Monday, May 6, 2013

Omnivore Menu that also Accommodates a Vegan

Perhaps your family is mostly Omnivore, but you have ONE Vegan family member. You want to be able to cook for everyone, but not have a lot of extra work to feed that one Vegan. It's not an unusual situation - especially when a teenager decides to go Vegan.

 If in your family, meat is in the middle of the plate, here is an idea for a Week's menu that can make everyone happy!

There are two mindsets about what makes a "complete" Vegan menu. One is the Vegan Four Food Groups: Fruits, Vegetables, Grains and Legumes. The other is the McDougall method - a Starchy Main Course with Nonstarchy Vegetables and some Fruit (See The Starch Solution for more information). It is my view that either method is fine, and I follow them interchangably, depending on my mood. If you're worried about "getting enough protein" check out this post."

Sunday Dinner after Church is our big meal for the week, so that is the pattern I'll follow here.
In our house, it is a given that dessert is fresh fruit - unless otherwise specified.

Rosemary Potatoes
Appetizer: Hummus with Raw Veggie Dippers and Chips.
Roast Beef, Rosemary Potatoes, Green Beans Vinaigrette, Salad, Homemade Bread, Fruit, Homemade Vegan Cookies.
(I have two slow cookers, and make the Beef in one and the Potatoes in the other, but of course you can also use an oven or a roaster for your Beef)
Hummus Appetizer
Homemade Vegan Cookie Variety

Grilled Chicken, Orzo Pilaf, Peas, Salad

Orzo Pilaf with Peas & Salad

Grilled Pork chops, Dijon Potatoes, Edamame, Sauerkraut, Slaw, Pickled Beets.

Dijon Potatoes


Pad Thai with optional Shrimp

Pad Thai

Fill Your Own Tortillas with Sauteed Strips of Beef or Chicken & Shredded Cheddar for Omnivores.

Fill Your Own Tortilla

Tandoori Chicken with Indian Lemon Rice with Peas and Salad.

Lemon Rice and Peas

Kabobs or Souvlaki & Mushroom Kabobs on the Grill, Greek Inspired Baked Fries, Salad, Pita Bread, Hummus.

Greek Inspired Baked Fries


  1. Excellent - as always! I've learned a lot from Dr. McDougall! I would love to hear/see him speak LIVE one day! His wife seems nice, too!

    Everything looks awesome! LOVE the color!

    1. Thanks so much, Jennifer, for your sweet comments - your encouragement is much appreciated! : )

  2. This is so helpful! I always struggle to do this...this definitely gives me more ideas on how to meet everyone's food preferences! Thank you for sharing :)

    1. Thank you so much for your kind comments - delighted to be of help : )


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