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Helloo, I'm having somewhat of a "romantic" dinner this Friday with my SO and I'm veganish (making the transition) and he's not. I was thinking of serving a bulgur risotto with some asparagus and any other vegetables I have on hand, something grilled on the side, a big piece of meat for the carnivore, but I'm stuck on dessert. I want something vegan that would satisfy a meat eater, and something low in gluten because it's just coming out that I may be gluten sensitive- that's not too big of an issue, though. Thank!

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  1. Poached pears? Strawberries dipped in chocolate? Pear and frangipane tart? Seems like fruit based stuff has the best potential to meet the requirements.

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    1. re: Louise

      I know my meat eater loves chocolate. Maybe some large homemade chocolate peanut butter cups using shortening to help melt the chocolate and soy milk to help with the peanut butter filling?

    2. You can roast peaches that are ripe, but not too soft by rubbing the sheet pan first with lots of butter, and then sprinkling the peaches with sugar. Drizzle with amaretto or Vin Santo, and more liquor after they come out of the oven. You can serve them over bruschetta that has been made from thin slices of the best bread you can find, and when it comes out of the oven, a little more butter. These are beautiful with slightly sweetened mascarpone if dairy doesn't get in your way.
      PS, why not make a risotto with risotto? It is so good. And if you want to use bulgur wheat and asparagus, try roasting the asparagus with a little salt and olive oil, if you already have the oven on for your peaches, until just going tender. Saute some shallot and fresh thyme and a whole garlic cloves, and add with the asparagus to the bulgur. Add fresh lemon juice, olive oil, and salt and pepper to taste. You can either remove the garlic all together once it turns golden in the pan, or smash a clove with the flat edge of your knive and mince it to add to the rest. fayefood.com

      1. Thanks for the suggestions! I'm 17 and I'm just learning how to cook, so any advice is really appreciated. Thank you!

        1. If you have a Whole Foods near you, they may have their vegan chocolate mousse. Its a remarkable dessert that is so rich and creamy one would never think it wasn't loaded with cream and butter. Its a favorite around here. With strawberries and other fruits, it'd be a fabulous and romantic finish to a dinner.

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          1. re: ccbweb

            I don't have a WF nearby, though I love them. Chocolate mousse sounds delicious though, and I've heard many say how decadent it is prepared with tofu. Do you know the ingredients in the WF version? I'm looking up recipes online. Thanks!

            1. re: briaberger

              I used to make a vegan chocolate mousse-like cake all the time, based on a recipe from the Millennium cookbook. It's basically 2 packets of firm or extra firm silken tofu, 16 oz dark chocolate (melted = one bag chocolate chips), 1/4-1/3 cups sugar, bit of vanilla, all thrown into a blender or food processor and blended until very smooth. Blend everything but the chocolate first and then drizzle the chocolate in, to prevent it from getting too cold and chunky during mixing. Bake at 325 for 20 minutes or just throw into the fridge for several hours to firm up. I like put the batter into a springform pan with chocolate cookie crust and serve with raspberry sauce. (Raspberries cooked, sweetened to taste and then put through a sieve and then thickened slightly with something like cornstarch. Mix a small amount of cornstarch with a small amount of the sauce to make a paste, and mix in with the sauce. Cook the mixture at a gentle simmer for a little bit until thickened. If you chill the sauce it will thicken even more. Frozen raspberries are good for this.) Individual sized springform pans or cups would be really cute! Even as a current meat and dairy consumer I love this cake--smooth, creamy, chocolatey.

              Note: The tofu used is important! You want the shelf-stable variety like Mori-Nu ( http://www.morinu.com/product/tofu.ht... ) , or else the final product will have a weird, grainy/watery texture.

          2. How about chocolate covered strawberries? Or, grilled fruit, such as pineapple, pears, peaches served with some Tofutti or Soy Joy vanilla ice cream.

            You could also do a vegan fondue and dip fruits or other vegan goodies in it and feed each other ;)

            Cobblers or crumbles (apple, pear, peach, cherry or some combo...) can easily be done vegan if you want a more hearty dessert.

            1. Could I modify that recipe to use cocoa powder and maybe confectioner's sugar?

              1. For future reference, you can make yummy fruit pies that are vegan. Use shortening for the crust. If you don't feel like making your own, Oronoque has yummy frozen pie crusts using shortening, although they do have a touch of honey so they aren't purely vegan. You get two bottom crusts in a pack, but you just take one out of the pan after it has thought a bit and roll it out to use as a top crust. Most of the supermarkets in the east have them. You could also put the vegan chocolate mousse in the shell after you bake it.

                Here's a link to a video of a yummy-looking cake. Looks like you can also make a mousse filling and frost it, too.

                http://www.expertvillage.com/videos/v...

                Good luck, and happy cooking!

                1. Thanks! Sounds delicious... I came across a video of "healthy chocolate mousse" that's nondairy and uses avocados as the thickener... anyone tried this or had any experiences with avocados replacing egg whites/heavy cream?

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                  1. re: briaberger

                    I think the first ruling to cooking is knowing your audience. Me - I would try a avocado mousse, but probably not on a lot of people. My husband is adventuresome, but doesn't tend to like tofu based mousses (although he loves tofu in other settings), so I would lean toward more of the fruit based desserts for him.

                    Anyway, the point is, if you are trying to make it a special evening, and you are new to cooking, use something you are super comfortable making, that you know you and he will both like.

                    I certainly experiment on my friends all the time when I am entertaining, but lets just say it has become much less of a roulette game with experience : ).

                    Adding another idea that is very easy and ALWAYS a crowd pleaser, is grilled pineapple or peaches, topped with coconut sorbet. To prep, brush with oil and brown sugar (optional), put on a grill until they start to get little grill marks and soften up. (you can also just roast them). Top just before serving with coconut sorbet (readily available).

                  2. there's a really easy way to make chocolate mousse that requires no cooking time or lots of ingredients. i think alton brown calls it moo-less chocolate pie on the food network site, but you basically just puree 1 box of firm silken tofu with a teaspoon of vanilla and a tablespoon of sugar or agave nectar (honey if you're not against eating it). drizzle in 1 1/2 cups melted chocolate chips (trader joe's has vegan chocolate chips). pour into a pie crust to make a pie, or you can just put it into serving dishes and garnish it with berries. it's very rich tasting and super easy to make (my husband made it the first time he cooked me dinner while we were dating!)

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                    1. re: marina13

                      Woah, thanks for the recipes. You can even make pie crust with oil & avoid shortening. I have to watch cholesterol. It's a classic 7th Day Adventist stir-n-roll pie crust.
                      http://www.adventistbookcenter.com/ Here's the link click on cookbooks;-) They do amazing Lemon pie, & fruit pies. I wow people with them.