The Ultimate Vegan Hanukkah Guide
The most epic feast and celebration is just around the corner. That’s right, the first night of Hanukkah is here! To all my fellow vegan Jewish peeps out there (or those of you who just love eating Hanukkah food during the holidays), I hope you’re getting mentally prepared for eight solid nights of family, cruelty-free gifts, and most importantly, vegan food. Just to make things a little easier (it’s not like celebrating like a pro for eight straight nights is some easy feat), here are some tips for making this the best vegan Hanukkah EVER!
1. Eat latkes—and a lot of them—since they are pretty much the tastiest food in the world.
Just follow this easy recipe for vegan latkes, then top them with applesauce and vegan sour cream and revel in the perfection.
1 yellow onion, finely chopped
Egg replacer equivalent to 2 eggs
1/4 tsp. pepper
4 Tbsp. unbleached flour
Canola oil, for frying
2. One word: kugel.
How come no one ever talks about kugel? It’s delicious and super-easy to veganize (try this classic vegan kugel recipe.)
4. Order Takeout!
Don’t forget to stock up on some dark chocolate vegan gelt for those fiercely competitive dreidel tournaments
6. Don’t forget the presents
Is the thought of finding gifts for everyone you know and love for eight crazy nights starting to sound a bit intimidating? We’ve got your back! Use our cruelty-free shopping guide for inspiration. If you’re still at a loss (who decided that it was a good idea to have eight nights of gifts, and how is one single human being supposed to handle this?!), you can check out more tips here: http://www.peta2.com/lifestyle/how-to-shop-cruelty-free/.
7. Pledge to save lives!
In the spirit of giving and as a celebration of freedom, let’s be sure to use this Hanukkah as a chance to make a serious difference in the lives of animals. For a night of Hanukkah, tell your parents that the best gift would be to have them pledge to cook only vegan food for one week! Not vegan yet yourself? Make the pledge to try it out!
8. And last but not least, OWN lighting that menorah!
Light it with style, light it with pride, and make sure that you’re using cruelty-free candles. Try candles made with vegetable wax like these instead of ones made with beeswax.