Menu Vegans

posted 1 year ago in Reception
Post # 2
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2016

impatient1 :  it’s thoughtful of you to ask, fwiw.  

I personally hate vegan sandwiches.  (I’m not vegan anymore but I recently spent a week at a conference and every lunch was sandwiches and every day the vegan option was portabello and hummus and it was straight up not good. I’m sure good vegan sandwiches exist, I just don’t think ppl who dont make vegan food often accomplish that with any reliability)

But what about pasta in tomato sauce or a vegan pesto? If they’re up for making vegan meatballs (typically bean or nut based) that’s awesome but honestly I’m always down for some pesto pasta for lunch. ๐Ÿ™‚

As for dessert.. since you are doing ice cream cake, easy vegan options include: sorbet coconut based ice cream, soy based ice cream

Post # 3
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Blushing bee

Personally I would suggest a vegan pasta dish. Vegan pasta is extremely easy to get with a tomato based sauce i.e. arabiata and most people will enjoy it even non vegans/ veggies. Desert options include sorbet which again most people will like. Personally I feel that offering a plate of oreos may not go down well. 

Post # 6
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Busy bee

I have made some amazing vegan mac and cheese before. Can’t have it now due to SO having deadly tree nut allergy ๐Ÿ™ but maybe you can make a dish like that and bring it?

But yeah like PP said… do a pasta dish maybe? Or a veggie/tomato soup with a nice bread that can be paired with the salad. My job had an amazing veggie orzo soup this week. 

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2019

Sorbet but definition should just be fruit and sweeteners so as long as there is no honey in it, you should be fine.  How many vegans are you having and how well do you know them?  Perhaps run some ideas by them.  I have a friend who is vegetarian and the biggest problem is often that the vegan things aren’t substantial enough to really be a meal.  So if it were me, I’d do a more filling salad with more hearty veggies and beans/chickpeas so it becomes more of a meal.

Post # 9
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2016

impatient1 :  I mean so long as the recipe list is relatively short and sweet it should be glaringly obvious.  Most sorbets will say “nut free!” and “diary free!” on the front or under the nutrition label since its frequently the ice-cream substitution of choice for people with allergies.  Some may even say “vegan!” which would mean no ingredient-list reading, yay! ๐Ÿ˜›

But as an example, here’s the ingredient list on talenti gelato’s mango sorbetto (which already says “dairy-free” on the front and “vegan” on the back): Mangos, Water, Sugar, Dextrose, Lemon Juice, Carob Gum

Here’s a handy list so you dont have to check the back of *every* sorbet you see till you find one. ๐Ÿ™‚

https://urbantastebud.com/vegan-ice-cream-list/

As an aside, sherbet and sorbet are not the same thing–you won’t have much luck with sherbet as they by def’n contain milk hehe.  Just to help you in your search. ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 11
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2016

impatient1 :  i may or may not have been there, done that.

Post # 12
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Helper bee

OP you’re lovely! Gelatin can be present in many sorbets, which is annoying but there you go. I don’t know which country you’re from but there should be a ton of vegan websites that list brand-specific vegan items.

Pasta is a total win (if the pasta is egg free).

You get vegan ice creams as well. Again not sure where you are and if they’re made of coconut they may be a tad pricier than regular ice cream.

 

Post # 13
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Honey bee

What about changing up the salad to be a grain based salad?  Quinoa is a complete protein.  I don’t have a specific recipe because I pretty much just throw in whatever I have around the house, but I generally do quinoa and some combination of cucumber, roasted red pepper, mushroom, peas, chickpeas, green onion, zucchini or yellow squash, shredded carrot, jicama, etc. all tossed in a champagne vinaigrette.

Mac and cheese just doesn’t seem to go with that menu at all – I’ve never done mac and cheese as a side to a sub – maybe a cold macaroni salad, but not mac and cheese.  Doing a chip and salsa bar with guacamole and a cowboy caviar would be vegan and go with subs, plus the cowboy caviar would provide some protein as well.

Post # 14
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Bumble bee

I’m not vegan or vegetarian, but last year I found myself in a vegan gelato shop and tried some – it was really good!  I was with a group of friends on holiday (one of whom was vegan), and we went to the gelato shop each day of the trip, so I got to try several different flavours.  I would definitely go back there, and even as a meat-eater I would happily have vegan gelato for dessert at a wedding.

I have also found myself eating a vegan salad for lunch at work recently, purely because I started a new job a couple of months ago and the vegan salad is usually the nicest (or often only nice) looking thing in the staff cafeteria.  It’s got roasted chickpeas, tahini, hummus, spinach, carrot, beetroot, capsicum and radish.  I have that for lunch, and I enjoy it, and it fills me up for the afternoon.  So a decent vegan salad can definitely be a full meal.

Post # 15
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Buzzing Beekeeper

impatient1 :  I am vegan. A sandwich sounds fine. If you want to make it more substantial and not just salad then maybe ask them to pop falafels in the sandwich.

As for dessert can you grab a vegan cupcake from anywhere or tofutti and I think ben and jerry’s have vegan ice cream in little single serve tubs. But a vegan cupcake is usually easy to find unless you live in a rural area but even then you would be surprised. Chech out the happy cow website as they have an easy restaurant search function that will list bakeries that do vegan.

It is really nice that you are being so thoughtful to your guest. A+ to your hosting skills.

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