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#1 Old 08-23-2015, 03:44 PM
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A Veg*an Meal To Impress Omivores

Hey everyone!

I'm on vacation with my fiancees family who all rely pretty heavily on meat at their meals, and don't seem to believe veg*an meals can be brilliant without it. There is 10 of us in total with each household taking turns cooking fancy dinners night by night.

It's our turn to cook up a storm tomorrow night, and though I have my cache of favourite recipes I'm nervous they wont be mind-blowing enough!

What are some suggestions or recipes that you know will impress even the stuffiest meat-eaters?

I'm thinking for an appetizer the mini taco bites from the Oh She Glows cookbook (tested on friends of ours and they seemed to be a hit), for dessert a vegan black forrest cake (with coconut whipped creme).

only exclusions:
no curries - his mum has already made one and i wouldn't want to upstage the mother in law
no spicy foods, only if they can be altered - his father can't eat spicy

THANK YOU in advance!
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chickpea avocado salad, chili, baked burritos, corn dog (mini) muffins (I made vegan corn dog muffins for a super bowl party once and everyone loved it

check out http://vegan-yums.com/ for more recipe inspo
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What about pasta? Most people love it and it's one of the easiest meals to veganize. Goes great with salad or garlic bread

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one thing is you should probably cook something you've already cooked. Something new could turn out to be a gamble
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Lasagne or enchiladas are always a good bet.

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Hi always.sunny,

Let us know how the meal with your financé's family turned out! Maybe you can give us some pointers in case we run into future situations like that.
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Hey guys! thank you all for your suggestions they are great!! I kind of ran with some inspo from meg moo and rasitha.wijesekera I cooked one of my favourite quick dishes. turns out we didn't have a lot of time that night to make something super classy like I'd hoped, so I went with a HUGE batch of seitan fajitas, with sour cream and two types of salsa. I did have a great vegan sour cream recipe, but not on me so we went classic dairy sour cream. I followed up with a coconut whip cream and sour cherry vegan black forrest cake.

For the seitan part of the fajitas I used this recipe tripled:

8 seitan cutlets (about 1 pound)
1 tablespoon toasted sesame seed oil
1 teaspoon dried thyme
Sea salt and fresh ground black pepper
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
¼ teaspoon ground allspice (use only if your spice is fresh)
2 pinches ground cloves

the recipe is from my fav. stew here: http://www.onegreenplanet.org/vegan-...ith-gremolata/

*** I highly recommend you try it for a fall dinner soon ***

then I just pan fried up some yellow onions, threw in a bunch of peppers (red, yellow, orange) threw the cooked seitan in, maybe some more smoked paprika and chili powder and voila!!

our salsa consisted of:
1/2 can corn or 1 fresh cob
1 vine ripened tomato
1/4 red onion
juice of 1/2 lime
salt and pepper to taste


For dessert I used Colleen Patrick Gourdreau's chocolate cake recipe, I have it memorized by now, It's in her cookbook The Joy of Vegan Baking, but you can find it all over the place online so here's the recipe: http://familyhw.com/2011/10/vegan-re...hocolate-cake/

Just split the recipe into two separate cake pans and cook for 25 mins (in gas convection oven)

Then I just topped each layer with coconut whipped cream (recipes everywhere on the internet) and some canned sour cherries, I drained the juice into a pot, heated it on the stove to reduce a bit, got impatient, added some cornstarch and a bit of sugar (to taste) and there you have an easy cherry sauce.

My mother and sister-in-law loved the cake so much they asked for the recipe!

Overall I'd say it was a success, next time though I think I would go with a nice quick pasta dish. It just seems fancier than fajitas. haha!
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Hey guys! thank you all for your suggestions they are great!! I kind of ran with some inspo from meg moo and rasitha.wijesekera I cooked one of my favourite quick dishes. turns out we didn't have a lot of time that night to make something super classy like I'd hoped, so I went with a HUGE batch of seitan fajitas, with sour cream and two types of salsa. I did have a great vegan sour cream recipe, but not on me so we went classic dairy sour cream. I followed up with a coconut whip cream and sour cherry vegan black forrest cake.

For the seitan part of the fajitas I used this recipe tripled:

8 seitan cutlets (about 1 pound)
1 tablespoon toasted sesame seed oil
1 teaspoon dried thyme
Sea salt and fresh ground black pepper
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
¼ teaspoon ground allspice (use only if your spice is fresh)
2 pinches ground cloves

the recipe is from my fav. stew here: http://www.onegreenplanet.org/vegan-...ith-gremolata/

*** I highly recommend you try it for a fall dinner soon ***

then I just pan fried up some yellow onions, threw in a bunch of peppers (red, yellow, orange) threw the cooked seitan in, maybe some more smoked paprika and chili powder and voila!!

our salsa consisted of:
1/2 can corn or 1 fresh cob
1 vine ripened tomato
1/4 red onion
juice of 1/2 lime
salt and pepper to taste


For dessert I used Colleen Patrick Gourdreau's chocolate cake recipe, I have it memorized by now, It's in her cookbook The Joy of Vegan Baking, but you can find it all over the place online so here's the recipe: http://familyhw.com/2011/10/vegan-re...hocolate-cake/

Just split the recipe into two separate cake pans and cook for 25 mins (in gas convection oven)

Then I just topped each layer with coconut whipped cream (recipes everywhere on the internet) and some canned sour cherries, I drained the juice into a pot, heated it on the stove to reduce a bit, got impatient, added some cornstarch and a bit of sugar (to taste) and there you have an easy cherry sauce.

My mother and sister-in-law loved the cake so much they asked for the recipe!

Overall I'd say it was a success, next time though I think I would go with a nice quick pasta dish. It just seems fancier than fajitas. haha!
Sounds delicious. I'm glad everything was a huge hit.

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#10 Old 09-17-2015, 09:36 AM
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I have a few meals on my blog. U kinda just have to sift thru them. https://venusvegan.wordpress.com/201...ective-change/
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