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thesammichfox
08:56 pm - I'm stumped for ideas
 At the end of march I will be throwing my daughter a birthday party, now normally I wouldn't have an issue with things like this I have plenty of vegetarian recipes my family loves. But it has been discovered that my daughter has a milk allergy which we have gone from vegetarian to vegan as a house hold because of it. So now I need to plan a vegan birthday party for her and I am really drawing a blank mostly because I need stuff that is going to be friendly to non vegetarians.(aka no meat substitutes) And the only reason I am not bending on the meat and dairy this is I have jerk relatives that don't listen and will feed your kid when you are not looking with stuff they feel everyone should eat.

So far I have a pasta dish planned, the desserts, a veggie platter, a salad and a fruit platter. I need two or three more main dishes so there is plenty to eat and nothing for anyone to complain about. Well I am sure they are going to complain about something but hopefully not the food. Thanks in advance for any and all ideas you have.

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From:lunamorgan
Date:February 18th, 2011 03:08 am (UTC)
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What about a casserole of some kind? Some kind of vegan "loaded" baked potato dish, using smashed potatoes, vegan sour cream, chives, green onions, etc. and baked?

Or a Mexican inspired casserole with refried beans, tomatoes, onions, peppers, and avocado layered together with salsa and lettuce on top, kind of like seven layer dip?

There's always lasagna with a tofu "ricotta" and regular veggie throughout.

A corn pudding style casserole would also be tasty. Just mix corn (regular or creamed corn style, which I don't think actually has any dairy in it, weirdly enough) with an veggie friendly cornbread recipe, add some green chilies to the mix, and vegan soy or cashew cheese if you want to.

You could do a veggie stir fry with mixed vegetables and a hoisin soy glaze.

How about a curry? Maybe your relatives aren't adventurous enough, but if your family is, you could go for it. Something milder, like a yellow or mussaman curry without the fish sauce would be vegetarian and vegan, since you generally use coconut milk for curry sauces.

On that note, Indian could also work. Make a Korma style sauce with mixed veggies like mushrooms, cauliflower, and carrots, and just replace the cream with soy or almond milk (actually cashew milk would work really well if you can find it, since cashew nuts are used so heavily in Indian cuisine).

You could make stuffed portabello mushroom caps, using sauteed onions, garlic, veggie broth, stale bread, and whatever herbs you like, then just broil them in the oven for a few minutes.

You could also make a soup entree, like a hearty vegetarian chili (black beans, kidney beans, corn, tomatoes, onions, spices), or a potato leek soup. Something substantial enough to be a main dish.

There's always stuffed bell peppers. You can fill them with seasoned rice or lentils with chopped veggies like carrots, onions, celery, tomatoes, or anything you want. Top them with a spicy tomato sauce and bake.

Hope these ideas help!
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From:thesammichfox
Date:February 18th, 2011 03:24 am (UTC)
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I was actually thinking about a chilli or a curry, which I will probably end up making a chilli seeing that it is less adventurous and more likely to be eaten. My relatives are weird sometimes with what they will and won't try. The potatoes sound like a really good side dish and I could easily make those with soy milk and a vegan sour cream and cheese with no one being the wiser. And the mexican seven layer dip would be a really awesome idea, I am going to make one of those for sure.

Thank you for the really awesome ideas!
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From:lunamorgan
Date:February 18th, 2011 03:53 am (UTC)
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No problem, good luck! I know how crazy relatives can be. I love mine, but my uncles are baffled by soy protein (I make chili, though, and just don't remind them that anything I make is going to be veggie. They don't even notice the difference).
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From:thesammichfox
Date:February 18th, 2011 03:58 am (UTC)
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Yeah I'm not going to bother pointing it out, people are never the wiser anyways. I make cookies and cup cakes all the time that get gobbled up with no one the wiser. And it's also easier just to make something everyone can enjoy and Great Aunt whomever isn't going to make a big stink about not being invited because she had to give my kid a taste of something not safe for her.
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From:sydelbow
Date:February 18th, 2011 03:33 pm (UTC)
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Ooo talk to me about lasagna with tofu ricotta lol!
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From:lunamorgan
Date:February 18th, 2011 07:32 pm (UTC)
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Basically, if you use soft or silken tofu mixed with some garlic, basil, and nutritional yeast, it has a very smooth, ricotta like texture and the spices remind you of cheesy, Italian things even though it's just tofu.

