Cooking for friends with dietary restrictions is a fun way to expand one's culinary repertoire. As my friend group has often included more than one vegan, I thought it was time to publish a guide to a five-course vegan dinner. Here are five stand-out, plant-based recipes that will delight even the most devoted carnivores.
Hors d'Œuvres: Avocado Bruschetta
Soup: Cuban White Bean Soup
A variant of this standard vegan lasagna recipe, this is a seasonal, plant-based twist on a comforting classic. Layer creamy, puréed butternut squash and silken tofu "cheese" between lasagna noodles, and finish with a zesty marinara.
Salad Course: Israeli Salad
A light and refreshing bowl of veggies to cleanse your palate before dessert.
Dessert: Fruit Tart
Dinner parties are a great way to bond with friends, extend your social network, and sharpen your culinary and hospitality skills. Ensuring that all guests can enjoy your home-cooked fare eliminates any potential awkwardness, and allows everyone to focus on enjoying each other's company.