New Years Eve vegan dinner ideas

New Years eve is coming up and that may leave you wondering…. what should i make to eat? The last meal of 2019 – and the decade – it should be special right?

Well, of course it doesn’t have to be…. my recommendation is always to just go for your favourite foods or meals to end the year. Why make something complicated and gourmet if you won’t like it?

But of course, many end the year with a 3 course dinner and i thought i would give you some tips on what to cook or prepare…. or what to bring to the party to impress your non vegan friends. Because whether vegan or not, the majority of people can all enjoy a vegan meal! So why not end the year with a vegan 3 course meal….?

So i have gathered some recipes and ideas from the internet which i thought i would share with you. If you want to check out the recipe, click on the name and it will take you to the recipe.

Starters/appetizers:

Bruschetta with a tomato and basil mix on top (or 3 other topping ideas, HERE)

Different canapes such as “crostini” with tomato topping, or an olive mix on top.

Spinach, sundried tomato and olive puff pastry

Crisps and guacamole/hummus

Dumplings or bao buns with smoky tofu

Yorkshire puddingsThese look so amazing i am tempted to give them a try myself

Garlic bread

Smashed potatoes with gucamole, or a pea and avocado dip… or why not make a ranch dressing.

Pinrolls with example sundried tomato, basil and cream cheese. Or spinach and cheese pinwheels. 

Focaccia – tomato and thyme

Pizza twists with pesto, cream cheese and vegan bacon

Savoury stuffed dates

Tomato tart

Beetroot, vegan feta cheese, rocket and walnut salad with a balsamic vinagrette

Roasted bread with tahini and israeli salad “vegetable-tahini toast”

Main meals:

Hassleback potatoeswith seitan steakand grilled asparagus with ared wine sauce

Vegan Bouef Beourginon or try THIS recipe by Jävligt Gott(it is in Swedish, but it is a really good recipe)

Baked potatoes with chickpea “tuna” salad.  Or twice baked taco stuffed sweet potato. Or baked potato with vegan feta, rocket and sundried tomatoes.

Vegan “beef” wellington

Creamy Mushroom risotto

Saffron paella

 VegetableStuffed portabello with salad

Pizza or sweet potato pizza – choose your favourite toppings! It can be a fun idea for everyone to make their own pizza or if you buy premade dough that everyone tops their pizza themselves.

Lasagna

Savoury crepe with a creamy mushroom filling

Mini pizzas with vegan feta cheese, walnuts and rocket.

Make your own sushiis also a good idea. It isn’t as difficult as you may think!

Langos with smoked tofu and cream cheese

Potato gratin or give THIS recipe a try by the Minimalist baker

Dessert

Chocolate mousse with whipped cream, nuts and berries on top (or try chocolate mousse based on aquafaba – it is surprisingly good!)

Nutella pizza top with eg. bananas, berries, nuts

White chocolate mousse with saffran cookies – recipe is in Swedish, but should work fine to translate

Creme brulee this recipe includes both tofu and turmeric, which may not be for everyone. So then you can check out THIS recipe which is creme brulee with the basic ingredients like sugar, cream, corn starch.

Tiramisu – can make into portions or in one large form

Saffrons parfait or some other parfait ideas HERE

Mojito cheesecake

Oreo mousse cake

Snickers mousse cake

Raw food chocolate cake

Mango and passionfruit cheesecake

Chocolate ganache pie

Vanilla pana cotta (this recipe is based on cashews) ortry THIS recipe based on coconut milk

Triple layer vegan cookie brownies! [i.e slutty brownies]

 

 

Hopefully these give you some ideas on what to make for new years eve! Remember it doesn’t have to be too complicated just because you want to make vegan food 🙂

I hope you all have an amazing New Years Eve and a great start to the new year!!!

And if you are planning to give Veganuary a go… don’t forget to follow me on here – and myinstagram (itsahealthylifestyle) where i will be sharing tips and advice to help you 🙂

Vegan chicken salad | Baguette filling

 

 

When I was in high school, whenever we had sports days or events where the school would provide us with packed lunches (Note, in many high schools in Sweden the children are provided cooked lunches in school everyday. There was usually 1-3 options available, i.e meat/fish/vegetarian option. But when I lived in Ireland we always had to have our own packed lunches with us to school, which was often sandwiches.)

