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It’s that time again—this Friday is Vegan Happy Hour at the Hemlock Tavern (6 to 9 p.m.!)

It’s a potluck, vegans, so bring some food! I know it can be tough to get food together by 6 on a Friday evening, so I’ve come up with some quick, easy, and cheap ideas for stuff to bring. Read, make, and bring on down to VHH to enjoy with a beer or six.

1. Roasted chickpeas: strain and rinse 2 cans of chickpeas. Toss in a baking dish along with some olive oil and whatever kind of seasoning you like (garlic and lemon; curry powder; etc.). Bake at 350 F for 20 to 30 minutes, tossing occasionally. This keeps well overnight, so make it on Thursday, throw it in a container, and bring it to the Hemlock on Friday!

2. Bruschetta: grab a bunch of tomatoes and chop ‘em up. Mix together with some minced garlic, olive oil, sea salt, and basil (fresh is awesome, but dried is okay). Grab a baguette on the way to the bar, and you’re set! The tomato mixture keeps overnight just fine.

3. Cornbread: Easy as fuck, cheap, and travels well: recipe.

4. Quinoa salad: Make this the night before for best results. Cook some quinoa and let it cool. Chop up some veggies to go in it (I like Mexican theme with green onion, tomato, avocado, corn, and black beans, but you can do whatever. I bet Moroccan-style with chickpeas, tomatoes, and spices would be awesome as well). Add some olive oil and some kind of acid (vinegar or lemon/lime juice, or both). Season with some salt and pepper.

5. Roasted veggies: chop up a bunch of veggies (go to a farmers market—things are cheap right now) and throw in a baking dish with some olive oil and sea salt. Bake at 350 F until the veggies are tender.

For the super-lazy, check out Trader Joe’s veggie fried rice (just pour the contents of the bag into a skillet and fry until cooked through. DONE); vegan frozen pizza (Tofurky makes ‘em, and so does Amy’s, though be careful with Amy’s—the only vegan one is the cheeseless one); Trader Joe’s apple strudel (in the freezer section— follow the instructions on the box and then lie and say you made them yourself); spiced nuts (Trader Joe’s sells some pre-made varieties, or you can make your own—they’re super-easy and delicious!).

I hope that’s helpful for all you working stiffs, and see you on Friday!

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