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6/22/10 5:27 P

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My Church is having a banquet this Sunday night. Of course the 2 entrees to choose from were chicken and beef, but there will be salad served, so I just ordered a big salad. If I'm still hungry I'll eat something when I get home. I would much rather have the time with fellow Christians than stay home because there's nothing for me to eat. I've only been vegan for about 10 weeks so I haven't had to figure out the potluck thing yet. I'm interested in any recipes anyone has for potluck friendly dishes.

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5/4/10 10:29 A

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If you think being a Vegan at a potluck is hard, try being a raw Vegan! I eat veg. most of the time, but I recently went on a raw foods fast and WOW that was tough! However, I made these raw spring rolls for our Bible study, where we always have snack potluck after, and everyone LOVED them! And it was something I could eat! After a little over 3 weeks I had detoxed well, and severly missed cooked foods, so now I do about 60% raw. For potlucks I take a lot of fruit or veggie trays, and there's almost always some sort of salad. And, I always keep a LaraBar or other Vegan bar in my purse in case there is not enough that I can eat.

1 Cor 9:24-27
Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may obtain it. And everyone who competes for the prize is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a perishable crown, but we for an imperishable crown. Therefore I run thus: not with uncertainty. Thus I fight: not as one who beats the air. But I descipline my body and bring it into subjection, lest, ... I myself should become disqualified!


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5/3/10 11:00 P

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i've been trying to transition from vegetarian to vegan and church functions are my biggest problem! i hate feeling like i'm being difficult and ruining everyone's fun, or like i'll be rude if i don't eat what's been made for us when we have our once a month fellowship group dinner.before when our pastor ran that, he always wanted to order out.and it'd be this big discussion that basically went like
"why don't we get this"
"we can't coz of Aj"
"what about this"
"aj can't eat that"
me-"i can bring my own food, get whatever you want! i don't mind! i'll bring extra so we can share! i love cooking!"
"but we'll feel bad if you do that"

repeat that like 7 times
then i finally cave and say "FINE i won't be vegan for that night, get whatever"
and then everyone was happy.and i feel guilty and awful

now it's like, my friend who i lovvvve has it at she and her husband's house coz they took over for the pastor, so they cook for us, and make sure to have some veggies and fruits and tofu, and i can bring things as well! the problem now is summer conference...(i've only been a christian for almost a year, this is my first time at the conference..)we're all staying at the place for like 4 days, i have a feeling i'll be bringing a cooler along full of my own food. i don't mind, but i feel like such a freak doing all this. and i always feel like i'm being difficult and rude or something... :(
also i hate how so much focus and attention is on what I'M eating, because it makes me feel like dying, like "hey everyone! let's have a great big discussion about the fat girl's weird eating habits! yyyayyyyyyyy" T____T


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4/28/10 6:27 P

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Honeybee-I'm fine-thanks for asking! I know what you
mean about if they don't know-they usually like it.
I made a neat recipe-think it would qualify as vegan?
Anyway here goes:
Basically,you take 1 can of black beans,rinse well,then
return the beans to the can & cover with water,put into
blender,then add to brownie mix to replace the eggs &
oil,cook as dir.-really good! I gave 1 to a meat,potatoes-nothing weird friend & she liked it!
think it is a weight watcher recipe-anyhoo-hope you
all like it!-linda

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of sand in your shoe"-unknown


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4/28/10 3:56 P

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If its frozen and dessert, I'll eat it as long as its not ice cream or other dairy fats.

I live so delicious better than sorbet.

Clinton


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4/28/10 3:50 P

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Yes, I'm fond of the vegan ice cream, but I know how people wrinkle their noses when they hear it's vegan. Whereas with sorbet, it's just common practice, so you are less likely to get "those people"

Let us know how things work out for you, ok?

