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Home Cooking: A vegan holiday menu

Tara Baroody
Home Cooking guest columnist

I love offering to making something grand for a holiday gathering because then I have something to eat and don’t feel as though I am limited to a salad or mashed potatoes. All the guests can enjoy these recipes. They make for a beautiful presentation and don’t plan on leftovers. If you’re entertaining vegan guests over the holidays, try these recipes. You’ll not only be the hostess with the most-est, your carnivore guests will enjoy them, as well!

Mushroom Wellington
Courtesy Tara Baroody

Mushroom Wellington


  • 1 package puff pastry thawed (Pepperidge Farm makes a vegan version)
  • 3 portobello mushrooms
  • 12 ounces cremini mushrooms
  • 4 ounces oyster mushrooms
  • 4 ounces shiitake mushrooms
  • 1 good size shallot, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 package baby spinach, kale or power greens
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme, copped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh rosemary, copped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh sage, copped
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Flour
  • Extra-virgin olive oil


Heat oven to 425 degrees. Take the portobellos and remove the gills and stem. Cut in slices. Toss with olive oil, salt and pepper, and put in the oven to roast for about 15 minutes. Give them a toss halfway through cooking time. After you take them out, turn the oven down to 400. Take the cremini mushrooms and put in a food processor and pulse until pretty fine. Oyster and shiitake mushrooms should be chopped in bigger pieces with a knife. Sauté the shallots and garlic in extra-virgin olive oil, add mushrooms, continue to sauté through and add the spices. Add the greens. Cook until all moisture evaporates. Fold in the Dijon mustard. Let cool. 

Lay out your puff pastry on a floured surface with the short side facing you. Roll it out a little if needed. Place half of the mushroom mixture in the center of pastry, the long way. Top with portabellos, then add the rest of mushrooms. Bring both sides of pastry over the top of the mushrooms toward the center. Carefully roll it over on a parchment- or silicone-lined baking sheet. Score the top of the pastry with a knife, giving a cris-cross look.

Bake in oven for at 400 for 30-35 minutes. Let it cool before cutting. Serves 6. 

Delicata squash casserole
Courtesy Tara Baroody

Delicata squash casserole


  • 3 delicata squash
  • 2 tablespoons herbs de Provence seasoning
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Extra-virgin olive oil


Heat oven to 420 degrees. Cut delicata squash the long way, cutting off the ends, and remove the seeds. Using the slice blade in a food processor, feed the squash into tube and make half-moons sliced pretty thin. You can use a mandolin too, but the food processor is a little safer. Toss all the squash with spices and olive oil. Line up in a baking dish as seen in picture. Cover and bake 20 minutes, then uncover and bake another 20 minutes. It should have a little crust on the top. 

Arugula salad with pomegranates


  • Package of arugula
  • 1 lemon
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 pomegranate worth of seeds
  • Salt and pepper
  • Drizzle of agave, maple syrup or honey
  • Toasted slivered almonds (or pecans, walnuts or pumpkin seeds)


In a blender, combine lemon juice, sweetener and extra-virgin olive oil. Place your nuts or seeds in a sauté pan and let it roast. You can add a little oil if you want, which makes them extra crunchy. Watch carefully so it doesn’t burn, and take off the heat as soon as it starts to change colors. 

Open up your pomegranate and remove seeds.

In a bowl, add arugula, pomegranates, nuts and toss with dressing. You can add feta or goat cheese if you want at this point.

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