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Vegetarian and Vegan Dishes for Easter Dinner
For vegetarians and vegans, Easter dinner is all about fresh spring vegetables. Carrots, greens, asparagus, artichokes and anything else fresh, local and in season are the stars of a spring-themed Easter dinner. Start your meal with fresh, light gingered carrot soup or cream of asparagus soup. Then move to portabella and asparagus pasta, mashed apples and potatoes or artichoke risotto to add a festive touch to your meal.Continue to 2 of 10 below.
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Irish Apple and Potato Mash
With a name like Irish apple and potato mash, this vegan side dish is perfect for a St. Patrick's Day celebration, but it fits in just as well on an Easter dinner table. The combination of apples and potatoes may seem odd at first, but the apple mash is surprisingly flavorful and sure to please picky family members.Continue to 4 of 10 below.
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Ginger Carrot Soup
Carrot and ginger soup is a colorful and fragrant addition to a holiday meal. The soup is nutritious and low-fat with a touch of sweetness and a touch of spice. The soup is both vegetarian and vegan, and as long as you use homemade vegetable broth, it can be made gluten-free as well. Serve the vegan carrot and ginger soup with a dollop of soy yogurt or vegan sour cream.Continue to 5 of 10 below.
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Creamy Artichoke Lemon Pasta
This creamy artichoke lemon pasta is a great everyday or special occasion vegetarian dish. Dress it up a bit for Easter by adding sun-dried tomatoes or mushrooms. For a vegan version, simply omit the cheese.Continue to 6 of 10 below.
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Tofu Artichoke Risotto
This reduced-fat artichoke risotto is a hearty dish for Easter or any fresh spring meal. The tofu adds a bit of protein while the artichokes replace cheese or cream for flavor. This gourmet vegetarian dish is relatively low-fat and satisfying.Continue to 7 of 10 below.
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Pralined Sweet Potatoes
Pralined sweet potatoes adds a Southern-inspired touch to an Easter side dish. Made with sweet potatoes, orange juice, a touch of sugar and pecans, this vegetarian recipe is a little sweet and a little savory. Vegans can use vegan margarine for a vegan sweet potato dish.Continue to 8 of 10 below.
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Lentil Shepherd's Pie
Lentil shepherd's pie is healthier and lower in fat than traditional meat-based shepherd's pies. This vegetarian and vegan dish uses lentils in the place of meat and is a hearty addition to an Easter meal or an evening in at home. The top layer of seasoned mashed potatoes adds flavor and gives the dish its defining characteristic.Continue to 9 of 10 below.
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Bunny Salad for Kids
This charming bunny salad recipe is one of the cutest ever—it looks like bunnies nestled in fresh spring grass. Your kids will love it and so will you.Continue to 10 of 10 below.
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Vegetarian Couscous and Broccoli Soup
This vegetarian recipe for broccoli and couscous soup uses healthy whole grain couscous, a bit of lemon juice and some Parmesan cheese to provide a healthy start to your holiday meal. If you need this recipe to be vegan and dairy-free, use dairy-free margarine in place of the butter and omit the Parmesan cheese. With plenty of nutritional yeast, onions and garlic for flavor, it'll still be delicious.