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HONEYBEE56's Photo HONEYBEE56 Posts: 13,250
4/28/10 3:41 P

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GENERALGCS: I think your idea about sorbets is a great idea. I love sorbet, but we personally use SO DELICIOUS frozen dessert (ice cream substitute) for our ice cream when we have family get togethers, because it has no dairy and 1/3 the calories and fat of regular ice cream. Still, at our recent get together, there were comments about our SO DELICIOUS because it has 'soy' in it and it's not 'supposed' to be good for you. I tried to be gracious, but I did say as kindly as I could that I bet all those people in Asia who out live us here in America would be surprised to know that.

One guest said that all ice cream should be made from 100% cream so it would taste even better! Yeah, like THAT's better than soy!

BETH: If I don't label mine vegan, it is gone before I can get to it also. So I totally understand!

LINDA: I use morning star a lot too when I bring foods to potlucks. People will usually eat something they think has meat or cheese in.
I hope you are feeling better by now.

CELLOSONG: The people at your church sound so sweet. I'm not saying that the people at our church are unkind, but they are all pretty much carnivores 1st and perhaps fruits 2nd and veggies last.


Jesus's real name is Yahshua which means God is Salvation; many people call Him Yeshua or Y'shua which simply means Salvation. It's all good.

God's real name is YHVH in Hebrew or YHWH in Greek both man Yahweh.

I think it's awesome to know the real names of those I love.


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4/26/10 3:39 P

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I'm so blessed to be at my church--I'm the only vegan, but there's always someone who makes sure there's something for me to eat at church gatherings with food. Any time I bring in vegan food, I proudly label it and it's gone in no time because everyone wants to try it! The last one we had was a pie social for new people to get to know the church, and I brought in a vegan pizza (pie) and it was gone in about 10 minutes! I heard mixed reviews, but at least a lot of people tried it!

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4/26/10 1:18 P

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I once brought a mexican dish and used Morningstar
Farm to replace the hamburger-everyone loved it-wanted to know what kind of meat was in it?!!Have to
admit I am not Vegan-so there was plenty of cheese.
Yesterday our "shepards group" had a potluck lunch-I
didn't fair so well-ate pasta salad,potatoe salad,
bread and dessert...Not feeling so hot today!-Linda

"It's not the mountains ahead that wear you out-it's the grain
of sand in your shoe"-unknown


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4/26/10 1:10 P

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YES - this has been a very hard thing for me. I bring something to eat when we have potlucks, but sometimes it is gone before I get to it :)
I would like to have the recepies for the things you take.
If the church is sponsoring a dinner - which is almost always friend chicken - I usually don't go - or eat before hand and just pick at a salad while I am there.


~Beth~

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yes...I think it's a fairly common problem. I even have that same issue at family functions.

For the ice cream socials, what about asking for/bringing a sorbet? Most of those are vegan friendly and then people shouldn't look at it and go, "eewww it's vegan poison" (I get that, too).

Dinner functions are just hard. Veganism aside, you can't even get them to throw in a vegetarian dish most of the time. That never makes sense to me since either. Spaghetti and meatballs seems to be popular, but a lot of people won't eat meatballs for health reasons (type II diabetics, cholesterol, heart disease, etc.), so why do they insist on doing it?

I only go to functions where I know I can either bring food or that someone has something for me. Otherwise, I opt out.

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4/26/10 12:42 P

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When we attend potlucks we bring something that 'looks' like any other yummy casserole that has color and looks inviting. As long as we don't tell anyone it's vegan, people scarf it down and love it. If someone lets on we brought "vegan" food, no one touches it but us, like it's poison or something.

When the church sponsors a dinner it always focus's on animal proteins like "spaghetti AND meatballs" and the meatballs are always in the sauce. And there are the "ice cream socials" we don't eat ice cream.

Does anyone else have that problem?

Jesus's real name is Yahshua which means God is Salvation; many people call Him Yeshua or Y'shua which simply means Salvation. It's all good.

God's real name is YHVH in Hebrew or YHWH in Greek both man Yahweh.

I think it's awesome to know the real names of those I love.


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