When it comes to the holidays, many of us vegans face a tough meal time. But we don’t have to. Cookbook author Jennifer Katzinger offers up great recipes and menus in Gluten-Free and Vegan Holidays: Celebrating the Year with Simple Satisfying Recipes and Menus. She may say “simple” but she is not short on gourmet taste. Every recipe I’ve tried so far has been a treat for the palette.
Celebrating Holidays with Vegan Food
For just about every holiday we celebrate in the U.S., Katzinger has us covered. Gluten-free and vegan recipes that help us eat well. The standard food holidays like Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter are included, but she went further. Hanukkah and Passover offer a delicious collection of recipes. We also get to enjoy Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, Fourth of July and Halloween with vegan treats.
Jennifer Katzinger is a baker by choice and shares many delicious recipes for birthday cakes as well. Her baking love and experience also contribute to a large collection of desserts for every holiday.
Recipes to Enjoy All Year
Although I first got Gluten-Free and Vegan Holidays in an effort to create an all vegan Thanksgiving dinner, I found so many recipes that I use at many times during the year. Like today, for instance, I’m making her Lentil Pâté from the Hanukkah menu. It makes a delicious and gourmet sandwich spread. And the recipe is amazingly easy.
Stuffed Tomatoes with Basil and Forbidden Rice, from her Christmas menu, has become one of my go-to standards for many dinners. I’ve substituted many varieties for rice and found each one just as yummy. Besides being a gourmet taste treat, the presentation of this dish is beautiful. Katzinger’s recipe calls for baking the stuffed tomatoes, but I’ve had great luck with just heating up the stuffing and placing it in a raw tomato shell to serve immediately. Either way, it makes a great addition for dinner.
Vegan Holidays Can Be Easy
You certainly don’t need to fear the holiday meals as a vegan anymore. Even if you’re not vegan, but have vegan guests, you’ll want to get Gluten-Free and Vegan Holidays cookbook. It’s available in paperback and Kindle version and worth it.
Vegan holiday cooking has been made easier and more delicious. I’m certainly anxious to try out many more recipes for my own holiday cooking.