10 Tips For Hosting a Plant-based Dinner

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Hi everybody, I met Angela in 2013 and she interviewed me for her blog, Vegeasian sometime in December. I’ve reproduced the post here on SGVegan, so if you are interested you can check it out here. :)
Angela has been away from the SG veg scene for a year as she took up a job opportunity in China. She has since returned to Singapore. For those of you who have been following Vegeasian, Angela is putting that on hold for the moment. Please subscribe to SGVegan with your email address as Angela will be blogging on SGVegan for the time being as she sets up her English tutoring website, http://www.learnenglishfast.co.


(Thanks Amanda for the opportunity to write in your really useful blog! )

A few months ago (actually more than that), I was invited by Amanda to cook a plant-based dinner for her and her bf. I had a few tuition assignments at hand but I said yes. All of us were busy, so I decided to just keep it simple. Granted, things are slightly easier for me because I blog about vegetarian/vegan food and I mostly cook at home (www.vegeasian.com). But don’t feel like you have to slather all your food in butter, salt and alcohol to make vegan food slightly palatable. Here are some tips I learnt from hosting a plant-based dinner.


Photo credit: Kevin Curtis. Source: unsplash.com

#1 When in doubt, just bake. Baked potatoes, Baked sweet potatoes. Baked asparagus. Baked anything sounds delicious. What I did was baked mushrooms with onions and vegan cheeze. (It’s easy to make, really. Recipe is available here. Just stab the potatoes/sweet potatoes/mushroom lightly a few more times to make sure the steam can escape.

#2 Anything with chocolate is a good combination. Just buy some fruit (Strawberries are a good choice) and melt some dairy-free chocolate in the oven. Dip the fruit in the chocolate. Dessert done.

#3 No time to cook? Find a local bakery and buy their vegan breads. Sunshine multigrain bread is a good vegan option. Amanda has also written a very useful article about some vegan bread options and you can read it here.

#4 Use vegetable broth. It adds a depth of flavour to everything, from stir-fries to soups to curries. It’s amazing how the basic ingredients- onions, celeries and carrots can produce such umami goodness. It’s all vegetables, not meat. It won’t take hours to cook. I promise. Cooking time- 20 minutes.

#5 Do some prep in advance. It pays in returns. When I first hosted the dinner, I just prepped on the day of dinner(So last minute, I know!) . We all cooked for about two hours in total, all hot and sweaty. We ravenously finished our dinner in 15 minutes. You don’t want that. What you want is to pop some prepped food in the oven, wait for 10-15 minutes and the guests eat in peace. And talk more important stuff.


Photo credit: Chelsea Francis. Source: unsplash.com

#6 Use store-bought ice cream for a quick dessert. Brownice (www.brownice.com) (Sorry folks, only available in Singapore!), Rice Dream (www.tastethedream.com) or Coconut Bliss are all plant-based ice cream brands. But if you can’t find a dairy free ice cream near your house, don’t fret. Sorbets (not to be confused with sherbets, which contain cream) are also naturally dairy-free. Add some roasted chopped almonds, chocolate and/or cherries to your ice cream. Place the newly minted ice-cream in the freezer. Your friends will not hesitate to think it is homemade because you can’t buy it anywhere outside. But you don’t have to tell them the truth. Shh.

#7 Use quick blended sauces. Pesto, roasted red pepper sauce and instant peanut sauces  are fast and easy to make and can be great additions to pastas. Recipes for these time-saving sauces  can be found here.

#8 Youtube is your best friend. Search for vegetarian (You can easily make it vegan if you omit the dairy and egg) or vegan dinners and you will find a plethora of ideas. Or better still, veganise your favourite recipes!


Photo credit: Emanuel Feruzi. Source: unsplash.com

#9 Read up on vegan blogs.Vegan food bloggers spend a lot of time trying and testing new recipes. Their amazing food photography might trigger some creativity sparks in your brain. Check out OhSheGlows, Vegangela, Post Punk Kitchen or local blogs such as HungryAngMo, MoreThanVeggies and VeganAsh for starters.

#10 Lastly, if you are still clueless on what to do, just hit up a conversation with a vegan blogger on Twitter and shoot your question. Vegan bloggers don’t bite. I promise. They will be so excited that someone is finally going to try making their grassy food. (Just kidding)

What creative ideas do you have for hosting a vegan dinner? Let us know in the comments below. (For those in Singapore, I’m excited for EarthFest that begins tomorrow, how about you? By the way, walk-ins are fine even without tickets. If you happen to see me or Amanda, just say hi!)

