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#1 Old 06-13-2015, 08:59 AM
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My husband's dad and step-mom are coming over for dinner tonight. We are having taco salad. They know I am vegan and they didn't request any meat so I assume they know the meal will be vegetarian (cheese on the side because my husband is not quite vegan yet). I hope they like the food and that we can get through the meal without them questioning how I get protein or commenting on how much better the taco salad would be with ground beef. Wish us luck!
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#2 Old 06-13-2015, 09:08 AM
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You know your parents-in-law better than me, but I think there's a bigger chance of them assuming you'd provide meat for them than of them assuming the meal is vegetarian. But maybe they're cool people.
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If they ask about protein, just tell them that it's not a problem. Beans are high in protein, there are vegetarian bodybuilders, etc. If they persist with the "protein doubt", just pretend to be surprised at their question, and tell them that it's not an issue at all. Be casual and relaxed. You could have some vegan "beef" crumbles on hand, just in case. Be sure to have plenty of salsa and hot sauce on hand, so they can't claim that vegan food is bland!
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#4 Old 06-13-2015, 02:12 PM
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I normally say don't use meat subs--but I've since had Beyond meat fiesy beef crumbles in a mexican styled pizza and - taco salad. I did miss both those things, didn't find them to be how I liked vegan. Beyond Meat is perfect! It isn't so much like ground beef, but it's got the right texture that other subs lack, and a lot of flavor. Doesn't taste 'fake', or like it's trying too hard.
I've used lentils/walnuts with taco seasoning but that was so --off.

Do you have a Trader Joes? Everyone whos tried their Soy Chorizo loved it. Great for taco's
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I hope your family dinner goes well. I obviously don't know them, but if they know you're vegan then maybe not asking you prepare any meat is an attempt to keep an open mind and be supportive. You never know when people might surprise you that way. Hopefully, they can enjoy a meat-less meal and you can enjoy a relaxed evening together.
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My husband's dad and step-mom are coming over for dinner tonight. We are having taco salad. They know I am vegan and they didn't request any meat so I assume they know the meal will be vegetarian (cheese on the side because my husband is not quite vegan yet). I hope they like the food and that we can get through the meal without them questioning how I get protein or commenting on how much better the taco salad would be with ground beef. Wish us luck!
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It went great! They both wanted seconds and neither of them said anything about meat. They enjoyed the food and we were able to have some nice dinner conversation (not revolving around meat and protein).
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Did you do taco salad? how'd you make it?
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I'm so glad to hear your dinner went well! It sounds like everyone had a nice evening.
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It went great! They both wanted seconds and neither of them said anything about meat. They enjoyed the food and we were able to have some nice dinner conversation (not revolving around meat and protein).
That's very good news.
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It went great! They both wanted seconds and neither of them said anything about meat. They enjoyed the food and we were able to have some nice dinner conversation (not revolving around meat and protein).

Anytime I think I'm perfect, I remember that my cousin lives on an island, and I've never walked over to visit her.
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#12 Old 06-15-2015, 06:41 AM
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Silva, yes I did make taco salad. Bottom layer was crushed tortilla chips, followed by seasoned black beans (chili powder and cumin) with taco sauce on them, then another layer of crushed chips, then lettuce and tomato with Italian dressing. They said it tasted like taco salad
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Sounds great!

Just wanted to add, a great substitution for ground beef in a taco salad is walnuts. If you soak them for about 6 hours, rinse and drain you can then pulse them in the food processor with taco seasoning until a 'meat-like' consistency. It does not need to be cooked. I make this all the time to top my raw 'taco salads' with or for raw tacos (I love mexican food). My omni-husband likes this "taco meat" so much he has me make up big batches for him to add into (cooked) burritos he likes to eat all the time.
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Thanks, Kiwi, I didn't know walnuts would work as a ground beef sub.
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Kiwibird, we're having tacos for dinner tonight and I'm trying out your walnut "meat".
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Kiwibird, we're having tacos for dinner tonight and I'm trying out your walnut "meat".
How'd that go??

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Great, it really has the texture of ground beef and with the seasonings the flavor is amazing!
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Sounds great!

Just wanted to add, a great substitution for ground beef in a taco salad is walnuts. If you soak them for about 6 hours, rinse and drain you can then pulse them in the food processor with taco seasoning until a 'meat-like' consistency. It does not need to be cooked. I make this all the time to top my raw 'taco salads' with or for raw tacos (I love mexican food). My omni-husband likes this "taco meat" so much he has me make up big batches for him to add into (cooked) burritos he likes to eat all the time.
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Thanks, Kiwi, I didn't know walnuts would work as a ground beef sub.
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Kiwibird, we're having tacos for dinner tonight and I'm trying out your walnut "meat".
[quote=shellie;3720553]Great, it really has the texture of ground beef and with the seasonings the flavor is amazing![/quote @Kiwibird08 and @shellie --Thanks for the heads up about walnuts. That sounds good and I see it in my immediate future.

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