Holiday Cooking with Compassion: Five Favorite Recipes from the COK Staff

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Holiday cooking offers the perfect opportunity to spread a message of compassion — and what better way to win people’s hearts than with sweet and savory vegan food?

To give you a jump start in the kitchen, COK staff put together five of our favorite festive meat-, egg-, and dairy-free recipes. Be sure to share these dishes with your friends and family to show everyone how easy and delicious it is to also share your holiday spirit with the animals.

Cheryl’s Cranberry-Jalapeño Appetizer Holiday Cooking

Wow your holiday guests by serving this festive cranberry appetizer (or side dish) that’s made with jalapeños to add a tantalizing zing! It’s a refreshingly sweet and spicy appetizer that’ll make your taste buds sing for joy.

And best of all, it’s simple to make so you can spend less time in the kitchen and more time at the party.

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Holiday CookingKatie’s Curry Rice

the many textures of wild blend rice, punctuated here and there by the red and green of pistachios and cranberries this festive dish is packed with tons of color and flavor. And it’s easy to customize: try cashews or walnuts instead of pistachios or maybe cherries instead of cranberries.

This one is as much fun to make as it is to eat. Enjoy!

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Holiday CookingErica’s Eggplant Manicotti

For an elegant-looking dish that is quick and easy to prepare, try this hearty eggplant manicotti. Stuffed with spinach, tofu, and savory seasonings and topped with a zesty marinara sauce, it’s a heart-healthy, animal-friendly meal that everyone can enjoy.

Serve it as a side dish or the main entreé — either way it’ll be a sizzling success!

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Holiday CookingJaya’s Jelly Cookies

A cookie classic with a compassionate twist, these easy-to-make sweets are 100% animal-friendly — and 100% delicious.

They’ll add a splash of color to any holiday table and can be made with any of your favorite flavors of jam for a more personal touch. Kids love to help make them and eat them, so feel free to double the recipe for more holiday joy.

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Holiday CookingSean’s Sherbet Cookies

Light and airy like the namesake dessert, these cookies get their refreshing flavor and distinctive look from lemon and rosemary.

They’re perfect for the holidays because they’re easy to make and easier to eat — you can breeze through the entire recipe in under 20 minutes, oftentimes getting them on the table (and totally devoured) before dinner is ready.

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For more ideas, visit — you can even request a free copy of our Easy Vegan Recipes booklet.

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