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Jul
09

Taco Night (Part III)

This third meal was not the last group meal we had together while the family was in town, but it’s the last meal that I planned so it will be the last installment of my series:

Feeding A Non-Vegan Crowd:  without purchasing/cooking any animal products


Third night of our meals together we had TACO NIGHT.  Who doesn’t love TACO NIGHT????  Taco Buffet is so easy to prepare, easy to please all palates, easy to “veganize”, and pretty inexpensive to boot.  With a little planning and a little help in the kitchen, this meal is super fast and easy.  Here was my plan:

  • Purchase Flour tortillas and taco shells (Costco).  One diner contributed freshly made corn tortillas from a local Mexican grocery (these were the BEST!)
  • Purchase avocados in bulk (another Costco purchase)
  • Ask everyone to bring a taco filling “to share” (I used a sign-up sheet again)
  • Prepare my taco filling contributionsbrown rice, lentils, black beans (together in rice cooker) plus  Vegan No-Queso Nacho Sauce (recipe from The Vegan Table cookbook) and guacamole (my niece actually made this for me)

I think this was the easiest meal of the three nights.

Soft Corn Tortillas, Soft Flour Tortillas, Crunchy Shells all warmed in the oven.

My brown rice, lentil and black bean filling.

Spicy Taco Meat and Sausage (contributed and prepared by a couple of non-vegans)

Vegan No-Queso Nacho Dip/Spread

Toppings Buffet: Cheese, Lettuce, Tomatoes, Jalepenos, Cilantro, Sour Cream, and Guacamole (there was salsa somewhere in the mix too)

My Bro enjoying the rice/lentil/beans (I think he's just pretending to enjoy them)

Me and my trusty kitchen partner. Do we look blurry to you? You may have had too many margaritas (oh, wait, maybe the camera guy had too many.)

This night I actually remembered to photo my plate before consuming it all.  I had:

  • A flour and a corn tortilla on the bottom (yes, both).
  • Rice/lentils/black beans
  • Vegan No-Queso Nacho sauce
  • Shredded lettuce and carrots
  • Tomatoes
  • Cilantro
  • Guacamole
  • Salsa

My plate. Yummm. Wish I had another one of those, right now.

 

Are you drooling right now too?

With some advanced planning, advanced shopping, and some kitchen help, it was really pretty easy to feed this crowd of 14 meat-eaters.  I met my personal goals for this long weekend.  Mission Accomplished.

  1. Feed 14 people, keep them happy and their tummies full (satisfy a variety of likes/dislikes in food.)
  2. Keep myself happy and my own tummy full.
  3. Do not purchase, cook, or eat any animal products.
  4. Don’t become a slave to kitchen prep.
  5. Enjoy time with all my family/guests!

p.s.  The final night that we were all together was 4th of July.  My sister and BIL made a huge buffet breakfast for everyone and that evening we went to a late dinner/fireworks-watching gathering at my parents’ place — I was not in charge of either of these meals.  It was a welcome break for me.


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  1. Andrea says:

    Since you’re interested in nutrition and exercise, I thought you’d be thrilled to see that scientists have found the ‘perfect’ post-workout drink: http://www.utexas.edu/news/2011/06/22/milk_studies/

  2. Andrea says:

    Since you’re interested in nutrition and exercise, I thought you’d be thrilled to see that scientists have found the ‘perfect’ post-workout drink: http://www.utexas.edu/news/2011/06/22/milk_studies/

  3. JL goes Vegan says:

    Oh, how did you do the brown rice-lentils-black beans in the cooker? How much water and for how long? That’s such a great idea!

    1. Elizabeth says:

      I should have been more specific. Sorry about that. I had cooked the black beans, separately, a couple of days before (I always cook up a large bag and portion them into 2-cup freezer bags for storage. I cooked the brown rice and lentils together (easy since they cook the same timing and ratio of water.) When the rice and lentils were done, I stirred in the black beans and let them all heat together.

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