Gone are the days of making women feel like they need a date for Valentine’s Day! Galentine’s Day is the new way to celebrate. Try it this year! Invite your closest friends to (virtually) celebrate each other. Make each other feel empowered with kind words, genuine compliments, and fun games. But do it with some delicious plant-based food!
1. Ginger Kombucha Mimosa
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Have you caught the kombucha fever yet? This bubbly tea drink has been called an “immortal health elixir,” and it’s seriously trendy in the health community. If you add something healthy to your cocktail like in this Ginger Kombucha Mimosa by The Edgy Veg, it automatically makes it a health food, right?
2. Deviled Potato Bites
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These classy-looking Deviled Potato Bites by the Crazy Vegan Kitchen are deceptively budget-friendly. Little potatoes are halved and roasted until their centers are soft and scoopable and then a creamy yellow hummus is piped in, giving them that “deviled egg” look. Piping in the hummus is totally optional, but it gives them that “wow” factor that will make them disappear from the serving platter in an instant.
3. Pizza Hummus
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Saturated with umami flavor, this Pizza Hummus from the Real Food Really Fast cookbook is like a roasted tomato puree, voluptuous “cheese” sauce, and the creamiest hummus possible all wrapped up in one spreadable, dippable package. Just a touch of red pepper flakes lend a faint, piquant bite, exactly the way a good slice ought to. The only thing missing is perhaps a paper-thin, crunchy crust, but just stock up on your favorite crackers, and it’s a done deal.
4. Mushroom Filet Mignon with Mushroom Red Wine Sauce
If you’re looking for a hearty entree that mimics a classic steak, give this Mushroom Filet Mignon from the Plant-Based Meats cookbook a try. Look for mushrooms with thick stems, which are easier to strip. It takes a few minutes to shred the steamed mushroom stems into umami-rich lengths, but once they’re embedded in your steak, they give it a certain meaty chew that works. Use the caps to make the meaty red-wine sauce spiked with fresh thyme, and you have a delicious meal.
5. Pumpkin Ravioli in White Wine Butter Sage Sauce
Although making your own ravioli takes a bit more work than opening a package, with hard work comes great reward and it would be fun to do with friends! Gabrielle St. Claire‘s tasty Pumpkin Ravioli have pumpkin folded into the dough, which gives them a lovely orange color. Then, they are stuffed with creamy pumpkin purée and vegan Parmesan and cooked until tender. The finishing touch is a delicious white wine butter sauce that is perfectly seasoned with fresh sage. This makes a small serving, so it is the perfect entrée for an intimate gathering or you can double the batch and freeze the rest for later!
6. One-Pan White Wine and Preserved Lemon Pasta
7. Balsamic Grilled Tofu Crostini
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In Marta Ansaldo and Mimma Sangiorgio‘s Balsamic Grilled Tofu Crostini recipe, tofu is marinated in olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and plenty of fresh Italian herbs and garlic before being beautifully grilled. Keep things simple by putting the grilled tofu on a lightly toasted crostini with a splash more of marinade and a dash of salt. Perfect for serving as an appetizer!
8. Buffalo-Style Tofu
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This Buffalo-Style Tofu recipe by Dawn Kriss is not for the weak-of-heart. It’s a true spicy Buffalo sauce, but you can choose to calm it down a little if you want to! Your spicy-food loving gals would enjoy this!
9. Mashed Potato White Pizza
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10. Chickpea Tofu With Tahini Sauce
Source: Chickpea Tofu With Tahini Sauce
The nice thing about tofu is that it is protein-dense and can easily be incorporated into a dish to improve the protein stats. In a similar fashion, the richly seasoned and flavorful chickpea-based protein powerhouse in this Chickpea Tofu With Tahini Sauce is great for topping salads or other dishes from the Power Vegan Meals cookbook. Unlike tofu, they are more like firm bread in consistency, quite fun and filling.
11. Buffalo Seitan Deep Dish Pizza
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This Buffalo Seitan Deep Dish Pizza is a flavorful and meaty buffalo pizza that is very simple and easily adaptable! Try Travis Piper‘s recipe on a cold autumn or winter evening for a vegan twist on a nostalgic favorite.
12. Oven-Baked Vegetable Samosas
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Alenoosh Matakupan‘s Oven-Baked Vegetable Samosas are great for cocktail parties and brunches, and guarantee that both vegans and non-vegans will love these yummy pastries filled with vegetables and classic Indian flavors!
13. Pumpkin Spice Empanadas With Apple Cinnamon Cranberry Filling
Empanadas, hand pies, turnovers… whatever you want to call them, Larice Feuerstein‘s lovely little Pumpkin Spice Empanadas are the perfect no-guilt nibble to offer your family and friends. The crust is crisp on the edges, yet tender, and delicately pumpkin-flavored with a touch of pie spices, while the filling is bursting with cinnamon infused apples and tart cranberries. They are also just too cute! Sweet and neat little mini pies, no forks necessary. If you’re looking for a last-minute appetizer or dessert idea, look no further!
14. Mexican Hot Chocolate Snickerdoodles
These Mexican Hot Chocolate Snickerdoodles are a take on classic snickerdoodles that will leave your tastebuds in amazement. Try Emily von Euw‘s recipe for a vegan cookie combination of chocolate with cinnamon.
15. Raspberry and Peppermint Coconut Butter Hearts
To create something beautiful and delicious, oftentimes you need only a couple of simple ingredients. Laine Rudolfa‘s refreshing raw vegan Raspberry and Peppermint Coconut Butter Hearts are completely wholesome but apart from that – these candy-size coconut butter hearts make a beautiful addition to any celebration and a gift (for yourself and others).
Learn How to Cook Plant-Based Meals at Home
Reducing your meat intake and eating more plant-based foods is known to help with chronic inflammation, heart health, mental wellbeing, fitness goals, nutritional needs, allergies, gut health, and more! Unfortunately, dairy consumption also has been linked to many health problems, including acne, hormonal imbalance, cancer, prostate cancer, and has many side effects.
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- The Ultimate Guide to Plant-Based Nutrition
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- High Protein Plant-Based Recipes
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