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The packed lunches which the school provided on those event/sportdays were often sandwiches… and the option I usually choose (between the two options) was the chicken baguette. I was not a huge fan of the filling as it was made with mayonnaise which is afood I have never been able to eat and have never enjoyed. SO the fact that I remade this sandwich combination is very strange considering it wasn’t even a food I liked, hahah.

But I saw someone make a similar dish in a facebook group I am in and I thought… why not give it a try as well?

I have to say I  LOVE these chicken pieces from Halsanskök, I buy them almost weekly and just fry them up and eat with some vegetables and potatoes or rice. They SMELL a lot like chicken and taste wise… they are the most similar to chicken I have come across. Do I want to eat chicken or eat vegan food that looks/tastes/smells like chicken… no not necessarily. I don’t miss chicken, however I do love these ch*cken pieces just because of their flavour and texture. They could call them something else and I would still eat them.

And to read more about why vegans eat fake meat, or want meat substitutes, you can read this post.

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You can make this recipe using either mayonnaise or crème fraiche, whatever option you prefer. But as I am not a fan of mayonnaise, I opted for crème fraiche.

Recipe:

Ingredients:

c.a 150g vegan chicken strips/pieces

200ml vegan mayonnaise or crème fraiche

1/2 red onion, diced

Optional: 1/2 red apple, chopped (for sweetness)

Seasoning: a pinch of paprika powder, 1tsp curry powder, salt and pepper.

Another option –  instead of curry powder and paprika powder, use a premade curry spice mix.

How to:

Fry the chicken pieces – just so that they are warm but not overly crispy. Mix together with the rest of the ingredients. Taste and adjust seasoning according to preference.

Eat this mix as it is… with some vegetables and rice… in a baguette… as part of a salad… whatever you enjoy. I ate this in baguettes which was super tasty, but I also ate the remainder just as it was because it was that tasty!!

 

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Vegan Easter recipes! |Masterpost

Easter is just around the corner, and i thought i would share some of the Easter food ideas i have! Of course, what you eat for Easter depends on what country you live in, so these are typical Swedish dishes!

However even if you don’t live in Swden you can still give some of these ideas a go 🙂 Try something new and impress others with some delicious vegan food!

If you try any of these recipes, or get inspired by some of these recipes don’t forget to let me know or tag me on Instagram 🙂 

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Skagentårta

Bread with skagenröra (a tofu/”caviar” mix)  (You can see/buy the vegan caviar, here)

 

Vegan meatballs – Made from Anamma vegan mince.

Recipe: around 400g formbarfärs, 1 small yellow onion; diced, 1/2tsp soja sauce, 2-3tsp mustard, around 3tbsp bread crumbs, salt & pepper.

Allow the vegan mince to defrost completely until sticky (around 1-2 hours in room temperatur). Then mix together all the ingredients, form into balls and fry in some oil – making sure to fry all sides!

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Kale and tofu pie

“Oumph” ribs

 

Vegan pickled “herring” i.e using aurbergine or tofu! (In Sweden this is a common dish for Easter, however i am not a huge fan of this dish so i haven’t recreated it myself, so linking to Jävligt Gott instead which has a recipe for this!)

Carrot lox (i.e “salmon”) – recipe from Delightful vegans

 

SIDE DISHES:

 

Puffpastries ex with spinach, tofu, cream cheese and sun dried tomatoes. Or mushroom, thyme and garlic.  Carrots, thyme, vegan feta cheese.

Potato gratin

Beetroot salad

Caramellized carrots & parsnip

Boil/steam carrots and parsnips for a few minutes until slightly soft. Then, in a frying pan or in the oven, cover the carrots and parsnips in a mix of syrup & margarine(melted) and fry until glazed, or bake in the oven at 200C for 10-20 minutes. (*note, can add a little balsamic vinegar to the mix as well, or use sugar instead or syrup, or oil instead of margarine).

Roasted potatoes

Bake in the oven around 30-40 minutes at 220 C. Cover the potatoes in some oil, salt and seasoning before hand! Flip/rotato the potatoes after half the time.

