Share something vegan with a non-vegan.
I've done this plenty of times (D's never been a vegan, so all the meals I serve to him count as serving a non-vegan), but I wanted to go for a super simple menu this time. Sometimes sharing vegan food with non-vegans can be tough, because they are afraid of the unique ingredients you might use ("there's silken tofu and jackfruit in this - ha! fooled you!"), so I like to offer easy and recognizable dishes to the non-vegan to show them that vegan food can look just like they are used to. I often use this when arguing for gluten-free food as well. People don't really think about the fact that they eat vegan and gluten-free food all the time; fruit and vegetables are naturally both, and many grains are as well; all it takes is adding those together to make a meal, and it magically just became a gluten-free and vegan meal!
Here's my favorite go-to meal for non-vegans: pasta (I use quinoa-corn pasta from Ancient Harvest) with sauce and fresh veggies. If you're willing to take it a step further, and your meal partner is a bit adventurous, I would suggest making spiralized zucchini noodles in place of the grain pasta. It's up to you.
Pasta with Sauce and Fresh Vegetables
Vegan; Gluten- and Soy-Free
1 box gluten-free pasta
1 jar vegan tomato-based pasta sauce
2 c. fresh cherry tomatoes, quartered
1-2 T. olive oil
1 delicata squash, halved and de-seeded, then sliced (I leave the peel on)
salt and pepper to taste
optional: 1 T. each fresh rosemary, sage
- Boil a pot of water. Meanwhile, prepare the squash and cut the tomatoes.
- When the water is boiling, add pasta and reduce heat to low. In a separate pan, heat oil on medium heat, then add squash, sprinkle with salt and pepper, and add fresh rosemary and sage, if using.
- Cook pasta until al dente, and sauté squash until brown on one side. Add about 1/3 c. water to pan and cover and turn down heat to medium-low. Cook until fork can easily go through squash and water has been absorbed by squash. Keep uncovered and on simmer heat until pasta is done.
- Drain pasta, then pour tomato sauce and tomatoes into pot and stir. Serve hot with squash.