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I love the holidays because it means time spent with those who are important to you. We all live busy lives so I truly cherish the moments where I can catch up with family and friends! Aside from quality time, my second favorite thing about holidays has to be the food and if you’re a real foodie like me, I’m sure you agree! Easter is often overflowing in sweet treats and big dinners! Unfortunately, if you follow a plant-based diet there aren’t always a ton of options for you.
We explored the internet to find you some of the absolute best vegan recipes that you’ll actually want to eat this Easter season. We’re covering appetizer recipes, delicious side dishes, and even breathtaking main entrees. Even if you don’t follow a plant-based diet, this is a great opportunity for you to step out of your comfort zone, try something new and get creative with your cooking!
Easter is always around the time that we transition from winter into spring. It’s a wonderful feeling to trade hearty comforting dishes for something light and airy!
These simple zucchini roll-ups are just that. Light, delicious and perfect for Easter. Ribboned zucchini is topped with cashew cream cheese and rolled up with asparagus and fresh dill. Share a platter before the big dinner!
http://greenevi.com/simple-raw-zucchini-roll-ups/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: GREEN EVI
Deviled eggs are perfect for almost every party or holiday dinner. They’re a crowd-favorite but unfortunately are not vegan-friendly. We’ve created an awesome vegan version using potatoes that you are seriously going to love.
Egg-sized mini potatoes are the perfect substitute and the creamy filling is made from mashed potato and familiar flavors of paprika and mustard!
http://www.forkly.com/recipes/vegan-deviled-potatoes/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: FORKLY
Prepare to be amazed by this recipe! Who knew the word hummus and dessert could be used in the same sentence! Our cake batter dessert hummus is seriously addictive and bright in color!
It’s a perfect appetizer to share with friends and family during the Easter weekend. Simply serve this dessert hummus with fresh fruit and vegan wafer cookies of your choice! Check out the 20 Best Vegan Treats To Enjoy At Easter!
http://www.forkly.com/recipes/vegan-cake-batter-dessert-hummus/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: FORKLY
Hearty side dishes are key for a delicious feast but balancing out the table with fresh salads is always a good idea too. Enjoy comforting pasta with fresh arugula and a bold pea pesto.
This salad has so much flavor and is so colorful. It will definitely draw attention once you place it on the dinner table.
https://minimalistbaker.com/pea-pesto-pasta-with-sun-dried-tomatoes-arugula-vegan-gf/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: MINIMALIST BAKER
Fill up a basket with these adorable bunny soft pretzels! They’re soft and chewy and a great alternative to store-bought buns.
This vegan recipe serves 6 and is best enjoyed warm! So serve fresh from the oven or heat them up right before dinner.
https://www.forkandbeans.com/2015/04/03/gluten-free-soft-pretzels-gum-free/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: FORK AND BEANS
Hot crossed buns are a traditional food item for Easter. This vegan version is infused with decadent dark chocolate and dried sour tart cherries.
Make a batch for Easter and share them with your friends and family. They’ll enjoy the fragrant flavors and the love you put into making them.
http://www.theflouredkitchen.com/vegan-hot-cross-buns-with-dark-chocolate-sour-cherries/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: THE FLOURED KITCHEN
Having a variety of different side dishes are what really transform any ordinary dinner into a feast! Serve up a crowd favorite, butternut squash this Easter!
Since the oven seems to be prime real estate during big holidays like Easter, consider cooking your squash using our Instant Pot Hack. The Instant Pot not only cooks the squash quickly but the results are outstanding! The skin quite literally falls off which means no squash left behind!
http://www.forkly.com/recipes/instant-pot-hack-how-to-cook-butternut-squash/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: FORKLY
Green bean casserole is an American favorite! It’s traditionally served during Thanksgiving but it’s so insanely savory and delicious so why not serve it during Easter too!
This recipe puts a vegan spin onto a traditional recipe! Don’t worry even your non-vegan friends and family won’t notice this casserole is dairy-free and vegan-friendly. The recipe requires simple ingredients and can be prepared in 35 minutes or less!
https://thebusybaker.ca/easy-vegan-green-bean-casserole/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: THE BUSY BAKER
Scalloped potatoes is another traditional side dish served at Easter! This recipe is traditionally loaded with cheese and other dairy ingredients that are clearly not tolerated on the plant-based diet!
