Shopping for New Year’s Menu Ideas can be a long affair, requiring you to set aside a wide range of other chores and make time in your schedule. The challenge is while you are Vegan. What can Vegans eat during New Year’s time? Traditionally in Greece, we eat meat, a lot of meat.
This New Year Eve and day is my first celebration as a Vegetarian, which means no meat of any kind.
I’ve adapted techniques from the Traditional Greek cuisine, my Gastronomy studies and from cuisines around the world. I have also cooperated with other Vegan bloggers where I am sharing a few of their recipes.
The post includes 1. Salads, 2. Sides, 3. Main courses and 4. Desserts. Hope you enjoy these New Year’s Menu Ideas!
1. Vegan Holiday Roast — “Are you still wondering what to serve your vegan holiday guests this season? Relax! I have the best recipe for a succulent Vegan Holiday Roast that will please Vegan and meat-lovers just the same, and that really embodies the traditional meals”. By Seven Roses.
2. Greek Spinach Pie with Homemade Phyllo — Traditional Greek Spinach Pie is a fluffy pie dough rolled out, filled with Greek herbs and cooked on the wall of a hot oven, where it puffs slightly up, then settles down into warm and crunchy chewiness. Yummy!! By Maninio.
3. Greek Mpriam — Mpriam is a Traditional Greek Summer dish, consists of a big variety of vegetables, flavoured with olive oil, tomato juice and spiced with black pepper, salt, cinnamon and coriander. It is cooked on the wall of a hot oven, where it boils slightly up, then settles down into warm and soft chewiness. By Maninio.
4. Vegan Quiche Lorraine — A marvellous new adaptation of a French classic, a Vegan Quiche Lorraine. By Seven Roses.
5. Vegan Risotto with Beetroots and Dill — A delicious creamy risotto! Heavenly Delicious! By Maninio.
6. Vegan Cauliflower Lentil Loaf — “A hearty plant-based dinner idea that will satisfy even meat-eaters! A Vegan Cauliflower Lentil Loaf that mimics the classic meatloaf with no meat, gluten-free, nut-free, and soy-free! Get all your protein and veggies in this healthy recipe”. By Strength and Sunshine.
7. Vegan Arabic Falafel —I love nothing more than a big plate with warm falafels and Arabic dips of all kind like Hummus and Moutabal. One of the most interesting times in an Arabic restaurant is gathering around a big table with friends, Shisha on the side and different dish appetizers. By Maninio.
8. Creamy Spinach and Artichoke Borek — “This spinach and artichoke filling is really simple to make. It’s a straightforward combination of onion sauteed in olive oil, roughly chopped spinach and marinated artichoke hearts”. By Quite good food.
9. Baked Tofu — I was first introduced to Tofu, during my life in France through my Plant-Based cooking course. It’s a great alternative to meat and it tastes amazingly great! Love it!! My favourite way of cooking it is the baked version. Did you know that it is also named as bean curd? By Maninio.
10. Mushroom Risotto — Rooted in a rich and varied tradition of creativity, I find the art of Risotto making, endlessly fascinating. Creamy and Delicious! By Maninio.
SIDES / SAUCES
1. The Original Arabic Hummus — The word Hummus is an Arabic word meaning “Chickpeas”. It is an Arab dip or spread that is made from chickpeas that have been cooked, then blended with tahini (a paste from sesame seeds), lemon juice, garlic and salt. It is vegan, gluten-free, high in fibre, protein and truly delicious! By Maninio.
2. Arabic Babaghanoush — Take Baba Ganoush, which is what in America and in lots of other countries is used to describe baked eggplants with spices. It does not have tahini but smoked Aubergine mixed with onions, tomatoes and other veggies. But actually, there is another similar dish called Moutabal. It’s smokier, contains tahini, aubergines and sometimes, cumin. By Maninio.
3. Sauteed Mushrooms — Very quick, simple, Vegan, Low in calories and highly nutritious! By Maninio.
1. Chickpeas with spinach and sun dried tomatoes — This dish is an inspiration from my 6-month course in “Professional Plant-Based Cuisine”. By Maninio.
2. Quinoa Salad with Lemon Dressing —It’s high in Protein and a great wheat-free alternative. By Maninio.
3. Lettuce and Avocado Salad with Mustard Vinaigrette — Simple and highly nutritious! By Maninio.
4. Beetroot Salad Ideas — 4+ super ideas where you can use your beets! By Maninio.
5. Tabouleh Salad — Vegetables have yet to take centre stage in Arabic restaurants. One of those is Tabbouleh. It is a Levantine salad dish made of tomatoes, finely chopped parsley, mint with bulgur (or couscous), onion. It is seasoned with olive oil, lemon juice and salt. This dish is very popular in Arab countries and personally, I’ve discovered it during my working years in Qatar. Simple, healthy and low in calories. In Lebanon, they traditionally serve in leaves of lettuce. By Maninio.
1. Chocolate – Coffee Cheesecake —The cake texture is so fluffy and smooth that you will not believe it! Personally, I love the taste of coffee and the combination of coffee with the cashews/chocolate cream is to die for! By Maninio.
2. Vegan Upside-down Apple Pie —I have to make a confession. I am addicted to apples and cinnamon. When I began cooking in Greece, my first attempt was in Apple pies. This pie is one of the best! By Maninio.
3. Vegan and Gluten Free Truffles —Time flies, it’s Christmas time already. This month’s indulgence is Truffles! My love for truffles is endless. I love to create various types of them… With black chocolate, milk chocolate, white chocolate, coconut, nuts, alcohol and much more. By Maninio.
4. Healthy Vegan Ginger Cake —This healthy Vegan Ginger Cake is gluten-free and filled with aromatic spices. Soft and moist, with a cashew lemon icing. Mineral-rich blackstrap molasses, whole dates and a little organic rice malt syrup make up the natural sweeteners. By Ascensionkitchen.
5. Peanut Butter Chocolate Cake — Have you ever tried Chocolate and Peanut butter together in a cake?? I assure you that tastes amazing!!! By Maninio.
6. Vegan Kourabiedes baked with coconut sugar — They are buttery Traditional Christmas cookies. In Greece, we sprinkle them with rose water and we cover them with iced sugar. In Kalamata (Greece) they prepare these cookies through the year. You can find them in big variations and shapes. By Maninio.
6. Vegan Christmas Cookies (Melomakarona) | Greek | Low in Calories — Another Greek Christmas cookies recipe! My favourite one! By Maninio.
I hope you enjoy these toothsome New Year’s Menu Ideas! Happy New Year!