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15 Appetizer Recipes That’ll Make ‘Em Say, “Wow, I Can’t Believe It’s Vegan!”

When you're hosting vegan guests for dinner, instead of relying on the same old store-bought hummus, flex your culinary muscles and try something really tasty — all without any meat, dairy, or eggs. Cooking vegan makes you see ingredients in a whole new light, whether that means turning cashews into cheese or chickpea brine, AKA aquafaba, into a fluffy mousse. Starting your meal with a creative and delicious vegan appetizer will send the message that you're a thoughtful host and make your guests feel welcomed. If you're not sure where to begin, these 15 recipes can show you the way.

Vegan Bavarian Pretzels: Soft, chewy pretzels made from scratch are reason enough for celebration in and of themselves. Serve with a variety of mustards. (via Well Vegan)

Roasted Beet Hummus With Hazelnut Oil and Rosemary: Skip the store-bought hummus in favor of this eye-catching spread. It'll add tons of color to your table, and the hazelnut oil and rosemary give it an elegant flair. (via Vegetarian Ventures)

Curried Butternut Squash Fritters: Curry spices and sweet butternut squash achieve a delectable balance of flavor in these fritters. The crispy exterior adds texture against the tender insides. (via A Dash of Megnut)

Chipotle Lentil Taquitos: Taquitos are a little more party-friendly than regular, often sloppy, tacos. The crispy tortillas wrap around a hearty chipotle-lentil filling, and a dash of guac finishes them off. (via The Nut-Free Vegan)

Easy Blender Fire Roasted Salsa: You can make this easy salsa whenever you have last-minute guests. Roasted veggies and canned tomatoes are just thrown in the blender and whizzed together until they reach your preferred texture. (via Get Inspired Everyday!)

Hoisin-Glazed Vegan Meatballs: Sticky sweet hoisin glaze clings to these party-friendly meatballs. Save time by getting frozen vegan meatballs to use as your base. (via Homegrown Provisions)

Maple Dijon Vegan Cheese Ball: It's just not a party without a cheese ball. Make an easy homemade cashew cheese, then add in maple syrup and Dijon mustard to give it a bit of a kick. (via Connoisseurus Veg)

Onion, Apple, and Squash Bites: Sweet butternut squash, caramelized onion, and apple achieve the perfect balance of sweet and savory. Flaky vegan pastry surrounds the filling. (via Dora Daily)

Simple Garlic Smashed Potatoes: Crispy and fluffy smashed potatoes are like the grown-up version of potato chips. Top them with garlic and fresh thyme to give each bite a boost. (via Simply Sisson)

Sticky Chipotle Cauliflower Wings: Wing lovers will go crazy for these crispy cauliflower bites. Drench them in a sticky, spicy chipotle sauce and watch your guests go wild. (via Simple Seasonal)

Eggplant and Hummus Flatbread: Flatbreads are basically the sophisticated answer to pizza, and people love them just as much. Drizzled with balsamic glaze, this tomato and eggplant flatbread gets a touch of creamy luxury thanks to a hummus base. (via This Savory Vegan)

Vegan Lettuce Wraps: Tender lettuce leaves are wrapped around a savory vegan filling to create these fun party bites. Dunk them in a tangy sauce made from soy and vinegar. (via Vegan Huggs)

Vegan Queso Fundido: Gooey loaded vegan queso fundido is so good, you'll want to eat it with a spoon. It's a fun treat to serve on movie or game night. (via Eat Figs, Not Pigs)

Rainbow Sushi Donuts: Whimsical sushi donuts wouldn't be out of place at your next garden party. Each vegetable and fruit nestled atop a circle of rice makes up part of an edible rainbow. (via Healthy Little Vittles)

Vegan Macadamia Cheese Spread: When you're pressed for time, this five-minute macadamia cheese spread will be a huge lifesaver. Unlike cashews, macadamia nuts don't have to be soaked ahead of time if you want to blend them into something tasty. (via Hello Spoonful)


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Justina Huddleston
Justina Huddleston is a food writer living in Los Angeles. When she's not busy writing, she spends her time in the kitchen creating both virtuous and decidedly junky vegan food. Buffalo chickpea pizza, anyone? She's also been known to eat a plain block of tofu or beans straight out of the can for lunch, but somehow those culinary adventures don't make it to her Instagram. You can follow Justina on Twitter or see what's cooking in her kitchen on her blog, A Life of Little Pleasures.

