Sunday Supper :: A Vegan Menu
Welcome to 2015! After all the incredible, but heavy, meals this holiday I've decided to lighten things up this week and prepare a completely vegan and gluten-free dinner menu. If you're making this for carnivores I wouldn't mention the lack of meat; my hunch is that they will barely even notice it's missing.
We're beginning the meat-free feast with truffled white bean hummus crostini topped with portobello mushrooms and a limoncello gin cocktail garnished with grilled thyme sprigs.
The main course features an Indonesian satay made with meat-like tempeh and served with a sweet and spicy sauce. On the side is a chopped kale salad with in-season oranges and a gorgeous vegetable tian.
The dessert is hiding a secret healthy ingredient. See if your guests can guess what it is.
Portobello Mushroom Bruschetta with Truffled White Bean Hummus :: by Keepin' it Kind :: This simple starter has tons of flavor from the truffle oil. You can serve this either on a regular baguette or on gluten-free bread.
I like the idea of putting the hummus, sautéed mushrooms and crostini on a platter and letting everyone assemble their own.
Limoncello Gin Cocktail with Grilled Thyme :: by Robert Hellen from Fine Cooking, photo by Lisa Romerein :: The grilled thyme adds a smoky, almost woodsy, note to the cocktail. Plus, it makes a kick ass garnish.
Grill the thyme earlier in the day so it's a breeze to whip up a cocktail once your guests arrive.
Satay Tempeh with Spicy Sweet Sauce :: by Cooking Tackle :: Tempeh is a great meat substitute as it has a firm texture and an earthy flavor.
If you have trouble finding kepac manis (sweet soy sauce) you can always add some sugar to regular or gluten-free soy sauce.
Vegetable Tian :: by Delicious Stories :: I think a vegetable tian is one of the prettiest dishes you can set down at the table. This one does call for parmesan cheese so leave that off if you want to keep the dish vegan.
Winter Chopped Kale Salad with Oranges :: by With Food and Love :: This simple chopped salad is a great side for the satay. It's light and fresh and full of healthy, feel-good veggies and sweet oranges.
Black Bean Lava Cakes :: by The Healthy Maven, via Ricki Heller :: Black beans? In a cake! Yep, you read that right. These soft in the center cakes are vegan, gluten-free and pack some protein from the beans. Here's to having your cake and eating it too!
Ps. Whenever I make lava cakes I always cut out parchment circles the size of the bottom of the ramekins I'm using. Put these in first, then butter (or vegan butter) the dishes, then sprinkle them with a little cocoa. It might be a little overkill but I promise they'll never stick this way.
Get your vegan menu done on time:
The timetable is based on your guests arriving at 7 pm and you sitting down to start dinner at 8 pm. If you like to eat earlier or later just adjust the time to fit your schedule.
This vegan and gluten-free dinner menu will take you 3 hours to prepare. Make sure to have all your grocery shopping done in the morning or even the day before. And ensure that you read over each of the recipes before you begin prep.
Click here for a printable version of the timeline.
Wash and dry all the dishes and wipe down your counters after each hourly section in the timeline. This will help keep the mess to a minimum and make your work more efficient.
Early in the day make sure your house is clean and pull out any serving dishes, utensils, napkins and barware that you will need.
- Sprinkle the eggplant (for the tian) with sea salt and let it sit for 30 minutes.
- Slice all the remaining vegetables for the tian and assemble it when the eggplant is ready. Cover it with foil and put it in your fridge.
- Make the truffled white bean hummus and leave it, covered, in your fridge.
- Toast the crostini and set them aside on a serving platter.
- Make the dessert up to the point where you put it in the oven. Cover each ramekin, put them on a baking sheet and put them in the fridge.
- Make the salad dressing.
- Seed the pomegranate.
- Sauté the mushrooms for the starter. When they’re finished remove them from the heat but leave them in the pan.
- Preheat your oven to 320 degrees
- Make the tempeh up to the point where you will grill it. Cover it and put it in your fridge.
- Grill the thyme.
- Juice some limes – about 1 lime for every 3 drinks
- Uncover the tian and put it in your oven.
- Put all the salad ingredients EXCEPT the dressing in a large bowl and set it aside.
- Make some cocktails for your guests.
- Gently warm the mushrooms then put them on a platter with the crostini and hummus and let your guests dig in.
- Heat the grill.
- Check on the tian. If the vegetables are soft remove it from the oven, or leave it in if it needs a few more minutes.
- Toss the salad.
- Grill the tempeh skewers for 2 minutes on each side.
- Serve the tempeh on a platter with the sweet and spicy sauce on the side. Bring the salad and tian to the table.
Preheat the oven 45 minutes before you want to eat dessert. Bake the cake for 25 minutes then let them sit for about 10 minutes before you unmold them. For a more casual party, you could serve the cakes in the ramekins.