Posts tagged christmas recipes
Hearty Holiday Entrées that are not the Classic Vegan Roast

You know me and my hearty holiday vegan roasts, I simply love them. Whether they're store-bought, made with seitan, our lentil and mushroom holiday roasts, nut roasts, mushroom roasts, etc, I love feeling that there's a traditional hearty main entrée in the center of the table. Since most of our friends and family who come over for Thanksgiving and Christmas aren't vegan, I always love to serve something that will seem familiar. It's why when non-vegans come over and they see this giant platter of perfectly sliced seitan roast with mushroom gravy slathered all over it they get VERY excited! Now we even have ready made roasts from brands like Tofurky, Gardein and Field Roast which even come with their own gravy and all you have to do is heat them up, cook up some sides and you have a perfect holiday meal.

What if however, this year you wanted to make something different. What if, you live in an area where these products aren't as readily available and you want to create something hearty, using simple staples you can find at the grocery store? What if you don't have the time this year to make big holiday roast from scratch? What if you simply want to mix things up and surprise your guests with something different this year? Today's episode and post is all about those hearty vegan main dishes you can make when you want to skip the classic vegan roast.

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Leek, Mushroom and Fig Tart

Just in time for Thanksgiving, and with the Holiday season in front of us, I thought it was time to teach you how to make the most gorgeous tart ever! First, you have the flakiest crust, one that will make any sweet pie totally jealous. Then you have a delicious savory and creamy cashew filling with perfectly charred oyster mushrooms, leeks and chives. Then you get to top that beauty with the brightest and sweetest figs. Trust me, everyone will "ooh" and "ahh" over this one, and it's perfect for when you want to take a vegan dish to your holiday gatherings, or serve it as part of your holiday meal. It's also secretly the perfect fancy recipe for an elegant brunch or lunch, since it's a little twist on a quiche. Yup! you can have vegan quiche y'all!

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Baked Apples

One of the reasons I love to bake, especially pies, is that I get to make it a date with myself, my music and my kitchen. I take my time, measure out ingredients, think of a creative new combination for fillings, get my hands in the dough, do a little dance when a Beck song comes through the speakers. It's like a meditation in motion, only I get to have a piece of pie or cake afterwards. Win-win!

As much as I love these baking dates with myself, sometimes I want to make a sweet treat that requires almost no active cooking time. Something that I can just pop in the oven and have it do all the work for me. That's the recipe I'm teaching you how to make today.

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Merry Christmas everyone! I hope you all had the most amazing time with family and friends and that you're gearing up for the new year! I hope you also read (and watched) the little Holiday message we left for you here! It's Monday, and as is tradition, it's time for our From Our Kitchen Table series, where we get to show you what we actually eat for our yummy meals so you can feel inspired and steal some ideas. Today however, I thought we'd make it even more festive by taking you inside our little Christmas dinner! 

I had so much fun cooking for our friends on Christmas Day, none of them are vegan might I add, but everyone loved the food! As it usually happens, we ended up talking until 3 in the morning about food, health and feeding your body with delicious health supporting plant-based yummies. It was such a special dinner party! Our friends Any and David who you always hear me mention were there as always, and we had three new friends join in the celebration this year. They loved it so much we're making it a yearly tradition. Our families live pretty far from us, so it's always so nice to share the day with some of our closest friends.

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Classic Mushroom Gravy

We're gearing up for the holidays, and in my opinion there's always one dish that needs to be present whenever you are cooking a big holiday meal, a classic old fashioned mushroom gravy. This is the vegan version of the gravy that was always served at my house growing up and it's the creamiest most delicious thing ever. It's a decadent treat as many classic gravies are, since we're relying on a traditional roux to make it (a mixture of fat and flour to thicken our sauce), but this recipe feeds a crowd, and it's the Holidays so you can splurge a little on the big day. I love how the ingredients are so simple and can be found anywhere. It's so yummy, especially poured over mashed potatoes or over your favorite holiday roasts. 

This reminds me, check out the yummy Christmas recipe section we've created for you! It includes our favorites for the Holidays from both our youtube channel and our online membership program.

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We're so happy to finally be able to share this video with all of our Brownble members. This one is practically magic, since you turn everyday ingredients like lentils, walnuts, mushrooms and other vegetables into the most amazing roast that always knocks people's socks off. I'm seriously obsessed with this recipe and it was so much fun to do all the recipe testing for it since I got to eat it again and again for weeks! Yum! I never get tired of it.

Our very berry glaze is the perfect topping for it and is filled with antioxidants and a ton of flavor. It packs a punch! We love it as a topping for this roast but also on any of our other seitan or roast recipes. It keeps well in the fridge so it's one of those perfect make ahead dishes that will help save you time while you're cooking your holiday meals.

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Sticky Toffee Date and Sweet Potato Cake

In the beginning this was simply meant to be a vegan version of a traditional English sticky toffee pudding. The more I made versions in our kitchen and tried different ingredients, the more I started falling in love with it and with the process of making it, and it sort of took a life of its own. I love it when that happens! The cake itself is much healthier than the original version, it's refined sugar free, and has only a bit of fat since the sweet potatoes acted not only as a binder but made this the moistest cake ever! We're using maple syrup and cinnamon in the cake too, which makes it the perfect treat for the holiday season. The toffee sauce on top is a whole different matter. We left it as is tradition, with non-dairy butter, heavy non-dairy cream and of course that brown sugar that gives it the perfect molasses taste. Toffee is one of those magical sweet treats, so we're letting it do its thing and we've made the cake much healthier to balance things out.

I'm usually a total chocaholic when it comes to cakes, but this one made all other cakes move over to the sidelines. I just love it and it's so much fun to make. Enjoy the video, recipe and printable below and let us know what you think in the comments!

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Pb & j Dot Cookies

Is it just me or does everyone else feel like making cookies the second December hits and we get the first glimpses of the Holidays in action? I used to love making Christmas cookies as a kid with my mom. There's something so special about that smell coming out of the oven, not to mention the utter bliss of eating cookie dough. Especially, when it includes one of my favorite ingredients on this planet, peanut butter. These are so simple to make and you can use a standing mixer to make the process even easier, but a bowl and wooden spoon will also get the job done. These are rustic and so delicious you'll be making batch after batch.

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