Post # 1
A friend of FI’s is staying with us this weekend to attend another friend’s wedding in town. His wife is coming with him, and she is vegan. I want to be a good hostess, but I have no clue what vegan food is or what I should have available in the fridge and pantry for her. Every food idea I’ve come up with so far ends up having some kind of meat or dairy in it. Fail.
FI tried asking his friend for tips, but he hasn’t responded. Any ideas from the hive on good vegan meals/snacks to make?
Post # 3
It might not be super interesting, but there are a lot of vegan options if you just go unprocessed. You could have fruits and veggies for munching on, nuts, hummus, pitas. I’m not vegan, but I often cook and eat without meat/dairy – I have a pinterest board with a bunch of vegetarian and vegan recipes (and veggie stuff with dairy can usually be easily modified to be vegan) if you want some ideas for meals:
Post # 4
like pp hummus and veggies.
Otherwise almond milk, dried fruits, homemade granola, fresh fruits,
Post # 5
Also, I just made a veggie and bean skillet for dinner last night that was almost vegan (I topped it with a little cheese, but it wouldn’t really lose much to leave it out). I followed this recipe, subbed quinoa for rice, added a chopped sweet potato, and some spices (salt, pepper, chili powder, cumin); it was easy and tasted great:
Zucchini Black Bean Skillet
Good luck! Hope you find some good options!
Post # 7
Vegan is pretty easy once you learn to think a certain way.
- Vegetable stirfry with a peanut sauce over rice noodles (or regular thin linguine)
- Stuffed portabellos stuff it with cooked and drained spinach, chopped walnuts, garlic, sauteed onion, fresh basil, chopped tomato, salt, pepper, red pepper flakes, olive oil
- Pumpkin curry over rice.
- Vegan chili served over potatoes
- You already have great ideas!
- Keep peanut butter and crackers, fruit, celery on hand.
- Grill some veggies and keep them in the fridge for easy reheating or to throw on a salad.
- Keep or make a vinaigrette for dressing on hand. If your buying it check the ingredients. I would suggest making it!
Post # 8
I’m vegan and let me say first off that I don’t expect ANYTHING when I visit others. But it’s really nice that you’re being thoughtful.
The best thing is vegetables. They make an easy meal and are good to snack on. For fillers, maybe rice, pasta (but not fresh pasta, which contains eggs) or potatoes. One suggestion is don’t go out and buy specialty vegan foods. Often my friends and family will buy me fake meat. I absolutely loath the taste of those fake products, but feel obligated to eat them if they are bought for me, especially since they are so expensive. Also a lot of processed foods marketed to vegetarians are not vegan, and it takes a while to be able to spot animal-dervied ingredients (like stearic acid or carmine). You don’t need to bother with that.
I mostly eat bread and hummus when visiting people, as well as fruits and vegetables. It’s easiest to just think whole foods (one-ingredient foods like rice, couscous, vegetables).
Post # 9
@SadieBee: Thank you! This is really helpful! I think my problem was I was overanalyzing and not focusing on the staple items. The black bean skillet looks really delicious.
@LovelyHibou: I always forget this fact about Oreos. Thanks!
@ThreeMeers: Thanks! These recipes look great!
@arathella: Thanks for the tip on fake meats. I’ll try to keep it simple with groceries 🙂
Post # 10
Curries are easy to make vegan and in a crock pot. Also agree on the hummus, babbaganous, pita options. Summer salads with squash and couscous or quinoa. Pastas with tomato based sauces.
Post # 11
I love to snack on edamame!
Post # 12
You could roast an assortment of veggies (eggplant, onions, peppers, squash, asparagus) and serve them with couscous/pasta/quinoa/farro. Leftovers can be used in salads or sandwiches or just eaten at room temp. Sauteed sweet corn with basil is a delicious and quick side (just be sure to use oil instead of butter).
Pasta with homemade tomato sauce is vegan (just saute some onions and garlic, add a can of crushed tomatoes and a splash of olive oil, and simmer for ~15 minutes). Top with basil and serve with a green salad and you’re done. Lentil dishes are delicious, filling, and very nutritious–just cook them with aromatic vegetables of your choice (onion, garlic, carrots, celery, leeks) and serve with a sprinkling of fresh herbs as a soup, or drain and toss with a bit of vinaigrette and some chopped tomatoes for a hearty warm salad. Curries are also a great choice if you’re feeling more adventurous– veggies + coconut milk + tofu= a rich and satisfying meal for anyone, vegan or not.
Otherwise, as PP have said, just keep some fresh fruits and nuts on hand for breakfasts and snacking. And crackers (check the ingredients) and peanut butter, chips and salsa, pita and hummus, etc. are always safe bets to have on hand for guests, vegan or not.
You’ll be fine. My biggest piece of advice is to try making things that sound appealing to you and that you might want to work into your regular rotation either as a meal or as a side, because it’s always good to expand your repertoire and we could all do with more interesting veggies in our diet. Think of it as an opportunity!
Post # 13
@bleusteel: http://ohsheglows.com/ one of my favorite vegan food blogs.
Post # 14
I saw you got plenty of help, I found this blog on Pinterest and I love the lentils and rice (I use chicken broth but you dont have to) if you have a rice cooker it’d be even easier on you!
http://blog.fatfreevegan.com/2006/07/spiced-lentils-and-rice.html (even the blog name sounds like it was meant for you in this case!)
Post # 15
http://smittenkitchen.com/blog/2009/01/mushroom-bourguignon/ I love this dish! If you sub the butter with olive oil and use regular pasta instead of egg noodles, it should be vegan. SO GOOD.
Post # 16
Ask her what she prefers to eat first. I know vegans that prefer more salads, etc. and some that love American style vegan food (veggie burgers and fries). Ask her what are her likes and dislikes. If she has no preference, I would totally do burger and fries night at home! Veggie burgers are easy to make and if you don’t know how or have the time to make them from scratch, there are a ton of frozen veggie burgers at the store. The creativity is in the toppings (guacamole, salsa, jalapenos, bbq sauce, etc. ) All of those are vegan! 🙂