How to Throw the Best Vegan Harvest Banquet
Are you ready to celebrate the fall with an amazing harvest banquet for your friends and family? It doesn’t have to be Thanksgiving for you to celebrate the bounty of plant-based nutrition and flavors fall has to offer. It is, of course, the most unique of seasons, and eating seasonal foods it a perfect way to welcome autumn. You know those fall foods just don’t taste as good any other time of year.
If you are looking to celebrate the fall harvest with friends and loved ones, here are some must-haves for your menu.
1. A Harvest Tart as the Main Course
Every good meal needs a centerpiece that the meal is built around, and this tart will do the trick nicely. Use a ready-made vegan crust of your choice (there are some good gluten-free ones available, too, if you eat that way), and fill it up with roasted red and yellow peppers, onions, and pumpkin. You’ve got to have pumpkin at a fall harvest banquet, after all. Add some salt, capers, and olives, with a splash of lemon juice, and you’ve got a flavorful autumn tart that everyone at your banquet will rave about. You know they’re going to ask for seconds.
2. A Fall Salad
Served either with the tart, before it, or after, every good banquet needs a salad. Use your fall flavors and ingredients by roasting some dandelion greens as a base. Top them with roasted beets, butternut squash, onions, and carrots, and top with lightly salted, roasted pumpkin seeds. Dress with olive oil, lemon juice, salt, pepper, and garlic, and you’re got the perfect harvest salad for any gathering.
3. The Perfect Harvest Dessert
Apples might seem like the logical choice, and you can certainly use them. However, it might be nice to surprise your guests a little by opting for pears instead. Roasted pears topped with coconut milk cream will tempt your guests’ taste buds. Follow it up with a few squares of vegan dark chocolate, and your fall harvest banquet is sure to be fantastic.
Hallow-vegan Treats You Won’t Believe Are Vegan
Halloween is the best time for tasty treats. In fact, they are expected at this time of year. Both kids and grow-ups alike enjoy indulging in scrumptious goodies that they might forego any other time of the year. Halloween and sweet treats just go together. And, the good news is that you can still enjoy Halloween and all its sugary goodness to the fullest even if you are a vegan. Here are two recipes to show you how.
1. Vegan Kit-Kat Bars
You don’t have to go to the store and risk eating dairy products to enjoy this classic chocolatey treat. All you need is a good vegan substitute recipe. Here’s one that tastes just like the real thing.
You will need:
● 1 c cashews
● 1/4 c raw cocoa powder
● 1 tsp vanilla
● 2 tsp agave
● 3/4 c water
● 2 Tb melted coconut oil
● Rice Chex cereal
● 2 c melted non-dairy chocolate
A. Place all but the last two ingredients in a blender. Blend until smooth, then put in the refrigerator to chill.
B. Line an 8×8 glass baking pan with a thin layer of the melted chocolate.
C. Like the chocolate with individual pieces of Chex, until covered.
D. Cover the Chex with the mixture from the refrigerator. Smooth the top and freeze for twenty minutes.
E. Add another layer of Chex, then another layer of chocolate.
F. Freeze until not quite hard, cut into squares, dip in remainder of melted chocolate to coat the sides, then freeze until hard. Enjoy.
2. Vegan Peppermint Patties
If you like traditional Peppermint Patties, you’ll love this vegan version you can make yourself.
● 1 c. shredded coconut (unsweetened)
● 3 tsp coconut oil, melted (use refined for less of a coconut flavor)
● 2 tsp. maple syrup
● 1 tsp. nondairy milk
● 1 tsp. peppermint extract
● 1/2 c. nondairy chocolate, melted
1. Soak coconut in water for ten minutes to soften, then drain.
2. Blend coconut, maple syrup, coconut oil, and nondairy milk in a high speed blender until smooth. Add more non-dairy milk as needed to make it smooth, then add peppermint extract.
3. Make coconut into small patties with your hands, put on waxed paper, and freeze for twenty-five minutes.
4. After freezing, use a fork to dip each patty into the melted chocolate. Make sure both sides get coated.
5. Put the patties back on the waxed paper and freeze for ten minutes, to fully harden the chocolate. Enjoy.