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Shabbat was always my favorite night of the week when I was younger. I loved saying the prayers, being with family, and of course, eating challah. It’s such a great time to wind down from the week and take time to spend with loved ones. A lot of the foods that my family served on Shabbat had animal products. That’s why we bring you these 12 vegan Shabbat dinner recipes! These recipes are perfect for Shabbat! They will impress everyone at the table!

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1. Marzipan Challah

Vegan Marzipan Challah

Source: Marzipan Challah

This beautiful vegan Marzipan Challah by Vegan Holiday Cooking by Kirsten Kaminski is the perfect twist on a holiday classic. The addition of marzipan adds a kick of almond sweetness, which makes it feel like you’re eating a Danish pastry. While this recipe might look a bit complicated at first, it’s actually fairly easy to make once you get the hang of the braiding, and it’s so worth it the moment you bite into a piece of the warm and fluffy deliciousness! Reprinted with permission from Vegan Holiday Cooking by Kirsten Kaminski, Page Street Publishing Co. 2019. Photo credit: Kirsten Kaminski

2. Potato Kugel Cups

Vegan Grain-Free Potato Kugel Cups

Source: Potato Kugel Cups

3. Couscous with Tomatoes and Olives

Couscous with Tomatoes and Olives

Source: Couscous with Tomatoes and Olives

This Couscous with Tomatoes and Olives by Kelly Jaggers is made with simple ingredients but is simply delicious! Excerpted from The Everything® Mediterranean Instant Pot® Cookbook by Kelly Jaggers. Copyright © 2020 by Simon & Schuster, Inc. Used with permission of the publisher, Adams Media, an imprint of Simon & Schuster. All rights reserved.

4. Chocolate Raspberry Rugelach

Vegan Chocolate Raspberry Rugelach

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If you are not familiar with what a rugelach cookie is, when you taste one, you will wonder what is that back note of creaminess that is so surprising in a cookie! Yep, that’s the cream cheese. In this case, vegan cream cheese mixes with raspberry jam and melted chocolate chips for a creamy, chocolatey, tangy dessert you’ll love. You have to try these Chocolate Raspberry Rugelach by Gretchen Price!

5. Smoked Seitan

Smoked Seitan

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I can hear you, skeptics, now. Smoked wheat gluten? Believe it, people. This Smoked Seitan by Cathy Elton looks and tastes like Texas brisket – or as close as a vegetarian version can come, anyway. With a nice crusty exterior, it’s even got the “burnt ends” of authentic barbecue.

6. Cauliflower Leek Kugel

Vegan Cauliflower Leek Kugel

Source: Cauliflower Leek Kugel

Kugel is a Jewish casserole typically made with noodles. However, this Cauliflower Leek Kugel by Pavani Nandula will give you a decadent version of the traditional dish. The kugel is packed full of leeks, cauliflower, tofu, and garlic to make a rich and comforting meal that will serve a crowd.

7. Gefilte ‘Fish’

Vegan Gluten-Free Gefilte 'Fish'

Source: Gefilte ‘Fish’

This vegan Gefilte ‘Fish’ by Rhea Parsons is made with chickpeas and sauteed vegetables. The fish flavor comes from the seasoning – kelp and dulce flakes (if you don’t have both you can just use whichever you have), Old Bay, and lemon. They look just like Gefilte fish, the texture is spot on and they taste like a much yummier version of the original “treat.”

8. Jewish Bimuelos: Fried ‘Honey’ Puffs

Vegan Gluten-Free Jewish Bimuelos: Fried ‘Honey’ Puffs

Source: Jewish Bimuelos: Fried ‘Honey’ Puffs

These Jewish Bimuelos: Fried ‘Honey’ Puffs by Rhea Parsons are a very sweet treat. You may be sugared out after three of them, although they taste less sweet the next day.

9. Raspberry and Chocolate Macaroons

Raspberry and Chocolate Macaroons [Vegan, Gluten Free]

Source: Raspberry and Chocolate Macaroons

It’s no wonder that macaroons have seen a huge surge in popularity within the past few years. Macaroons are very straightforward to make and contain very simple ingredients. These Raspberry and Chocolate Macaroons by Buffy-Ellen Gill are the perfect balance of sweet and tart, with warm vanilla and coconut complementing the classic flavor combination.

10. Seeded Challah Bread

Seeded Challah Bread

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This Seeded Challah Bread by Pavani Nandula is a great everyday bread that you can snack on or can be eaten with some butter and jam. Soft and with a beautiful crumb, this Vegan Seeded Challah bread is packed with seeds (pumpkin, sunflower, sesame, poppy, and flax), which make it nutty and absolutely delicious.

11. Roasted Potato and Chickpea Salad With Tahini Dressing

Roasted Potato and Chickpea Salad With Tahini Dressing

Source: Roasted Potato and Chickpea Salad With Tahini Dressing

This simple Roasted Potato and Chickpea Salad With Tahini Dressing by Caroline Doucet requires little time and little ingredients. Simply roast your potatoes and chickpeas and while they’re roasting, prepare the 4-ingredient tahini dressing. Throw the ingredients together with greens and sprinkle with nutritional yeast for a quick and nutritious meal!

12. Seitan Schnitzel

Seitan Schnitzel

Source: Seitan Schnitzel

Crisp on the outside, juicy on the inside, this Seitan Schnitzel by Johanne Rosenthal is fantastic!. Breaded and cooked to perfection. This is for those people who have been longing for their grandmother’s schnitzel. You know who you are.

Learn How to Cook Plant-Based Meals at Home!

Challah Made With Aquafaba

Reducing your meat intake and eating more plant-based foods is known to help with chronic inflammationheart healthmental wellbeingfitness goalsnutritional needsallergiesgut health, and more! Dairy consumption also has been linked to many health problems, including acnehormonal imbalancecancerprostate cancer and has many side effects.

For those of you interested in eating more plant-based, we highly recommend downloading the Food Monster App — with over 15,000 delicious recipes it is the largest plant-based recipe resource to help reduce your environmental footprint, save animals and get healthy! And, while you are at it, we encourage you to also learn about the environmental and health benefits of a plant-based diet.

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