I usually end up bringing a few dishes to get togethers because I am the only vegan of all my friends. I like a red cabbage salad that I make the night before Take red cabbage and shred add either a low fat Italian dressing or I prefer just red wine vinegar a touch of olive oil (I love white truffle oil for this) and a little salt and pepper. Sometimes instead of salt I use capers. It's fast easy and customizeable.
Thanks for the ideas everyone! I really like the idea of making something that would be a main dish for me and a side dish for everyone else. I've never made anything like you've all mentioned, but I will definitely be trying a few of those recipes soon to see which one I like best.
I like the idea of making sure that the Vegetarians and Vegans have an entre, such as tabouli or quinoa salad. For cookouts, I often make a pot of baked beans. Depending on the crowd, it sometimes helps to make something that everyone recognizes.
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I like fruit kabobs as a dessert. Agree that some sort of quinoa/grain salad would be easy and a good entree for you and also require no cooking once you get there. If you have a separate place to cook you could do veggie kabobs.
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i have two basic quinoa salads - one is a tabbouleh type with lots of parsley, chickpeas, lemon and cumin as the main ingredients, the other has cilantro, black beans, lime juice, and chipotle or chili powder as the main ingredients. both have whatever i have in the way of peppers, tomatoes, onions, and olives in the house. and both are main dishes for us.
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How about something that could be an entre for you but would seem like a side dish to the meat eaters in the bunch. I suggest a quinoa/chickpyea salad. It is a complete meal with plenty of protein in the quinoa and chickpeas, then you can add red peppers, red onions, asparagus, cherry tomatoes, cucumber, dried cranberries, sun floweer seeds, and slivered almonds. Cook the quinoa in veggie broth and throw on some Italian dressing. (I use fat ftee) YOu wont need a lot. Put in a quarter cup and decide if you need a little more. Sqeeze a little lime on top too. (Optional)
Blanch the asparagus for just a minute before u add it to the salad. If you dont like asparagus, blanched fresh green beans work well too. Save the seeds and almonds to throw on right before the dish is served. (Black beans work well in this too)
I feel like i am writing this recipe upside down. Now i am Going to tell u how to make the quinoa. Put one cup of quinoa in a very fine strainer and rinse it. Let it dry. Put the quinoa in a dry pan and toast it until the quinoa changes color. Just a few minutes. Add the veggie broth and cook with a tilted cover for 12 minutes. Take it off of the heat, take a clean dish towel and put it over the top of the quinoa covering the pan and replase the lid. The excesswater will steam up into the towel giving you light and fluffy quinoa. Let this sit for 5-10 minutes. Fluff with a fork. Refrigerate for a least an hour or overnight before you add the other ingredients. People rave about this salad and always ask for the recipe.
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Stuffed mushrooms. Mushrooms are pretty familiar so it's not too much of a stretch to get non-vegans to try them. Stuff them with dip of your choice, e.g. vegan pesto, muhammara, spinach and potato, that sort of thing. I like mushrooms raw but you can lightly broil or barbecue them if that's your thing.
I haven't quite decided yet. They're having a cook-out, so I'm guessing they're going to have burgers and hot dogs, so I probably won't bring an entree. Anything else is fair game, though. Maybe side/appetizer?
Hey everyone! My boyfriend and I will be attending a house-warming party for his cousin in a few weeks, and we have been asked to bring something. Obviously I want to bring something vegan, but I'm not really sure what to bring.
Any and all suggestions would be greatly appreciated. :)
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