Easy Vegan dinner for Imbolc

Brigid’s Cross, often woven to celebrate Imbolc

Imbolc (pronounced Im-olk) is one of thePagan 8 yearly Sabbats and can be referred to as St. Brigid’s Day, Candlemas, or the Mid-Winter Festival of Lights.  It is the time between Winter Solstice and the Spring Equinox when we look forward to Spring and seed is prepared for planting.  We burn candles to symbolize the longer days and shorter nights ahead.  It is also a time to fix up hearth and home, begin Spring cleaning, and prepare a hearty meal for family.

Can Spring be far away?

Celebrate Imbolc on February 1 with a Vegan meal

To celebrate Imbolc in a comforting and stress-free way, light a couple of white or light blue candles and cook up a healthy, stick-to-your-ribs Vegan dinner for yourself and/or family and friends this weekend.  Place a green wreath on the table as a centerpiece with white flowers and flameless tealights scattered on top.

Easy Vegan Menu

This is honestly a very easy meal to cook.  If I see too many ingredients or more than 1 paragraph in a recipe, my eyes start to glaze over, so rest assured: the recipes below have a minimum of ingredients and are under 2 paragraphs!

Spring Mix Salad with Tangerine, Hemp Seeds and Raspberry Viniagrette
Easy Vegan Lentil Stew
Vegan Corn Muffins
Apple Crisp

Traditionally, Imbolc involves dairy foods and drink as a representation of the milking of animals. Vegans can use rice, almond or soy milk to substitute.  Liquid smoke is added to the lentil stew to take the place of ham steak, which I used to add.  The meat is not missed when the smoke flavor is added.  When you’re done cooking, pour a nice Merlot and enjoy.


Only 4 Ingredients used in this Salad (Photo: Nance Carter)

Spring Mix Salad with Hemp Seeds (Photo: Nance Carter)









Spring Mix Salad with Hemp Seeds

Combine bagged Spring Mix salad with sections of 1 tangerine or 2 clementines, 1 tsp hemp seeds and store-bought raspberry viniagrette.


Ingredients for Lentil Stew (Photo: Nance Carter)

Easy Vegan Lentil Stew (Photo: Nance Carter)









Easy Vegan Lentil Stew

1/2 bag lentils
2 TBS oil
1/2 onion, chopped
3 large carrots, chopped
3 stalks celery, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 quart (box) vegetable broth
1-1/2 capfuls Liquid Smoke
Salt and Pepper to taste

Rinse lentils and take out any losers.  Saute onion, celery, garlic in oil for a couple minutes, do not brown.  Add lentils, boil 1 minute then turn heat down, add rest of ingredients, and simmer for 1 hour.  Add salt and pepper after cooking, if desired.


Corn muffin ingredients (Photo: Nance Carter)

Vegan Corn Muffins (Photo: Nance Carter)









 Vegan Corn Muffins

Prepare muffins according to Jiffy cornbread box directions, using egg substitute and Almond Milk.  Spray baking pan with Pam.


Ingredients for Apple Crisp (Photo: Nance Carter)

Nicely browned Easy Apple Crisp









Easy Vegan Apple Crisp

4 apples
2 tsp lemon juice
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup flour
1 tsp cinnamon
1-1/2 C quick oats
5 TBS margarine

Preheat oven to 350°F.  Peel, core & slice apples. This is done easily with an apple corer, a very inexpensive kitchen tool.  Toss apples with 1/2 C brown sugar, 1 TBS flour, and the cinnamon. If using tart apples, add more sugar.  Spread evenly in an 8-inch baking dish.  Mix oats with the remaining flour and sugar. Add margarine and use pastry cutter (another little tool) or fork to mix until crumbs form and flour is incorporated. Pour over apples and bake for 35 minutes, until lightly browned on top.

Frigg, Norse goddess of household management

Thank the Gods and Goddesses

Lastly, don’t forget to leave the god or goddess a gift from this meal to thank them for their guidance.

January 30, 2013

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  • I’m relatively new to the path and have found it difficult to find vegan recipe ideas for celebrations. Thank you so much for these ideas! Lentil Stew is one of our favorites!

  • Lentils are also commonly used in Ethiopia in a stew-like dish called kik, or kik wot, one of the dishes people eat with Ethiopia’s national food, injera flat bread. Yellow lentils are used to make a nonspicy stew, which is one of the first solid foods Ethiopian women feed their babies..`’-

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    • I had never tasted lentils until I was in college at Marshall University in West Virginia. While there, I learned about some new delicious foods such as lentil soup, grits, and bread and butter pickles on Ritz crackers. Thanks for reading and commenting!

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