Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Recipe Round-up: Easter

As a kid my favorite Easter dinner was ham (preferably honey-baked), green beans, my great-grandmother's fruit salad which is a variation of ambrosia, scalloped potatoes, bread rolls, and for dessert, cream pie, strawberry shortcake, or carrot cake.

'Cheesy' Scalloped Potatoes [Recipe]

I now make vegan versions of the green beans, fruit salad, scalloped potatoes (pictured above-they taste so much better than they look!), bread rolls, strawberry shortcake, and carrot cake whenever I attend special family dinners.

A few years ago I was looking for a good main dish to supplement the vegan-friendly sides that my family was preparing, and I found a recipe for Easter Pie, a vegan version of the traditional Italian Easter dish. I've made it for several Easters now, and even several vegan Thanksgivings as it is fairly popular. I highly recommend the Easter Pie, with one modification, use only 1 lb of tofu instead of 2 lbs.

Easter Pie [Recipe]

If you are going to a party or potluck, or if you need to send some treats to school, I think Taste of Home's Mr. Fruit Bunny (photo right) is an excellent idea (fruit slices forming a friendly bunny face).

More Easter Ideas:

Easter Dinner's Elegant Easter Dinner: Mustard and Apricot Glazed 'Ham', Slow-Cooked Collard Greens, Creamy Mashed Potatoes with Chives, Apple Walnut Cake, and Scorched Carrots.'s Animal-Friendly Easter Eats From Around the World: Veggie Baked 'Ham'(USA), Red Potato Salad (USA), Rosquillas of the Holy Week (Spain), Easter Pie (Italy), Babka (Poland), & Potato Pancakes (Germany).

Bryanna Clark Grogan has tons of vegan Easter dinner (and brunch) ideas. She has SO many ideas and links to her recipes, that I'll just let you explore her websites. Start Here, and you'll see a photo of her Cinnamon Roll Lamb which is cute for an Easter brunch.

And speaking of animal shaped breads, VegWeb has this cute little Bunny Bread.

Veg News has some ideas for a vegan Easter brunch, egg (decorating) replacer, candy baskets, and a healthier version of the holiday.

Easter Chocolates/Candy
You can make your own peanut butter chocolate eggs if you would like, just use one of these recipes and look for an egg-shaped candy mold at your local craft shop. Of course, if you prefer to avoid the representation of eggs, I am sure there are other shapes you can find that would be just as cute (spring flowers, rabbits, lambs, etc.)

It's a little late to order the special chocolates and candies from some online sources, and they tend to be a bit pricey, but here is where you would shop for seasonal chocolates and other goodies.

The good news for late-birds is there are plenty of candies and treats available at your local grocery store that are vegan- and Easter basket-friendly. Here are a couple of lists to help you out.
Vegan Candy is Dandy
I Can't Believe It's Vegan

And you can find some vegan chocolate/candy bars at Trader Joes, Sprouts, and Whole Foods. Some vegan-friendly brands to look for (just be aware that not every flavor variation is vegan so check the ingredients and look for the dark chocolates): Endangered Species, Chocolove, Dagoba, Ritter Sport, Crispy Cat,Twilight, Jokerz, Buccaneer, and Mahalo.

Etsy has a few vegan chocolate Easter treats as well, though they are going fast.

chocoagogo's Vegan Peanut Butter Chocolate Bunny (photo right)
Sweet Fritsy's Vegan Peanut Butter Easter Eggs, White or Dark Chocolate

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