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 Post subject: Easy vegan meals my host family could make?
PostPosted: Thu Feb 05, 2015 8:08 pm 
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Hi everyone,
I'm going on a school trip to France during spring break and will be staying with my penpal's family. I told her that I'm vegan and she wants to know what kind of foods they can make me when I'm there, but I'm having a hard time thinking of ideas. I don't want it to be anything too inconvenient or unusual for a French family.
Any help would be greatly appreciated!!


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PostPosted: Thu Feb 05, 2015 8:39 pm 
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If they read English, the book "Vegan a go-go" might work well since it's supposed to use easy-to-find ingredients for people who are travelling. You could bring it with you. Although people in France are used to measuring in grams rather than cups, and they don't have access to the same ingredients.

Or you can point them to French vegan blogs. I recommend 100 % végétal.

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French people tend to have a pretty diverse diet - it's sort of a point of national pride. If you tell them that you eat fruit, vegetables, beans, nuts/seeds and grains, that might help them realize that your eating habits are more alike than they are different?


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 06, 2015 12:08 am 
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Off of the top of my head I'm thinking ratatouille, risotto with olive oil instead of butter and without cheese and pasta with tomato sauce are simple suggestions that most people know how to make.

Baguettes are also a good vegan staple in France.

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Cassoulet is a French dish that is quite easy to veganize.

Here's a simple version: http://skinnyms.com/vegetarian-white-bean-cassoulet/
And a more involved one: http://noteatingoutinny.com/2011/01/10/ ... cassoulet/

Ratatouille is usually already vegan, so that's a good one too.

Most of France is not super vegan friendly, but you should be able to find a limited selection of tofu, veggie patties, soymilk, and soy yogurt at some of the large supermarkets. And of course plenty of veggies, beans, grains etc., so simple chili and curry or lentil dahl should work too.

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There are so many delicious things that most french people would be able to make (if they're vegetable friendly!):
-Baguettes are often vegan! And so delicious with avocado or vegan cream cheese (which you should be able to find in health food stores!)
-Steamed veggies, especially artichokes with olive oil
-Lentil salads! French food for me is all about lentil salads
-Ratatouille
-Vegan crêpes are easy to make, as soon as you get a hang of it
-Mushroom and bean stews
-Salads (because french salads are the best!)

This is a good resource in french: http://liliskitchen.com


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 06, 2015 12:31 pm 
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And just soooo many good soups and stews are easy enough to make vegan, right? You could send them a few recipes to have as ideas and they can go from there.

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 06, 2015 6:26 pm 
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Thanks everyone! This helps so much :)


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PostPosted: Sat Feb 07, 2015 8:17 am 
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I am French but live in the US, when I come back home it's not super super easy. I think your main problem will be to find protein. They have tofu in the "organic" aisles in supermarkets. They also have some prepared ready to go meals that are vegan (even some ravioli) in those same aisles. They were in green bags.

They won't have as many beans as you can find here, but it is easy to find chickpeas.

Make sure they understand that butter is a no-no! Last Christmas my aunt kept saying she would make some of the veggies without butter and EVERY SINGLE TIME she went "oh no, sorry, I just put them all in the butter". +_+ (which you know fine, I already made all my food, I just wished she would not tell me I didn't have to make veggies...).

You have to try the Soja Sun yogurt! Those are great and they have tons of variation. Are you staying in Paris? Then there's a lot of restaurant where you can go that are vegan or veg friendly, but I'll be honest, anywhere else is pretty hard. Although I had great luck at a small hole in the wall Italian restaurant in Nantes that made me a custom focaccia pizza!

If you are in Paris, make sure you go to "Un monde vegan" they have chocolate from Germany and that's really good. If not they deliver pretty fast (I have never been to the store since my family does not live in Paris).

Have fun!


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 Post subject: Re: Easy vegan meals my host family could make?
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As far as I can judge (it was over 25 years since I learnt french) this could be worth trying to get:

Vegan Petits Basiques Mango French ebook

There seems to be a bound copy in french as well, at least in the French Amazon shop:

http://www.amazon.fr/Vegan-Audrey-Cosson/dp/2317006144

seems there are plenty of translated cookbooks as well - have a look at the suggestions! :)

Edit: judging from the cover this looks like "Isa Does It", doesn't it? Will be out in the middle of march ...

Secrets veganes d'isa Moskowitz


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