Monday, April 9, 2012

A Very Vegan Easter Dinner

After reading my post, The Woes of Holiday Eating, many of you have been asking how I handled Easter dinner.

Well, I took matters into my own hands and hosted Easter dinner myself!  Complete control over the entire menu.  My number one goal was to keep it simple and stress-free.

My Easter menu:
  • Cucumber Soup - courtesy of the Jazzy Vegetarian
  • Roasted Butternut Squash mixed with Apricot Jam, Maple Syrup & Sea Salt (combination tastes like butter!)
  • Couscous with roasted Pine Nuts & Caramelized Onions
  • Homemade Succotash (yes, all I did was combine 1 bag each of frozen Lima Beans & Corn - seems to taste better than the pre-mixed version)
  • Hoff's Awesome Chocolate Ice Cream!

To relieve the baking duty, I tried out Poison Berry Bakery, a Cleveland-based vegan bakery!  Delivered to my door were 16 vegan Choco-Oaty Cookies (got my chocolate chip cookie fix after all!) & one dozen Classic Cupcakes - all for the bargain price of $33, plus free delivery!  If that seems high to you, you have NOT priced out vegan bakeries...

These treats came up against the toughest, most cut throat critic I have ever met in my mother.  Whom by the way has not fully bought into this "vegan" thing.  She is also a world-renowned dessert expert.  Let me tell you that she holds no punches and told me that my Lettuce Wraps suck - to my face!  We don't agree on much, but we did agree on the verdict for Poison Berry Bakery...

This bakery rocks!  The cupcakes were AMAZING, the cookies AWESOME!  We want more!!!

At the end of the day, my Very Vegan Easter Dinner was a smashing success!  Out of all the dinners I have hosted, I am the most satisfied and proudest of this one.  I didn't stress, the food was amazing and I proved you can celebrate the holidays without compromising your beliefs and still have a fabulous time!

Keep It Healthy!
The Hoff

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