Sometimes I'll add a tiny bit of flour (I'm taking teaspoons at a time, just until it firms up) to help it set as it cooks.

You can really do it however you want. Whatever spices you'd ordinarily use, like oregano, onion powder, salt, pepper, etc. can be used to make it taste the way people expect it to.
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From:magenta513
Date:February 19th, 2011 02:47 am (UTC)
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A friend of mine was hosting a bbq, and wanted to make something special for me. He chose portabello mushroom caps, making a few so that the meat eaters who were interested could have some. They were a hit! He decided to add them to his regular menu. I don't know what his recipe was, but I just wanted to throw in that I have personal experience with mushroom caps being a hit among meat eaters.
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From:ready2please
Date:February 18th, 2011 03:43 am (UTC)
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Some bruschetta a small pieces of toast would make a great appetizer.

Or crusty bread, toasted with olive oil and sliced tomatoes with basil leaves with sea salt and fresh cracked pepper drizzled with more olive oil.

Pita chips with hummus dip and a variety of olives.

Another potato dish that I like is roasted red potatoes served warm tossed with pesto and chopped celery and red onion.

Are you making any green salad? Pick one that has all of the vegies that you like and have the dressings on the side. I also like spinach salad with sliced strawberries and slivered almonds. Or a romaine salad with mandarin oranges, thin sliced red onion, pine nuts and a vinagrette dressing.

I love all of the other ideas that you got from lunamorgan those are some very good ideas.

Good luck.
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From:thesammichfox
Date:February 18th, 2011 03:49 am (UTC)
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I love the ideas she gave too! And ooo I never even thought about doing a "fancier" salad, which would be an awesome idea. Between you and lunamorgan I have a full menu! Now I am feeling a lot better about it seeing that all of these idea's are really friendly those who are not vegan. I personally am so bad at thinking up a full menu and my parents answer to all parties is either pizza or hamburgers and hot dogs.
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From:ready2please
Date:February 18th, 2011 04:22 am (UTC)
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I am really glad that you liked the ideas and feel like you have a set of menu options. When I bring food to work for potlucks, or when I put meals together for people who aren't vegetarian, I get tons of comments about how good and fresh the food tastes. People say things about not even noticing there isn't any meat in there! I love how vegetables and fruits taste and I'll point that out to them and emphasize that without meat they may be tasting the vegetables for the first time.

I never preach but just try to bring new fresh things for people to experience.
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From:thesammichfox
Date:February 18th, 2011 04:28 am (UTC)
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Yeah I never really point out, and usually I am fine with the hamburg and hot dog option and bring something really fresh and good for one of my parents party. It's just what ever well meaning your kid should have meat or cheese relative is not going to be the one up all night with a sick toddler.
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From:withinmywill
Date:February 18th, 2011 04:29 am (UTC)
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http://www.care2.com/greenliving/holiday-party-fare-7-vegan-finger-food-recipes.html

I did some Google-ing and saw a couple of interesting links - this one looks the best.
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From:kamaliitaru
Date:February 18th, 2011 05:01 am (UTC)
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I would do a lentil chilli, as lunamorgan suggested. All those are excellent ideas. The only other things I can think of are some roast vegetable sandwiches? Or, you could do roast veggie wraps, they are fun, colorful, and tasty.

The most popular things I've done for parties have been hummus, cucumber, and black olive wraps (sometimes with other veggies in them, sometimes not), and some bean cakes - think crab cakes, but with beans instead of crab. Falafel is always popular as well.