New Vegan Miso Soup from The Soup Spoon…hopefully its Vegan

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Got the latest September newsletter:

SGVegan_The Soup Spoon Miso Red Rice Stew with Wakame

Ok, so the page does not show any ingredients of this soup.

Further sleuthing on the page by clicking on “Souper Inspirations”, I came to the story behind this stew: http://www.thesoupspoon.com/souperinspiration-vegan-red-rice-miso-stew-with-wakame/

Nope, no ingredients list, but only a photo of the ingredients used:


Ok, looks good. Looks vegan.

For the rest of you who are confused, The Soup Spoon’s previous new stew, Japanese Style Vegan Sweet Potato Curry is not vegan even though they stated that it is:

SGVegan_The Soup Spoon Jap Vegan Sweet Potato Curry

Thanks to my reader, Debbie, we quickly verified that Honey was used. According to Debbie, she had emailed The Soup Spoon alerting them of this error.


I got the above photo from The Soup Spoon’s website just a while ago.

Clearly, they still believe that Honey is vegan.

I left a comment, asking them to reclassify this Japanese style sweet potato curry to Vegetarian instead of Vegan.


Let’s hope they do that soon! :)

iHerb discount in Singapore!

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Just thought to share this with you my readers.

As I mentioned in a previous post, iHerb is the place to get good quality (e.g. organic) supplements and groceries. For health and also, for the home.


Take advantage of iHerb’s special weekend discount, and get 10% off on all orders over $40.00 @ http://sg.iherb.com

In addition, enjoy Free SingPost for orders over $40.00. You will see the discount in the shopping cart. Now is a great time to do all your shopping for over 35000 natural products! This offer ends on Monday, August 3rd, at 10 a.m. (PDT) which means 1 am, 4 Aug this 10% discount + free delivery over $40.

Of course, if you apply my discount code of TNQ282, you get $10 off your first order! Enjoy :)

The Soup Spoon Vegan Rice with Ratatouille Casserole – Latest Spain Offering

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Its not just vegan, but also gluten free! Check out the latest offering from The Soup Spoon that’s a mere 185 Cal:

Vegan Arroz Samfaina La Cassola
(Vegan Rice With Ratatouille Casserole)

SGVegan_Soup Spoon Vegan Rice with Ratatouille Casserole

Purchase it and stand to win a trip for 2 to Spain! :)

New Vegan Option at The Soup Spoon: Chap Chye Stew

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Latest news, there is a full (new!) vegan option at The Soup Spoon. Here’s a quick shoutout to those who might be interested. I have not tried it yet but it does look and sound more delicious. Please share any feedback! :)

SGVegan_Soup Spoon Vegan Chap Chye Stew

SGVegan_Soup Spoon Vegan Chap Chye Stew

Get 10% off your Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead 2 movie premiere happening tomorrow 7pm!

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Feeling that you need a “reset” button on your life?

Swing by tomorrow’s Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead 2 movie premiere @ GV Vivocity.

Meet Joe Cross, the man in person who reset his entire life through a 60 day juice fast and learn how to do it from him, in person!

SGVegan_FSND2 10% Discount

Come by before that for activities from 6pm and try to spot me! :)

Read more about it here and here.

Last Call! Giveaway to Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead 2 Movie Premiere 3rd December 2014 @ GV Vivo Max 7-9pm


Update: After discussing with Le Bono Collections, SGVegan will not be taking any commissions for tickets sold. Get your tickets here. And remember to key in “REDEEMED” at checkout to get 10% off your Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead 2 movie premiere!

Good news all!

If you have not obtained your tickets to this coming Wednesday’s Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead 2 movie premiere at GV Vivocity to see the man in action, Joe Cross, who changed his life 180 degrees with a 60 days juice fast, I have 4 tickets to give away!

Simply comment at the bottom of this post on what interests you to want to attend this event! :)

Read on more here.

SGVegan_FSND2_Joe Cross Before and After

Winners will be contacted via email by Tuesday, 2 Dec 2014, 6pm.

If you are definitely coming, get your confirmed tickets here through my affiliate link. Every ticket comes with a goodie bag worth more than $50 – definitely worth the price. Plus, we can hang out together! :)

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