Tuesday, August 2, 2011

A Vegan Dinner Party

This past weekend I had our neighbors, who happen also to be friends, for dinner.  Not surprising, I was the only vegan in the crowd.  But, since I was also the only one cooking we were destined to have a vegan meal!

I am often asked if it is hard to entertain omnivores (and in this case a Vegetarian, too) while sticking to vegan food.  My answer is always no! It's easy as long as you prepare good food (OK, that is obvious). Vegan food like any other can be delicious. And, since this is not the first time I have had this family over for dinner I suspect that they are willing to return says that vegan food is palatable for everyone as long as it tastes good!

I wanted to share the menu with you (and links to a  few recipes) as I sometimes receive menu requests from folks that want to feed omnivores. The bottom line is this- make good food and no one will even notice it is vegan!  I hope you enjoy- I know we all did!

Starters:  I tend to try and keep it simple a you don't want people to be stuffed before dinner is served.  We started with some cucumbers, peppers, carrots, olives, nuts and strawberries.

Mmmmmm......snacks!
















Dinner: This was a Sunday night dinner so I wanted to stick with a home cooked sort of comfort food theme.  What could be more comforting than macaroni and cheese with all the fixin's? I am talking about a salad made from tomatoes picked straight from the garden, country herb biscuits,  and Brussels sprouts steamed in  white wine with a drizzle of olive oil, salt and pepper.  Now, who would not enjoy a meal like that?

Garden fresh tomato, basil and onion with olive oil and red wine vinegar.








Brussels sprouts ready to be steamed in white wine.
Country herb biscuits.
Mac and "cheese" right out of the oven.
Dessert: Deep fried Oreo cookies! Yes, I will admit this is ridiculously decadent. But, we I had four kids in the house to wow and after this dessert I believe I am now these kids hero (well maybe not but they loved this dessert almost as much as the adults)!

Deep fried Oreos - It just doesn't get any better than this!
So there you have it. My Sunday night vegan dinner with friends.  I thoroughly enjoyed their company and the meal. I can't wait until my next vegan dinner party!  What will you serve at yours?

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