• Plant-Based (Vegan) Holiday Recipes

    ‘Tis the season for holiday celebrations, parties, and family gatherings. If you’re in need of some new plant-based holiday recipe ideas that will impress friends and family we’ve got some delicious vegan holiday recipes for you.

    A few of our talented cooking class hosts have contributed their favorite holiday recipes. They’re delicious, easy to make, and might just convert a few of your meat-loving friends to plant-based eating. Check them out below.

    Simmered Japanese Kabocha squash from Yuko Nakamoto

    Ingredients:

    >>1 Kabocha squash (cut & trimmed)
    >>Hot Water (about 12 oz)
    >>Brown sugar 1 tbsp (You can use: Maple syrup or any of your favorite sweeteners)
    >>Soy sauce 1 tbsp (Tamari soy sauce, liquid aminos)
    >>Salt 1 pinch

    Cooking Instructions

    1 : Use microwave for 1 min for easy cutting if the Kabocha is too hard.

    2: Remove the pulp and seeds from the Kabocha squash. Use a sharp knife to slice the Kabocha squash into 1-inch thick width pieces and then cut into bite-size pieces.

    3: Trim all the corner edges from the Kabocha pieces using ※Mentori cutting (see pictures)

    ※ 面取りMentori: If the pieces have a sharp edge, then they are likely to break into pieces during the cooking process.

    5: Put the Kabocha skin down in a single layer in a pan and Boil in high heat with the Kabocha pieces covered with enough hot water for about 8-10min with a lid.
    When kabocha gets soft, drain the hot water.

    6: Turn the heat off and add brown sugar, mix quickly and add soy sauce to absorb.

    If you want to make the Kabocha squash powdery and fluffy, turn off the heat and you can put the lid on for a while.

    Find out more about Yuko on here.

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    Roasted Veggies with Banza Chickpea Pasta in Garlic & Oil with Fresh Basil from Kevin Duffy

    Ingredients

    >>chickpea pasta
    >>2 heads broccoli
    >>2 bundles asparagus
    >>2 zucchini
    >>Extra Virgin Olive Oil
    >>3 to 4 cloves garlic
    >>Italian seasoning (or your favorite seasoning mix)
    >>1 bag fresh spinach
    >>1 bundle fresh basil
    >>salt and pepper to taste

    Method

    • preheat oven to 400-415

    • chop up 2 heads of broccoli, 2 bundles of asparagus, 2 zucchini

    • mix veggies in a bowl with EVOO, fresh chopped garlic (3-4 cloves), and Italian seasoning, whatever you like.

    • roast veggies in the oven for 15-20 mins or until the broccoli chars.

    • cook pasta 2-3 mins less than the directions. Trust me, It always falls apart… and then you will think you hated it! You didn’t hate it, it just fell apart, it tastes great minus the usual white flour bloat and brain fog!

    It cooks different than “regular pasta” = different ingredients. Better ones aka it’s better for you.

    • pour a big bag of spinach in a giant serving bowl

    • heat up some more EVOO and garlic in a pan. Medium heat 3-4 mins.

    • drain the Pasta when cooked and mix it with the spinach. This will help steam and wilt the spinach just perfectly.

    ⚠️ We all knows spinach disappears when you cook it in a pan. Let’s make spinach great and stop cooking it in a pan and then the drama continues that it “disappears into nothing.”

    • add in the heated oil and garlic to the bowl and mix

    • add the roasted veggies and mix it all 🥦

    • chop up a bundle of fresh basil and add that too. 🌿

    Can you say professional Presentation!

    • salt and pepper to taste

    ⚠️ More or less oil as needed. Aim for less. Don’t cook with more oil than you are comfortable drinking straight out of a glass!! It is all going in your body. Whether you drink it or hide it on your veggies.

    😢 If this takes you more than 20 mins it’s ok, Keep practicing!

    Check out Kevin’s website here.

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    Pumpkin Pie from Natalie Prigoone

    If you like a toffee-tasting pumpkin pie, then you will love this healthy version.

    This is a perfect recipe for using left over almond pulp after making your own almond milk. Tip: When you make your almond milk throw in the vanilla bean when blending with water, then once the nuts are strained and squeezed, the ground vanilla pod will be left behind with the nuts.

    INGREDIENTS

    Base

    » 1 1/2 cups almond pulp
    » 1 whole vanilla bean (blitzed in a spice grinder) or 1 tsp of vanilla paste or 1 tbs vanilla essence
    » 1 packed cup of dates
    » 1/4 cup coconut oil
    » crackle of pink salt

    Pumpkin Filling

    » 2 1/2 cups cooked and mashed pumpkin (roasted is best)
    » 1 cup of almonds or 1 cup of almond butter (only use whole almonds if you have a powerful food processer that can turn them into paste)
    » * 3/4 cup lacuma powder (You can omit the lacuma powered in this recipe if you don’t have it. No big deal really. It’s really for nutritional benefit and a little sweetness.)
    » 1/4 cup coconut oil (melted)
    » 1/2 cup coconut paste (melted)
    » 2 tsp cinnamon powder
    » 2 tsp nutmeg powder
    » 1/4 cup maple syrup
    » salt on top

    METHOD

    Base

    Process all ingredients in a high-powered food processor until it sticks together in a ball of dough when pressed. Line a fan pan with baking paper. (I like to trace out a circle and cut it to fit the base exactly.) Press the dough down uniformly and line the sides to form a pie crust. Refrigerate while you make the filling.

    Pumpkin Filling

    Blend almonds first until smooth. Add remaining ingredients and process for a few minutes, stopping to scrape down the sides. Spoon filling on top of pie crust and allow to set in the refrigerator for several hours until firm. Top with pistachio nuts.

