When I sat down at the end of August to plan out my recipes and posts for Vegan MoFo, (vegan month of food blogging challenge), I faced a bit of a quandary. I wanted my theme to be Jewish and Middle Eastern foods, veganized, and with the Jewish holidays right around the corner, I wanted to share recipes people could cook and enjoy on their holiday tables. I composed a list of Jewish and holiday favorites – things like gefilte fish, chopped liver, challah, corn schnitzel, matzo ball soup and honey cake. Some recipes, like mock chopped liver, I was able to not just veganize, but also healthify. (Mock Liver pate recipe). Others, such as gefilte fish, seemed like they might be too similar to the vegan tuna salad recipe I blogged. And still others, like challah, matzo balls, cakes, and corn schnitzels… well, I could veganize those, no problem. But having them be healthy as well? That just didn’t excite me very much. Sometimes cake just needs to be cake, and challah, challah, white flour and all. That’s the basis of my food philosophy after all, that not everything has to be “pure” and “healthy”, you can have some fun indulgences too. And yet, those indulgences can be confusing and triggering to my clients who are struggling with balance, and having the recipes on my actual blog seems like I am PROMOTING something.
I actually DID try a recipe for corn schnitzel as evidenced by the below photos. It was tasty, but it was fried, used canned corn, sugar, soup mix, etc etc. I just didn’t have the heart to blog it on a health blog.
SO, I decided that I will devote today’s post to where you can find recipes for some of your Jewish favorites veganized. Some are healthy, some are not, but ALL are vegan. You can choose to cook what you will.
If I were going to make a vegan challah, I would make this one by IsaChandra: Vegan Challah
Nava Atlas makes some delicious looking vegan matzo balls! Vegan Matzo Balls and soup
Rhea over at The V Word has my vote for gefilte fish: Vegan Gefilte Fish
Mayim Bialik has a vegan honey cake on kveller that looks good. I might substitute silan (date syrup) for the agave though. It would be darker and more “honey” tasting. Vegan Honey Cake
These are the corn schnitzels I made and then decided not to blog. Not really applicable to Rosh HaShanah, but yes, Jewish and Israeli. The recipe needed a lot of tweaking and is in Hebrew: Vegan Corn Schnitzel
This Moroccan plait looks like it would make an amazing main dish for a holiday table. Vegan Moroccan Plait
All of my Vegan MoFo posts from the past 3+ years, most of which had a Jewish or Middle Eastern theme, are here: Triumph Wellness MoFo recipe posts
Veg Kitchen has an AMAZING round up of vegan RH recipes! Vegan Jewish New Year Recipes
And finally, I wrote an article on Vegan RH foods for Definition Magazine (fitness for vegan women). It included the above chopped liver, but also my Black-eyed Pea – Pumpkin Curry and my Vegan Stuffed Cabbage! This issue of Definition is free and entirely online. It has amazing, amazing content – aside from my recipes – there are other yummy, healthy vegan recipes and fascinating articles on fitness and transformation. I LOVE being a part of this publication! You can download it here: Definition Magazine
I will still be back tomorrow and Tuesday with more recipes and then a short break for the holiday. Then we will finish this MoFo off next week with 2 more on Sunday and Monday. MoFo finish line in sight. Holiday cooking for 12 commenced.