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Vegetarian and Vegan Appetizers and Hors d' oeuvres
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Olive Tapenade Recipe with Roasted Red Peppers
Olive Tapenade Recipe with Roasted Red Peppers

Avocado, Tomato and Mozzarella Salad Recipe
Avocado, Tomato and Mozzarella Salad Recipe. If you like traditional Italian insalata caprese, try this similar salad with fresh mozzarella cheese, fresh basil, and the addition of avocados for extra flavor.

Vegetarian Potstickers with Mushroom and Tofu Recipe
I made these vegetarian potstickers with mushrooms and tofu for a vegan potluck a while ago, and they were completely gone about 2 minutes after they hit the table! These vegetarian potstickers are little steamed dumplings similar to Japanese gyoza. Unlike traditional Chinese potstickers, I like to steam these rather than pan-fry them, to make them lower in fat.

Cheesey Vegetarian Stuffed Potato Skins with Vegetarian Bacon Bits
Make some cheesey vegetarian potato skins with vegetarian bacon bits!

Vegan jalapeno poppers
Use vegan cream cheese to make an all-American appetizer of vegan jalapeno poppers - stuffed, breaded and fried, just the way they should be. Yum!

Gourmet Sun-Dried Tomato and Olive Tapenade
Add more flavor to your olive tapenade by adding some sun-dried tomatoes for a splash of color and texture.

Veggie wrap slices with cheese
These flour tortilla wraps are filled with beans, bell peppers and cheese, then wrapped and sliced into rounds to be served as a simple vegetarian appetizer.

Vegetarian Seven Layer Dip with SmartGround Mock Meat
Use a vegetarian mock ground beef to make a delicious seven layer dip with a meaty texture that everyone will enjoy. For a vegan version, you could use non-dairy cheese and a sour cream substitute.

Easy Low-Fat Baked Sweet Potato Fries
Easy Low-Fat Baked Sweet Potato Fries. If you're craving a high-fat and salty treat like fast food French fries, try this recipe for healthier baked sweet potato fries.

Fried avocado recipe

Low-fat baked samosas with mint
If you like samosas, try this low-fat baked version, made with fresh mint, mashed potatoes and peas. They're vegetarian and vegan and go great with just about any other Indian food recipes to make a complete meal.

Onion and Apple Tarts with Goat Cheese
For an elegant fall or Thanksgiving appetizer, try these savory onion and apple tarts, made with either feta or goat cheese. These little onion apple tarts are vegetarian, but for a vegan version, you could use vegan dough and omit the cheese.

Gourmet vegetarian appetizers
I like a quick and easy vegetarian chili cheese dip just as much as everyone else, but I also love to create dishes that are a work of art in themselves. Here are some of my favorite elegant vegetarian and vegan appetizers and hors d'oeuvres.

Balsamic and Basil Bruschetta
Balsamic and Basil Bruschetta

Grilled halloumi cheese
Grilled halloumi: It's trendy, it's easy, it's gourmet and it's quick, but the real reason to try grilled halloumi cheese on your indoor our outdoor grill is that it tastes, quite simply, incredible. An easy but gourmet grilled vegetarian appetizer idea for summer or even for indoor grills.

Cheesy Vegan Garlic Bread Recipe
A cheesy vegan garlic bread recipe made with vegan soy cheese and vegan mayonnaise for a dairy-free but still traditional vegan garlic bread.

Vegan Bruschetta with Garlic
ingredients. Shop your local farmer's market for the best tomatoes you can find, fresh artisan bread, and be sure to use the best fresh basil and quality olive oil.

Panko-Coated Plantains
Vegan panko-coated plantains

Citrus and Blue Cheese Bruschetta
A gourmet bruschetta recipe, yet simple to prepare. This citrus and blue cheese bruschetta combines the tangy flavors of fresh oranges and grapefruits with crumbled blue cheese.

Vegan Cheese Fondue Recipe
Vegan Cheese Fondue Recipe

Texas Caviar with Avocados
Texas caviar with avocado - California style, if you will! Enjoy this simple classic summer side dish with black-eyed peas and California avocados.

Oven-roasted chickpea nuts - High-protein and low-fat!
Oven roasted chickpea nuts - An easy vegan snack recipe idea with lots of protein. Great for vegetarians too!

Easy Vegan Bruschetta Recipe
Easy Vegan Bruschetta Recipe

Easy Vegetarian Tempeh Fries
Tempeh is breaded and lightly fried for a crunch high-protein alternative to French-fries for healthy vegetarians and vegans - and particularly for kids! Try these fried tempeh sticks with ketchup, soy sauce or even barbecue sauce.

Mushroom and bell pepper quesadillas
Mushroom and bell pepper quesadillas - Vegetarian vegetable quesadilla recipe

Fried Tofu Fingers
You can eat this fried tofu on its own, dipped in sauce, or, use your fried tofu to add to pasta sauces, stir fries or other recipes calling for tofu or fried tofu. This quick and easy tofu recipe is both vegetarian and vegan.

Rosemary basil tapenade
Homemade rosemary basil olive tapenade makes an amazing, zesty spread for sandwiches or wraps as well as a powerful dip for crudites or flax crackers.

Vegetarian Mini Meatballs
These mini-meatballs are a spicy appetizer, but a little bit sweet too. Serve them warm with toothpicks. This recipe is both vegetarian and vegan.

