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My husband and I are having a casual party on Saturday night. There is no seated dinner, but guests will be arriving at dinnertime so I am doing a hearty hors d'ouevres/buffet kind of thing. The menu is omni, because unfortunately my husband and most of the guests are omni. BUT, we are trying to make it mostly veg. The two big dishes I already decided on are 3-Bean Chili and Bowtie Pasta Salad. (My husband is contributing something omni -- possibly buffalo wings. ick) I wanted to come up with one more hearty veg dish (lacto-ovo is fine) to serve that would compliment these.<br><br><br><br>
Any ideas? I will also be serving the typical light starters like veggies & dip, hummus & pita toasts, etc.<br><br><br><br>
The omni guests are pretty open-minded, but I'm guessing anything beyond a few soy crumbles might freak them out. I'm thinking that something that is already familiar to them would be the best bet.<br><br><br><br>
Alright, thanks in advance for the help!!!!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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when friends come around i generally make a mexican bean dip. served with chips and salsa, but you are already having a 3 bean chili. what exactly is the 3 bean chili and pasta salad dish.<br><br><br><br>
i do not have a recipe for spring rolls, but most people like them. how about an awesome dessert? or several?
 

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i looked at the 3 bean chili. i make one very similiar, so i would go with chips and salsa. i top my chili with vegan sour cream and gaucamole and eat it with chips. when i make my chili i use one more type of bean and i add no extra liquid. just the liquid in the cans of beans and tomatoes. this makes it a very thick hearty chili. i also add macaroni noodles as well as a can of white corn sometimes. plus i add boca crumbles or other [email protected] type ground soy.
 

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veggie taco dip<br><br>
ingredients:<br><br>
16 oz. Sour cream<br><br>
8 oz. Whipped Cream- cheese<br><br>
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese<br><br>
½ packet of taco- seasoning<br><br>
desired amount of veggies: tomatoes black olives green peppers green onions pepper rings<br><br>
1 bag of Tortilla Chips\t<br><br>
Directions: Combine sour cream and cream cheese in large bowl. Mix in taco seasoning. Finely chop all veggies; add to bowl; stir. Add about a cup of shredded cheese. Stir together. Spread mixture in casserole dish. Top with remaining shredded cheese. Serve with tortilla chips.<br><br><br><br>
But the mexican sushi (because it *looks* similar to sushi when ready to serve) is the one people beg me to make for parties...<br><br><br><br>
Mexican Sushi<br><br>
ingredients: 8 oz. Sour Cream<br><br>
16 oz. Whipped Cream Cheese<br><br>
8 large Flour Tortillas<br><br>
1½ cups Shredded Cheese<br><br>
Desired amount of: Jalapenos Black Olives Green Onions<br><br>
1 jar of Salsa<br><br><br><br>
Directions: Combine sour cream and cream cheese in large bowl.<br><br>
Finely chop jalapenos, olives, and onions. Add to bowl; stir. Mix<br><br>
in shredded cheese. Mixture should be somewhat firm, not runny.<br><br>
Spread mixture in a thin layer over entire tortilla. Roll up the tortilla tightly. Repeat this with remaining tortillas. Allow rolled tortillas to set in refrigerator for at least an hour. With a sharp knife, gently slice rolled tortillas (about an inch thick). Be careful not to press down too hard (your slices will end up flattened instead of round). Serve with salsa.
 

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Samosas! I brought them to a party once, and they were a hit!<br><br><br><br>
there is a recipe on <a href="http://www.veganmania.com" target="_blank">Kreelis site</a> under vegetables.
 

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<div class="quote-block"><i>Originally posted by Thalia</i><br><br><b>Samosas! I brought them to a party once, and they were a hit!<br><br><br><br>
there is a recipe on <a href="http://www.veganmania.com" target="_blank">Kreelis site</a> under vegetables.</b></div>
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i have heard those are really yummy.
 

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"NEATBALLS" - What's so neat? They're not made with meat! I serve these often to my omni friends. They're very substantial and tasty, and very versatile.<br><br><br><br>
As an appetizer, try them with sweet & sour sauce, or with barbecue sauce. As part of a meal, they're great in marinara sauce over spaghetti, or as Italian "neatball" sandwiches, or even as Swedish "neatballs" over egg noodles. I've even had them with honey mustard sauce and rice.<br><br><br><br>
INGREDIENTS:<br><br><br><br>
4 large eggs, beaten<br><br>
1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese<br><br>
1/2 cup low-fat cottage cheese<br><br>
1/2 cup finely diced onion<br><br>
1 cup pecans<br><br>
1/4 cup salted sunflower seeds<br><br>
2 cups bread crumbs<br><br>
1 teaspoon dried basil<br><br>
1/4 teaspoon sage (or slightly more, depending on how "sausagey" you'd like them to taste)<br><br>
1/2 tablespoon salt, optional<br><br><br><br>
DIRECTIONS:<br><br><br><br>
1. Preheat oven to 350F. In food processor or blender, pulse pecans and sunflower seeds to a medium-fine texture.<br><br><br><br>
2. In a large bowl, combine all ingredients and mix well. Allow mixture to sit for a moment while you spray a 9" x 13" pan with non-stick coating.<br><br><br><br>
3. Form mixture into 1" to 2" balls--remember, unlike real meatballs, there will be no shrinkage. Place in prepared pan.<br><br><br><br>
4: OPTION A: If you want to serve these all at the same time, put them into the pan in a single layer, cover them with sauce, stick toothpicks in them, and bake 35 to 40 minutes. You're done! OPTION B: If you want to keep them hot all evening for a buffet or snack bar: bake in a single layer for 15 minutes (for 1" balls) or 20 minutes (2" balls). While they're baking, turn the crockpot setting to "low" and allow it to warm up. Transfer balls into crockpot and cover with sauce. Enjoy!
 

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something that goes overwell at my house is thai wraps cut in to small servings<br><br>
-mash sweet potato<br><br>
-brown rice<br><br>
-steamed kale<br><br>
-and spciy peanut sauce<br><br>
(I make it a spinach wrap)<br><br>
and then cut it up.<br><br><br><br>
It went over really well at my last shindig<br><br><br><br>
I like kebabs as well!
 
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