The Douma's are a great couple. We try to get together with them at least once a month but that doesn't always happen because.....life get's in the way. They are both dog lovers and dog sit for us when we find ourselves in a bind so I am anxious for them to meet Fiona.
Mark had a health scare last year and has since become a vegan. I am a carnivore with a family of carnivores. Even my Meatless Mondays usually include eggs, cheese, butter or cream. So it was a challenge to find a vegan menu. Vegetarian I have done numerous times and could have thrown that together, no problem. But not being able to use any animal products definitely made me put on my thinking cap. I did come up with a menu but my dessert was supposed to be Blood Orange Cups. Unfortunately, it is still too early for Blood Oranges. Instead, I am making Baked Apples but I can't figure out any way to get past using butter. I hope that it okay, if not then I guess I can just cut him up an apple for dessert. Can any of you think of desserts that don't use any dairy products??
Okay, so I went to the farm today and have come up with my final vegan menu for tonight.
adapted from weight watchers
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 onion, diced
2 Carrots, sliced
1 stalk celery, sliced
8 cups vegetables (mixture) of your choice (broccoli, cabbage, spinach, chard, cauliflower, zucchini, peppers,summer squash, beans, peas, etc.) whatever you happen to have on hand.
1 can diced tomatoes with their juices
6 c. vegetable stock
2 T. fresh seasonings of your choice or 2 t. dried (I like to use Italian seasoning, or thyme and oregano)
Salt and pepper to taste
Place all ingredients into a large soup pot. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 15-20 minutes. Taste, season with more salt and pepper if needed. Print Recipe
- White Bean Salad
- Refrigerator Pickles
- Pickled Beets
- Pepper Salad (adding purple pepper and deleting the cheese)
- Yellow Pear Tomatoes
Apple Crumb Pie (Because I figured if I was going to use butter in the Baked Apples anyway I may as well make Pie for Frank)
I chose these salads because they are so colorful and remind me of Fall.
Dinner was a success and we had nice visit. Hope all of you have a wonderful Friday night.