Vegan Appetizer Recipes

Vegan Brie

In my vegetarian days I always enjoyed a good brie.  Since then I have wanted to try my hand at making one.  I started with the recipe from The Ultimate Uncheese Cookbook by Joanne Stepaniak and adapted it and changed it to suite my own tastes.  I also wanted to make a brie that was hot and inside a pastry.  The afore mentioned is a cold brie so I had to change it quite a bit.  This is a very easy recipe, although it is a little time consuming.  The "cheese" has to set for at least 4 hours and...

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French Onion Soup

This soup was so delicious on a cold winter night.  I added a little extra Daiya mozzarella to my bowl cause it is so good.  This recipe takes some time to make, but is really easy and super delicious.   Vegan French Onion Soup Ingredients: 3-4 Tbsp Earth Balance Butter 5-6 Small Onions, thinly sliced 1 Tbsp Whole Wheat Flour 1/2 tsp Ground Black Pepper 6 Cups Water w/3 Cubes "no-beef" Bullioun OR 6 Cups Veggie Broth Sliced Bread (Baguette style or Sourdough) Olive Oil Garlic Powder Daiya Mozzarella Shreds Directions: *In a large saucepan or pot, melt butter...

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Super Easy Kale Chips

So, I know I posted about Kale Chips once before, but this is an alternative recipe for making them that is faster and easier.  Kale is so very good for you so make these for a snack or a side to go with your lunch. Kale is very high in beta carotene, vitamin K, vitamin C, lutein, zeaxanthin, and reasonably rich in calcium. Kale, as with broccoli and other brassicas, contains sulforaphane (particularly when chopped or minced), a chemical with potent anti-cancer properties. Boiling decreases the level of sulforaphane; however, steaming, microwaving, or stir frying do not result in significant loss. Along with other...

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Natchitoches Pies

Keeping with the Vegan in Louisiana theme I decided to try my hand at the famous Natchitoches Meat Pies.  TVP is always a good substitute for anything that would normally require ground meat.  If you can not find TVP in your area or if you are rushed for time, you can use Boca Crumbles or Fantastic World Food's Taco Filling. Both of these meat substitutes are Vegan.  The MorningStar Farms version is not, it contains both dairy and egg. To make mine a bit healthier I chose to use whole wheat flour and also to...

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Cold Veggie Pizza

I served this one up at our Holiday Party this year and have had several requests for the recipe.  After much anticipation here it is for you.  And before anyone asks.  Yes, surprisingly Pilsbury Original Crescent Rolls are Vegan.  I had to do a little research on this and some issues arose as to the DATEM, diacetyltartaric acid esters of monoglycerides, which is often from animal sources, and is found in the ingredients list.  Luckily for us, someone wrote to Pilsbury and inquired on the matter.  Their entire response can...

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Edamame Hummus

  I first had store bought Edamame Hummus at my friend Sachi's baby shower last year.  I have been wanting to make it for a while, but was kind of scared since my crappy blender did such a bad job with regular hummus.  That crappy blender died about a month ago and I decided to replace it with a food processor.  Moving on to Christmas, I got several cookbooks as gifts this year which I am super excited about trying out. One of them is Vegan A Go-Go. By: Sarah Kramer.  On...

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Jalapeno Popper Dip

  I made this once before when I was a vegetarian and it was so amazing.  Friday night I attended my friend Allie's birthday party which was a chips and dip party.  I though this would be the perfect opportunity to make this dip again Vegan style.  Both of my local stores were out of the regular tofutti so I had to use the herbs and chives kind.  I think it adds to the flavors, but you can use either kind.  I have to say this version is just as delicious as...

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Kale Chips

I had never tried these before and now that I have I am addicted.  These crunchy little treats melt in your mouth.  This is the best guilt-free treat I can think of. Kale is full of vitamins A, C, and K.  It also has calcium, Iron, and protein. So make yourself a big bowl of these instead of popcorn and sit down for a movie. Kale Chips

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Anniversary Dinner

William and I celebrated our 1 year wedding anniversary on May 24th.  Since we took our vacation the week before I had to work that night.  William asked what I wanted to eat for dinner that night to celebrate and this is what I requested. Willie's Spicy Basil Tofu Soup 2 packs Ramen noodles (noodles only) 4 carrots (peeled and sliced) 1 med onion (diced) 1 bell pepper (stemmed, seeded, and chopped) 1...

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