I know I am getting this post out really late but it still might be in time to help with your menu planning for Easter and other Spring events. There are so many awesome whole food plant based recipes that even your non plant loving family and friends will enjoy. The secret is to not tell them ahead of time that it’s plant based – some people have a bias if they know in advance. I love seeing how much they enjoy something that is vegan and then when you tell them oh it’s vegan – they can’t believe it!
We love this Shepards Pie from the Vegan Under Pressure Cookbook. You can also find it on her blog Shepards Pie From Vegan Under Pressure. I add a few more veggies, leave off the flour – it will thicken up just fine and use Balsamic vinegar in the lentils. Yum! You can add chives or garlic to the potatoes or use my Instant Pot Garlic Mashed Potatoes for the topping. I will be making this for our Easter dinner with my mashed potatoes on top! It’s wonderful comfort food. These BBQ Lentil Loaf Muffins are amazing and so easy to serve since they are baked in muffin pans. Serve with my garlic mashed potatoes and you have a fabulous meal. Just add a salad. The BBQ Lentils – Instant Pot will serve a crowd – serve with some whole grain buns or stuff it into baked potatoes – try serving it over oven roasted sweet potatoes for a real treat.
Cathy Fisher’s Creamy Cole Slaw is amazing. You can sub white beans for the cashews in the dressing and add mandarin oranges to the slaw instead of raisins. Scrumptious! If you don’t have her book called Straight Up Food I highly recommend getting it. I will post a link to it below. You could also make my Big Beautiful Chopped Salad and serve it as a side salad instead of a main dish. People love this salad! I will be making the chopped salad to go with our Shepards Pie. If you need some salads for a pot luck check out my Salad Recipe Selections. For even more fun make the beautiful Fresh Spring Rolls – set out a platter of those and watch them dissapear.
Another fabulous recipe from Straight UP Food is the Carrot Cake Cupcakes – to die for! These are insanely delicious – something everyone will want seconds of – so go ahead and bake a double batch. I like to sub oven roasted Japanese Sweet Potatoes in the frosting instead of the cashews to cut down on the calories and fat and a bit and it works beautifully. This will be our dessert this Sunday.Another favorite Spring time dessert recipe is the Raw Berry Crisp – with all the fresh berries coming into season this is the time to make this one. People of all ages love this dessert – the sweeter the berries the better it is. Talking about sweet – the How Sweet It always gets rave reviews and is such an easy dessert to make. It makes the kitchen smell good too!
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