My Vegan Easter Dinner Menu

Being Vegan at Easter is a strange situation. Easter is about honoring a man who died for our sins and the celebrations of compassion, faith, rebirth and yet we kill animals to celebrate. Does that mean the ham is supposed to be Jesus and we are just reenacting this whole mess, like at church how we eat the bread and call it the body of Christ? Kinda odd how us humans do things isn’t it? At least the Eucharist is vegan. I think.

Last year we skipped the normal brunch with my family because of some internal issues with the family and my wedding was about to happen. It was a crazy time. This year we are doing a dinner at the parents house. My husband lives for these events because he can feast on meat and cheese (even though he is lactose intolerant) until he passes out in a food coma. I however know that at these events it is a time to cook the night before or analyze menus of possible “brunch” spots for weeks so that I can call and preorder my veganized entrée. I preorder now in most cases because certain parts of my family get very irritated with my vegan ordering and the fact I always end up explaining “why” I am vegan. I don’t mind telling the story (because it was a health issue and not some factory farm scary story) but I have learned that it makes a very sensitive issue (food) a more sensitive issue to those that may already be hyper aware of poor eating habits and their own choices that they are silently sensitive of.

So this year is good because I am bringing my own food to my parents and that is the easiest way to guarantee I eat well on a holiday. Although I must note my mother has become quite the vegan friendly chef and is constantly finding new vegan foods and recipes for me. Once I got the green light, I then fell into a confused panic. What do I substitute for the traditional Ham dinner? I could’ve made a killer brunch but a ham dinner? That is hard.

So I inventoried several traditional Easter Dinner “Menus” and picked items that were the most common:

  • Glazed Ham
  • Parker House Rolls
  • Scalloped Potatoes
  • Cooked Asparagus
  • Cooked Carrots
  • Salad

When I took a look at this menu I thought this is easy to veganize except for the ham (and I am not much for Asparagus but whatever), and the ham is always a staple. Which was my original debacle. Some serve Lamb instead but I was hard pressed to find a faux lamb roast on a few days notice either. So I decided I will recreate every item on this menu with a vegan option recipe and I will have to figure out something for that rich sweet and salty ham. I could be simple and just throw in a roast of any sort. A field roast from the refrigerated section or a Gardein Holiday Roast but no, no, no… I am going to master this with an option that will be just as filling and tasty and will harmonize with this spring Easter theme without being too Hippie/Crunchy/Healthy since it is an indulgent feast we are having, no?

Let us start with our cooked veggies.


Maple Glazed Carrots


1 package Peeled Baby Carrots

3 tbsp olive oil or an olive oil sprayer

1/4 cup maple syrup whisked with 2-3tbs of water

Kosher Salt


Preheat Oven at 425degrees. Spray carrots with olive oil or toss in olive oil and place in a roasting pan or in a cake pan if you don’t have one. Sprinkle with salt and then use a basting blush to baste carrots with syrup/water mixture. Once all are basted drizzle any excess over the whole pan of carrots. Roast until brown and soft.


Braised Asparagus


1 bunch fresh asparagus

3 tbsp olive oil or olive oil sprayer

kosher salt

ground black pepper

1/8 cup dehydrated minced onions

1/8 cup water


Preheat oven to 425degrees.

In a pan bring brown onions by heating water and oil and a pinch of salt together on medium low. Once the onions are lightly browned toss in asparagus salt and some ground pepper to taste. Once the asparagus is lightly seared on one side transfer to the oven in an oven safe dish until tender.


Chopped Tomato Basil Salad


1/4  Bunch of Fresh Basil

2 tbsp Dehydrated Minced Onions

4 Tomatoes (freshly diced)

1/4 cup Balsamic Vinegar

1/2 cup Olive Oil

1tbsp Kosher Salt

1-2 tbsp Granulated Garlic or Minced Frozen Garlic

2 tbsp Agave Nectar


Toss shredded basil, diced tomatoes, and onions in a medium mixing bowl. In a separate small bowl whisk together all other contents until combined. Then drizzle over the tomatoes until covered and toss. I rebalance the vinegar oil combo each time I make this so please feel free to play with it or just by a simple balsamic dressing and add garlic and agave after! After everything is combined place in fridge to marinate for at least 30minutes. Serve cold.


