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Classic Adventist Vegetarian Potluck Recipes

Updated on October 11, 2019
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Seventh-day Adventist Potluck Dinner at the Port Alberni, BC Church
Seventh-day Adventist Potluck Dinner at the Port Alberni, BC Church

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. 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 hope you enjoy the following traditional recipes:

The Haystack Salad

The one common and delicious North American potluck item that we have come across is something called "Haystacks" that is basically a combination of baked beans, corn chips, salsa, various salad veggies, and cheese (dairy or non-dairy).
The one common and delicious North American potluck item that we have come across is something called "Haystacks" that is basically a combination of baked beans, corn chips, salsa, various salad veggies, and cheese (dairy or non-dairy). | Source

The Simple Corn Muffin

Eaten with Salad, Soup, Chili or Veggie Stew-- Delicious!
Eaten with Salad, Soup, Chili or Veggie Stew-- Delicious! | Source

Simple Corn Muffins

  • 1/4 C. shredded coconut
  • 1 1/2 C. cornmeal
  • 1/4 C. whole wheat or gluten-free flour mix
  • 1 1/8 C. Water
  • 1/2 tsp. Celtic Sea Salt (or less)
Mix all ingredients.  Let stand 20 to 30 minutes before pouring into either 6 muffin holders or a small cake pan.  Yield: 6 small muffins or squares.

Millet or Quinoa Patties

Millet or Quinoa Patties are generally served with a vegetarian gravy in a cake pan.  They are generally a hit
Millet or Quinoa Patties are generally served with a vegetarian gravy in a cake pan. They are generally a hit

Millet or Quinoa Patties

  • 4 C. cooked Millet or Quinoa
  • 1/4 C. Nutbutter (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

Seitan, or home-made wheat gluten meat, is often served at Adventist potlucks.
Seitan, or home-made wheat gluten meat, is often served at Adventist potlucks. | Source

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

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    • techygran profile imageAUTHOR

      Cynthia 

      11 days ago from Vancouver Island, Canada

      That is splendid Charlotte! I hope you have fun checking out the recipes on here. I just completed an update on my previous article for Vegan Turkey Recipes with the wheat gluten recipe first of the 3 (one is tofu and one is raw vegan). The wheat gluten recipe is a quick and simplified version of the old-time Adventist gluten recipes. Anyhow, thank you for coming by and leaving your nice message! God bless!

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      Charlotte 

      11 days ago

      I was also brought up SDA, and also loved the potlucks. I have never eaten flesh. But I never learned to cook, so all my favorite recipes were lost when my parents and other female relatives passed away. So here I am, a grandmother, looking for good vegitarian recipes. I am so glad I found your page! I am looking forward to more recipes. Thank you.

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      Cynthia 

      11 days ago from Vancouver Island, Canada

      Nice of you to drop by Sarah... I love SDA vegetarian potlucks as well, and the fellowship that goes with the eating. I am currently preparing an article on gluten meat recipes that are still turning up at the potlucks. If you come back in about a week there will be one of those recipes on here. In the meantime, thanks for your kind words, and God bless you!

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      Sarah 

      11 days ago

      I grew up SDA and was vegetarian until I was 12. Potluck was my favorite part of church, I was luck to be a member of the Norfolk SDA church, we had a lot of military members and was was a filipino Navy cook, oh I can still remember the yummy food!!

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      Cynthia 

      6 months ago from Vancouver Island, Canada

      Hi Emma-- Welcome! The recipes above are a small sample of many of my other vegan recipes here on Hubpages that you can find listed at my profile page (click on "Cynthia" above the article). I have also sent you an email with other suggested sources for vegan recipes. I hope that your daughter finds the recipes helpful. Thank you for reaching out!

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      Emma Steiger Johnston 

      6 months ago

      I just joined Hub to get your Vegetarian Recipes. Can you tell me how to obtain them, Please. My daughter was just told by her Doctor that she has heart disease.

      Thank you so much, Emma

    • techygran profile imageAUTHOR

      Cynthia 

      17 months ago from Vancouver Island, Canada

      Hi Pamela-- Happy to help you out with some new ideas for vegan fare! Congratulztions, too, for following a vegan lifestle for 17+ years! To continued wisdom and health, Cynthia

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      Pamella Spence 

      17 months ago

      Good night. I have been vegan since 2001. Sometimes I run out of ideas for a menu. Thanks for this link which has given me new ideas.

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      Cynthia 

      7 years ago from Vancouver Island, Canada

      thank you for your sweet comments James A. Watkins... the recipes here are a pretty paltry representation of the breadth of international vegan input there is within this organization... I love traveling to churches in different parts of the world and eating from the diversity (although there does generally seem to be a number of American dishes :p).

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      James A Watkins 

      7 years ago from Chicago

      Thank you for these excellent recipes and this wonderfully made Hub. I was once a SDA. I love the Church and the people in it. In Orlando, Florida Hospital is SDA and its cafeteria does not serve meat but the food is so good that business people go there for lunch! :-)

    • techygran profile imageAUTHOR

      Cynthia 

      7 years ago from Vancouver Island, Canada

      thank you movielardatadare- I appreciate your kind comments! Hope you do try a little cooking because there is great potential pleasure in creating a yummy, healthy meal for yourself and others! All the best, Cynthia

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      movielardatadare 

      7 years ago from Texas

      Very informative piece. Refreshing to read about SDA recipes. Makes me want to start cooking a little bit myself.

    • techygran profile imageAUTHOR

      Cynthia 

      8 years ago from Vancouver Island, Canada

      Yes, Stephanie, would seem so! I suppose the 'vegan' label is in reference to the fact that in the old days people associated PORK with Baked Beans (at least the canned variety) as in 'pork 'n' beans'... but you are right that it is a little silly to make that distinction these days!

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      stephanie 

      8 years ago

      I didn't know you had to make modifications to make it "vegan" but, hey ;)

    • techygran profile imageAUTHOR

      Cynthia 

      9 years ago from Vancouver Island, Canada

      thank you Mary-- I hope that "deceivingly" healthy is a good thing for a Church potluck hehehe... this is a pretty basic line-up but there are hundreds of variations of the above and a LOT of rich desserts that don't even pretend to be healthy. I haven't included them here. I'm proud of you for choosing to go more 'plant-based'-- it's a healthy move, but changes are always a challenge. Good for you! :-) ~Cynthia

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      Mary Dicerni 

      9 years ago

      Useful, delicious and all in one place. I have vegetarian grandchildren, and am almost there too. The recipes are also deceivingly healthy. What a wonderful pot luck.

    • techygran profile imageAUTHOR

      Cynthia 

      9 years ago from Vancouver Island, Canada

      thanks Angel.. can't really beat useful and delicious! lol

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      Angel Ward 

      9 years ago from Galveston, TX

      this sounds very useful, and delicious!

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