What snack would you make to bring to a meeting?

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Every week the place that I work at has a meeting and someone is designated to bring snacks. Next Friday is my week and I'm having a hard time thinking of ideas. I want to bring a vegan snack but most of the recipes that I'm finding (that are snack type foods) seem too plain to bring.

There are many people with dietary restrictions:
-About 4 vegetarians
- 1 vegan
-2 nut allergies
- 1 fish allergy
- 1 strawberry allergy

For the past several weeks many people have been bringing in foods that ignore these restrictions (especially the vegan) but I want to bring something that everyone can enjoy.
I'm just having a hard time finding something that you'd bring to something like a meeting that's also relatively easy to make and not super expensive.

I think I'm also having a hard time because I haven't made many vegan recipes and I'm afraid that I'll make something that turns out disgusting.

So far I've thought about sweet fruit spring rolls (which I've never had)...or a "not-so-queso" dip which I've never had.

Any ideas??? Thanks
I would bring brownies.

But you might check out Alton Browns moo-less chocolate pie. The reviews are great but I haven't made it yet.
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Homemade granola. Uses oil, can be made with pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, and any other seeds you like so it solves the nut problem. Oats are cheap, sunflower seeds are cheap, pumpkin seeds are cheap. Some flaked coconut and dried fruit can be added if you wish, or you can make bittersweet chocolate granola.
It can also be made savory.


Hummus? Vegan and easy.
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Last edited by Saria; 06-14-2012 at 06:36 PM.
I would bring brownies.

But you might check out Alton Browns moo-less chocolate pie. The reviews are great but I haven't made it yet.
Originally Posted by roseannadana
Thanks! Brownies are a great idea, but have you ever made any vegan brownies? Were they as good as regular brownies?

I looked up the moo-less pie....the crust has butter... I guess I could get some vegan butter. It looks really good though. I may make it for myself later (butter and all ! )
Homemade granola. Uses oil, can be made with pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, and any other seeds you like so it solves the nut problem. Oats are cheap, sunflower seeds are cheap, pumpkin seeds are cheap. Some flaked coconut and dried fruit can be added if you wish, or you can make bittersweet chocolate granola.

Hummus? Vegan and easy.
Originally Posted by Saria
Those sound great. I may go with the granola with some chocolate thrown in. Who doesn't love chocolate?

Thanks!!!
You're welcome!

Guacamole, salsa, and chips are also vegan. Or wraps with guacamole, grated carrots, and roasted mushrooms. You can cut wraps into individual rounds.
Or you could make little finger sandwiches!

Or roasted chickpeas. They make a great snack.

You could also make vegan biscotti pretty easily.
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Last edited by Saria; 06-14-2012 at 06:45 PM.
You're welcome!

Guacamole, salsa, and chips are also vegan. Or wraps with guacamole, grated carrots, and roasted mushrooms. You can cut wraps into individual rounds.
Or you could make little finger sandwiches!

Or roasted chickpeas. They make a great snack.

You could also make vegan biscotti pretty easily.
Originally Posted by Saria
Wraps sound tasty! I like the finger sandwiches idea even better!

I really want to stay away from chips and salsa type dishes because they've been the snack three times already! I really like chips and salsa but I want to switch it up!

For some reason I don't care for biscotti that much....maybe I just haven't a had a good one yet. Lol

I've noticed that you comment on a lot of the food topics with really great ideas or advice! How did you learn so much? Are you a chef or is food just a really big talent of yours? (probably both, I'm guessing!)
Thanks, and yes, I am.
There are indeed some terrible tooth-breaking biscotti, but they can be really tasty!

Ha, I can see that people would take the really easy route with chips and salsa!
Why not hummus with pita slices (or pita chips), baby carrots, celery, and sweet peppers to dip in it?

Hummus is easy to make too
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Ah, it all makes sense now. Goldy is the puppet master!
Why not hummus with pita slices (or pita chips), baby carrots, celery, and sweet peppers to dip in it?

Hummus is easy to make too
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Thanks! Now I have so many good ideas!
That would make a really nice platter.
You could bring a loaf or two of banana bread! I'm sorry I'm not entirely familiar with veganism and its restrictions, but the recipe I follow calls for butter and eggs, and I do know that that's bad. But I'm almost certain that there are vegan substitutes for those two ingredients, yes?

Banana Bread. This recipe is super easy and quick. Only about 10-15 mins to prep, then an hour in the oven (A quick tip is to blend the bananas with a blender and skip mashing with a fork)

Or, if you're in a baking kind of mood, mini apple pies! (also with butter...and you may have to make your own vegan crust...again, if you really feel like baking!)

Little Bit Funky: what i made for monday-mini apple pies. These are super cute, and can be serve warm or cold. For a meeting, two per person will suffice.
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If you decide on hummus and don't want to go the homemade route, I LOVE the spinach and artichoke hummus that is made by Sabra...and I absolutely adore it with unsalted pretzels. Add in some raw veggies as goldy suggested and everyone is happy.

ETA: I'm not that informed about veganism, but am moderately informed about celiac disease and being gluten free. If the restrictions are similar about preparation, you'd want to be sure not to cross-contaminate the hummus. So your vegan coworker would have to spoon out his/her portion of the hummus before anyone dipped into it with a pretzel, if indeed pretzels aren't vegan.
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Last edited by VTmom; 06-15-2012 at 05:45 AM.
Those sound great. I may go with the granola with some chocolate thrown in. Who doesn't love chocolate?

Thanks!!!
Originally Posted by greenjumper
Make sure its vegan friendly chocolate. Remember some chocolate has the milk addictive.
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Thanks everyone!

I actually talked to the girl who is vegan and she explained a ton of stuff about how she makes her food, where she buys it, and how to make sure it still comes out yummy! It was very helpful.

I will try to remember to report back on what I ended up taking!
Those sound great. I may go with the granola with some chocolate thrown in. Who doesn't love chocolate?

Thanks!!!
Originally Posted by greenjumper
Make sure its vegan friendly chocolate. Remember some chocolate has the milk addictive.
Originally Posted by thelio
I was going to say that. Plus chocolate also has nuts or nut remnants in it, too.


I think the Quaker oatmeal containers may still have a vegan oatmeal cookie recipe. I knew a vegan in college who made them and that was where she got her recipe (it may have had a substitution for butter) - they were the only oatmeal cookies I've ever liked!


I'd do something like a potato cake and slice and serve. You slice potatoes thinly (with a mandolin or something if you have anything, or by hand) and lay them out in a swirl pattern in the pan with olive oil and seasonings. High head to brown a bit on the bottom of the pan, then bake, and flip out onto a plate. Yummy and it looks impressive but is pretty simple.
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What did you end up bringing?
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Ah, it all makes sense now. Goldy is the puppet master!
Hummus and Pita Chips
Fresh chopped fruit and yogurt
Small veggie platter and veggie dip
Too bad someone has a fish allergy cause I darn sure would have come in there with whitefish salad and mini bagels!
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I'd bring lebanese style tabouli w/pita bread, and a nice fruit platter...

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Hummus and Pita Chips
Fresh chopped fruit and yogurt
Small veggie platter and veggie dip
Too bad someone has a fish allergy cause I darn sure would have come in there with whitefish salad and mini bagels!
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Yogurt and veggie dip?
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Thanks for all the new ideas!

It's been so hot out that I ended upbringing sorbet! I bought a container of mango and one of lemon. I also brought honey and an assortment of fruits as toppings.

I know that I didn't end up using even of the suggestions here. Big thanks for everyone's help though. I did however incorporate some people's suggestions into a veggie plate with different dips that I took to a different function.

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