I need some easy vegan party foods for my niece
Finger food that is easy and inexpensive as well as vegan?
=A variety of raw veggies and hummus.
^-If you don't wanna make hummus yourself and if you've never bought hummus before; it's usually over in the deli section of the grocery store, on the shelfs beside the meat and cheese displays. It's vegan, only has chickpeas, garlic, sesame seed paste and sometimes roasted red peppers.
=Plain potato chips and plain fritos are vegan, but if you don't want the junk food around, I completely understand.
=I'm not sure where you live, but if there's a food lion there, most of their food lion brand sandwich cookies are vegan. Again, with the junk food...
Here's a link with a lot of vegan stuff on it that you can get some ideas from. :) www.peta.org/living/vegetarian-living/acci
It might be comforting for your niece if you kept all the packaging of the foods so she can read the labels herself. :)
Edited by: TIGER-PLUSHIE at: 12/17/2010 (12:52)
Go to our recipes on the site and look up vegan food ideas...
You can go on line and google it also..
Here are a few ideas.
Note: do NOT try this recipe without a food processor. It'll take you forever to properly chop everything.
3 cucumbers, peeled
2 cups celery
3/4 cup black olives
1 medium red bell pepper (or any color, not green)
3 scallions / green onions
2 Tbsp fresh basil
1/2 cup Basic Tahini Dressing (recipe follows)
Optional: Braggs or soy sauce to taste
Optional: Fresh parsley minced, for garnish
Peel cucumbers and cut in half lengthwise; remove seeds with spoon. (Cut into rounds if using as an appetizer. Cut them rather on the thick side so they can be easily picked up.)
Place remaining ingredients in food processor with S blade. Process until combined.
Stuff cucumbers (or put a spoonful of stuffing on top).
Makes 6-12 servings stuffed, plenty for a party as appetizers (if served on cucumber rounds).
Basic Tahini Dressing
8 oz tahini
Juice of 2 lemons
2 garlic cloves
Optional: dash cayenne
Optional: Braggs or soy sauce to taste
Blend all ingredients together (in a bowl with a fork is fine) and add enough water to make a thick dressing. Amount of water varies by recipe it's being used in.
I can't recall, but I think I make this in the blender. You might be able to make it in the food processor before making the stuffed cucumbers.
Makes 1 cup.
Here's my basic spring roll recipe. You can wrap it in rice paper, spring roll wrappers, soy wrappers, lettuce, or collard greens. I'll give you various options so you can make it various ways and have various flavors.
You can use anything from mint leaves, basil leaves, cilantro, to Spring roll sauce, plum sauce, BBQ sauce, pasta sauce, Teriaki sauce - lately I've been using sweet & sour sauce.
Again, you can use anything: tofu, tempeh, seitan, Veat, Quorn, chicken, beef, pork, scrambled eggs, tuna, fish
For a vegan dish, I typically make this with chicken style seitan or tofu, you can use baked tofu, also any kind of temeh, but that will be more dry
The sky is the limit! I tend to use shredded cabbage or brussles sprouts, tomatoes, and avocado (for a little added fat to balance out the meal if particularly if I use a veg'n protein), you can use zucchini, carrots, cauliflower, bok choy, onions, bell peppers, lettuce, alfalfa sprouts, bean sprouts, water chestnuts, mushrooms, anything at all.
To make it, lay down your wrap, then put down a little sauce, top with your protein and the veggies, then roll up!
With rice paper, soy wrappers, or spring roll wrappers you can tuck the ends in, make a neat little wrap, like a burrito. Lettuce or collards (collards will be easier) won't roll up quite so nicely, and you might need a toothpick to hold it together.
Rice paper needs to be soaked in water for about 30 seconds, tap off the water on both sides with a clean towel, then roll & wrap. I've only used rice paper and collards - I'm sure other wrappers will have directions. And honestly, you can use any wrapper, even tortillas if you want.
Rice: you can use sushi rice, brown rice, buckhweat, barley, couscous, or alfalfa sprouts, shredded cauliflower or shredded parsnip.
Veggies: Anything you want!
Protein: I've used tofu, chicken, all kinds of things, and sometimes none at all.
Put down a sheet of nori, and put rice on it from the edge closest to you 2/3 of the way back, In the center, lay down your strips of veggies, protein, and wasabi. Don't use too much or it won't roll. Moisten the nori that doesn't have rice on it with a little water, then roll it up away from you slowly, tucking under as you go. The moist nori will stick to itself.
You can keep it as a whole wrap, or cut it into pieces. I generally do 6-8 pieces per sheet of nori.
Anything moist will cause the nori to fall apart, so make sure your sprouts are dry, and for thins like tomato or avocado, place a lettuce leaf over the top as a moisture barrier.
2 Tbsp soy sauce
1 tsp apple cider vinegar
1 tsp sesame oil
wasabe to taste (optional)
You can also have salsa or guacamole and serve veggies, baked tortilla chips, baked pita chips, or regular tortilla chips with it.
Here's one salsa recipe. This one never makes it to parties because we always end up eating it!
Tomatillo Avocado Salsa
Rainbow Green Live Food Cuisine, by Gabriel Cousens
2 avocados, diced
2 cups tomatillos, chopped (remove "paper" wrapping first)
2T fresh basil, minced
2T fresh lime juice (1-2 limes)
1 1/2T fresh ginger, minced (no need to peel first)
1T garlic, minced
Salt to taste
Pulse chop in a food processor with the "S" blade the tomatillos, lime juice, ginger, garlic, and salt. (If you don't have a food processor, pulse in a blender.)
Pour into a mixing bowl; add the avocado and fresh basil and stir. Chill at least one hour before serving to thicken.
Other options are to go someplace like Whole Foods or other health food stores. (I've not had much luck at Trader Joe's.) They have a lot of vegan and raw vegan snacks, various foods, cookies, even desserts. The nice thing about raw vegan desserts is it's all healthy stuff, it's more like food, though it tastes like dessert. Though the pre-made raw vegan stuff does tend to be more expensive.
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