The Easter Bunny is Vegan
Vegan Easter Dinner: make use of your left overs
For Easter in my family, we typically spend the day at my grandparents watching the cousins hunt Easter eggs, spending time with all my aunts and uncles, and of course, eating until our pants don’t fit.
Typically my grandma makes a big ham for the family with mashed potatoes and asparagus. (Not to mention a million other sides) While my grandparents always make sure there is something home cooked and amazing for me to eat, some new vegans might have trouble eating at their relatives.
Family members are not always the most supportive of a new vegan in the family, so here is a meal to show them a vegan Easter dinner is actually delicious.
On our Cheap Vegan Easter menu, we’re going to utilize left overs and cheap produce to make a delicious vegan dinner of mashed potatoes, peas, “meat” loaf and gravy.
- soy milk, broth, or water
- salt pepper to taste
- Bake potatoes until soft (you can also microwave or boil)
-chop potatoes first for faster cooking
- Add splashes of water/broth/milk in bowl or mixer until they are at the consistency you like.
- 1 cup of left overs — Meatloaf has always been a way to use leftovers and vegan “meat”loaf is no different. Use any beans, veggies, or fake burger that you have, make sure they are cut in to small pieces so they will stick together easier, you can even throw them in the blender.
Some recommended ingredients: kidney beans, boca crumbles, zucchini, peas, potato, mushrooms, carrots, peppers, corn, green beans.
- ¼ cup oatmeal
- ½ diced onion
- 2 diced celery stalks
- ¾ cup bread crumbs or stale bread blended or crumbled
- 1 clove minced garlic
- 1 ½ teaspoons Egg Replacer
- squirt of ketchup
- salt and pepper to taste
You will also need a greased pan to make your loaf in.
- preheat oven to 350 degrees
- Cook oatmeal in water and add onion, garlic, beans/fake meat, and veggies. When onions seemed a little cooked pour mixture in to a mixing bowl.
- Mix in the rest of your ingredients except the ketchup in the bowl. Your loaf should stick together and be a little bit like thick dough or batter.
- Transfer mixture into pan and put a thin layer of ketchup over the top.
- Bake for 45 minutes or until the top starts to brown.
Serve with The Easiest Gravy Ever:
- vegetable bouillon cube or boxed broth
—->(1/2 onion and 4 chopped mushrooms optional)
- Mix 1 tsp of cornstarch with cold water in a small bowl.
- In another bowl, microwave about 3/4 cup of water and boullion cube to make a rich broth.
- If you’re using onions and mushroom, cook vegetables in oil until onions start to clear.
- Pour the cornstarch mixture into a pan on medium heat.
- The cornstarch and water will start to thicken and the broth until you get a consistency you want.
- Frozen peas
- olive oil
- chop garlic and fry in oil on medium heat.
- add peas and cook until peas defrost salt to taste
Send pictures of your vegan dinner to @cheapvegan on twitter