Alright, folks. We've officially made it to fall. And if you haven't already started switching out your decor (as long as it's ready by Friendsgiving, right?) you still have time to do so. Draw inspiration from this round-up of new home products that includes harvest-inspired candles, cozy linens and textiles, and a v. practical piece of furniture. One scroll through these, and you'll have all the motivation you need to transition the seasons. Scroll on to start shopping.

Prism x LOREM Collection ($96+): Calling all Cali babes. The popular Long Beach boutique, Prism, announced a boho-fabulous collab with home decor line, LOREM, that we can't get enough of. Shop everything from plant hangers (eight options, to be exact) to artwork, all inspired by the very colorful vibes of the brands. If you were looking for a cheery way to tide you through winter, this. is. it!

Floyd Mattress (Price TBD): Fans of the cult-favorite Detroit-based brand will love their latest launch debuting on October 29. The highly-coveted Floyd Mattress will have the same made-to-last design and superior comfort as their other furnishings, tailored perfectly to fit the line's in-demand bed frame. Additional details for the mattress include a breathable foam material, highly-mobile packaging, and a low-profile design to secure your best night's sleep yet. Check back on the last week of the month to get one for yourself.

Dims 'Composed Vanity' ($595): Small space? No problem! Direct-to-consumer brand, Dims, is giving you a quick and stylish solution to your storage needs with their newest item that doubles as both a desk and vanity. The functional piece is made with non-toxic, chemical-free materials and can be assembled in seven minutes or less. Throw in four sleek shades to choose from, and this may just be your best purchase of 2019 yet!

Saatchi Art x The Citizenry Holiday Collection ($225+): Get ready to deck your walls this holiday season. Saatchi Art partnered with The Citizenry in a one-of-a-kind collection that features a curation of art across styles. Explore everything from modern to abstract creations in a selection so stunning, it's bound to spark a conversation at your next gathering.

NEST Spiced Orange & Clove Collection ($16+): If you haven't experienced the addicting aromas of the beloved NEST fragrance brand, this is the perfect time to get on board! The label recently released their latest scent — spiced orange & clove — just in time for all your gatherings. Inhale festive notes of orange pomander, spiced brandy, cinnamon, and gingered honey across their suite of candles and diffusers to bring all the good vibes to your home.

Bloomingdales x RiLEY Home ($19+): RiLEY Home gets millennials. So they teamed up with Bloomingdales to make shopping their selection more attainable than ever. Now, you can get in on long-lasting, luxurious staples like flannel sheets, bedding, printed throws, premium pet beds, and more, by shopping online and in-stores at the department store. (Trust us: These dream goods are ones you're going to be *glad* you stocked-up on.)

Italic Serene Towels ($12+): The luxury brand that prides itself on using the *same* factories namesake brands (like Calvin Klein and Lacoste) use, but without the price tag behind them, brings you a new product for fall. Treat yourself to Italic's ultra-soft towel set spun from fluffy, 100% Australian cotton, in a convenient set of six. Consider it the perfect indulgence after a long soak in the tub on a cozy FNI (Friday night in)!

Hyascent x Neiman Marcus ($169): 'Tis the season for a delightfully scented home. Warm your abode with scents like bourbon joy, cheeky rose and more in a unique diffuser that doubles more as decor than a fragrance-inducer. Fresh off the (online) shelves of Neiman Marcus, explore nine scents that last up to six months in a specialized hourglass holder. (Shhh! Your friends will never know the secret of why your place smells so darn good!)