Y2 – Day 112 – Vegan Easter

You can have a delicious Easter Sunday meal without harming bunnies, hens or pigs.

Start with appetizers or munchies.  No matter what swanky bashes you are hosting always have available: Nuts, Olives, Guacamole, salsa and chips.

Then add more vegan options if there are more people like: Hummus with warmed up Pita Chips, Eggplant dip, an Italian caponata, grilled artichoke hearts, Bruschetta with olive tapenade or tomatoes, garlic and basil atop, sliced lavish rolls with red pepper spread and veggies, vegan stuffed mushrooms, crispy baked spicy chickpeas –  and the list goes on.

For starters:  A Carrot salad or a Fennel salad or a mixed greens salad with toppings like vegan French Fried Onions or chopped pecans with a strawberry balsamic vinaigrette.  Perhaps a spring pea soup if it it is cold out or your first gazpacho of the season if it is hot.

For the main course: Serve several veggie dishes like sweet steamed carrots, spring peas tossed with spring green onions, sweet potato fries, crispy broccoli and cauliflower sautéed with garlic and/or baked beans with some grains like quinoa, brown rice, cornbread or whole wheat pasta.

Or make one big dish of Saffron Spanish rice with peas and carrots served with lemon wedges, roasted red peppers and olives. Or, Pasta Primavera – after all, the name means Spring Pasta.

Then for dessert: How about a Vegan Lemon Cake with Lemon icing served with fresh spring strawberries?  Maybe ice a few organic pansy flowers and decorate the top and sides with mint leaves and pansies.

Of course, vegan chocolate treats work well too like chocolate coconut truffles rolled in coconut flakes.  Use your imagination!

Bon Apetit!

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