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Tonight we had dinner with the bf's parents (at a chinese restaurant that was totally unaccomodating to my msg allergy, but that's neither here nor there) and we were discussing Easter, when we will be driving out to my bf's grandparent's house to celebrate Easter + Grandpa's 80th bday. I've never met these people. There was apparently some brief discussion my bf's mom had with her mom about what was going to be on the menu for Easter (she can be overbearing at tmes, but she wanted to make sure I'd have something to eat. bless her heart, she does always do her best to accomodate my veg*n-ness). It seems Easter dinner will be same as always... A big ol' ham, and a variety of meat and dairy laden sides. My bf's mom was talking about maybe she could have her mom veganize some things for me, but she wasn't feeling too confident in her abilities. I told her not to worry about it and I'll pack some food for myself or bring something along to share... but then I'm thinking... what the heck goes with ham!?! I don't even remember what my mom used to make with ham, other than the pineapple slices my brother and I would fight over. I'd like some sort of a side-dish that I could conceivably make into a meal for myself and that wouldn't weird the grandfolks out too much, so I'm not just the freak with the laptop lunchbox at Easter dinner. I was thinking a sweet potato and apple bake, which is popular but not so much something you could make a meal out of.<br><br><br><br>
I am already planning a basket full of vegan easter treats (cookies, hot crossed buns, maybe some coconut nests with dark chocolate), but even I can't eat just sugar all day.<br><br><br><br>
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Easter dinner: fresh pea soup, mashed potatoes with fresh chives(or if it's warm where you are, a potato salad), roasted asparagus, baby spinach salad with walnuts and strawberries and a basil vinegrette, french rolls, and apple crisp!<br><br><br><br>
who needs ham?
 

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Vegetarian baked beans, potato salad, green beans, sweet potatos, homemade bread, fruit salad and some sort of green veggie dish (like kale, spinach or collard greens) are all veggie foods that go well with ham. And don't forget the vegan cupcakes!!!!
 

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Green Eggs?<br><br><br><br>
(sorry).<br><br><br><br>
I was going to vote for scalloped potatoes as well. My mom often made this with bits of ham *in* the potatoes, so you could chuck in some tofu maybe for protein. Bean salad is good too.
 

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I used to bring a prepared plate that looked like what everbody else was eating but vegan. On the plate I would put slices of fake ham, green beans with fake bacon bits and toasted almond slivers, sweet potato mash with margarine and pineapple chunks. I'd carefully cover this with clingfilm and then bring to the family gathering and heat it up just before dinner was served.
 

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Scallopped potatoes definitely. Asparagus is a nice spring vegetabale you could do something with, too - either in a pasta salad or by itself.
 

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I don't like potatoes (or asparagus... and I hate bringing salads to things where people have no idea what vegetarians eat... not that I really like salads either)<br><br><br><br>
Should I have added in the complicating factor that we have to drive 1 1/2 hrs with whatever I'm bringing, preprepared. It can be reheated but I won't be able to cook once I get there.<br><br><br><br>
Starting to see my challenge?
 

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Hm. What about a casserole? I posted one awhile ago that's pretty omni-friendly:<br><br><a href="http://www.veggieboards.com/boards/showthread.php?t=59879" target="_blank">http://www.veggieboards.com/boards/s...ad.php?t=59879</a><br><br><br><br>
As suggested, green bean casserole would go over well too, I'm sure, although it's not very "main dish" I suppose.<br><br><br><br>
Or maybe a rice dish with some almonds and chickpeas or lentils?
 

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I'm beginning to lean towards a rice pilaf type dish. I also realized that I have to cook it the night before because we're leaving early in the morning. lol. This just keeps getting more complicated.
 

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Hm. Rice pilaf isn't so bad (complicated). Plus, hopefully everyone will try some because there won't be anything too "weird" in it like tofu. (heaven forbid!)
 

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Hm. Rice pilaf isn't so bad (complicated). Plus, hopefully everyone will try some because there won't be anything too "weird" in it like tofu. (heaven forbid!)</div>
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Betcha I could sneak some tofu in there <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D"><br><br><br><br>
I was thinking I could make it like I make vegetable risotto... only without actually making risotto. Perhaps a brown rice (cooked in vegetable or unchicken stock) and tri-colored orzo with garlic, zucchini, carrots, red peppers, green peas, and mushrooms with fresh basil and some slivered almonds (to be stirred in once I get there and it's reheated). Maybe add in some italian seasoned baked tofu and dice it really fine and just keep my mouth shut about it.<br><br><br><br>
Any other veggies that could be fine diced that I'm missing there? (Can't do onions)
 

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Maybe eggplant? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/lick.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":lick:">
 

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Maybe eggplant? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/lick.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":lick:"></div>
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That's aubergine to you, Missy. ha ha
 

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My Italian friends do risotto with marinara sauce (it looks like what my mom called "spanish rice" when we were growing up). That reheats well and travels well and is generally liked even by skeptics. (Basically, cook your rice in the marinara and veggies instead of in a broth and veggies.)<br><br><br><br>
A "white" risotto might go better with ham, though. Marilu Henner's cookbook "Healthy Life Kitchen" has a good vegan (!) spinach risotto recipe in it that would taste really good. Onions, spinach, vegan parmesan, vegan margarine, and vegetable broth. Let me know if you'd like me to look up the recipe.
 

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My Italian friends do risotto with marinara sauce (it looks like what my mom called "spanish rice" when we were growing up). That reheats well and travels well and is generally liked even by skeptics. (Basically, cook your rice in the marinara and veggies instead of in a broth and veggies.)<br><br><br><br>
A "white" risotto might go better with ham, though. Marilu Henner's cookbook "Healthy Life Kitchen" has a good vegan (!) spinach risotto recipe in it that would taste really good. Onions, spinach, vegan parmesan, vegan margarine, and vegetable broth. Let me know if you'd like me to look up the recipe.</div>
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I actually make vegetable risotto all the time, I've just found it's best when it's fresh made, and this meal will need to be made about 24 hrs in advance. I think pilaf will work though.
 

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Scalloped potatoes and green bean casserole were my first thoughts as well. I think those are the obvious choices and will probably already be there.<br><br><br><br>
I wouldn't worry about it too much. Chances are if it's referred to as "vegan" you'll be the only one eating it anyway. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/rolleyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":rolleyes:">
 
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