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Any vegan dishes you can recommend

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

So when we are here in Mexico for Christmas, I usually do dinner and invite the neighbors here on the mountain. Which I did this year as well. It's usually six of us plus Dad so 7 total. Well this year I included the young couple who watched our home for us and then others wanted to bring folks that had no where else to go so it looks like 12 folks. So I guess I will be a busy cook. We got a Kirkland spiral ham which is always good and I will make mac and cheese and pineapple casserole and green beans. But I have a challenge as well. The young man who watched our house is a vegan. His girlfriend said they are so happy to be invited as many people shy away from including them due to his diet restrictions. She said he will bring something to eat for himself and doesn't freak out being around ham and such. But I thought I would try and make a couple of things he can eat like appetizer and such. I know vegans are strict and don't eat any cheese, eggs, it is a challenge for me. I can always make a veggie try with a dip out of beans but not very creative. Anyone else out there have a favorite dish I might try that is good? I can get tofu down here so I might look up recipes on line...maybe stuffed tofu mushrooms?
Anyway any advise would be greatly appreciated.

Today will go check in with FIL. Also have to do some banking to prepare envelopes for holiday bonuses for our help. Tis the season!

Hope you all are doing well.
Have a terrific Tuesday.
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    Roasted eggpland dip would be lovely too. Again,
    maybe it is better to ask him in case he can't have
    certain things. Good luck. Roasted veg are always good.
    1619 days ago
    cant help here no idea what vegans eat
    1620 days ago
    I've never done vegan!!! Sorry I can't be of help!!! You have a great day anyway and God bless you!!!!
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    1621 days ago
    Not my cup of tea. Sorry, I can be of no help on this one.
    1621 days ago
    Sounds like a great Christmas for all. I know you will find some vegan dishes to prepare
    1621 days ago
  • _LINDA
    Some great ideas here already. My favorite is roasted root veggies, as it really brings out the flavor. I use sweet potato, parsnip, carrot, and onion and red pepper. I love spaghetti squash with various beans, quinoa, black beluga lentils, pepper, onion. Butternut squash soup is popular (the thickening is the squash itself), I imagine it wouldn't be hard to find a good recipe online.
    That is wonderful to plan to have a dish or two he could eat..
    1621 days ago
    your dinner will be awesome
    1621 days ago
    Check out Whole Foods Plant Based (WFPB) options also - the Forks Over Knives website usually has holiday recipes listed.

    You could print out a recipe card to display for the vegan dishes. Not only could it help your Vegan friend, others might see that the ingredients aren't so scary and give something new a try.
    1621 days ago
    Sounds like you'll have a fun time on Christmas. And others have provided you with some good suggestions for food.
    1621 days ago
    My DH has serious food issues and I hate when someone wants to make a dish for him. Either there is something in it he cannot eat, or it is something he never eats. Sometimes people use the same serving utensil between a "special dish" and one that is regular which can cause problems. Let the person bring something and just be sensitive.
    1621 days ago
    wow lots of good recipes
    1621 days ago
  • LIS193
    For a side you could do grilled sweet potatoes - see my blog...
    1621 days ago
  • LIS193
    On of my favorite veggie dishes is the roasted italian veggies from The Plan
    broccoli, carrots, zucchini and red onion tossed with olive oil, italian herbs and garlic, baked for 30-40 mins
    1621 days ago
    Roasted Spaghetti Squash, Tomatoes and Zucchini Tuesday 21 May

    1-1/2 pints cherry or grape tomatoes
    1/4 cup olive
    2 teaspoons minced garlic
    1 (approximately 3-1/2 lb.) spaghetti squash
    1 (approximately 1 lb.) zucchini
    1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper
    grated parmesan (optional, but I do like this!)

    Position oven racks to divide oven into thirds. Heat oven to 435 F. Line two 15 x 10 . 1/2 in. baking pans with nonstick foil.