Vegan breaded baked zucchini chips
Breaded zucchini chips for vegans - they're low-fat an not fried. Here's an easy way to make breaded and baked zucchini chips without milk or eggs - completely vegan.

Roasted chickpeas with Parmesan cheese
Roasted chickpeas with Parmesan cheese snack. A quick and easy (and healthy!) make at home snack perfect for lunch boxes, picnics or after-school snacks for vegetarian kids.

Vegan pesto with mint and cilantro
A cheeseless three-herb Italian vegan pesto recipe using fresh herbs including fresh basil, as in traditional pesto recipes, but also adding fresh cilantro and a bit of mint for a myriad of flavors. You certainly won't miss the cheese in this flavorful vegan pesto recipe!

Fingerling Potatoes with Dulse Recipe
A gourmet vegetarian and vegan recipe for fingerling or new potatoes with cashew cream and crisped dulse flakes from The Conscious Cook by Tal Ronnen. Tal says: "This is an upgrade of a very easy, old-fashioned recipethe twice-baked potato. In this version, you get the richness from cashew cream spiked with horseradish and the sea vegetable dulse. If youre not a fan of horseradish, skip it and fold in fresh herbs instead. Good at room temperature, so you can make them a bit ahead of time."

Vegan Chili "Cheese" Fries
Vegan Chili "Cheese" Fries

Easy Vegetarian "Hot Wings" with Seitan
Easy Vegetarian "Hot Wings" with Seitan

Vegan Bean Bruschetta
Vegan Bean Bruschetta

Tofu hot wings
You have officially been warned: These tofu hot wings are deliciously addicting. You may have to make a double batch so that you have enough to share. If you like buffalo wings (and even if you don't!), you'll like these vegetarian and vegan spicy tofu hot wings with buffalo sauce.

Savory Fresh Apricot Bites
Savory Fresh Apricot Bites

Vegetarian Carmelized Onion Quesadillas
Cheesy vegetarian quesadillas are perfect for a snack or lunch for your vegetarian kids. These vegetarian quesadillas are stuffed with caramelized onions and Mexican herbs, making them suitable for a vegetarian appetizer for grown-ups, too!

Blue cheese toasts
Use a nice quality blue cheese to make these gourmet vegetarian croutons perfect for topping any gourmet soup or salad recipe.

Spicy Fried Plantains with Ginger and Cayenne Pepper
Spice up your regular fried plantains for Kwanzaa or anytime with this recipe for spicy fried plantains using cayenne powder, ginger and pepper for plenty of Caribbean flavor. Use slightly underripe plantains for the best results.

Raw Vegan Stuffed Mushrooms with Herbed Pate
Easy to make raw herb pate stuffed nushrooms. Follow this easy recipe for a raw food pate that happens to taste great stuffed into mushrooms.

Gluten-Free Cheesy Rice Balls
A fun vegetarian finger food or appetizer: cheese balls with rice! Or, are they rice balls with cheese? Either way, these gluten-free cheesy rice balls would be a diet-safe hit at any party.

Tomato, Mozzarella, and Herb Appetizer
This recipe is best made during the mid-summer months when tomatoes are in season and at their peak freshness. Try getting a nice heirloom tomato from the farmers market to maximize the flavor. Generally, deep red to almost purple tomatoes will yield the best flavor for this recipe.

Fruit Filled Vegetarian and Vegan Spring Roll Recipe with Strawberries
Fruit-filled spring rolls with a simple yogurt-based sauce are a light, cool, and refreshing dish, perfect for a picnic on a sweltering day.

Vegetarian sesame chicken wings
Vegetarian sesame chicken wings. Start with a store-bought vegetarian chicken substitute, brush them with a Chinese-inspired glaze of hoisin sauce and sesame oil, and cook them until sticky and perfect. Yum!

Fried paneer pakora
Ah fried cheese, is there anything more indulgent? Fried Indian paneer cheese, battered and fried like a traditional Indian pakora is absolutely delicious. Enjoy them as is, with a chutney or barbecue sauce.

Raw Food Pea Mole and Fresh Figs on Jicama from 'Living Cuisine' by Rene Loux
Check out this raw food recipe for Pea Mole and Fresh Figs on Jicama, it is a delicacy by any standard. Rene Loux, author of 'Living Cuisine', brings vibrant health to the table with simple, luscious raw food recipes.

Gardein vegan mini-meatballs recipe
Gardein vegan mini-meatballs recipe

Matzo Stuffed Mushrooms
A yummy vegetarian matzo appetizer or snack using non-dairy cream cheese and matzo meal. Blend together a few easy ingredients, then stuff the mushrooms.

Vegetarian chipotle "chicken" kebabs
Vegetarian chipotle "chicken" wings

Video: Stuffed Tomatoes
Learn how to make vegetarian stuffed tomatoes in this quick video. Stuffed tomatoes make for a great vegetarian appetizer or you can serve them as an entree as well.

Vegetarian stuffed mushrooms with vegetarian sausage
In this elegant vegetarian appetizer, button mushrooms are stuffed with a meaty mixture of vegetarian sausage, fresh herbs, bell peppers and breadcrumbs.

Vegetarian Tapas Mushrooms
These easy Spanish tapas mushrooms are lightly cooked with sherry and fresh chopped parsley for a light and healthy flavor. If you've never tried cooking vegetarian tapas (Spanish appetizers) before, this is a fairly simple vegetarian and vegan tapas recipe to start with. All of the ingredients are familiar and easy to find, yet the end result is amazing.

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