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So this Friday i have a few of my close friends coming round for dinner, i want to cook an all vegan menu but dont know where to start. None of them are vegan and i think most are expecting korean bbq...(what i usually make) so i need some suggestions from appetizers to main to dessert that wont disappoint them....
nothing too complicated since i dont want to make a complete mess of the whole thing.... :)
Any suggestions would be really helpful!!!....struggling.....
Hey J. For me Indian food is always is a big hit. TKD has a simple recipe for Eggplant chana masala. Also The Vegan Table has a awesome and easy Indian dinner menu. And of course everyone loves chili and corn bread. Instead of meat use veggie protien crumbles, no one will notice the difference. Good Luck!
I've made this ginger carrot soup many times and everyone always loves it:
wow..thanks for the suggestions
I absolutley LOVE Indian food but am always worried i'll get the spices all wrong.... is it ok to buy pre-made sauces?
tkd leek/artichoke mushroom crostini is delicious!! also the peanut butter cups. go to little house of veggies blog, everything is good, but esp. the 'chicken' with mushroom sauce over mashed potatoes. alicia's caesar salad is super yummy too! that would be a yummy filling meal, not to complex and you could make the mixtures for the crostinis ahead, and cook them right before guests arrive, salad could be cut up with the dressing and croutons ready, peanut butter cups make ahead, and just have veggies prepped for main course. if that's too much, you could just make the tacos from little house of veggies, have all the yummy toppings ready to go and have the filling going in a crockpot. make some guacamole and have chips, still the peanut butter cups and it's a mexican theme!
if i cant find 'vegan' chocolate...is it ok to use organic chocolate?
Hey J, My first time making indian food I used a premade mix Sukhi's(they sell it at raley's in the ethnic isle). Make your own, it really is easy. For aloo gobi just saute a jalepeno minced and some fresh or ground ginger in oil for a few minutes then add cubed potatoes and cauliflower, cook until a little brown on edges. Add a tablespoon of each; coriander, cumin, tumeric and garam masala, and 2 tsp of brown sugar. Stir well. Add one can of diced tomatoes and 3/4 cup water. cover and cook for 20 min or until softened. Yum! I prefer to make my own rather than going to a resturant because most eateries cook with ghee. Serve with some brown rice and some curried chickpeas. As for store made sauces, I haven't tried any yet.
What about a vegetable pot pie? It's one of my all time favorite meals and such yummy comfort food! Many pie crusts are vegan (look in the frozen section). Add in some fresh veggies, potatoes, and an easy gravy (onions, garlic, earth balance, a little flour, vegetable stock, and some spices), and you're done! My roomies are all omnivores and they always ask to lick the spoon when I'm done making the gravy :)
Add a salad, some fresh bread, and maybe something light for dessert like warm berries with granola and vegan vanilla ice cream. Have fun with your friends!!
I make these mini cheese and chive muffins that people practically inhale at parties, and they don't even know they are vegan! Also, for apps you could simply set out pita and hummus, and veggies and vegan ranch. Always a staple at my parties too. I have made the chocolate peanut butter cups from The Kind Diet and they are so very, very good! As far as the chocolate goes, you can get organic, just check to make sure it doesn't have milk in it, but the book suggests grain sweetened chocolate chips because of the sugar component.
A lot of semi sweet chocolate chips actually are vegan. Trader Joe's brand aren't labeled vegan, but are on their list of vegan items.