    Find out more about Natalie on her website.

    Take Natalie’s class on Omstars here.

    Do you want more holiday recipes? Check out our holiday recipes posts from previous years.

    Plant-Based Holiday Feasts (Recipes from the Omstars Staff)

    Plant-Based Recipes for the Holiday Season (Recipes from Lee Holmes)

    Plant-Based Appetizers (Recipes from Naomi Seifter)

    By Omstars

    Photo by Mel Maldonado-Turner on Unsplash

  • Brussels Sprouts, Pistachio, and Cranberry Salad

    As a child, Brussels sprouts were probably my most hated vegetable. Actually, I think they were the only vegetable I hated. I could only eat them if I had equal amounts of butter to vegetable. Since then, I’ve eaten them in restaurants and actually like these very cute mini cabbages. However, I think this is the first time I have ever willing parted with money at the market and bought them.

    Ingredients

    500g Brussels sprouts.
    1/2 cup shelled pistachio nuts
    1/2 cup dried cranberries
    1 spring onion/shallot stalk (green and white part)

    Method

    Drop Brussels sprouts into a pot of boiling salted water. Blanch for a few a minute or two with the lid off. Keeping the lid off is important for the greens to retain their colour.
    Remove from heat while still crunchy and drain. Chop the spring onion into slices. Halve the baby cabbages and toss in a bowl with cranberries, pistachios and spring onion. Make the dressing and mix well.

    Dressing

    1/4 cup fresh squeezed lemon or orange juice
    1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
    1 tbs cider vinegar
    1 tsp Dijon mustard
    1 clove garlic
    Salt & black pepper
    1 tbs of maple syrup if you have used lemon juice. If you’ve used orange juice then it’s probably sweet enough.

    Method

    Shake well in a screw top glass jar. Pour half the dressing onto the salad and toss. Serve the remaining dressing to guests in the jar should they wish to add more.

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    By Natalie Prigoone

    For more healthy recipes and inspiration, download The Great Uncooking ebook now. Then you’ll have raw vegan dinners and lunches covered. Natalie Prigoone is the author of The Great Uncooking a raw food detox book and A Piece of Cake: Easy Raw Desserts. She is a yoga teacher, high school teacher and raw food chef. Natalie discovered raw foods and their healing magic in 2011. She is passionate about healthy life hacks, and creating recipes that lead to greater health and healing. Follow her on Instagram @thegreatuncooking or Facebook.

  • Iced Coffee + Chai Protein Smoothie

    New recipe for when you’re in a hurry and need something quick to eat and easy to digest! When you’re life is busy, this might be the case more often than not. Fortunately, Natalie Prigoone has a quick fix for us. It’s and Iced Coffee plus Chai protein smoothie.

    Natalie gets her protein powders from @botanikablends and they come highly recommended.  Protein Powder is like a healthy alternative to fast food and it keeps you full without all the added non-sense. Give this a try:

    Ingredients

    1 cup organic soy milk with ice

    a handful of cashews

    2 medjool dates

    1 ripe, frozen banana

    Cinnamon to taste

    Chai spice drops to taste

    1 scoop of protein powder.

     

    Method:

    Blend 1 cup organic soy milk with ice, a handful of cashews, 2 medjool dates, 1 ripe frozen banana, cinnamon, chai spice drops and your choice of protein powder. The protein powder Natalie used for this recipe was coffee flavored. Give your ingredients a whiz in the blender and when you’re done, you’ll basically have a balanced meal.

    Enjoy

    By Natalie Prigoone

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  • Sexy Salads ™️  Featuring Red Vein Sorrel

    Adam Kenworthy may be one of the most creative salad creators we know! Each of his salads is unique, colorful and full of flavor. Today, we’re sharing his recipe for a Red Vein Sorrel with shaved and roasted Purple Cauliflower, tossed in lemon juice. This salad is topped of with pan roasted Butternut Squash, watermelon radish, avocado and a sensational Carrot Ginger Dressing.

    Ingredients for the Salad:

    • Red Vein Sorrel
    • Purple Cauliflower
    • 1 Lemon
    • 1 small butternut squash
    •  Watermelon radishes
    • Avocados

    Directions:

    First, cut a large piece of purple cauliflower from the stock, then slice it thinly using a mandoline. Place your cauliflower sliced into a bowl with lemon juice and set that aside.

    Cut the butternut squash in half removing the longer, thinner part of the squash from the shorter, rounder portion of the vegetable. store the thinner portion of the squash to use for another recipe like Adam’s Plant Based Pizza.

    Peel the rounded portion of the butternut squash before cutting it in half and removing the seeds.

    Next, cut the squash into thin slices using a mandoline.

    Roast your squash in a pan with a drizzle of olive oil, over medium heat, until lightly browned.

    Next, use a grater to grate your watermelon radish (desired amount).

    Place your Red Vein Sorrel on a plate, then add the cauliflower, roasted squash, watermelon radish shavings, and avocado. Top it all of with the Carrot Ginger Dressing and enjoy.

    Ingredients for the dressing:

    • 1 small piece of ginger
    • 1 cup grated carrot
    • 4 tbs olive oil
    • 3 tbs coconut vinegar
    • 1 tbs Tamari
    • Pinch of salt
    • Water to help reach desired consistency

    BLEND WELL

    Recipe by Adam Kenworthy

    Follow Adam on Instagram (@adamkenworthy) where he’s constantly posting new and exciting dishes, drinks and snacks and check out his facebook page for some more long form recipes. Plus, check out some of his amazing recipes on Omstars!

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