If you have a guest coming over for dinner – maybe it’s a date, a family member or even a colleague – you want to be able to impress them with your culinary skills.
In a lot of cases, it can be good to offer up a three-course meal, which can be tricky to put into practice if you want to make it dairy free. However, this may be preferable if one of your guests is lactose intolerant or vegan, for example.
Therefore, if you want to present your guests with a fantastic, dairy-free three-course meal then this could be the one for you.
Starter: Garden Soup
When it comes to serving a starter that most people enjoy and that won’t make people too full for the main course, you can’t go far wrong with soup.
A garden soup comprises of a tasty mix of vegetables, so if you have any in your fridge that are waiting to be used then now is a good time.
Chop up the onion, celery, leek and garlic and put them into a large pot on medium heat, cooking them in two tablespoons of olive oil.
Then turn the heat low and peel and chop the potatoes while this is simmering. Next, chop up the courgettes and place them in a bowl with the potatoes.
Once the veg is cooked, add the potatoes, courgettes, salt and pepper and a crumbled stock cube with boiling water.
After everything is heated through, put it in a blender and then serve it up!
Main Course: Vegan Shepherd’s Pie
For this dish, you need potatoes, salt, pepper, herbs, olive oil, tinned tomatoes, stock, lentils, chickpeas, mushrooms and a few vegetables of your choice – onion, carrot, mushrooms, and celery are a good bet.
Chop up the potatoes and allow to boil for ten or fifteen minutes. While this is happening, chop up your vegetables and put them into a pan with olive oil for about ten minutes. Add the herbs in during this time.
Next, cut up the mushrooms and add them and the tinned tomatoes before putting in the stock, lentils and chickpeas.
Once the veg is cooked, put it into a casserole dish and put the potatoes, mashed up, over the top before putting it all in the oven. After it has been in the oven for some time, it is ready to serve.
Dessert: Vegan Brownies
Who doesn’t love a bit of chocolate? Even without dairy, it still makes a good meal.
You will need chocolate, flour, cocoa powder, sea salt, caster sugar, vanilla, soy milk and pecans.
Melt some of the chocolate in a pan or heatproof bowl and, in the meantime, mix the flour, sugar and cocoa powder together before adding the vanilla, soy milk and melted chocolate. Next, break up the rest of the chocolate and add it in alongside the pecans.
Add the whole mixture to a tin and spread evenly. Leave it in the oven for about 20 minutes then take it out, let it cool, cut up the brownie pieces and serve it up!