RE: Away from home this weekend
Posted Wednesday, January 11, 2012 at 11:31 AM
Help. I am going to be out of town visiting with my in-laws this weekend. They are in their 80's. I don't want to get into a discussion with them about my decision to become vegan or tell them in advance. I'm wondering what to do? What should I bring in case there is nothing vegan friendly in their meals? We are taking them out to dinner one night, so I should be able to find something vegan friendly on the menu.
What do they usually eat? I know that over time, the way my parents (dad in his 80s mom upper 70s) has changed. Nowadays, they tend to eat a larger meal mid day and smaller at dinner. Breakfast is oatmeal or cheerios. They tend to do more veggies than they used to for various reasons (not least of which is my dad's heart attack a few years ago. startled the doctors a bit because he only needed a single bypass - they were used to double, triple, quadruple, his was 'too easy' LOL).
Oatmeal or toast with jam and juice or tea would work for breakfasts. Bring along a good pancake recipe maybe - hubby makes pancakes without milk, eggs, etc. just basically flour (whole wheat plus buckwheat), water, a little oil, baking powder and not much else. Nice breakfast that can be vegan without anyone the wiser. "I just got this recipe from a friend and I'd love to try it out - you up for pancakes?"
Lunch - sandwiches are pretty easy, if nothing else, lettuce and tomato would tide you over, add a piece of fruit or even have a PBJ if necessary.
Dinner - if they'll do rice and veggies as 'sides' to their meat, you can just leave off the meat. If they tend toward lots of casseroles and such where it's all mixed, t hat's a little harder.
But, if you're going to be there for the weekend, that's only what, 2 dinners maybe (and going out for one of those at that), 2 or 3 breakfasts and lunches, it shouldn't be all that major an issue.
Oh, and you can always say "doctor says I need to cut meat and dairy for my health yadda yadda..." no need to go philosophical or anything. "Doctor says" is often a free pass to adjust what you're doing.