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Monday, October 10, 2011

MoFo, day 10: Mmmm Sauce

Alright, bloggie buddies, it's time to get real. I need your help. Even making only one new recipe a day, I am collecting a backlog of foods to finish. Today's recipe is Mama Pea's Mmmm sauce, a recreation of the magical Oregonian Yumm Sauce, in hopes that I could simply pour it over any and all random leftovers in the refrigerator and be transported to the mythical city.


Having never tasted the original sauce, I can't speak to how close this is, but I can tell you that I was really happy to be eating old salad. There is a greens mix, tomato, carrot, red pepper, cucumber, and baked tofu in the salad. The sauce actually made me overzealous to eat the salad and I cut my mouth on a piece of the baked tofu! But the sauce made it allll okay.


Now here's where you come in, dear reader. In another attempt to rid myself of leftovers (or, at least to cook new things and not have more leftovers), I invited my best friend (since we were 4!) and her boyfriend over to lunch next Sunday. The problem is, she is a very traditional eater and her boyfriend has been known to drink a glass of milk with any given meal (guh). When we were kids, I used to enjoy eating at her house because it was a respite from my mother's more experimental dishes. I took joy and comfort in saltines with peanut butter and jelly; breaded, fried fish; and lettuce with Catalina dressing. I've since grown out of those foods but I'm not quite so sure she has.
Any suggestions on what to serve? I don't really want to make pasta because I don't like it too much (though I can be swayed) and I'm not sure she'd be ready for tofu, tempeh, or seitan. Greg says to make something that is inherently vegan and I'd agree but I can't come up with any filling recipes. So, if you feel like throwing a few recipes my way, I'd appreciate it. Or I could just serve a bowl of the Mmmm sauce.

18 comments:

  1. I love your question! I'm a vegan mom in an omni-house, so making universally friendly dishes is something I've had to deal with...a lot. Tacos is always good...something with lots of black beans, rice, and tons of veggies where one can build their own. A vegan crockpot chili served with tortilla chips for dipping works for us too. Tofu as ricotta in a lasagna with some thick Italian bread fools anyone who thinks tofu can't be tasty. Or ask her what she's comfortable with. Good luck - I hope you blog about the experience. Remember that the company of a best friend will be remembered more...

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  2. Great question! I've had this dilemma myself on numerous occasions. I agree that a taco bar would be super fun! I'm a big fan of make it yourself kinds of things...tacos, pizzas (you can use pitas and different toppings and have them create their own) or A mashed potato bar (!!! sweet and white potatoes with veggie/vegan sour cream toppings). Stir-fries can go over well with some rice. And I also agree that the company of your friend will undoubtably be the best part of the night and I'm sure they will appreciate anything that you make! I bet half baked truffles would go over well for dessert too ;)

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  3. oops veggie toppings on the potatoes meaning actual veggies, not veggie as in vegetarian (read: dairy). broccoli, spinach, chickpeas, black beans...all awesome on potatoes!

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  4. If you're not into pasta, I suggest something like risotto with a salad and good bread or chili with cornbread. Those have gone over well with the omnis in my life. (I find that things like tacos don't work well if I'm not providing cheese or sour cream -- since I don't like the vegan formulations, I usually doubt that omnis are going to be over the moon about them, either.)

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  5. Whenever I have omnis over to eat, I always either make a taco/burrito bar, spaghetti (with veggies and salad, some type of protein on the side), or a pot of beans with some kind of bread, steamed broccoli, salad, etc. Oh, or a baked potato and salad bar. We have those at my kids' parties that include parents a lot. My big thing when having omnis over to eat is to provide a lot of choices. I don't want to have one dish, and they're eyeballing thinking how much they hate olives or greens or tomatoes or one little thing in it. Having a "bar" allows them to put what they want on their plate. I hope you have a lot of fun with your friend!

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  6. The mmmm sauce sounds like a good idea to have on hand since it sounds like it would make anything taste good. I think chili with lots of toppings (avocado, salsa, olives, green onions, vegan sour cream, etc.)is always a good plan.

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  7. I like all the suggestions so far; I can't come up with anything that sounds better than that taco salad bar or baked potato bar; they would both be so much fun and surely something all could enjoy. And, who doesn't like chili? That Mmmm sauce sounds like it would be a great compliment to any of those too.

    Let us know what you come up with.

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  8. i'm going to follow suit with the mexican theme that a lot of suggestions are providing. my pick for a mainwould be black bean & sweet potato enchiladas verde. like a lasagna, you can make the dish in advance, then be able to spend time visiting with your guests while it bakes.

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  9. Everyone has great suggestions for the dinner. I'll be looking forward to hearing about it!

    I'm going to check out that sauce. I'd love to have a new one for salads.

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  10. Chili in a bread bowl can be fun. Or how about lentil shepherd's pie or veg lasagna. I think most people would enjoy those foods whether they are veg or not.

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  11. My go-to is the leek and bean cassoulet from veganomicon. So good!

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  12. Yum sauce is great! It's like the Annie's Goddess Dressing of bowl sauces. I especially like it with quinoa and kale and veggies.

    I like to make a shepherd's pie with mushroom and veggie filling for non-vegan guests. It's comforting and familiar and filling.

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  13. Oh, my goodness, I laughed out loud when I heard you cut yourself on the tofu b/c you were eating overzealously! I feel for you - I've been in food rushes like that, too, and it never turns out well for the ol' mouth.

    I also chuckled when I heard that you needed a respite from your mom's experimental dishes. Sounds like you grew up like my poor children. They only want the classic dishes I make that they love, which they do get sometimes, but new ideas are constantly thrust upon them, poor things. As far as a suggestion that would appeal to everyone at the lunch, I suggest a curried lentil soup of some kind. Lentils are neutral, and everyone loves curry, right? Good luck!

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  14. I think everyone's tried this sauce but me! Clearly I need to get on the bandwagon. :)

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  15. i want Mmmm sauce - it sounds awesome and i'm gonna have to make some, fo 'sho! my salads need a little somethin'n extra!

    as for your friend, i think chili is always awesome, or maybe soup with homemade bread or biscuits?! the idea of tacos is another excellent one and i've always found shepherd's pie to be well loved by all!

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  16. Thanks for all the great suggestions, guys. I'm actually hoping to do something lighter than chilis since this will probably be a lunch thing. And maybe something cooler because the weather is still supposed to be warm! Taco bar sounds like something G would love though. I will definitely have a post about this one!

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  17. Just say you're sick and cancel. Her boyfriend sounds like a tool.

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  18. This is the second blog I've seen this Mmmm sauce on, I must make some!

    And I think tacos/nachos/burritos are a good idea or a pasta bake or a potato bake

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