Scalloped Potatoes

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1 small bag of white, red, or purple potatoes (about 2 lbs)

1/2 Earth Balance Buttery Stick

1 cup Soy or Almond Milk

1 block Daiya Havarti Cheese

1 bag Daiya Mozzarella Cheese

Kosher Salt

Ground Pepper



Preheat the oven to 350degrees.

Gather a casserole or Pyrex dish that is decorative enough that you would serve this in. I use a circular Pyrex dish that looks similar to a pie plate. So you can see the layers.

Next you need a large mixing bowl, potato peeler, knife, chopping board/mat, and mandoline.

First grease the casserole ban using the earth balance and take the rest and place it in a microwave safe container with the milk. This will be microwaved until the butter is melted and then whisked until combined right before you place the contents in the oven.

I half peel the potatoes so then have some skin. You can fully peel if this is your preference. I then slice them on the mandoline at a varied size between paper-thin and the 2nd thinnest setting. Placing the discs of potato in a mixing bowl and sprinkling them with salt from time to time.

Next, begin layering the potato discs into the casserole. I overlap them on the edges and work around the edge and in a circular motion spiraling to the center. When I get to the center I sprinkle the layer very lightly with salt, pepper, and mozzarella cheese and then do another layer spiraling outward with potatoes again. The next payer I alternate the sprinkling to simple the havarti cheese which I pinch small amounts of and sprinkle on and do a layer of thyme. No salt or pepper this time. Then another layer and we alternate back to the salt, pepper, and mozzarella. This goes on until you reach the top layer which gets a little of each sprinkle topping and then the warm milk mixture is poured on top.

Place in the oven for 40-50 minutes. Let sit 2minutes. Serve hot.

scalloped potatoes


Parker House Rolls

So I rarely suggest a recipe I have not tried or invented myself but my mother seems to be able to buy Parker House Rolls in Charlestown so I never make them (oh and Charlestown is a Boston Neighborhood known for bank robbers where my family lives but they don’t rob banks, see the movie “The Town” with Ben Affleck, it is not the same as Charleston in South Carolina; different accent, different tea). So I looked through the web and found one recipe I found trusty and delicious and that looked like what my mother so successfully procures for the holidays.

Here is Veganize Everything’s blog recipe on Parker House Rolls:


Now for the ham. This has literally taken days for me to figure out. I am not going to lie, I probably should’ve given out some silly note to just go buy a Field Roast. I also found a Vegan Ham Roll along my journeys so those that love ham feel free to find it online or at your local Natural Foods store. I however was continuing my journey until I stumbled upon this site: . It made me realize that I could do a lot with a vegan dish I just learned to make: Seitan! Or as my husband likes to joke “that Satan stuff”.

I buy the West Soy Seitan Cubes to make Seitan Marsala. So why not make a smoky, sweet ham version? I think we will. You will need the Seitan cubes, maple syrup, pineapple, and maybe some liquid smoke I imagine.  So I looked through some recipes and this is my version of Easter Dinner’s Main course.

Smoky, Sweet Easter Seitan Dinner


Olive Oil

Kosher Salt

Ground Black Pepper

1 Package West Soy Seitan Cubes

1 can crushed pineapple (optional)

1 tbsp Maple Syrup

1tsp liquid smoke

In a deeper frying pan place olive oil to cover the bottom of the pan. Toss in Seitan Cubes once the skillet is warm. Next sprinkle the seitan with salt and pepper to taste. Toss the seitan in oil with a spatula until lightly browned avoiding splashing the oil, then add liquid smoke and maple syrup. Allow to reduce slightly and carmelize, stirring constantly to avoid sticking. Then toss in crushed pineapple right before serving for a ham and pineapple vibe if you feel so inclined.


Happy Pi Day! Try a Savory Pizza Pie today.

I have lots of pie recipes already on my page but I figured on “Pi” day we should post some more!

