If you know anyone who is a vegan, preparing food for a person who doesn’t eat meat or dairy can be tricky. This is especially true if you are having a party at your house. Since vegans do not eat normal party foods like buffalo wings, creamy dips and dairy desserts, you may believe that it will be impossible for your vegan guest to eat. However, adding foods to your party that do not have meat and dairy is not has hard as you may think. If your inviting a vegan to your house but don’t know what to cook, here are some options:
Chips with salsa and guacamole Not only is chips with salsa and guacamole vegan friendly, it’s a great party dish. Just make sure you don’t add cheese to the salsa. If you want to add cheese, set aside some salsa for your vegan guest. In addition, make sure the guacamole does not have sour cream in it.
- Salad This is easy and simple to prepare. Also, you can add a bag of precut vegetables to make the salad more like a meal. However, check the label of the salad dressing because there could be cheese as one of the ingredients. Most olive oil and Asian based dressings are usually vegan friendly.
- Rice and beans By adding canned tomatoes to rice and beans, is like making chili without the meat. You can make it spicy or mild depending on your guest’s taste. You can also add other vegetables like onions and green peppers. Your vegan friend or family member can eat this as their main dish.
- Pasta with marinara sauce Similar to rice and beans, this is also a main dish. You can get creative by adding squash, zucchini, mushrooms, onions, green peppers and canned tomatoes. Just make sure the marinara sauce does not have cheese in it.
- Fruit salad Fruit salad is one of the most simplest vegan friendly dishes you can have at your party. You can buy precut fruits and serve it as a dessert. Also, you can make your own by using cantaloupe, honeydew, watermelon, strawberries, grapes, peaches, etc…the possibilities are endless. This is especially helpful if you have other desserts at your party that are made with eggs or dairy.
Serving food for your vegan friends and family does not have to be difficult. These foods can be enjoyed by everyone. By adding these foods to your list, you can make your vegan guest feel welcome in your home.