December 31, 2009

Happy Vegan New Year!

Happy Vegan New Year's Eve & Day!

Another year is ending and a new one is about to begin; here are some New Year's Eve/Day resolution ideas and foods.

About New Year's
January 1st officially became the first day of a new year in 46 B.C. when Julius Caesar established the Julian calendar. Celebrating the arrival of the new year is possibly the oldest holiday in recorded history. It started with the ancient Babylonians more than 4,000 years ago, and continued with the Egyptians, Romans, Celts and so on.

New Year's Resolutions: The ancient Babylonians began the idea of New Year's resolutions as a way to start the year off with a clean slate by returning borrowed items.

Lucky foods: When it comes to celebrating the New Year, every country and every culture has its unique routines and charms to influence the incoming year that are believed to bring into the new year good fortune, health, prosperity, and love. Black-eyed peas and lentils eaten on New Year’s Day are said to bring riches and safety to the coming year. Some say the black-eyed pea's lucky streak dates back to the pharaohs. Others say it started in Vicksburg, Virginia, during the Civil War when the town ran out of food while under siege and the inhabitants were lucky enough to discover cow peas (a.k.a., black-eyed peas). Meanwhile, cabbage leaves (a symbol of prosperity) are thought to bring prosperity to those who eat them on New Year's Day. Also it is said that eating 12 grapes, one grape for each month of the year, for prosperity.

Auld Lang Syne: a Scottish poem written by Robert Burns in 1796 and set to the tune of a traditional folk song (Roud # 6294). It is often sung to celebrate the start of the New Year at the stroke of midnight.

New Years Resolutions Ideas for 2010

  1. Go vegan or vegetarian with the help of guides, books, websites, and check out my Resolutions/Becoming a Veg*an 07 for more tips.
  2. Lose weight and get in shape by going vegan with the help from above and these sites OR if you are already vegan and want to lose weight and get in shape help from the same sites.
  3. Volunteer/donate to different charities that help make the world a better place, check out the Charity Navigator and these animal rights and vegan organizations.
  4. Spread veganism to others by talking peacefully about veganism, giving vegan kits and vegan books, cooking vegan foods for others.

Links to help with your resolutions:
Top 10 New Year's Resolutions
4 Steps To Ensure You'll Keep Your New Year's Resolution
Resolve to Make 2009 the Year You Go Vegan
Make a New Year's Resolution to Help Animals!
Get Ready to Kickstart Your Health in 2010!
PETA’s New Year’s resolution: Pledge to stick to a vegetarian diet
Top 10 Reasons to Go Vegan in 2010
Pledge to Be Vegan in 2010!


Appetizers & Snacks
Roasted Garlic Mashed Potato Vegan Quesadillas
Sweet Potato, Chard, and Mushroom Vegan Quesadillas
Vegan Black Bean Quesadillas
No-Queso Quesadillas

Vegan Fish Sticks:
Fish Sticks and Tarter Sauce
Tofu Fish Sticks
Vegan Tofu Fish Sticks Recipe

Cheese Sticks:
Vegan Mozzarella Sticks
Vegan Fried Mozzarella Cheese Sticks
Tofu Mozzarella Sticks
Breaded Zucchini Sticks

Asparagus and Mushroom Quiche with a Brown Rice Crust
Mini Crustless Tofu Quiches
Crustless Spinach & Mushroom Quiche
Basic Vegan Quiche with Soy Cheese Recipe
Spinach-Mushroom Quiche

Vegan Meats:
Spicy Italian Vegetarian Sausage
Vegan Boneless Chickenless Hot Wings
Spicy Vegan Hot Wings
Vegan Meatballs
Vegan Lentil Meatballs
Homestyle Vegan Cajun Chicken Fingers
Mock Ham
Vegan Ham Deli Slices
Vegan Sage-Rubbed Pork Chops with Warm Apple Slaw
Seitan Pork Cutlets
Seitan Pork Chops in Red Wine
Curried Grilled Seitan Kebabs

Cheese Balls/Logs:
Vegan “Cheese” Ball
Pecan Parsley Pepper Cheese Log
Cheeze Ball
Cheeze Ball, Smokey Cheddar
Cheeze Ball, Original Flavor

Crab Cakes:
Mock Crab Cakes
Vegan Crab Cakes
Crabless Crab Cakes
Crispy Cajun Chickpea Cakes

Vegan Stromboli
Vegan Grilled Vegetable Stromboli
Asparagus and Pepper Stromboli

Vegan "Devilled Eggs"
Deviled Tofu
Deviled Tofu
Tofu Deviled “Eggy” Bites
Deviled Avocado
Vegan Deviled Eggs (Angeled Eggs)