    Halve tomatoes and place tomatoes, 3 Tablespoons oil and the garlic in a 13 x 9 in. baking dish. Halve spaghetti squash lengthwise and scoop out seeds. Brush cut surface of squash with a little of the remaining 1 Tablespoon oil. Place flesh-side down on a foil-lined pan. Quarter zucchini lengthwise and cut into 3/4 in. pieces. Place on another foil-lined pan and toss with remaining oil.

    Roast tomatoes and spaghetti squash on the top rack for 40 minutes until you can easily pierce the squash shell. Roast zucchini on bottom rack 30 minutes, tossing once, until tender and slightly browned.

    Scrape strands of spaghetti squash into a large bowl (use a fork -- it will come out like spaghetti strands). Toss zucchini with roasted tomatoes, the salt and pepper and spoon over the spaghetti squash. Sprinkle with the Parmesan (I like the flavor).

    Nutrition Information
    Serves: 4
    Calories: 220
    Fat: 14 grams
    Sodium: 198 grams
    Carbohydrates: 23 grams
    Fiber: 6 grams
    Protein: 4 grams

    Vegetable-Packed Israeli Couscous Monday 20 May

    2 cups Israeli couscous
    10 grape or cherry tomatoes, halved
    1/2 yellow bell pepper, seeded and chopped
    1 cup shelled edamame
    1/3 cup dried cranberries
    1/4 cup chopped dried or fresh parsley
    juice of 2 lemons
    1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
    ground black pepper to taste

    **Any three of the following can be used to replace edamame, tomatoes and/or yellow bell pepper:

    1/2 red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
    1/2 orange bell pepper, seeded and chopped
    1/2 onion, chopped
    1 cucumber, seeded and cut into chunks
    1 cup chopped baby carrots
    1 celery rib
    15 asparagus spears, trimmed, chopped and lightly steamed

    ***The dried cranberries can be substituted by:

    1/3 cup raisins, golden raisins, or chopped dried apricots.

    Cook the couscous per package instructions. Drain. Rinse well under cold running water and place in a large bowl.

    Add the remaining ingredients and mix well. Serve either warm or chilled.

    Can be eaten as a meal or an accompaniment to any protein-based meal.

    Nutrition Information
    Serves: 6
    Fat: 2.3 grams
    Sodium: 19.2 mg.
    Carbohydrates: 56.5 grams
    Fiber: 5.2 grams
    Protein: 10.5 grams
    Sugars: 6.1 grams

    ****You can decrease the sugar content by decreasing the amount of dried cranberries, raisins, golden raising or chopped dried apricots. ****

    1621 days ago
    How about quinoa, brown rice, or some other cooked grain mixed with hemp seeds and herbs. Add some grilled vegetables. This can be pretty hearty.
    1621 days ago
    I am a vegan too... I personally always like to bring my own food when I go over to friends house for dinner because I know exactly what's in it. I don't know if he's that picky! I know your trying to be nice making vegan dish but you have to first find out what kind of food he likes! Good luck with your dinner! I know it will be wonderful! emoticon emoticon
    1621 days ago
    I made a veggie dish last night that might work. See my blog from Dec 16 called "A Little this and that". It tasted really great!
    1621 days ago
    I've been vegan for 30 years and not by choice. If the man has health issues be careful.

    As for food we like food as much as the next person. Make you sides, just don't use any chicken or beef stock, Use vegetable stock or vegetable juice, V8 type. Mexicans like to use lard in their refried beens and think adding meat to beans is a delicacy, so be careful, use nuts and refried bean dip for chips will be a good snack and give him added protein. Just remember that others like nuts and bean dip. The big thing is if it has eyes it better be a potato. I don't use much processed foods because so many have meat in them even if you think they sound and look like the are vegan.
    1621 days ago
    Enjoy a warm Feliz Navidad!
    1621 days ago
    Sallie, you can adapt many recipes to be vegan. I daughter is a vegetarian, I often substitute beef or chicken broth with veggie broth. Hummus is a wonderful dip to make and can be made using a variety of beans. She loves beans and rice, I make the beans richer by adding a bit of olive oil to them. That really makes them taste as rich as beans prepared with ham.
    1621 days ago
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