The Earth is pretty cool. You like living on it, most times. So it seems only natural that you'd want to protect it from deteriorating. It's selfishly motivated, really. That's what Earth Day, April 22, is all about. Celebrating can be as basic as taking a minute to appreciate the calm of an urban park or as elaborate as throwing a dinner party that pays tribute to the season. When it comes to hosting a party, there's no better way to thank Mother Nature than to eat the stuff she provides. That's how Sara Gilbert, co-host of The Talk on CBS, plans to celebrate. Gilbert, who's vegan, picked these three Chowhound recipes as Earth Day's perfect party dishes. And because we just can't leave it at that, we're suggesting a few more dishes for the day's celebrations.
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This wonderfully creamy soup doesn’t actually contain cream. Dress it up by topping it with bread cubes tossed with walnut or hazelnut oil and toasted until crisp. Get our Celery Root Soup recipe.
2. Warm Spinach Salad with Smoky Pecans
In this riff on a classic warm spinach salad, we swap hearty sweet potatoes for the bacon. Get our Warm Spinach Salad with Smoky Pecans recipe.
3. Curried Cauliflower, Chickpeas, and Tofu
This lovely vegan main dish was adapted from the fifth volume of Canal House Cooking, and was originally inspired by Niloufer King, a talented Indian cook and scholar. Get our Curried Cauliflower, Chickpeas, and Tofu recipe.
Consider also these vegan dishes, including dessert. We must not forget dessert. That would be sacrilege. For more vegan community discussions, recipes, galleries, videos, and articles, visit our vegan page.
4. Roasted Butternut Squash and Kale Salad with Tahini Dressing
This rustic salad is hearty enough to be an entree. The sweet squash, kale cut into ribbons, toasted pine nuts and creamy, nutty, tangy tahini salad dressing can fill you up and satisfy you with all the complementary flavors and textures. Get our Roasted Butternut Squash and Kale Salad with Tahini Dressing recipe.
5. Pineapple and Cucumber Guacamole
These three ingredients are unified by the others not mentioned: red onion, jalapeño, lime juice, salt, and cilantro. It's a bright, festive appetizer or snack to serve at your dinner party. Get our Pineapple and Cucumber Guacamole recipe.
6. Black-Eyed Pea Vegan Burgers
Dense with moist, meaty black-eyed peas, this burger can take less than hour to make, using tamari and Tabasco for more umami zing. Cremini mushrooms also play a big role here. Get our Black-Eyed Pea Vegan Burgers recipe.
7. Chocolate-Dipped Raspberry Sorbet Bars
Two ingredients. That's all you need. Well, instructions help too. Chocolate and raspberry are a classic pairing got a reason. Get our Chocolate-Dipped Raspberry Sorbet Bars recipe.
8. Coconut Rice Pudding
The swap is easy here. All you do is go from cow milk to coconut milk to make this comforting, classic sweet a vegan treat. The cardamom, ginger, and orange zest puts even more of a twist on it. Get our Coconut Rice Pudding recipe.
9. Vegan Chocolate Cake
Moist and rich with cocoa, vegan bittersweet chocolate brown sugar, and rice or soy milk, this cake rises beyond most regular cakes. It's better. Get our Vegan Chocolate Cake recipe.
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Amy Sowder is the assistant editor at Chowhound in New York City. She loves cheesy things, especially toasties and puns. She's trying to like mushrooms. Her running habit is the excuse for her gelato passion. Or is it the other way around? Follow her on Instagram, Twitter, and her blog, What Do I Eat Now. Learn more at AmySowder.com.