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I'm a lear-ned vegan today.<br><br>
The best trick to surviving a summer BBQ/ cookout is to bring a dish to pass! Then you can eat something!<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/wink3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=";)"><br><br><br>
Share your favorite vegan summer cookout recipes here!<br><br><br>
I made shell pasta salad with olive oil and garlic, corn, and basil fresh from the farm market. It got the most compliments and I didn't even have to explain it was vegan!
 

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I'm a lazzeeee vegan, so I usually take Tofurky kielbasa or veggie burgers. But I also like taking "egg" salad. Just smash up some tofu, nooch, paprika, and vegenaise. It's easy and delicious.
 

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Sounds like a great pasta salad. Thats also what I do, I bring vegan food thats not looked at as "oh my g-d it's vegan!!". Fruit salads, extra buns (whole wheat) and I do bring veggie dogs and burgers but those (at least with the majority of people I know) are totally acceptable and no one will say anything.
 

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^^ the thing that is cracking me up as a new vegan is the "eww- that's vegan food" mentality out there. There are too many things to count that wouldn't be recognizable as vegan. Like pasta and sauce, bean burritos, fruit salad, oatmeal.... OMG VEGAN!!!! RUN AWAY!!!!
 

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^^ the thing that is cracking me up as a new vegan is the "eww- that's vegan food" mentality out there. There are too many things to count that wouldn't be recognizable as vegan. Like pasta and sauce, bean burritos, fruit salad, oatmeal.... OMG VEGAN!!!! RUN AWAY!!!!</div>
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That is always amusing. People just don't think about it. They eat vegan food ALL THE TIME, but they just don't call it that.<br><br>
Then there's my father, who won't eat my delicious, award-winning cupcakes because they're vegan. My mom even told him that they're the best cupcakes she's ever had, vegan or not, but he still won't touch them. More for me <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D">
 

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That is always amusing. People just don't think about it. They eat vegan food ALL THE TIME, but they just don't call it that.<br><br>
Then there's my father, who won't eat my delicious, award-winning cupcakes because they're vegan. My mom even told him that they're the best cupcakes she's ever had, vegan or not, but he still won't touch them. More for me <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D"></div>
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Awww that sucks!<br>
I've been experimenting with vegan baking now- I'm a baker at heart and traditionally bring baked goods to everything I'm invited to. So far I've been successful at vegan oatmeal raisin cookies, chocolate cupcakes with vanilla "buttercream" and tonight I made french toast with caramel and peaches. I was super excited to have a caramel come together it was like discovering the moon over here.<br><br>
I would like to stop telling people that things are vegan and see if they notice the difference- especially with the baked goods- because I sure don't taste much of a difference (except when using vinegar instead of an egg substitute).<br><br>
Can you slip your father a vegan "mickey"?
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>mollycakes</strong> <a href="/forum/post/2961054"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
Awww that sucks!<br>
I've been experimenting with vegan baking now- I'm a baker at heart and traditionally bring baked goods to everything I'm invited to. So far I've been successful at vegan oatmeal raisin cookies, chocolate cupcakes with vanilla "buttercream" and tonight I made french toast with caramel and peaches. I was super excited to have a caramel come together it was like discovering the moon over here.<br><br>
I would like to stop telling people that things are vegan and see if they notice the difference- especially with the baked goods- because I sure don't taste much of a difference (except when using vinegar instead of an egg substitute).<br><br>
Can you slip your father a vegan "mickey"?</div>
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I usually don't tell people my stuff is vegan until after they've eaten it. And then they'll say things like, "No way! I didn't know vegan food tasted good!" I made vegan peanut butter cups once, and my sister had some friends over while I was preparing them. They kept coming in to check my progress and couldn't wait to eat them. When they had finished them off I told them they were vegan, and one of them said, "If that's what vegan food tastes like, then I'll be a vegan." <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/tongue3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":p"><br><br>
For your baking pursuits, I recommend "Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World" and "The Joys of Vegan Baking". My cupcake recipe is adapted from one in VCTOTW, and my sister's favorite chocolate chip cookies are the ones from TJOVB.<br><br>
I should slip him a vegan mickey...then he won't freak out when I cook tofu.
 

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Chip sandwiches are always a nice backup.<br><br>
E.g.: Hotdog bun, mustard, ketchup, relish, pickles, lettuce, tomatoes, onion, a few chips.<br><br>
If they have vegan baked beans, try using that as your main topping!
 

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This is my favorite potato salad, using Vegenaise instead of mayonnaise. In fact, it's the only one I'll actually eat. I thought I hated potato salad until I had this one.<br><br><a href="http://www.cookingcache.com/veggies/egglesspotatosalad.shtml?rdid=rc1" target="_blank">http://www.cookingcache.com/veggies/...shtml?rdid=rc1</a><br><br>
Here's my favorite baked beans.<br><a href="http://vegweb.com/index.php?topic=4780.0" target="_blank">http://vegweb.com/index.php?topic=4780.0</a><br><br>
For cole slaw, I don't really use a recipe. I just shred some cabbage, add enough shredded carrots to make it pretty, mix in enough Vegenaise to make it creamy, add enough sugar to make it a little sweet, and enough soy milk to thin it out to the consistency I want.<br><br>
All perfect BBQ foods and no one will run and scream in horror in fear of vegan food.
 

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I just bring things like cupcakes or brownies or cookies, and make them vegan ([email protected] allergies anyways). No one's said anything until afterwards, when I tell them they're vegan. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sneaky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":shifty:"> However, I've been shifting towards gluten free baking due to someone else's allergies...so far, no one's said anything except, "YUM!" or "Delicious cupcakes."<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/evil.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":evil:"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/devil.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":devil:">
 
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