Classic Adventist Vegetarian Potluck Recipes
The Potluck as Cultural
You need to understand that potlucks (or "fellowship meals") are to Adventist Christians what a catwalk is to the fashionista. This is the place where we gather to catch up on our lives, to mingle with visitors (Adventist Christians from elsewhere) and guests (former- or non-Adventists who either dropped in on their own or were brought as a guest of a member), and to nosh down on great vegetarian and/or vegan chow. After the meal people depart to a nature walk, an afternoon service in a nursing home, a video about witnessing or a personal ministries committee meeting, etc.
About 35% of Adventists worldwide are reported to be vegetarian, some eating eggs and/or dairy products (ovo-lacto vegetarian) and some a more strict vegan (no animal flesh or by-products). I don't have figures, but today there are also a number of advocates of the "high raw vegan" lifestyle, which generally means a diet made up of about 50-70% raw fruits and vegetables.
The Adventist Church perceives health and wellness as a positive support for spiritual growth and along with not eating "unclean" foods as described in the Bible (i.e., pork, other mammals who don't chew their cuds or have split hooves, birds and animals of prey, fish without scales) a vegetarian/vegan diet is promoted as optimally healthy. While 35% of Adventists DO practice vegetarianism in some form, it is clear that the vast majority of Adventist Christians (65%) do not. However, a Sabbath community meal is generally at least ovo-lacto vegetarian in most of the churches we have visited.
The Potluck Recipes
The potluck (or fellowship meal) itself is an important part of Adventist "culture." We have eaten at Adventist potlucks Coast to Coast in Canada, in continental United States, Philippines and Hong Kong. While there were slight cultural or traditional differences (in Philippines they had fish on their potluck table) every one of the potlucks was similar in that there was at least one baked bean dish, one vegetarian casserole, lots of salads and an abundance of dazzling desserts.
I have also included one item by request (See Corn Dogs with Pathfinders' Dip) that might not turn up in fellowship dinners, but was a favorite among some at Pathfinder camp-outs and Adventist academy boarding school lunches.
I hope you enjoy the following traditional recipes. Since I wrote this article I have received requests from people who wanted direction to additional healthy "Adventist" recipes. While there are numerous blogs and other sites that carry Adventist vegan recipes, I suggest that the well-loved recipe book, , is likely the best source of a compendium of traditional Adventist recipes. The Ten Talents Cookbook
The Haystack Salad
Special K Roast
Special K Roast
When I became an Adventist in the 1990s, Special K Roast appeared at most of the church potlucks. I was a little shocked, as a newly minted vegetarian, at the eggs and cottage cheese-- and butter in some of the recipes-- for this favourite casserole.
Fast forward a couple of decades and you will find that healthier vegan variations of this recipe have been developed. The recipe here is shown in the video above. If you do not have access to the Chicken-like seasoning brand (McKay's) they use, I have provided a recipe for making that following this recipe below.
As you can see from this video, small children enjoy helping out with food preparation. The benefits of bringing them in to the enjoyment of cooking include the long-term ability to prepare nutritious meals for themselves and others.
Ingredients for Special K Roast, Vegan-ized Recipe
1 yellow onion, chopped
2 pounds, tofu, medium firm, drained
1/2 cup olive oil
2 cup walnuts and/or pecans, chopped fine
1/4 cup nutritional yeast
1 tablespoon chicken-like seasoning (see DIY chicken-like seasoning below)
1 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk, soy milk or rice milk
1 teaspoon vegetable herb/salt blend (like Mrs. Dash)
7 cups Special K cereal
Method for Making Special K Roast
- Stir fry up chopped onion in 1 inch of water until translucent and softened. Set aside.
- Fit parchment paper into baking pan and set aside. (optional)
- Using a large bowl, mash tofu well (original recipe used cottage cheese, so that could be an overall idea of what you are aiming for with the tofu)
- Add in other ingredients and mix well for an even consistency
- Spoon into a baking pan and press down evenly.
- Bake at 350 degrees F./180 degrees C. for about 45 - 60 minutes
Do-It-Yourself Chicken-Like Seasoning
1 tablespoon corn starch
1 1/2 tablespoons onion powder
1 teaspoon turmeric powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon coriander powder
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon parsley flakes
Store in a container with tight-fitting lid in cool dry place.
- 2 cups soaked soybeans (or 2 cups tofu)
- 2 cups water or coconut water
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 1/4 cup steel cut oats
- 2 cups corn meal (not corn starch).
- Preheat oven to 400°F/205°C.
- Blend the soybeans (or tofu), water, honey, salt and oats.
- Pour the above into corn meal and mix well.
- Fill the muffin cups.
- Bake for 35 to 40 minutes
- Serve warm or cold.
Millet or Quinoa Patties
Millet or Quinoa Patties
- 4 C. cooked millet or quinoa
- 1/4 C. nut butter (not peanut)
- 2 t. onion powder
- 1 t. celery salt
Form into patties and brown in the oven at 350F. for about 35 minutes. Serves 6.
Wheat Gluten Meat, or Seitan
Vegan Turkey Recipes for Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter Potlucks
Here are three vegan turkey recipes that can be made up and taken to special occasions potlucks during the Seventh-day Adventist Church calendar, or enjoyed by a gathering of family or friends. One recipe is made with wheat gluten (seitan), another with tofu and a third is a raw vegan almond-vegetable recipe. They are all on one page here on Hubpages. Bon Appetit!
Vegan Baked Beans
Pathfinders Corn Dog Dip Recipe
This corn dog dip recipe was requested by a reader who remembered it as part of her diet at an Adventist academy. I imagine that it is also a favourite at Pathfinders camp-outs (Pathfinders are a group like Scouts). The recipe involves blending together:
2 oz. jar pimentos
1 cup mayonnaise*
4 green onions
1/4 large red bell pepper
1 pint cottage cheese*
3 tablespoons dill pickle relish
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoon Worchestershire sauce*
A dash of each of the following: garlic powder, onion powder, and cayenne.
Use to dip veggie corn dogs, or put on burgers and regular veggie hotdogs.
Store in a mason jar in the fridge.
*Please note that this is not a vegan recipe.