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Old 08-28-2009, 03:37 PM   #1
John Barry
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What to serve a vegan?

I am having a bbq tomorrow and my buddy's new girl is a vegan.

What the hell do I serve her?
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Old 08-28-2009, 03:44 PM   #2
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Re: What to serve a vegan?

What's on the menu for everyone else? Maybe you could make a side dish or two that is vegan friendly that she could eat? Like a pasta salad?

If you're serving burgers what about just picking up a couple of garden burgers?
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Old 08-28-2009, 03:48 PM   #3
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Re: What to serve a vegan?

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I am having a bbq tomorrow and my buddy's new girl is a vegan.

What the hell do I serve her?
Veggie kebabs. Chop onions, bell peppers, and maybe zucchini into chunks. Skewer the chunks along with cherry tomatoes and maybe mushrooms. Brush with olive oil. Grill until lightly charred. Yummy with tzatziki (yogurt, garlic, cucumber, olive oil) if she eats it, or just olive oil if she doesn't. Simple, tasty enough for non-vegans, and saves you from having to handle tofu (blech).

(For non-vegans, you can add chunks of marinated pork or chicken to the skewers.)

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Old 08-28-2009, 03:59 PM   #4
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Re: What to serve a vegan?

Ask (through your buddy) if she'd like to bring something. If she's hardcore, she'll have run into this situation before, many times, and you probably won't be able to satisfy her dietary requirements anyway. (Vegans can be COMPLICATED.) If she's not hardcore, she'll say, "Oh, just buy a couple of tofu dogs and I'll be fine."
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Old 08-28-2009, 04:39 PM   #5
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Re: What to serve a vegan?

+1 for veggie kebabs. If she's super hardcore, she'll know enough to bring her own food - I mean, this IS advertised as a barbecue, right? And if she's relaxed, the kebabs will be perfect.
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Old 08-28-2009, 05:05 PM   #6
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Re: What to serve a vegan?

Careful with the veggie kebabs. If you plop those things on the grill that has the animal fat on it, no go.

Also be careful with the veggie burgers, most of them are not vegan.

Ingredients to watch out for, if she's hardcore: non-organic sugar, whey, casein, things like that.

For beers, stick with Sam Adams to be on the safe side. Their non-honey containing beers are veg.

Your burger buns will likely have whey or milk in them, so that's out.

I suggest: fruit salad, don't put honey on it obviously. Sliced veggies and hummus. If you wanna be slick, I'll share an easy recipe for BBQ tempeh that anybody would love.
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Old 08-28-2009, 05:10 PM   #7
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Re: What to serve a vegan?

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Ask (through your buddy) if she'd like to bring something. If she's hardcore, she'll have run into this situation before, many times, and you probably won't be able to satisfy her dietary requirements anyway. (Vegans can be COMPLICATED.) If she's not hardcore, she'll say, "Oh, just buy a couple of tofu dogs and I'll be fine."
another vote for her to bring her own food...

Besides, I think if its a new girl it would good to see her reaction to something like this..

She either:
A) gets mad and throws a fit that there is nothing vegan for her to eat
B) understands that she cant expect everyone to cater to her picky eating habits
C) understands and brings her own food.

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Old 08-28-2009, 05:24 PM   #8
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Re: What to serve a vegan?

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Careful with the veggie kebabs. If you plop those things on the grill that has the animal fat on it, no go.

Also be careful with the veggie burgers, most of them are not vegan.

Ingredients to watch out for, if she's hardcore: non-organic sugar, whey, casein, things like that.

For beers, stick with Sam Adams to be on the safe side. Their non-honey containing beers are veg.

Your burger buns will likely have whey or milk in them, so that's out.

I suggest: fruit salad, don't put honey on it obviously. Sliced veggies and hummus. If you wanna be slick, I'll share an easy recipe for BBQ tempeh that anybody would love.
Good points. I'd think there would be vegan veggie patties (right?) but I forgot about the buns having milk. She could be a tough crowd. Sounds like you need reconnaissance on this one, but I like the kebob idea. I used to make veggie kebabs on the george forman grill in college, brushing them with italian dressing instead of olive oil. Delicious.

If she's relatively chill you could put the kebabs on a corner of the grill the didn't recently touch meat.

I'm thinking that if she's super strict you could put the kebabs under a broiler in the oven.
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Old 08-28-2009, 05:46 PM   #9
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Re: What to serve a vegan?

Not sure if it is to late to ask your friend what she eats (or better yet be able to ask her personally) but I would say that is the safe way to go. In my experiences, most will bring their own food.

Simply mention to her that you have no problem with getting certain foods, but if she could let you know what foods to get that would be great.
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Old 08-28-2009, 06:10 PM   #10
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Re: What to serve a vegan?

Tell her she can bring her own food or go hungry. Then ask your buddy why he would bring a vegan to a bbq, or date one in the first place for that matter.


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