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December Holiday Recipes

Hanukkah starts Dec. 12, with Christmas 12 days later! Here are some recipes to get you in the mood -- from soup to dessert. Enjoy!!

This is my type of recipe--easy yet so good!

Pumpkin Bisque (serves 4-6) by Chad Sarno

  • 1 1/2 c. diced white onions

  • 2 T. broth or water

  • 2 c. canned pumpkin

  • 5 cloves roasted garlic

  • 3 c. vegetable stock

  • 1 1/2 T. maple syrup

  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon

  • 1/4 tsp. cayenne

  • 1/4 c. sherry wine

  • ground black pepper, to taste

  • 1/4 c. toasted pumpkin seeds (optional)

In broth/water, sauté onions on medium heat until translucent. Blend pumpkin, garlic, onions, + next 7 ingredients in a high-speed blender until smooth. Transfer to pot over low-medium heat. Serve warm with garnish of toasted pumpkin seeds.


Naked Food Magazine has delicious-looking and delicious-tasting recipes. Here's a simple but elegant salad from April 2013:

Quinoa Pear Pecan Salad

  • 1 c. quinoa, rinsed

  • 1 pear, sliced thin

  • 1 c. spinach, washed

  • ½ c. raw pecans

  • ½ c. of berries of your choice

  • 1 cinnamon stick or ½ tsp. ground cinnamon

In medium saucepan, bring 1 cup quinoa, cinnamon, and 2 cups water to a boil. Cover; simmer for 20-25 min. until the quinoa ‘tail’ is visible and water is absorbed. Let sit covered for 5 min. and fluff with fork. In a glass bowl, mix in quinoa, spinach, and pear slices. Top with berries and pecans.


Potato Pancakes, or "Latkes," are a tradition for Hanukah. Here's an adapted recipe without oil and frying (unfortunately, I don't know the original source!).

Baked Sweet Potato Pancakes (makes 12)

  • 2 lbs. sweet potatoes, grated

  • 1 med. onion, grated

  • 2 T. chia or flax seeds, plus 6 T. water

  • 1/4 c. flour

  • 1/4 tsp. baking powder

  • 1 tsp. cinnamon

  • 1/2 tsp. nutmeg

Preheat oven to 400°F. Use silicon pad or parchment paper on a cookie sheet. Combine all ingredients in bowl. Drop by 1/3 c. onto cookie sheet. Flatten with spatula. Bake for 25 min.; flip and bake for 15 min. more. Serve with applesauce and dash of cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice.

Also, here's a Healthy Potato Pancakes recipe from Forks Over Knives.

vegan meatloaf

main dishes:

Vegan Cauliflower Sweet Potato Meat Loaf

Lulu Herold, food blogger & member of the east-Pgh. plant-based nutrition group, created a vegan meatloaf "that is pliable and yet hold its structure upon baking."Here's the link to her recipe.

And, here's another recent Lulu recipe: Vegan Acorn Squash Chickpea Stew.


A festive dessert from Susan Voisan at fatfreevegan:

  • 8-10 oz. fresh cranberries

  • 1/3 c. granulated sugar

  • 1 3/4 c. whole wheat pastry or regular flour

  • 2 T. ground flax seeds

  • 1 tsp. baking powder

  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda

  • 1/2 tsp. ground ginger

  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon

  • 1/2 c. applesauce

  • 1/3 c. maple syrup

  • 2 T. aquafaba (liquid from canned or cooked chickpeas) or plant milk of choice

  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract

  • 1 c. grated carrot

Finely chop cranberries in food processor or blender. Transfer to small bowl; stir with sugar. Preheat oven to 350F. Combine thoroughly in large bowl: flour, flax seeds, baking powder, baking soda, ginger, cinnamon. Make a well in center of batter; add applesauce, syrup, aquafaba/plant milk, vanilla. Stir until the wet and dry ingredients are combined. Stir in cranberries and carrots. Pour into a 9-inch round silicone cake pan or lightly oiled springform pan. Bake for 35-40 min. until knife inserted into center comes out clean. Optional: sprinkle with confectioners' sugar and/or toasted walnuts.


p.s. A posting from Trevor Justice: How to Enjoy Holidays with Carnivorous Relatives.

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