More Appetizers:
Top 9 Easy Vegetarian and Vegan Party Dips and Appetizers
Happy New Year Vegan Appetizers
Entertaining Appetizers
VegWeb Appetizers
Vegan Spanakopita Triangles
Vegan Spanakopita
Vegan Spanakopita
Christmas Appetizers & Snacks
Vegan Coach Appetizer Recipes
Fatfree Vegan Appetizers and Dips
Vegan Food Appetizers
Eating Vegan Appetizers and Dips
Hardcore Herbivore's Appetizers
The Veggie Table Vegetarian Appetizers
Vegan Thanksgiving Appetizers
All-Creatures Appetizers
Holiday Appetizers and Snacks
ChooseVeg Snack Recipes
New Year's Stew with O-Mochi
New Year's Peas & Greens Salad
Cucumber Tea Sandwiches
Mini Veggie Burgers
Chilled Finger Sandwiches
Spinach and Mushroom Pizza Pockets Without Cheese
Usher in the New Year
Vegan and Vegetarian New Year's Eve Party Food Ideas
New Year’s Eve Hors D’Oeuvres Party
Ring in a Vegetarian New Year!

New Year Soba Noodles
Tasty Vegetarian New Year Noodles
Buddha's Delight
Buddhist’s Delight
Wasabi Citrus Soba Noodles, with Beech Mushrooms
Top 10 Chinese Vegetarian Holiday Recipes

Good luck for New Year's
Lentil Soups:
Lentil Soup
Ethiopian-Inspired Red Lentil Soup
Ridiculously Easy Lentil Soup
Lentil Soup
Vegan Lentil Soup
Vegan Red Lentil Soup
Vegetarian Lentil Soup

Black-Eyed Peas:
New Year's Vegan Hoppin' John
Black-Eyed Pea Gumbo (use vegan broth)
Black-Eyed Peas with Herbs
Spicy Collards and Black-eyed Pea Soup
Creole Black-eyed Peas
Chipotle Black-Eyed Peas
Bryant Terry's Baked BBQ Black-Eyed Peas
Vegan Black-Eyed Peas Recipezaar
Black-Eyed Peas Salad with Basil Dressing
Black-Eyed Pea Loaf (use vegan butter)
Cheesy Black-Eyed Pea Dip

Collard Greens & Cabbage:
Slow Cooked Vegan Collard Greens
Braised Collard Greens Cajun-Style
Cooking Collard Greens
Easy Vegetarian Collard Greens
Vegan Collard Greens Recipezaar
Quick and Delicious Collard
Smokin' Collard Greens
Vegan Cabbage Recipezaar

Vegan Cherry Chip Brownies
Vegan Brownies
Incredible Vegan Carrot Cake
Vegan Eggnog Cheesecake
Double-Layer Pumpkin Cheesecake
Apple Cranberry “Cheesecake”
Cheesecake VegWeb
Vegan Peppermint Cheesecake
Pecan Pumpkin Cheesecake
Pumpkin Cheesecake with Caramel Sauce
Southern-Style Vegan Pecan Pie
Death by Apple Pie
Brandi's Famous Caramel Apple Pie!
Banana Cream Pie (Diner Style)
Vegan Coconut Cream Pie Filling
Vegan Chocolate Fondue
VegWeb Desserts

7-Up Cranberry Punch
Peach Party Punch
Egg Nog Punch
Eye of the Hurricane Punch
Recipezaar Punch
The Party Punch
Party Punch
Yellow Punch
Potent Punch
Banana Slush Punch
Raspberry Slush

Vegan Alcoholic Drinks:
Cranberry-Ginger Martini
Cranberry Margaritas
Champagne Punch
Champagne Mojito
Mock Champagne
Champagne Mangoes
Champagne Custard
White Cosmopolitan
Mock Champagne Cocktail
Vegetarian Bloody Mary
Strawberry Daiquiris
Vegan New Years Cocktails
New Year's Eve White Sangria

Vegan Eggnog
Almond Vegan Eggnog
Rice Dream Rice Nog
Silk Nog

Hot Cranberry Cider
Mulled Apple Cider
Hot Caramel Apple Cider
Spiced Apple Cider
Hot Spiced Cranberry Cider
Hot Apple Cider
Sparkling Cider

Hot Chocolate/Cocoa:
Vegan Hot Cocoa
Vegan Hot Chocolate from Scratch
Delicious Vegan Hot Chocolate
Creamy Vegan Hot Cocoa
Vegan Hot Chocolate
The Ultimate Vegan Hot Chocolate
Cashew Hot Cocoa
The Best Hot Cocoa Ever
Raw Food: Warm Cacao with Cinnamon
Creamy Hot Cocoa
Peppermint Hot Cocoa
Two Cups of Cocoa
Candy Cane Cocoa

Other links:
Resolutions/Becoming a Veg*an 07
New Year's Day Traditions and Superstitions
New Year's Superstitions

Remember to check back here often for new post, I try to update at least once a month. Look at my past blog post for vegan information, resources, and links. E-mail me me if you have any suggestion post, questions on this blog or veganism or know any more sites relating to this post.

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