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Jessica.veggiegirl
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What do you serve to non-vegan guests?

#1 Postby Jessica.veggiegirl » Sun Jan 27, 2013 11:24 pm

While I really enjoy the food i make and so does my boyfriend and family, I hate cooking for guests because i am always afraid they won't like the food. I want to make a list of 10 things to make for meat eating/non-vegan guests. What are some meals you have served to meat eating friends and they liked?

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Re: What do you serve to non-vegan guests?

#2 Postby stcalico » Mon Jan 28, 2013 1:36 am

Salads, burgers, pastas, soups, tacos, chili and stir fries are all probably safe bets .. ie. nothing too far out of most people's comfort zone. Myself - I probably would never try 'selling' the fake meats, tofu or seitan to someone who has not tried and liked it already.

Outside of that list, a few recipes that I tried and would feel comfortable serving non-vegan friends include:
Quinoa and Black Beans
Tomato Butternut Squash Soup
Butternut Squash and Pear Soup
Quinoa and Herb Stuffed Acorn Squash
Butternut Squash and Black Bean Enchiladas
Broccoli Risotto
Quinoa Salad with Pears, Baby Spinach and Chickpeas

I served a few of these to my parents (non-vegans) and they seemed to like them.

Yes, I really like squash! It is actually new to me since becoming vegan and I can't seem to get enough of it. lol.

Today I was at a birthday party and they had veggie samosas (for me!) ... if I knew how to make those I'd totally be okay serving them. Yum.

Mostly I recommend that anything you are going to serve to guests you've tried at least once yourself.

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Re: What do you serve to non-vegan guests?

#3 Postby Jessica.veggiegirl » Mon Jan 28, 2013 11:24 pm

Thank you! ya i'm careful about tofu and being in china i can't get fake meats or cheeses anyways. i often try to go for ethnic style foods that they may have not tried before so then they won't feel like it is missing meat or cheese or something x)

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Re: What do you serve to non-vegan guests?

#4 Postby Broccoli Monster » Fri Feb 08, 2013 2:37 am

When I first went vegan I found a great YouTube cooking channel. This woman cooks Indian food and there are a lot of vegan dishes on here channel, many of them can be made vegan by substituting the dairy out:

http://www.manjulaskitchen.com/category/vegan/

I think the key to not grossing people out is to avoid processed meat substitutes. They just have a "fake" feel about them and many just don't taste good.
"B" is for "Broccoli"...that's good enough for me.

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Re: What do you serve to non-vegan guests?

#5 Postby HattieByers » Thu Sep 26, 2013 6:32 am

The problem is most non-vegans think that we only eat greens and beans. Once you serve something delicious, nutritious and nonvegan-looking, they shut up and have nothing to say. My last treat was vegan donuts
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nbeUJUMxbFs


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