiving is also about celebrating the harvest. Farmers’ markets are the best places to find fresh seasonal produce such as squash, pumpkins, corn, tomatoes, green beans, potatoes, peppers, arugula, kale, broccoli, etc. Avoid stress when vegetarians and meat eaters will be at the same meal. See our Surviving a holiday dinner page for suggestions on: Catering to vegetarians (when you aren’t one yourself) Being invited to a home where meat is being served Inviting non-vegetarians to your home Holiday recipes Vegetarian Holidays information & recipe sheet View our printable two-page holiday fact sheet: vegetarian-holiday.pdf (180 kb). It includes the following recipes: Easy Festive Bake, Stuffed Tofu Turkey, Good Gravy, Sweet Potato and Parsnip Casserole, Chestnut Soup with Greens, and Ginger Cranberry Mincemeat Pie. Roasted Chestnuts How to select, roast and serve chestnuts. Thanksgiving recipe links Vegan Lunch Box Thanksgiving Recipe Roundup: Click here. Live… Read More


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Scrambled Tofu and Vegetables

Serves 2–3. Adding turmeric to this recipe turns it yellow, the colour of scrambled eggs. 2–3 Tbsp light oil (sesame, canola, etc) 1 celery stalk, sliced 2 carrots, sliced 3 green onions, chopped fine 1/2 tsp turmeric 2 blocks firm tofu (500 g/16 oz) Umeboshi vinegar to taste (or a dash of salt) 2 green onions, sliced for garnish Heat the sesame oil in a frying pan. Add the celery and carrots. Add green onions and turmeric and sauté for 1–2 minutes. Crumble tofu with a fork and mix it into the sautéed vegetables. Season with Umeboshi or salt to taste. Cover and cook for 3–5 minutes. Garnish with sliced green onions and serve. Variations: Add sliced mushrooms, green or red peppers, fresh basil, etc. Adapted from Vegetarian Tastes of Toronto… Read More


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Vegetarian Easter: Recipes and tips

Easter is a celebration of resurrection and rebirth, so it is the perfect occasion for everyone – veggies and non-veggies alike – to enjoy a delicious meat-free meal. Here are some helpful resource for finding vegetarian Easter recipes. For vegetarian Passover recipes, click here. Musubi Easter Eggs Vegan Lunch Box has a post about making Easter eggs out of Japanese sticky rice. “I pressed the sticky rice into a plastic Easter egg sprayed with nonstick spray to start forming the egg, then used my hands to solidify and finish the shaping. I pushed the filling in where an egg yolk would be. These are filled with cashew butter but tart, salty umeboshi plum is traditional.” Hot Cross Bun recipes Hot Cross Buns, marked with a symbolic cross, are a traditional around Easter. Hot Cross Buns This recipe from Gourmet magazine is not vegan, but you can substitute ingredients. Food.com has 45 Hot Cross Bun recipes, and atleast two of them are vegan. Vegan Hot Cross Buns calls for vegan egg white, but you can just brush them with oil. Hot-cross Buns (gluten, Dairy and Egg Free) includes a variation for using a bread-making machine. “These are great for Easter or… Read More


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Valentine’s Day

Veggie valentinos know that animal suffering – which is inherent in the meat industry – is a big turnoff! Plus being humane and healthy is hot, so this Valentine’s Day, treat your sweetie to a romantic vegan dinner. Vegetarian aphrodisiacs – from chocolate and strawberries to tomatoes and peppers – are famous for their reputed arousing qualities, but did you know that there’s a scientific reason why meat-free cuisine is a recipe for romance? The cholesterol and fat in animal foods slow the flow of blood to all of a man’s vital organs – not just his heart – but healthy vegetarian foods will leave lovers full of energy and vitality. Aphrodisiacs from the plant kingdom For vegetarian lovers there are plenty of aphrodisiacs to choose from – for an appetizer select steamed asparagus with a light salad dressing, the main course could be oyster mushrooms sautéed with leeks and briefly sautéed cherry tomatoes served over quinoa or rice that has had a little turmeric cooked into it, and with a tiny bit of saffron mixed in, and then finish off with a selection of fresh figs, strawberries and bananas with a dark chocolate dipping sauce. A valentine for… Read More


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