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The Vegan Holiday Meal

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Most festive menus are geared to revolve around a center of meat or fish, and we don't always see multiple course menus designed for a vegan celebration. If you are home for the holidays and want to entertain with a fabulous sit down dinner in courses, read on. We have a great line-up of recipes to make a beautiful and scrumptious meal. An appetizer is followed by soup, entree, salad and dessert, and the dishes are designed to harmonize with one another.

1. Artichoke and Herb Spread

Jen Hoy
This simple recipe for artichoke and herb spread is a perfect example of letting good ingredients speak for themselves. Artichokes are blended with sauteed sweet onion, garlic and herbs to create a creamy spread that we love on toast points, sliced and toasted baguette, or rustic bread. For a sit down dinner, place a dollop of the spread on each plate with a small fan of petite toasts, and garnish with a sprinkle of finely chopped sweet red pepper and a sprig of parsley or chervil.

2. Creamy Flageolet Bean Soup with Lemon and Sweet Herbs

Jody Hoy
This wonderful recipe for creamy flageolet bean soup with lemon and sweet herbs is lighter than most bean soups, and is surprisingly delicate. It is a perfect balance between two courses that are very low in protein. Flageolets are small beans that range in color from pale green to white. If you cannot find them, substitute white navy beans.

3. Roasted Vegetable Napoleon

Jen Hoy
This stunning whole foods recipe for roasted vegetable napoleon is a gorgeous dish for entertaining or holidays. While it takes a bit of time to prepare the individual parts of the dish, none of them are difficult and the end result is impressive. The napoleons can be served with Brown Rice Gravy or, for a more sophisticated presentation, a Red Wine Reduction Sauce. The various components of this dish can all be made ahead of time and assembled for service.

4. Fennel and Orange Salad

Jen Hoy
This crisp, palate cleansing fennel and orange salad recipe is a classic for winter, when fennel and oranges are at their best. Choose navel, mineola, blood, or cara cara oranges. The recipe includes the option of adding cheese but is just as delicious as a vegan version. Red onion adds a lovely flavor but is an optional ingredient. Serve the salad on a bed of arugula or mixed greens.

5. Luscious Vegan Gingerbread Cake

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This vegan gingerbread cake is a perfect finish to a relatively light meal. It is rich and densely flavored with layers of spice and molasses. It’s a family favorite, and can be made ahead of time. It keeps well, can be frozen, and is lovely plain or with a dessert sauce. We especially like it with Pear Ginger Compote, Walnut Cream, or Vanilla Tofu Whip.

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