June 16th, 2009

Dinner Date Ideas for an Intro to Veganism

I just started seeing this fella. He's typically a real meat and potato kind of guy, but he wants to try something vegan (wooo!!!). I typically don't actively try to force people to eat vegan, but I get super excited when someone shows interest. Especially when it's a boy I'd like to date! :)

I love to cook, so I offered to make dinner for us. I know we typically eat very different things. To paint the picture: I eat a lot of ethnic food and he mostly sticks to American. I love veggies, he hates veggies and loves gravy. Last night I ate a green smoothie and he ate a cheese steak.

Though he's willing to try new stuff, I don't want to scare him away from it. I know I'm making a vegan cheesecake for dessert (cheesecake is his all time favorite dessert), but I'm a bit lost about the dinner part. The only veggies he likes are green beans...and I'm allergic to them (ack!). I think I could work him up to things like Moroccan couscous and sushi, but for now I think I'd better play it safe.

So my question to you: What are your favorite Americano-style foods that are hearty and new vegan friendly. Maybe vegan shepherd's pie? Twice baked potatoes and grilled bbq tofu (is tofu too scary for new vegans?) Ahhhh! Help!!

Key Lime Deliciousness!

I just wanted to say that I made a wicked-mean key lime pie last night and it was incredible. It takes a while to set, but once it does it is so creamy and limey and delicious! I'm also pregnant and craving face puckering lime flavours!

I got the recipe from Vegan Planet, but I've altered a bit to suit my tastes. I thought I'd post it here in case anyone was interested in a limey-summer dessert. 

Ingredients:
 
2 pre-made graham cracker pie crusts (it's vegan!)
3/4-1 cup sugar
2 12-oz package of extra firm silken tofu, drained
1-1/2 8-oz packages of vegan cream cheese
3/4-1 cup fresh lime juice, (3-4 limes)

1) Preheat oven to 350F. Combine the tofu and cream cheese together in a food processor or blender. Once blended and smooth, add sugar and lime juice and process again until smooth.

2) Pour the prepared mix into pie crusts and bake in oven for 40 minutes. Turn off the oven, but leave pies in for another 30 minutes. 

3) Remove from oven and let cool to room temperature, the refrigerate for a few hours. (I make this just before supper and then cool it in the fridge over night.)

Let me know if you make this and if you like it!


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