My favorite pies are always fruit pies but we cannot forget savory pies! I just tried Amy’s frozen Shepherd’s Pie and love it! The Tamale Pie is good as well, but not my favorite if I had to pick. Today in honor of “Pi” day I brought an Amy’s Vegan Shepherd’s Pie for lunch. I am very excited about it.

So if we think some more there are tons of “pies” in the world to make. Mud pies, cream pies, fruit pies, pot pies, meat pies, Quiche pies, and pizza pies! So in honor of Pi Day, below is my favorite Pizza Pie Recipe!

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Vegan Cheese Pizza Pie

1 refrigerated or home-made pizza dough

1/2 cup all-purpose flour

1/2 cup of Rao’s Marinara Sauce or Tomato Basil Sauce

1/4 Cup Shredded Fresh basil (you can use a few tbs of dried if you don’t have fresh)

1/2 to 1 bag of Daiya Shredded Mozzarella Cheese

1/4 to 1/2 of a block of Daiya Garlic Jalapeno Havarti

Olive Oil Spray (I have my own sprayer but you can buy it too)

Chili Garlic Infused Olive Oil or “Pizza Oil”

Kosher Salt

Granulated Garlic

pizza 1

I preheat my oven on 450degrees and place my pizza stone in the oven on the center rack. It is pretty important to get the stone as hot as possible. It make the crust crispier. If you use a pizza pan or a cookie sheet it will be softer but still delicious. If you want the exact stone I have, it is at Crate & Barrel. As you can tell I am a fan of them and I registered their for my wedding.

I then place some flour on a baking sheet and put my dough on top. I buy pizza dough from Whole Foods (frozen section) or a local grocery rather than make my own half the time because I am lazy lately. It is just as good since dough is usually just salt, water, flour, yeast.

I get both sides lightly coated with flour and get flour on my hands and start to stretch out the dough by placing my knuckles inside the center and gently rotating in a circle and stretching outward. Do not toss it or create holes by overstretching. You can also just hold the edge of the dough and shimmy around the edge letting the dough naturally stretch by hanging and rotating it .

When it is slightly thin in the center and still a little thick on the edges I sprinkle a small amount of salt on the stone and then place down my dough directly on the hot stone with the oven open. Please be careful while you do this. It will be hot in there. I pull the rack out slightly so that it doesn’t tip and I don’t have to reaching into the hot oven all the way. You can always remove the stone and place it on the stove top but its super hot and heavy.

I then lightly spray the dough with olive oil on top. Then sprinkle the edges with salt and garlic so the crust is seasoned well. If I have dry basil I will sprinkle the whole top with it for extra flavor in the dough.

I then place the tomato sauce in the center and spread it out with a spoon. Do not use too much sauce it will make the cheese to liquidy when it melts. It should appear thin in areas.

Now sprinkle the mozzarella evenly and lightly. I use between 1/2 and 1 whole bag per pizza depending on the size of the pizza. Use your own judgement but cover the pizza so that you can still see sauce. Then add the basil so it is thoroughly integrated across the cheese. I cut my basil up with herb scissors. I am pretty obsessed with them and use them often for a variety of things. The basil really brings out the right flavors in the Daiya so I always say basil is required!

Next pinch out small balls of the Havarti Daiya from the block and drop it on the pizza every inch or two. This really makes the pizza divine! it adds a little spice but makes the pizza appear beautiful like chunks of mozzarella have melted and browned on top.

Last drizzle with the pizza oil. I use one I got at Crate and Barrel but it is no longer for sale here is the review though. Here is a similar kind for sale online in the UK. All it is made up of is olive oil infused with chili pepper or cayenne pepper, garlic, oregano, and rosemary. You can always make your own. I will when mine runs out!

Now you just place it back inside the oven, close the door, and wait for the magic to happen. It takes at least 15minutes if not twenty. I just look for brown crust and bubbling top. It will look a little liquidy on top but when it cools it will be perfect. My test is to have brown spots on top and then the spatula going under the dough feels the dough is hard and crispy.

Take out, let rest 5minutes, serve hot, and enjoy!

pizza 3


This is by far the best pizza recipe I have come up with in the last two years of trying. I am such a pizza snob now because of it. I cannot express how much my husband and his omni friends love my pizza. Please try it out on everyone and report back. This was my mission to make so I really want to hear your opinions, see pictures, and everything!

