Vegan Dinner Party Menu
I am going to give you meal ideas to prepare your vegan dinner party menu for family gatherings. It could be friends from work, or relatives coming for holiday or just reunion. Even though your friends are not vegan, they won’t even miss the taste of meat with this table.
I would say we need some sort of soup, salad, some sort of filling meal, that will make up our vegan dinner party menu. Let’s not forget dessert. So, 4 course meal plan. This whole table will take you almost 2 hours to prepare. In my opinion, it is pretty small number. So, here we go.
In the pot, pour water, beans, coconut milk, carrots, onions and garlic. Simmer until tender. Then add seasonings, simmer for another 30 minutes, or until desired consistency. This would take you no more than 1 hour.
For this, we will need:
- 2 cups canned kidney beans
- 6 cups water
- 2 cups coconut milk
- 1 onion, minced and/or 2 scallions, chopped
- 1 carrot, diced
- 1/2 – 2 teaspoon sea salt or to taste
- 1 sprig thyme or 1/2 tsp dried thyme
- 1/4 teaspoon ground all spice optional
- 1 recipe for dumplings (spinners)
You can make gluten-free spinners with:
- 1/2 cup brown rice flour
- 1 tablespoon potato starch
- 1 tablespoon ground flax seeds
- Pinch sea salt
Mix all the ingredients, knead into dough, and cut into pieces to roll into dumplings.
For the salad – Thai Quinoa Salad
- 1 cup quinoa
- 1 red bell pepper, chopped
- 6 green onions, chopped
- 1 carrot, peeled and shredded
- 1 cucumber, chopped
- 3 limes, juiced
- 1 cup frozen edamame, thawed
- 2 cups shredded red cabbage
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger
- 1 teaspoon sesame oil
- pinch of red pepper flakes
- 1 ½ cup chopped peanuts
- ½ cup chopped cilantro
- ¼ cup chopped basil
Cook your quinoa, let it cool. While waiting for it to cook and cool, prepare other vegetables. And, every thing is ready. Basically, you just chop everything and mix together. That easy. 30 minutes, top!
First, put the quinoa on the stove, cook until fluffy, for 15 minutes. While that is cooking, divide Peppers into 2, oil inside, and put them in the oven until tender for 15 minutes. While those two are cooking, which will take 15 minute, we can prep the stuffing. So, on the skillet, pour some oil. Saute the onions, garlic and mushroom. Then, add tomato sauce, vegetable broth and spices, and let it simmer. These three should be done, approximately, in the same amount of time. Then add quinoa, beans, corns, whatever left there. And, take peppers out to cool down. Fill each pepper with the stuffing, and bake for 15-20 minutes more.
- 1 cup dry quinoa,
- 6 medium/large bell peppers, assorted colors
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 medium onion diced
- 8 oz mushrooms, chopped
- 2 cloves garlic , minced
- 1 tablespoon tomato paste
- 2 teaspoons chili powder
- 1/2 teaspoon paprika
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoons cumin
- 1 teaspoon oregano
- 1 teaspoon sea salt, more to taste
- fresh cracked pepper, to taste
- 2 cups vegetable broth, low sodium
- 1 cup corn, fresh or frozen
- 1 15 oz can black beans, rinsed and drained
Another easy recipe. You mix all the ingredients together, put the mixture in the refrigerator for 2-3 hours, or overnight.
- 1 cup dairy free milk of your choice
- 40 grams (¼ cup) chia seeds
- 3 tablespoons cocoa powder
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 tablespoons peanut butter or almond butter
- 1-2 tablespoon sweetener of your choice – maple syrup, agave etc.
I love minimizing the time i spend in the kitchen, like challenging myself. So, I come up with cooking sequence to minimize the time. Let’s see, how long we will be in the kitchen. First, prepare all the ingredients on the counter top, do not mix though. About 20-30 minutes of putting all the ingredients in the sight, it is time to start out vegan dinner party menu preparation.
Start with Pudding, since it’s going to be refrigerated for 2-3 hours. Plus, preparing takes, what? like 10 minutes. After prepping, put it in the refrigerator and let’s prepare appetizer.
Appetizer should take like 1 hour. Well, since the directions are in the Appetizer part, I am not go over those again. However, we see that we simmer appetizer for 30 minutes, right? and our salad should not take that long, either. Why not make them together. As soon as you put the soup to simmer, put you quinoa on the stove. oh, by the way, our main dish also is with quinoa, so you can double quinoa (or increase according to the recipe of other meal) to save time.
Well, while those are on stove, we can prepare our vegetables. Since everything is on the counter top, All we do is chop, now. After 15 minutes, quinoa should be done. Divide quinoa if you cooked the 2 recipe worth of quinoa togther, and let it cool. Finish chopping vegetables and once quinoa is cooled down, mix them together.
So, appetizer and the salad would take 1 hour together. Now it is time to prepare our main course. And the instruction are in the recipe part, which will take you no more than 1 hour.
We Nailed It
So, here we are, in my opinion, in less then 2 lours, the whole vegan dinner party menu is ready. Aren’t we all great at this.
Time to Enjoy
Enjoy your vegan dinner party. Let me know how your experience went.