Summer House Guests: Menu Ideas

 Photo by  Lynn B

Photo by Lynn B

Many of us have guests come in the summer and stay for a few days (or longer!). I've put together some ideas for what to feed guests if you want to stay plant-based. These menus have been tried on my own house guests and found delicious.


Taco Night!  Fool Your Friends Tacos, Refried Beans, Spanish rice from a mix, and Guacamole and chips

Burger Night!  World’s Most Versatile Veggie Burger, Sweet Potato Fries (or store-bought frozen regular fries), fruit salad

Chili Night!  Meaty Beany Chili and Cornbread and green salad

Asian Food Night!  Tofu, Veggie, and Sesame Fried Rice (leave off the tofu if you like), Crunchy Asian Ramen Noodle Salad (I use agave nectar instead of honey)

BBQ Night!  Create skewers of vegetables, brush with oil, sprinkle with salt, pepper, and/or other spices (e.g., Montreal steak seasoning) and grill; serve with rice pilaf and (optional) a sauce on the side like your favorite bottled barbeque sauce, Creamy Tomato Sauce, Creamy Roasted Tomato Vodka Sauce, Creamy Cilantro Sauce or you could go with Trader Joe’s Soyaki sauce, with Rainbow Raisin Coleslaw on the side. 

Quinoa Fiesta Night!  Make a batch of One Pan Mexican Quinoa with bowls of optional toppings available to guests, then add a green or fruit salad.


Waffles! Blueberry Oatmeal Waffles by the great Isa Chandra Moskowitz

Coffee Cake! Around the Clock Vegan Coffee Cake (the best!)

Oatmeal bar! Make a big batch and lay out small bowls of toppings along with a pitcher of warm non-dairy milk; let your guests customize their bowls

Breakfast parfaits! Layers of fruit, granola, and Vanilla Cashew Cream I Use With Everything


You’ll likely be away from home at lunchtime, but if you find yourself at home, consider Gazpacho, other soups (hot or cold), bruschetta (here’s my bruschetta recipe), focaccia (bought or homemade), and salads (here’s my Spinach Salad with Curry Dressing).


Explore my Dessert section—vegan desserts are as easy to make as non-vegan and just as delicious (if not more so!).