Much love, The Hippie Gypsy

Simple Farro Salad

So I recently started using my VeganXpress app on my iPhone more to go out to dinner. I found that at Uno’s I could eat many things but at Applebee’s I could eat pretty much nothing (they have both meat and dairy in almost everything even their veggie sides and salads). Last year Uno’s had a Farro Salad I loved on their small bites/apps menu. They have since changed it and added dairy and a bunch of other stuff that overcomplicates it but you can get the original one as a side order and double it. I was in love with it and decided to start making it at home and serving it with tortilla chips. My husband actually loves it and I bring it to family events where it is an absolute hit. So I decided to share it with you folks since it is now omnivore approved!

The farro can be hard to find but if you bug your local Whole Foods on twitter like I did, when they run out they will hold some for you when it comes back in :). Thanks to Whole Foods in Bedford, MA for that! They will also offer to help you with your vegan skills and show you around. Which I am going to take them up on shortly! I love the Whole Foods people!

So you take the farro and cook it. I use a steamer/rice cooker because I have two of them. I am obsessed with this tool and you should invest the $15-25 for one too. It is my favorite kitchen appliance and takes care of veggies and grains without any assistance. Best thing ever!

After the farro comes out put it in a mixing bowl and cover it and into the fridge it goes. I have these awesome Royal Prestige mixing bowls that are stainless steel with snap on covers. I would encourage everyone to get something similar.

When it is cold, you add the vinaigrette and veggies. I toss the tomatoes into the farro but I place the cucumbers on top so they don’t soak in the dressing. I have tried using celery in the past but it is too peppery in flavor for this dish, so keep it light with the cucumbers. Also don’t overcomplicate it and add too much, it will lose its flavor and nuttiness.

I then place it back in the fridge and let it marinate overnight or at least a few hours to settle. Then I bring it with me everywhere, keeping it cool, and serve with tortilla chips!

Farro Salad 1


1 package Farro (cereal grain)



(2) Cucumbers

(2) Vine Tomatoes (juicy and deep red)

Add Farro, Water, and a pinch or two of salt to the steamer/rice maker and cook on brown rice setting. Check about 15minutes before it is scheduled to be finished as it may stick if overcooked. Place in a mixing bowl, cover, and place in refrigerator until cold.

While farro is cooling, chop tomatoes and place in a small bowl. Set aside.

Half peel cucumbers so that some green is still remaining, chop, place in a separate bowl. Set aside.

When farro is cooled. Mix in dressing (*recipe below). Then mix in tomatoes.

Place cucumbers on top but do not mix in until you are ready to serve. This will keep them from absorbing too much dressing.

Place back in the fridge and cover. Let sit overnight or for at least 2 hours to combine and settle in the marinade.

Serve cold with tortilla chips.

Farro Salad 2


(You can be lazy and buy a balsamic vinaigrette or you can make this. Up to you!)

Apple Cider Vinegar

Balsamic Vinegar

Olive Oil




Dried Basil

Granulated Garlic

The directions for this recipe are tricky and not exact. I start out with equal parts oil and vinegar and then go from there. Whisk Whisk Whisk!

I find I add more vinegar in the end and I season to taste with the rest of the ingredients. I love garlic so I am generous with it. I add basil for aromatics and color but add it last and maybe about a tablespoon. The agave I whisk in to even out the vinegar.

I start with half ACV and half Balsamic but it is a balsamic vinaigrette in the end so you want that flavor to come through. I tend to add a few spoons of water to thin it out and will even toss in dehydrated onions if it’s a mostly adult group. Mess around with it and see what happens.

NOTE: Just be careful not to add too much to the salad I put it in and mix it at about 1/3 of a cup at a time until it is saturated well but not swimming. You don’t want any on the bottom that hasn’t absorbed. You can always bring more dressing with you if needed. It should be a fresh not soppy salad!


OPTIONS: Add dehydrated onions to the dressing or top your salad with sliced avocado if serving in single servings!

Farro Salad 3

XOXOX, The Hippie Gypsy