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Need help with menu- Vegan mom, picky dad...

Thanks Jeff- those are some great ideas! I might just try out the cauliflower- I've never been a cauliflower fan myself but perhaps masquerading as mashed potatoes everyone would like them! And you're right, I should see my dad as easy, not picky. Which is true because I know what he likes and doesn't like and if it's buttery/cheesy/meat/potatoes he's good. My mother is the tougher one for me because she used to be easy too- would eat literally anything we made but now has all these restrictions... Not sure what the heck she's cooking at home for just the two of them!

Dec 06, 2011
emskyrooney in Home Cooking

Need help with menu- Vegan mom, picky dad...

More great ideas! I'm going to have to keep a list so that next time they visit I know just what to do! Dad won't eat curry I don't think- although I could maybe convince him to try it (got him eating goat cheese a while ago and now he loves the stuff)... Think he'd go for the wild mushroom pot pies though !

Dec 05, 2011
emskyrooney in Home Cooking

Need help with menu- Vegan mom, picky dad...

Thanks guys! These are great suggestions and I'm definitely booking the butternut squash pasta dish for the future! I'm thinking of doing meatloaf with some sort of vegetarian cassoulet on the side for mom- can always throw a potato in the oven for dad if he won't eat the cassoulet...

Thanks for the help! I used to really enjoy cooking for my family when they come but this new vegan/meat and potato combo just stresses me out!

Dec 05, 2011
emskyrooney in Home Cooking

Need help with menu- Vegan mom, picky dad...

So my folks are visiting this weekend. We'll go out to eat Saturday night but they arrive late Friday afternoon and I'll be cooking dinner for 5 (my folks, my hubby and I, and our 3 year old son). Here's the thing- my hubby and I will eat pretty much anything, and we can always nuke up some nuggets for our son. My father, however, is a fairly picky (unadventurous) eater- a meat and potatoes kind of guy. My mother has recently adopted a pretty vegan diet- occasionally she'll eat seafood or dairy but very rarely.

In the past (prior to this new diet) I've done make your own pizza, or make your own panini, or some sort of pasta dish but have no ideas for this weekend. Was considering pasta of some sort with grilled chicken or something on the side for the non-vegans to add but it just sounds kind of boring. We're celebrating Christmas early so I'd like it to be something more than pizza or sandwiches but at the same time I'm home with a 3 year old and can't spend the day cooking... Was really hoping to throw something in the crock pot but haven't found anything that seems right...

Thoughts and ideas?

Dec 05, 2011
emskyrooney in Home Cooking