Though my family lives abroad, I’m lucky enough to have grandparents living close by. That means—you guessed it—I am one well-fed lil’ college student. My dad’s parents in particular are in incredible shape, thanks to their vegan lifestyle. But that doesn't mean they don't know how to celebrate as heartily as anyone else! Believe me, there are plenty of vegan recipes out there that'll give you more than one reason to celebrate come Independence Day.

Twice Baked Potatoes

Twice Bakes Potatoes


It’s common knowledge that potatoes are the great American comfort food. If this is true, then Twice Baked Potatoes must be twice as comforting. It’s only logical.

Recipe: http://www.vegweb.com/recipes/twice-baked-potatoes
 

Tropical Fruit Kebabs

Tropical Fruit Kebabs


Grab ‘em while they’re hot! Gorgeously grilled in pomegranate juice and ground chipotle pepper, these zingy kebabs are sure to keep the food table crowded at all times.

Recipe: http://www.vegweb.com/recipes/you%E2%80%99re-hot-sweetie-tropical-fruit-kabobs
 

Red Chile Hummus


Hummus is a fantastic way to spice up freshly cut vegetables—and this recipe from Robin Robertson’s “Vegan Fire & Spice” really packs a flavorful punch!


Ingredients:


2  hot red chiles, seeded and chopped


2  garlic cloves


¼  tsp. salt


1 ½  cups cooked or 1 (15.5-ounce) can chickpeas, drained and rinsed


⅔  cup tahini paste


2  Tbsp. fresh lemon juice


⅛  tsp. sweet paprika


1  Tbsp. chopped fresh parsley (though my grandma recommends switching the parsley for paprika and adding 1 ½ tsp. cumin and ¼ cup cilantro)


Directions:


Place the chiles, garlic, and salt in a food processor and process to a taste. Add the chickpeas, tahini, and lemon juice and process until smooth. Taste to check the seasonings, adding more lemon juice or salt, if needed. Transfer the hummus to a small bowl. When ready to serve, sprinkle with paprika and chopped parsley. Makes 2 cups.
 

Vegan Ranch Dressing


If you like your veggies crisp and crunchy, then why not enjoy them with this robust ranch accompaniment? Don’t worry, it’s completely dairy free.

Recipe: http://vegnews.com/articles/page.do?pageId=1444&catId=11
 

Chickpea-Sweet Potato Burger with Dilly Cucumbers

Chickpea-Sweet Potato Burger


The 4th of July is no time to be grill-shy. These hearty patties are packed with flavor, texture, and nutritious goodness. But don’t forget to let the chickpeas soak overnight, or they won’t be ready when you are.

Recipe:

http://www.self.com/body/recipes/2012/04/chickpea-sweet-potato-burgers?mbid=fitsugar/
 

Beet-Lovers

Beet-Lovers Burger


Presentation is everything, right? Well this burger is rich in both flavor and color, making it enough to spoil even the most seasoned of veggie-burger lovers. That’s right, good luck going back.

Recipe: http://www.fitsugar.com/Vegetarian-Beet-Burger-Recipe-17781527/
 

Vegan Lime Cheesecake

Vegan Lime Cheesecake


There’s only one way to end a fabulous holiday and that’s with a fabulous dessert. Zesty and sweet, this key lime pie will make fireworks fly—of a different kind, of course.

Recipe: http://vegnews.com/articles/page.do?pageId=2234&catId=10
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