Friday, February 18, 2005

We're entertaining this weekend!

The title says it all and nothing blows a budget like company.

Here's the setup: It's a snow tubing weekend and we're the house closest to the snow tubing. In addition to our usual crowd of 6, they'll be between four and six more people. The challenge: create tasty veggie meals for a sometimes cranky, non veg crowd without getting too cranky myself.

So here's the plan: First of all, I need foods that are not overtly vegan. I'm sticking with familiar foods this weekend.

Friday: I should be off the hook for tonight but just in case anyone has the munchies I'll have homemade bread with hummus.

Saturday: We'll be making several batches of pumpkin muffins today for easy grab and go type breakfasts and snacks tomorrow. Lunch will be peanut butter and jelly because everyone likes that and soup, probably French Onion. Dinner will be chili cooked in the slow cooker along with two kinds of corn bread. Dessert will be popcorn and apple crisp.

Sunday: We'll do a big breakfast, potato scramble (see below), banana pancakes, banana berry smoothie and coffee.

Potato Scramble is a mix of several different recipes. As with most of my favorite recipes, it allows flexibility for taste and availability. Here's the basic recipe:
Potato Scramble
8 large potatoes scrubbed and cubed, I leave the skin on (if you need it to cook quickly, shred them)
2 onions, chopped
any or none of the following: chopped carrot, leftover chick peas, chopped broccoli
1/2 cup tamari
1 Tbs. nutritional yeast
1 Tbs. maple syrup

In a heavy pot, I'm partial to cast iron, brown the onions in a little olive or canola oil. Add the potatoes and stir frequently until they begin to brown. Add in optional items. Whisk together last three ingredients and pour over potato and onion mixture. Add water to just cover potatoes and cook covered until potatoes are tender. To make it thicker simmer with cover off once potatoes are cooked. Serve as is or as a crepe filling.

I haven't forgotten about the gift ideas, I mentioned last time. They'll be up soon.

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