This section is a listings directory by meal type of healthy recipes for vegan cuisine to help you come up with something interesting each time you just can't decide what to eat at the next meal time.
Vegan appetisers/snacks >
See below our index of tasty appetizer recipes that are suitable for vegans:
Background on Starters and Snacks
An appetizer is a small first course served before a larger one, typically but not always about half the size of a main course. They may range from the very simple to the very complex. Known colloquially as starters, the intention of such foods is to stimulate the appetite. It is thought that the concept of appetisers originated in Ancient Greece and continued during Ancient Rome, through to modern times.
Some popular vegetarian examples of starters are: spring rolls, Chinese dumplings, samosas, bhajis, grilled asparagus, potato skins, stuffed mushrooms, tacos, pasta salads, other salads, hummus, falafel, soups, risotto, vol au vents, quiches and tarts. In some restaurants appetizers may also be very elegant.
Restaurants in some places around the world including France refer to these dishes as entrées. This is not to be confused with the misuse of the word in the USA and certain parts of Canada as the name of the main course.
The French also make use of the term hors d'oeuvre, which literally means "apart from the work". Hors d'oeuvres are small portions of savoury foods and are less substantial than entrées. Think of them as finger foods. Specific vegan examples include bruschetta, canapés, crudités (chopped vegetables served with dip), dumplings, pickles, and tortilla chips. As well as being used as starters, hors d'oeuvres may also be served at a mid-afternoon party, where there is no intention to serve dinner so that guests can have the opportunity to snack (and often absorb some of the attending alcohol).
Appetizers are known as antipasto in Italy, entradas in Portugal, and zakuski in Russia. In China, they are called 'dim sum', which translates to "touch the heart" which is something that all good starters should do! Note that these dishes are not known in some parts of the world, such as Southeast Asia, since all food is served at the same time and shared among diners.
A snack, however, is a small portion of food eaten between meals, although some snacks might be eaten as appetisers too. Traditionally, snacks were prepared from ingredients available in the home kitchen, such as sandwiches, fruit and nuts, or often leftovers from meals. These days many are available in shops, pre-packaged and made from processed foods, although it's easy to make vegan snacks at home.
We hope to bring you more vegan appetiser and snack recipes soon.
Vegan Recipe Listings
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