15 Vegetarian + Vegan Recipes to Serve Up for Easter Brunch
Avoiding meat, dairy and eggs doesn’t mean your Easter brunch has to be drab. These 15 veggie-packed dishes will deliver a delicious start for your holiday celebration. Filled with scrumptious seasonal flavors and tons of plant-based goodness, even omnivores will find these 100% vegetarian (and occasionally vegan) selections just as satisfying.
1. Crustless Goat Cheese Quiche (Vegetarian, Gluten-Free): This tangy goat cheese quiche can easily be made ahead of time. Talk about an excellent recipe for stress-free entertaining. (via Show Me the Yummy)
2. Inner Goddess Raspberry Breakfast Bowls (Vegan): These gorgeous smoothie bowls come about their vibrant color naturally, courtesy of a delicious blend of raspberries and mangoes (or peaches). Set out assorted toppings, and everyone can tailor their bowl to the liking of their own inner goddess. (via Pinch of Yum)
3. Tofu Breakfast Scramble and Tempeh Bacon (Vegan): Bacon and eggs goes vegan with two awesome, easy hacks for tofu and tempeh. Simply select gluten-free tamari to make it safe for those sensitive to the protein. (via Food52)
4. Salad Crispbreads With Roasted Squash Cream (Vegetarian): These bright crispbreads pack a ton of flavor and a tempting assortment of textures into every single bite. Their elegance practically calls for a glass of bubbly to wash it all down, no? (via Food Gays)
7. Cherry and Coconut Pancakes (Vegan, Gluten-Free): Inspired by coconut macaroons, these fluffy pancakes are nothing short of crave-worthy. With the sweet-tart cherry compote drizzled over top, you won’t even notice that they’re refined sugar-free. (via Goodness is Gorgeous)
8. Tofu Tacos With Spiced Lentils and Jicama-Mango Salsa (Vegan): You’ll love the transformation of lentils and tofu into sausage-like crumbles and scrambled “eggs” for these tasty tacos. The mango and jicama salsa adds a unique crunchy-yet-sweet touch. (via Noshed)
9. Raspberry Breakfast Trifle (Vegetarian): Whipping up the grains and raspberry compote for these elegant trifles the night before means brunch is a breeze to get on the table in the morning. (via Karla’s Nordic Kitchen)
10. Buckwheat Crepes With Chocolate Sauce (Vegan, Gluten-Free): A creamy chocolate filling makes these rich-tasting crepes especially irresistible. (via Sweet Potato Soul)
11. Vanilla Almond Granola (Vegan): Have fun serving and snacking on this tasty homemade granola. You can even stuff it inside plastic easter eggs for pre-portioned single-servings that are totally on point. (via Breakfast Drama Queen)
12. Coconut Polenta Porridge With Figs, Raspberries and Maple Syrup (Vegan, Gluten-Free): This tropical-inspired twist on cheesy grits is a terrific base for an assortment of fruit and granola. (via Fuss Free Cooking)
13. Orange Yogurt Mini Bundt Cakes (Vegan): These personal-sized bundt cakes are moist, barely sweet and scented with orange. The maple-orange glaze poured over top is not to be missed. (via Food Porn, Vegan Style)
14. Strawberry Crepes With Goat Cheese and Basil (Vegetarian): The first strawberries of spring star in these tangy, herbal crepes. A subtle kick from red pepper jelly will surprise and delight with every bite. (via Optimistic Mommy)
15. Breakfast Sandwich With Tempeh Bacon (Vegetarian): A few ingredient swaps is all it takes to transform this tempeh bacon, egg and cheese sandwich into vegan-friendly fare. (via A Balance of Tastes)
Which of these meat-free meals would you invite to your next brunch? Share your faves (and any other recipe finds) with us below!
Welcome to Selfmade Finance School, our new money series with Block Advisors to help small business owners with their tax, bookkeeping, and payroll needs year-round. This week, we explore the tax implications of bringing family members into your business.
The question for today is this: Does hiring your family members make sense for your business? Let me be clear. This is not a piece about whether hiring your family members makes sense for your relationships with those family members. As someone who is part of a family business, I could fill up a lot more than 600 words on my opinions about that. For today's purposes, we focus on whether it makes sense from an overall "good business and tax implication" perspective. As it turns out, there is a decent amount of tax nuance when it comes to employing your family. Let's break it down based on relationship to the employee:
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Spouses Who Are In Business Together
Personally, if I had to be in business with my husband, it would not go well. However, many couples build viable, strong businesses together and I say, good for them! Depending on how you have your business entity structured, it will make a big difference on the tax treatment of you and your spouse working as partners. Because a business jointly owned and operated by a married couple is generally treated as a partnership for Federal tax purposes, the spouses must comply with filing and record keeping requirements imposed on partnerships and their partners. The election to file two Schedule C (Form 1040) forms, (one for each spouse) permits certain married co-owners to avoid filing partnership returns, provided that each spouse separately reports a share of all the businesses' items of income, gain, loss, deduction, and credit. Under the election, both spouses will be subject to self-employment tax and on net earnings from self-employment and receive credit for Social Security earnings.
One Spouse Employs Another
If you have a dynamic where your spouse is an employee of your business, then your spouse's wages are subject to income tax withholding, Social Security and Medicare taxes. If you are self-employed (not a corporation or a partnership), your spouse's pay does not have to be included in your federal unemployment tax account (FUTA) contributions and payments. However, if your business is a corporation or a partnership you must include that spouse's pay in your unemployment tax contribution calculation.
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You Employ Your Child
First, let's be clear. I work in my family business, but I am an adult, so I am treated just like a normal employee. However, if you, for example, run a family restaurant and want to hire your children under 18 to work for you, there are some tax benefits. But first, you should check with your state for rules on how many hours minors can work (in non-agricultural jobs) and reference the Fair Labor Standards Act for information on limitations on the kinds of work children can perform.
"This is an often overlooked or under-utilized strategy. Paying your children for true services they provide in your business can be a powerful tax-saving tool," says Cathi Reed, Block Advisors Regional Director. "If you are a sole-proprietorship or single member LLC, and the child is less than 18 years of age, the business is not required to withhold FICA or payroll taxes. The child can use his or her standard deduction against income you pay."
You Hire Your Parent
Oh dear. If you are brave enough to do this, know that you will need to pay Social Security and Medicare taxes on your parent's wages and make the appropriate withholdings, but you don't have to pay unemployment taxes. Now all you have to do is convince your parent that you are the boss. Have fun with that!
Is Hiring Family Members Worth It For The Tax Benefits?
"There are some positive tax advantages to hiring family members. It's important to treat a family member like any other employee. Hiring your children can result in substantial savings for businesses. Make sure your child has real, age-appropriate work to do and a reasonable pay rate, comparable to other employees. Consult with a Block Advisors small business certified tax pro to ensure that you are complying with all requirements," advises Reed. "Block Advisors, a team within H&R Block, is dedicated to meeting the tax, bookkeeping and payroll needs of small business owners year-round. To start working with the tax experts at Block Advisors, visit blockadvisors.com."
In my opinion, you should not hire a family member solely because of the tax benefits. You should always hire based on whether that person is right for the job and keep in mind how this hire could materially impact your relationship with that person and others in your family. Finally, as I mentioned, make sure you have a tax professional on your team when making these determinations. As you can see, things can get a little tricky!
*All details were sourced from IRS.gov and blockadvisors.com