A new month and year are upon us, and with them come a new series. Every month, I'll share a list of veggie and vegan-friendly food holidays and publish articles and recipes celebrating the holiday with you.
The end of the holiday season does not mean the end of celebrations. Foodies, this month is full of vegetarian and vegan-friendly holidays and observances that are delicious, tempting, healthy, or all of the above.
January marks the beginning of a healthier lifestyle for many, so the observance of Fat Free Living Month is not a surprise. In general, healthy, comforting foods make up the bulk of this month's food celebrations. It is National Oatmeal Month, Hot Tea, Soup, and Slow Cooking Month. I see breakfast, lunch, and dinner right there. By the way, setting up oatmeal in the slow cooker the night before makes for a quick, easy, and hearty breakfast.
Not all of the daily food observances are veggie friendly, but many of them are. National Bloody Mary, Cream Puff , Chocolate Covered Cherry, Spaghetti, Whipped Cream Day, Shortbread, Bean, Tempura, and Fruitcake Toss Days have passed by, but there are days of plenty left in the month and each highlights a different food item. Recipe suggestions are provided for some non-veggie days.
January 8 - National English Toffee Day (Belsandia has a fantastic recipe.)
January 9 - National Apricot Day
January 10 - National Bittersweet Chocolate Day
January 11 - National Hot Toddy Day
January 12 - National Marzipan Day
January 13 - National Peach Melba Day
January 14 - National Hot Pastrami Sandwich Day (Try the vegan pastrami from Vegan Vittles.)
January 15 - National Strawberry Ice Cream Day
January 15 - National Fresh Squeezed Juice Day
January 16 - National Fig Newton Day and International Hot and Spicy Food Day
January 17 - National Hot Buttered Rum Day
January 18 - National Peking Duck Day (VegWeb's Mock Peking Duck is delicious.)
January 19 - National Popcorn Day
January 20 - National Buttercrunch Day (Use Earth Balance Buttery Sticks in place of butter in this recipe).
January 21 - National Granola Bar Day (Make it Charleston's own gRAWnola)
January 22 - National Blonde Brownie Day
January 23 - National Rhubarb Pie Day
January 23 - National Pie Day
January 24 - National Peanut Butter Day
January 25 - National Irish Coffee Day
January 26 - National Peanut Brittle Day and National Soup Swap Day 2013
January 27 - National Chocolate Cake Day
January 28 - National Blueberry Pancake Day
January 29 - National Corn Chip Day (Fritos are vegan-friendly and addictive).
January 30 - National Croissant Day (Hanna Kaminsky's recipe is simple and delicious.)
January 31 - National Brandy Alexander Day
Celebrate one, some, or all this month and introduce omnivores to the delicious variety a veg life offers.
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