Hanukkah, O Hanukkah! Hanukkah is one of my favorite
holidays—and not just for the obvious reason (presents!). It is a time to
rejoice with family and friends while observing the traditions of our
ancestors, such as lighting the Hanukkah Menorah, singing festive songs, and
feasting on seasonal dishes.

Jewish tradition places importance on treating animals with
compassion, and the Jewish concept of tsa’ar ba’alei chayim explains
that humans should not cause animals pain. A fabulous way to have a
compassionate holiday and take a stand against the mistreatment of animals on factory farms is by celebrating with a vegan Hanukkah.

Make Hanukkah sweet for your taste buds and for animals by
baking some festive vegan treats. This jelly-doughnut cupcake recipe is a modern twist on the classic sufganiyot (Israeli jelly doughnuts) and a delicious new way to celebrate
compassionately. Try these simple sugar cookies and use Hanukkah-themed cookie cutters to create fun shapes. Get some vegan Hanukkah gelt to share or top gifts with. Most dark chocolate is dairy-free, so look for dark-chocolate
gelt (it is often the silver-foiled coins).

My Hanukkah celebration isn’t complete without latkes, aka
potato pancakes, and I
am looking forward to cooking some this year. Since the main ingredient in
latkes is potatoes, the dish lends itself to being vegan. Apple sauce and
nondairy sour cream make great toppings. Try out this easy latke recipe:

Vegan Potato Latkes
lbs. peeled baking potatoes
yellow onion, finely chopped
Egg replacer equivalent of 2 eggs
tsp. pepper
Tbsp. unbleached flour
oil for frying

  • Grate the potatoes and squeeze out the moisture. In a large
    mixing bowl, combine the potatoes with all the remaining ingredients except the
  • Heat 1/4 cup of the oil in a large skillet. Place 3 tablespoonfuls
    of the potato mixture into the skillet for each latke. Use a spatula to flatten
    the mixture to form the latke. Fry over medium heat for approximately 4 minutes
    per side, or until golden brown.
  • Drain on paper towels and serve hot with apple sauce and
    nondairy sour cream.

6 to 8 servings

Happy Hanukkah! What vegan dishes will be part of your
celebration this year?

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Article source: PETA Action Alerts

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