This recipe proves that with a few substitutions you can create your childhood favorites effortlessly. Homemade cashew cream sauce is what gives these potatoes the creamy texture! Along with the creamy sauce you’ll experience savory flavors of onion and garlic – YUM!
https://www.noracooks.com/scalloped-potatoes/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: NORA COOKS
Asparagus is in season come spring so there is no question as to why they need to be on your Easter dinner table! Cheese and asparagus tart is a classic dish enjoyed during Easter time so make sure you try this vegan version!
Flaky pastry is topped with a vibrant lemon cashew cheese and then finish with asparagus and garlic. Bake the tart in the oven until it has reached a lovely golden color!
https://www.mydarlingvegan.com/asparagus-cashew-cream-tart/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: MY DARLING VEGAN
You can never go wrong with roasted carrots as a side dish for any holiday dinner. However, if you’re looking to make a lasting impression on your dinner guests serve them these whole roasted carrots with maple tahini.
First of all, these colorful carrots are a lot more exciting than a platter of simple orange carrots. Further, the sweet and delicious maple tahini drizzles make them extra special!
https://www.catchingseeds.com/whole-roasted-carrots-tahini-maple-sauce/#_a5y_p=6761803 PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: CATCHING SEEDS
If you’re really looking to go all out ensure you have a wonderful entree to serve at Easter dinner! This vegan mushroom wellington is not only stunning but seriously delicious too!
A golden flaky pastry embraces a savory onion and portabello mushroom filling. This entree comes together in an hour but 50 minutes of that is spent cooking!
https://www.deliciouseveryday.com/mushroom-wellington PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: DELICIOUS EVERYDAY
You’ll be happy to know that no animals were harmed in the making of this smokey vegan ham! This vegan ham is made from seitan which is a high protein food made from wheat gluten.
Getting used to making seitan can seem like a daunting task but once you get the hang of it you’ll see how easy it really is! This seitan ham is infused with smokey, sweet and rich flavors that you are really going to enjoy!
http://www.plantpowercouple.com/recipes/vegan-ham/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: PLANT POWER COUPLE
You can also cook seitan to make a vegan turkey too! This vegan turkey is filled with a squash and mushroom filling.
You’ll be swooning over the smell of it and begging for seconds once you try it! It may take a bit of extra time to make but the payoff will be well worth it.
https://sweetsimplevegan.com/2018/11/vegan-holiday-roast/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: SWEET SIMPLE VEGAN
Whip up a savory gravy to go with your main entree’s or perhaps, smother over some fluffy mashed potatoes. This vegan gravy requires 6 ingredients and only takes 5 minutes!
Vegetable broth is used as the base of the gravy and then nutritional yeast, onion powder, soy sauce, and dijon mustard provide the savory flavors. Lastly, flour is added to thicken the gravy to the perfect consistency!
https://www.noracooks.com/easy-vegan-gravy/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: NORA COOKS
Not everyone is willing to play chef in the kitchen nor does everyone have the time and that is totally okay. Thankfully there are now many great vegan meat alternatives that you can buy at the store and will keep your belly’s happy and your conscience even happier!
You could try this Gardien Stuffed Turk’y. I’ve personally had these and the texture is so great and the flavor is even more amazing. These can be found at places like Walmart or specialty food stores.
https://www.gardein.com/product-type/holiday/ PHOTOS BY: GARDIEN
If you don’t need or want any of the fancy fixings’ then you should try these Gardien Turk’y Cutlets! Tender vegan meat is covered in a lovely breaded coating.
Just two cutlets come in at 260 calories and contain 22 grams of protein! These can also be found at places like Walmart or specialty food stores.
https://www.gardein.com/product-type/holiday/ PHOTOS BY: GARDEIN
Another great option for Easter dinner would be to serve this Tofurky Plant-Based Ham. It’s easy to cook and comes with a lovely amber ale glaze!
The glaze really gives this vegan ham a sweet and wonderful flavor. Serve the ham with your favorite side dishes for a true feast!
https://tofurky.com/what-we-make/roasts/ham-roast/ PHOTOS BY: TOFURKY
You’re in for a true treat if you pick up a box of this Tofurky Plant-Based Holiday Feast! This holiday roast is filled with a savory stuffing.
In this feast, you’ll also get a savory vegan gravy and decadant vegan chocolate cheesecake. This screams easy and we all need a little of that in our lives especially during holidays.
https://tofurky.com/what-we-make/roasts/feast/#flavormenu PHOTOS BY: TOFURKY