Roasted asparagus

Baked cauliflower with tahini, almonds and cranberries

 

Potato salad

Savoury stuffed dates

Baked celery root with hazelnuts, onion and tomatoes

Carrot bread

 

DESSERT:

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Carrot cake with lemon frosting

Chocolate coffee cake!

Oreo Mousse cake

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Snickerscake

Mango cheese cake

 

HOME MADE “CANDY” IDEAS:

 

Cookie dough balls

Chocolate-coconut balls

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Chocolate covered Pb filled dates

Home made daim

Vegan kitkats (homemade!)

 

Oreo truffle cake pops

2 ingredient chocolate truffles

Vegan ferrero rocher

 

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Savoury stuffed dates | Vegan

Dates with peanut butter is a combo which i love and have eaten many times. And it is extra luxurious if you add some melted chocolate on top!

However a few days ago i saw an account i follow on Instagram, GKstories, post about savoury dates and i knew i had to try. It wasn’t something i had ever thought about doing but now afterwards i wonder why because it was actually really good!

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Stuffed dates is incredibly filling and gives you a sweet and salty combo (if you use salted peanut butter) which works wonderful and satisfies both cravings. Usually fruits and nuts is a great go to when i want something sweet and salty and don’t want/crave chocolate or salty snacks.

I decided to give savoury stuffed dates a go and used Violife feta cheese, vegan bacon, sundried tomatoes and some basil and parsley! And the result was TASTY but also filling.

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After two i felt very much satisfied.

This is a snack/appetizer you could prepare when having guests over! Give it a try and let me know what you think.

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Apparently also stuffing dates with greek cheese/feta cheese and walnuts is common. Apparently even brie cheese and pecan can work well – though i haven’t tried that myself!

This combo may sound strange but it was very good 🙂

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I know that this isn’t much of a recipe but i think i am going to post more “non recipe meals” as inspiration and for people who may search for different meals. Not all recipes have to be exact, they can instead be inspiration 🙂

Baked celery root chips with hazelnuts, onion and tomatoes | Vegan | Gluten free | Vegan appetizer

I thought it was time to try a new root vegetable, and this time i tried celery root – or so called celeriac (?)!

I have eaten this vegetable before as part of a fancy dish at a fancy restaurant. And i really liked it, but wasn’t so sure how or what to do with it. So i did have to do some googling to find something i wanted to do with this vegetable.

And it resulted in me trying to imitate some sort of fancy dish…. or maybe it was just me being extra fancy and making taco chips using celerery root instead of sweet potato!

I do have some confessions to make before i get into the “recipe”.

  1. I did not like the smell of this vegetable… and the smell seemed to stick to my fingers. So i had to scrub them vigourously with soap to get rid of the smell.
  2. I dislike cooking with root vegetables that are covered in soil. One of the reasons i buy precooked beetroots, because i get paranoid that i will get sick or there will be cross contamination with the soil – doesn’t matter how much i clean the knife and chopping board. I still worry that i could get sick. So i wasn’t a huge fan of the look of this vegetable – hahah.

I feel like i will have to keep experimenting with this vegetable, but i am happy with the results of this dish anyway!

And of course, you can use whatever toppings you like. I just used what i had at home.

1 celery root

1-2tbsp oil

Toppings: such as red onion, garlic, hazelnuts, tomato, avocado and vegan creme friache.

How to:

Preheat the oven to 220 degrees celsius.

Begin by peeling the root celery. And then chopping into c.a 2cm thick slices.

Place on a baking tray and drizzle over some oil and salt.

Bake in the oven c.a 30 minutes – or until the slices are soft and slightly crispy.

In the mean time, in a pan fry the onion, garlic and hazelnuts in some oil for a few minutes.

Once the celery root slices are done, add your toppings and eat like small pizzas/bread slices!

These work great as a snack or as an appetizer!

Note, you can follow this recipe and use different vegetables such as sweet potato or eggplant!

Do you have any other recipe ideas i can make/follow using this vegetable? 🙂

I must admit, i really like these photos and think that they turned out really good both taste and aesthetic wise 🙂