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#1 Old 12-16-2009, 07:54 AM
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I'm a vegan, living with my very onmi dad and stepmom. They often say that they don't know what to have for dinner, because all they really know that I can have is spaghetti, cheese-less pizza, and boca stuff. (I have stuff other than that all the time, and I can pretty much fend for myself. I always have leftovers and snacks around). Although I'd be fine with cooking up something quick just for myself, I don't want them to think I'm being antisocial or something or that I can't find anything we can all eat.

My dad requested that I make vegan meatloaf and chili before, and they both turned out good. I just don't love mock meats that much, and I want to show them that I can eat meals that don't include fake meat. When I lived in an apartment alone, I would just cook up a vegetable and eat it with rice or quinoa or something, and I'd be fine with it. I don't think they'd consider that a "meal" though, since they've been so ingrained with the belief that meals=meat, and my food is just "side dishes."

Do you know of any meals I could make that would be a little more elaborate and impressive than just throwing veggies in a pan, but that don't necessarily include mock meat? I don't want them thinking that there's nothing I can eat, because that's so far from the truth!
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#2 Old 12-16-2009, 08:07 AM
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Make this asparagus (it's awesome):

Chili Almond Asparagus from Vegan Yum Yum:


And make these potatoes from The Pioneer Woman:

Roasted New Potatoes and Garlic:


And how about this?

Oyster Mushroom Scampi from Vegan Dad:

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I made lasagna from the Fat Free Kitchen that was pretty good: http://blog.fatfreevegan.com/2006/03...e-lasagna.html

You could make stuffed portabella mushrooms too. I usually stuff mine with fake sausage, bread crumbs, spinach, italian herbs, a little olive oil. I modified one of Emeril's recipes. But if you don't want to use fake meat I'm sure there are plenty of other recipes or you could come up with your own filling. You could do stuffed squash too - use wild rice and veggies maybe.

Maybe a risotto? I like mushroom risottos. I use vegetable broth, thyme, garlic, and I don't know, maybe some nutritional yeast. Throw in some scallions or leeks to your liking.

Scalloped potatoes. I made them probably a year and a half ago and I don't remember what recipe I used. But I think it was basically plain, unsweetened soymilk, margarine, onions and nutritional yeast. Maybe flour and paprika? Probably best to do a search if you're interested in that one.

Something Mexican subbing black beans for the beef. Tacos or a casserole. Although they may think Mexican food = cheese, so that may not be the best idea...
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#4 Old 12-17-2009, 11:46 AM
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I'd try indian food if they like that, because it's so flavourful and natrually lends itself well to vegan meals since they're often vegetarian anyway.

If not, shepards/gardeners pie type meals are a great hit because it's delicious comfort food that everyone loves! I usually make a shepards pie with lentils (and lots of red wine for the sauce!) and then just serve with vegetables.

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