I did have a question about the milk allergy - is it cows milk only? Because if it is, you could do something with goats cheese, like an onion and goat cheese tart, etc.
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From:thesammichfox
Date:February 18th, 2011 04:54 pm (UTC)
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I am not sure if it's only cows milk, I haven't really let her try goats milk or cheese. More because of the fact that it is expensive and not something I want to drop the cash on for relatives I can barely stand on good days. But you know the whole obligated to get a long with the great aunts and uncles plus the in-laws even if you don't want to. This is also going to be one of the last parties I am inviting this many people too. We've lived out of state since she's been born and my mom is pressuring me to have a big party because we didn't have a proper first birthday for her. After this I will be putting my foot down and doing far smaller parties but right now it's not a hill I want to die on with my mom.
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From:kamaliitaru
Date:February 18th, 2011 08:16 pm (UTC)
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That makes sense! I just wondered, because lack of cheese and/or some sort of milk kind of limits things. At least for me...If I were you, I'd be looking for some great bean and/or lentil recipes, since they are cheap, and can be tasty. Falafels, home made hummus (which is cheap as heck to make), lentil chili, and a white bean soup is what I do.

I don't have a recipe for white bean soup, I just mix some white beans, veggie stock, a few carrots, diced onion sauteed in olive oil, couple cloves garlic, some celery, maybe another veggie or two that I find in the market. Cook until beans are done, then season with salt, pepper, and basil. About 20 min before I'm ready to eat it, I add a ton of Kale, then reseason to taste.

A trick I learned with soups and stews is right before serving, I add up to a tablespoon of vinegar - you never taste the vinegar, but it makes the soup taste much better.
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From:girlfmkitty
Date:February 18th, 2011 04:10 pm (UTC)
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THIS is my go to place for surefire vegan recipes.

Good luck with your party!
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From:thesammichfox
Date:February 18th, 2011 07:41 pm (UTC)
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OMG that blog is amazing, heck I have new ideas for just daily cooking now! Thanks for the link!
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From:girlfmkitty
Date:February 18th, 2011 07:46 pm (UTC)
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Sure thing! She's also on Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/FatFreeVegan
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From:mountland
Date:February 18th, 2011 07:27 pm (UTC)
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I have a friend who is allergic to everything and he has a great recipe for Gluten Free Wheat Free Dairy Free BROWNIES

here is a link to his recipie:

http://jamie.transmen.org.uk/post/3348756454/gluten-free-wheat-free-dairy-free-brownies-lolwut

So it should go down well at a kids party
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From:saikogrrl
Date:February 19th, 2011 10:28 am (UTC)
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I support the chili idea, who doesn't love chili! Plus it can be chucked in a slow cooker and left to cook itself, what could be easier? :D

I made this rad salad for a picnic recently, that people loved: roast potatoes, sundried tomatoes, green olives, chickpeas and some kind of dressing (vinegar/oil etc). yummo!
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From:jademg
Date:February 19th, 2011 03:15 pm (UTC)
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It sounds like you've got plenty of new ideas here, so I just wanted to add that serving all vegan food to party guests can really be a hit! I LOVE throwing parties, and when I became vegan I had to step it up a notch and discover all new party foods to make. The food I make is all "finger foods" and party dips and the like. People were raving about the food and didn't even realise it was all vegan: Brownies, cookies, veggies/hummus, mini pretzel bites, mini spanakopita pies, 'cream cheese' olive spirals....for my next party (which is actually tonight) I experimented and made my own vegan "pizza rolls" - I will have to see what the jury says about them, but my guess is they are gonna be a HIT!
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From:rlane33
Date:February 21st, 2011 04:14 pm (UTC)
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Let them eat cake!

lol - I've been told, but never tried, using a box of the white cake mix with sprinkles with a can of cream soda. mix together and bake at suggested temp.
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From:jademg
Date:February 21st, 2011 11:15 pm (UTC)
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reeeeeeally? I may have to try that. Sounds simple and delicious!

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