Vegan Father’s Day Menu

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Vegan Father’s Day Menu

 

Father’s Day is almost here, so it’s time to start planning.  To help you out I have put together this collection of recipes that would be great for your Father’s Day menu.  There are ideas for breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert.  These are some of my husband’s favorite.  My Dad also loves these recipes and he is far from vegan.

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Phyllo Cups with Cashew Ricotta and Sun Dried Tomato Sauce

Vegan phyllo cups with cashew ricotta and sun dried tomato sauce

This is what I served for our Easter dinner, but it would be great for any special occasion or holiday.  The phyllo cups make a very elegant presentation, but really are not difficult to make.  Phyllo can be a little tricky the first time you use it.  Just remember to keep the phyllo covered with a damp towel and you should have no problems.  The filling is mostly raw so there is not a lot of cooking time and a lot of it can be made ahead.  The cashews and the sun dried tomatoes need to be soaked for a few hours at least, or overnight, before you start to prepare them though.   After all the treats we had around Easter, it was nice to enjoy a nice light dinner.  I had a lot of the fillings left over, so I blended the ricotta and the tomato sauce together and served it over whole wheat pasta the next day.

 

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St. Patrick’s Day – Irish Soda Bread

 

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We usually go all out for St Patrick’s Day at my house.  We eat green and Irish food all day.  A leprechaun usually comes to visit our house and plays lots of tricks as well.  Irish Soda Bread is one of our favorite recipes for St Patty’s.  It is slightly sweet and has a great flavor from the caraway seeds.  It is not a yeast bread, so is doesn’t take long to make.  Some other great recipes for St Patrick’s Day would be Shepherd’s Garden Pie and Spinach Pesto Pasta.  Don’t forget to wear your green!!

 

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Valentine’s Cinnamon Cookies

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Happy Valentine’s Day!  I can’t believe that Valentine’s is here already.  It kind of snuck up on me this year, but I still wanted to make some special cookies for my family.  This recipe is so simple it feels like I am cheating by making them these cookies.  They are made with puff pastry, which believe it or not is vegan (at least the Pepperridge Farm brand is).     I hope you all enjoy your Valentine’s Day!

 

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Super Bowl Menu Ideas

Chili

 

The Super Bowl is the only football game that I watch all year.  It is really just an excuse to eat a lot of  yummy food.  It can be a really hard day to stay on track though, especially if you are going to a party.   Here are some of my favorite foods that would be great for a party and please non vegans as well.

Chili cheese dip is the best.  It is so simple (only 2 ingredients) and so good.  It is always the first thing gone when I make it for a party, so I make a lot.

Chili cheese dogs are another great party food.  Just get veggie dogs, top with canned or homemade chili and sprinkle with Daiya cheese.  Amy’s makes really good vegan canned chili.  Don’t forget to use whole grain hot dog buns.

A layer dip is so easy to make vegan.  There is a great recipe on The Kind Life.  http://www.thekindlife.com/post/cheesy-oozy-guacamole-bean-dip-2 . Think about using veggies to dip with instead of chips or try to find baked chips.

 

 

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Side Dishes: Mashed Sweet Potatoes and Roasted Green Beans

Sweet Potatoes

The mashed sweet potatoes and roasted green beans are great side dishes for any meal.  They are super easy, so they are great to do during the week and they are fancy enough for a special dinner.  We eat sweet potatoes all the time, so I try to make them in different ways and this is definitely a favorite of the kids.  Mashing them is als really great for kids who may not like to try new foods.   Roasting the green beans brings out the sweetness in them that you don’t get when the beans are boiled.  This is my favorite way to have green beans now.

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Christmas Menu

Christmas

 

Merry Christmas!  Here are some recipes that I am planning on making for Christmas.  This year I am keeping the menu simple and some what traditional.  We will not have all of our extended family this year so it should be a quiet Christmas. I hope you all have a very happy holiday.

 

Christmas Eve Dinner Menu:

Caramelized onion and olive tart

mashed potatoes and gravy

roasted veggies

cranberry sauce

Egg Nog Cheesecake From Fat Free Vegan Kitchen

 

 

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Christmas Brunch Menu:

fruit and granola bake

Sausage and cheddar tofu frittata

hash browns

 

 

 

 

 

 

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