Spring Holiday Menu Inspiration + Brunch Dishes (all vegan + gluten-free)

I combed through my blog and rounded-up my favorite spring recipes that are perfect for entertaining.  I included my top picks for spring appetizers, soups, salads, sides, dessert and brunch recipes.  I hope this round-up provides you with inspiration as you think about your menus this weekend.   All of these recipes are vegan, soy-free, gluten-free and peanut-free.  Many are also nut-free.  If you make any of these recipes this weekend, please snap a pic and tag #eatingbyelaine and @eatingbyelaine on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook so I can see your creations. Enjoy, and I can't wait to see what you make! Appetizers Simplified Israeli-Style Hummus  (pictured above) Creamy

Whole Roasted Rainbow Carrots Over Creamy Hummus with Green Tahini Sauce

This vibrant and seasonal side dish is always the center of attention when I serve it.  The warm, sweet, soft slow-roasted carrots served over a bed of creamy hummus is just the perfect combination.  I drizzled green tahini sauce overtop for an extra pop of herby flavor.  I used all parsley in the sauce but you can use any combination of springtime herbs such as dill, mint or chives.  You really cannot go wrong with this dish.  I also sprinkled pomegranate seeds and hemp seeds on top for added nutrients and texture.  I hope you love this dish as much as we have been

California Avocado Kale Salad with Cashew Ranch Dressing and Crispy Chickpea Croutons (vegan)

This entirely plant-based recipe makes for a stunning and filling entree salad.  It is savory, satisfying and easy to pull together.  I kept the process simple and streamlined.  I'll be making it all spring and summer long!  In addition to tasting absolutely delicious this salad is super healthy.  I set out to make an authentic but nutritious ranch dressing that is oil-free, mayo-free and dairy-free. Typical ranch dressing gets its creaminess from buttermilk and mayonnaise.  Instead, this recipe gets creaminess from blended cashews and water along with buttery avocado.  The silky California avocado adds the perfect texture for the ranch dressing.  Plus, it adds healthy fats,

Vegan No-Nut-Butter Chocolate Eggs

With Easter right around the corner, I wanted to create a healthier and allergy-friendly version of everyone's favorite Easter chocolate candy indulgence: Reese's Peanut Butter Eggs.  They are much easier to make than they probably look and are totally adaptable to a nut-free, gluten-free and vegan diet.  The creamy filling and hard chocolate shell is insanely delicious and beyond addictive.  I went ahead and added some brown rice cereal for an added crisp on the inside - totally optional but highly recommended.   These chocolate eggs are simple to pull together.  The outside is just mini vegan chocolate chips that I

10 Tips for Actually Crispy Oven-Baked Sweet Potato Fries

I have been making homemade baked sweet potato fries for a long time.  I love controlling the seasonings and knowing that they are baked instead of deep fried.  But, no one wants soggy fries.  Not appealing at all.  Over the years I have discovered some tips and tricks to help achieve the crispiest oven-baked sweet potato fries.  I have ten tips to share with you in this post.  Buckle up and get ready to learn all about oven-baked crispy sweet potato fries! Tip #1: Cut them thin and even.  I opt for 1/4 inch thick spears.  Any of the spears that

Spring Root Vegetable Hash with Creamy Herb Sauce

This is the perfect one-skillet spring brunch dish to serve to a crowd.  Your guests will love the savory flavor and addictive crispy texture of this hash paired with the creamy herb dressing.   This hash is packed with my favorite spring root vegetables: rainbow carrots, Easter egg radishes, turnips and baby potatoes.  The flavor in this dish starts with shallots, garlic, olive oil, salt and pepper sautéed in a cast-iron skillet.  After the veggies start to soften, transfer the skillet to the oven for a crispy finish.  Then, broil it quickly at the end for the perfect golden brown sear.   This dish gets a major

Simple Vegan Cream of Asparagus Soup

This effortless, dairy-free soup is ultra creamy and perfect for early spring.  I was surprised at how gourmet and absolutely delicious it turned out given how simple the process and ingredients are.  It is fresh tasting, full of flavor and so satisfying.   I love the creamy texture and vibrant green color of this soup.  It is loaded with wholesome nourishing ingredients that together are soul soothing.  Health Benefits.  Asparagus is a nutrient-packed vegetable offering an excellent source of vitamin A which is important for eye, skin and immune health.  It also provides an excellent source of vitamin K which supports bone health.  It is rich in heart healthy fiber

Dye-Free Green Muffins (vegan + gluten-free + nut-free + refined sugar-free)

These light and fluffy breakfast muffins are loaded with fresh baby spinach for a natural green color.  They are naturally sweetened and allergy-friendly including gluten-free, nut-free and 100% vegan (no dairy and no eggs).  My kids are super into them because they taste amazing.  They have the perfect texture and are pretty much fail-proof to make.  We have made two batches in the past two days and they vanished quickly.  I knew with all three kids gobbling them up that I had to add them to the blog so everyone can get in on the green muffin action.     These green

Key Lime Pie Pudding Parfaits with California Avocados (vegan and free of gluten, nuts, + refined sugar!)

These easy, nutritious, no-bake parfaits are perfect for serving at your next brunch.  The first layer is a sweet crumbly and buttery "pie crust" made from mostly raw sunflower seeds and oats.   Next, comes all the tangy key lime flavor in the creamy pudding layer which is made from avocados, limes, maple syrup and a touch of vanilla and salt.  I doubled up on those first two layers and then topped it all off with homemade coconut whipped cream for an airy, sweet, cool and creamy finish.  I sprinkled extra "pie crust" crumbles and lime zest on top and garnished each parfait with a fresh lime slice. 

St. Patrick’s Day Snack Board

This no-fuss, super green and festive snack board is a fun way to fill up with all the good stuff on St. Patrick's Day.  This snack board proves green food can be enjoyable!  It is both adult and kid-friendly.  Below I provide exactly how I made the board plus alternate green food ideas.   If you follow me on Instagram then you know I love to play around and get creative with food as art.  Last Halloween I made the kids this spooky dinner before we went trick or treating.  In this St. Patrick's Day snack board I have a leprechaun hat, two

Vegan and Gluten-Free and Nut-Free Blueberry Pancakes

This pancake recipe has become our weekend tradition and the entire family just gobbles it up.  I'm making a double batch this weekend for my always hungry party of five!  These pancakes are seriously fluffy and have the perfect texture.  You would never know they are vegan and gluten-free.  Plus, I kept them nut-free and refined sugar-free too.  They are naturally sweetened by a little maple syrup and then flavored with a touch of vanilla and cinnamon.  The juicy blueberries are studded throughout and are just so warm and satisfying in every bite.  They offer a good source of dietary fiber and

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