Elana’s Meat-Free Monday: Christmas Menu

Photo Credit: Elana Pisani (VEGAN/VEGETARIAN)

(VEGAN/VEGETARIAN RECIPES) Christmas is almost here and it’s time to plan some vegan recipes for the perfect holiday dinner. A white bean and kale stew accompanied by yeast rolls provides warm comfort food for a white Christmas. For dessert, delight in some decadent cake balls made with vanilla cake and covered in chocolate and walnuts. Enjoy for Christmas, New Year’s, or throughout winter! — Global Animal

White Bean & Kale Stew

(VEGAN/VEGETARIAN) Kale White Bean Stew for Christmas!
This white bean and kale stew is made with cannellini beans and seasoned with rosemary and thyme. Photo Credit: Elana Pisani (VEGAN/VEGETARIAN)

Yield: 4 servings

7 cups of cooked Cannellini Beans
2 tbsp Olive Oil
4 cloves Garlic, minced
2 tsp dried Rosemary
1 tsp dried Thyme
1 Bay Leaf
1 small Onion, diced
4 cups Vegetable Broth
1 bunch of Fresh Kale
Salt and White Pepper to Taste

Cook the minced garlic and onion in the olive oil in a large pot for 2 minutes. Add in the rest of the ingredients except for the kale and cook on medium-high heat for 5 minutes. Then stir in the kale and reduce the heat. Simmer for 5 more minutes.

Yeast Rolls

These yeast rolls are light and fluffy and can be eaten by themselves or with Earth Balance. Photo Credit: Elana Pisani (VEGAN/VEGETARIAN)

Yield: 20 rolls

3 cups All-Purpose Flour
1 tablespoon Sugar
1/4 cup Earth Balance
1 teaspoon Sea Salt
1 package Active Dry Yeast
1/2 cup Warm Water
1/2 cup Almond or Coconut Milk
1 Egg Replacer

Whisk together the sugar, warm water, and yeast in a small bowl. Set aside for 5 minutes.

In a large bowl, stir together the flour and sea salt. Add the yeast, Earth Balance, and almond (or coconut) milk. Stir it with a wooden spoon for two minutes. Then add in the egg replacer and stir again for another minute.

Transfer the dough to a floured, flat surface. Knead the dough for 5 minutes, until it becomes smooth and elastic. Place in an oiled bowl and cover for 1 hour or until it doubles in size.

Punch down the dough. Form the dough into about 20 balls. Grease 2 round or square pans and place the balls close together in the pans. Cover and let rise in a warm place for about 30 minutes. Pre-heat the oven to 400 degrees. Bake for 12 minutes.

Decadent Cake Balls

Instead of walnuts, you can substitute sprinkles or coconut slices to make these cake balls your own! Photo Credit: Elana Pisani (VEGAN/VEGETARIAN)

Yield: 10 servings

1 1/2 cups unbleached All-Purpose Flour
1 cup Raw Cane Sugar
1 teaspoon Baking Soda
1/2 teaspoon Salt
1/2 cup vegetable Oil
1 cup Almond Milk
1 tablespoon Vanilla Extract
1 cup Powdered Sugar
2 tbsp Coconut Milk
1 1/2 cups of Vegan Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
1 cup chopped Walnuts

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray an 8 inch square or round pan with cooking spray and then sprinkle flour over it.

Mix together the flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl. In a separate bowl, stir together the oil, almond milk, and vanilla extract. Pour the wet mixture into the dry mixture and then stir altogether. Pour directly into the pan and bake for 30 minutes.

While the cake cools, make the glaze. Stir together the powdered sugar and coconut milk. Once the cake is cool, break it up with a fork and form it into balls using the glaze to make it stick together. Place the balls on a plate and cover with plastic wrap. Freeze overnight.

Melt the chocolate chips in a large bowl in the microwave (or use a double boiler if you have one). Spread out the chopped walnuts on a plate. Dip a ball in the melted chocolate, covering it completely and then place on top of the walnuts to dry. Repeat with the rest of the balls. Allow to harden and then serve.

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