In celebration of Pride month, I am sharing a menu of 15 vegan rainbow food recipes. There’s a recipe for every meal of the day, and each one is gorgeous and vibrant, either from naturally-colorful veggies or food coloring.
I wanted to choose a number of recipes that has some significance in LGBTQIA history. While last year was the 50th anniversary of Stonewall, the 51st anniversary in 2020 doesn’t have the same ring to it (and 51 recipes is quite a lot!). I ended up choosing 15 to represent Obergefell v. Hodges, the Supreme Court case in 2015 that guaranteed marriage equality nationwide in the United States.
I also chose this for the opportunity to highlight the fact that this was only FIVE years ago. My blog has been around longer than that. So much has changed in the past 5 years, and it’s important to remember the people who have been working tirelessly to make change in the world.
Now it’s 2020, Pride celebrations around the world are cancelled, and we’re in the middle of another fight for civil rights with Black Lives Matter. Since Pride is about more than rainbows and celebrations—and these celebrations are on pause—we can celebrate in other ways, in person, virtually, and with our dollars.
🌈 Ways to celebrate Pride 2020
- Donate money to LGBT organizations, especially those supporting the Black community, such as the LGBTQ Freedom Fund, The Okra Project, and Black Lives Matter.
- Celebrate virtually or socially-distanced with friends, or simply reach out to friends and family.
- Support LGBT youth. About 26% of LGBT youth are forced from their homes due to conflict with parents over their orientation or identity, and much as 40% of the homeless youth population is LGBTQIA. Reach out to the young people in your life and make sure they know you support them, and donate or volunteer your time to an organization like The Trevor Project.
- Read books, watch movies, watch TV series, read blogs (hey, you’re doing that right now!), and support small businesses run by LGBTQ creators.
- Add some color to your everyday life with some rainbow food recipes, either by yourself or for your socially-distanced/virtual gatherings. That’s what I have today.
Whether you’re feeling down about staying home and cancelled Pride celebrations, or simply want to celebrate Pride through food, here are some tasty rainbow recipes to try.
Megan from Short Girl Tall Order made these Funfetti Cinnamon Rolls to celebrate the 1 year anniversary of her blog. With rainbow sprinkles the dough and a coconut frosting, they’re also perfect for Pride month!
My Vegan Rainbow Pancakes are so easy to whip up and make a fun weekend breakfast! Top them with maple syrup and vegan butter, or add some vegan whipped cream and sprinkles.
Brighten up with this Rainbow Buddha Bowl from My Darling Vegan. Made with a base of quinoa, filled with vibrantly colored vegetables, and tossed in a Sesame Miso Dressing, this Buddha Bowl makes the perfect light and refreshing meal.
This Rainbow Noodle Salad from Salt & Lavender is a healthy, fun, and colorful dish that’s made entirely of vegetable noodles. A creamy avocado-lime dressing makes it extra flavorful!
This simple Rainbow Hummus from Glue & Glitter is perfect for Pride, or any time you’re looking to add some serious color to a party spread. Each color of the rainbow is made with vegetables.
Make these Quick & Easy Rainbow Pickles from Sunnyside Hanne and brighten up your lunches for the week with a handful of these crunchy gems. So much healthier, more delicious and prettier than potato chips.
Enjoy an array of colors on your plate by indulging in this summery Carrot Mango Salad from Yuzu Bakes. It’s crunchy, tasty, vegan and gluten-free.
I made this Rainbow Gnocchi as part of a Pride month collaboration with Vegan Dollhouse called Pride Pasta. The homemade vegan gnocchi are colored with spinach, tomato, and sweet potato for a colorful plate of pasta!
Speaking of Pride Pasta, this Vegan Trans Pride Ravioli is the recipe that Robin of Vegan Dollhouse created for our collaboration. The ravioli colors represent the Trans Pride flag, and they have a zesty tofu and mushroom filling.
I have another recipe from Rainbow Nourishments for the dinner menu because her blog name and beautiful recipes fit so well with the theme! This veggie-packed rainbow lasagna from is vibrant, wholesome, and healthy. The colors makes it the perfect dinner centerpiece too!
These Italian Rainbow Cookies have almond paste baked into the cakelike cookies, apricot jam in between the layers, and a chocolate ganache topping. This recipe never made it into The Vegan Cookie Connoisseur, so I posted it here instead!
This Vegan + Gluten-Free Vanilla Sheet Cake with Rainbow Frosting from Eating by Elaine has a vibrant rainbow swirl frosting. The cake is light, fluffy and perfectly sweet.
This Unicorn Bread is a veganized version of a birthday cake called parrot cake that Nicole from When Sweet Becomes Healthy ate while growing up. Her “grown up” version of the cake calls for amaretto.
These Easy Rainbow Popsicles from Recipes from a Pantry are the perfect frozen treat for all your summertime events. They’re made with two ingredients: sparkling water or pop, and a rainbow of fresh fruit.
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