Potluck Ideas!

I was inspired by my upcoming potluck event with Tamaya from Spanglish Vegan Kitchen to make a post about potluck goodies!

When you first become vegan, social settings can be one of the most stressful situations while transitioning into veganism. But I'm here to help!

So below are some of my favorite things to bring to a potluck, from the simple to the complicated. 

 

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Fruit Salad

Everyone loves fruits. Well most people love fruit. The people that don't, well they won't appreciate this one but well, you can't please everyone. If you're on a time crunch, this is one of the best things you can make. And you can even make it themed: tropical, Californian (this includes avocado because yes, avocado is a fruit!), traditional etc. You can also spice it up and bring some granola, homemade or store bought, and have people add it as a topping. Or maybe bring some agave or my favorite, TAJIN! Tajin makes everything awesome! Either way, it's a winner.

 

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A Hearty Salad

This is another easy favorite. Though you may have heard me rant about the fact that vegans don't just eat salad, I do love a good, hearty green salad. I thank my best friend for this one. She is a lover of salad, though her salads look like a regular dish on top of salad greens but that is neither here nor there.

For a great salad, I add roasted nuts like almonds or walnuts, veggies, both raw and roasted depending on how much time you got, and a delicious creamy dressing. My favorite is Goddess Dressing. So good! If you're feeling extra fancy, you can add some fancy cheese, like Miyoko's, to make it extra...extra!

 

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Beans, Rice and Platano Frito

Yes, my fellow latinx vegans, beans and rice and plantano frito is delicious and vegan! And I haven't met one person that doesn't love a good platanito frito, not one. And if I ever meet someone, I probably won't trust them, like for reals. Now, there are folks that don't like frijoles, and that's all good because this dish isn't for them. This dish is for the frijole-loving latinx, or non-latinx, in your life. Refried, de la jolla, con cebolla, con chistoma like my mom makes it, beans are delicious and a great dish to share. Just remember to soak your beans before so the whole party doesn't have that toots :)

 

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Empanadas

Yep! Delicious empanadas can be made vegan. I made some for a potluck earlier this season and they were a hit. I will warn you in that they are time intensive but if you have a morning off and want to try them out, I promise that you won't regret it. You can also take a short cut and instead of making your own dough, like I did, you can buy the dough made. It has the same consistency as pizza dough. I've heard that wonton wrappers are also a good substitute.

But whether you make the dough yourself or buy it, what you fill it with will be important. I used what I had on hand: squash, collard greens and of course, beans! But you can fill it with potatoes, lentils, kale, vegan cheese etc. The list goes on and on. You can even recreate the kid-friendly pizza pocket with it! Whatever you choose to fill it with, make sure that you make 2 batches, one to take to the potluck, and the other for you to eat. Chef's treat!

Ivonne Quiroz