10 Vegetarian and Vegan Recipes for Your Easter Dinner Menu

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    A Spring-Centered Vegetarian and Vegan Easter Dinner

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    For a vegetarian or vegan Easter dinner menu, it is all about fresh spring vegetables. Carrots, greens, asparagus, artichokes, and anything else that is fresh, local, and in season will be the stars of your holiday table.

    Start your meal with fresh, light gingered carrot soup or cream of asparagus soup. Then move to an asparagus pasta, mashed apples and potatoes, or artichoke risotto to add a festive touch to your meal. 

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    Ginger Carrot Soup

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    Carrot and ginger soup is a colorful and fragrant addition to a holiday meal. The soup is nutritious, low-fat, and can be gluten-free with a homemade vegetable broth. It even has just a touch of sweetness as well as a hint of spice. It is excellent with a dollop of soy yogurt or vegan sour cream.

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    Vegetarian Couscous Salad

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    If you enjoy couscous, you'll love this easy vegetarian and vegan couscous salad recipe. Bursting with chickpeas, green onions, tomatoes, and cucumbers in a light lemon Dijon dressing, it is topped off with chopped fresh parsley. It's a perfect healthy start to your holiday meal. 

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    Asparagus Pasta Salad

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    Asparagus bowtie pasta salad shows off one of the best veggies of the spring season. The asparagus is adorned with fresh tomatoes and parsley, dried basil, and Dijon mustard. It transforms an ordinary pasta recipe into a filling vegetarian and vegan dish.

    You can add a green side salad and some toasty garlic bread to round out your meal.

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    Artichoke and Sun-Dried Tomato Pasta

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    Sometimes the simplest of foods are so nourishing and tasty that it's hard to believe they're made with just a few ingredients. The artichoke and sun-dried tomato pasta recipe with fresh basil combines to become far greater than the sum of its parts. It is an absolutely fantastic option for Easter.

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    Lentil Shepherd's Pie

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    Lentil shepherd's pie is healthier and lower in fat than traditional shepherd's pies. This dish uses lentils rather than meat and is a hearty addition to an Easter meal or an evening dinner at home. The top layer of seasoned mashed potatoes adds flavor and gives the dish its defining characteristic. 

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    Apple Mashed Potatoes

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    Apple mashed potatoes are a hearty side dish that will be a delightful addition to your Easter dinner table. The combination of apples and potatoes may seem odd at first, but the flavor is quite surprising and sure to please even picky family members.

    The recipe is vegetarian, though it can be made vegan. Use a dairy-free sour cream and your favorite vegan margarine and it should work out just fine.

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    Tofu Artichoke Risotto

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    This artichoke risotto is a hearty dish for Easter or any spring meal. The tofu adds a bit of protein while the artichokes replace the flavor of cheese or cream. This gourmet vegetarian dish is relatively low-fat and very satisfying. It can easily become vegan if you choose the right margarine.

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    Pralined Sweet Potatoes

    Praline Sweet Potato
    Linda Larsen

    Pralined sweet potatoes add 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, a little savory, and oh-so-delicious. Again, vegans simply need to use a vegan margarine.

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    Easy Bunny Cake

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    Leah Maroney

    This charming bunny cake is one of the cutest ever. With paper cut-outs for ears, jelly beans for eyes, and coconut shavings for the fur, your kids will love it and so will you! Just make sure to use a vegan yellow cake as the base and a vegan cream cheese frosting.