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May 24, 2011 04:40 PM

How to feed 5 carnivores and 1 vegan

We go to a family's house once/week for a philosophy discussion. The father is paralyzed and must be fed by his wife. The son is a vegan. They have a woman come in and cook (I think she makes stuff for them to eat all week), but there are occasions she can't make it. I'm thinking Memorial Day might be one of those times. I told the mother of the family that I'd like to bring something some time since they're always feeding us. I mentioned pizza one time and she said they LOVE pizza--but of course the son can't have cheese.

I'm not married to the pizza idea but if I did go for it, how do I get take-out pizza for everyone and make a vegan happy? (There's a Whole Foods not far away--wondered if they'd be able to make a vegan one.)

If I didn't do pizza, any other ideas? Like if we made hotdogs or hamburgers, what could I do for the son? But I have to keep in mind that a hamburger might be hard to feed a paralyzed man. Also, I don't think they have a grill (we do) and we live about 20-30 minutes away.

I do have a coleslaw and a cake that are vegan. I just need some kind of main dish. I should tell you the son usually just eats a big plate of vegetables and then has several large plastic cups of something we never see--I imagine it's various vegetable juices. So I don't think he's really concerned about a "tastes-like-meat" anything.

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  1. You could order "take out" for the majority and prepare this:
    for the vegan.

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    1. re: todao

      Well that would sure be an act of love for me to make it since I have an intolerance of bell peppers and can't even stand the smell of them. Think it would work if I got as far as baking the crust the first 20 min., adding the sauce and tempeh and then driving over to their house to cook it in their oven the rest of the time? Or would it get too soggy in 30 min?

    2. Yah know, if you are willing to bring your grill...

      Pizza would work! You can do grilled pizza..make the vegan one first, no meat even on grill, of roasted veggies and some Vegan cheese (or not, roasted veggies are nice alone) then do grilled pizzas for you all as you like.

      Here is ONE idea from a Google search of grilled pizza, that uses start from scratch dough, but maybe store or Pizza shop place bought would also work.

      Have fun! From a fellow Philosophy my name suggests.

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      1. re: Quine

        Sorry, should have mentioned that it's a gas grill. Not portable. I could find out if these folks have one. It would make things easier, that's for sure.

        1. re: Birmingham

          And it is a fun idea. Making meals together is a great community experience. I am totally carnivore but as you may have guessed, attended a many Potluck dinners that included Vegans. Once we were assigned by color and menu item....Great:; I got Purple and MAIN!
          Really a purple MAIN dish?

          I am also of Polish and Czech decent. I made. Stuffed Red cabbage, stuffed with a rice, dried fruit and minced nut filling It came out purple and got rave reviews.

          1. re: Quine

            Wow, that idea of assigning a color and menu item could get really interesting. I like it!!!! Sometimes I really love cooking with restrictions, because it makes me get more creative, and makes cooking more interesting.

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          1. I just had the same issue this weekend. For the vegan, we made coleslaw and baked beans (the Mango BBQ Beans from Appetite for Reduction are marvelous, reheat well and actually taste better the next day). The rest had sausages with the coleslaw/beans as garnish. ;)

            Any side salad with a grain/bean would be fine for a vegan. Or consider making portobello steaks/burgers.
            Here's a good recipe- sub out the sour cream out though:

            Hummus and other bean dips are easily vegan, and can be dipped with veggies.

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            1. re: blinknoodle

              Oh wow, thanks a lot! What do you suggest for substitution on the sour cream?

              1. re: Birmingham

                You can sub vegan sour cream if you don't mind spending a few bucks on a tub of it from Whole Foods.

                Otherwise you can sub vegan yogurt (maybe mixed with some lemon juice) or another topping altogether. Lots of vegan spreads are subbed with mashed white beans mixed with herbs and spices. Like for a vegan pizza, you can sub out the cheese altogether and instead make a white bean spread (either hand-mashed or pureed) with some garlic, basil, oregano, etc., maybe with some nutritional yeast (used a lot as a vegan cheese sub). You get the creaminess from the beans without the dairy.