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Old 01-29-08, 01:42 PM
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Anyone have easy vegetarian recipes?

I think I'm going to give up meat for Lent so I need some easy vegetarian recipes. I'm not much of a cook (mostly because I'm too lazy to cook for one person) so I usually just cook up some chicken or ground turkey and use it with pasta or make some variety of Mexican food (quesidilla, taco, burrito, etc). I figure I could substitute beans for the meat in the Mexican food but I wanted some more variety of food. Any suggestions?
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Sure, I have a ton. What kinds of specific foods do you like and I will try and narrrow it down. Do you have any favorite vegetables? Will you eat tofu?
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Grilled cheese
Ramen Noodles
salad
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Carrot w/ ranch.

Celery w/peanut butter.

Broccoli w/butter.

Egg Salad.

Buffalo wings... just suck the sauce and leave the rest?

That's all i got.
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If you are looking for a good bean dish, this recipe is awesome. It takes a while to bake but it all goes into one dish and you can hang out and do other things while it's in the oven.

Honey Baked Lentils

1 cup lentils
2 cups water
2 tbsp honey
2 tbsp soy sauce
2 tbsp olive oil
1/2 tsp ginger
1 clove garlic
1 small onion
salt & pepper

Bake in a covered dish at 350 until tender (about an hour and a half)

I sometimes add whatever vegetables are on hand for a one dish meal. Some that are good are carrots, celery, potatoes, yam, squash, turnip, cabbage and parsnip. Use what you have, "winter" vegetables work best.

I usually serve this with rice I make in my rice cooker.
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This is my family's favorite pasta dish. I always have the ingredients on hand, and the sauce is easily made in a food processor while the pasta cooks. It is awesome. My husband and 3yo old son both love it. (No hot sauce for the kid though!)


Peanut Butter Spirals with Peas

12 oz. spiral pasta
2/3 cup smooth peanut butter
3/4 cup water or vegetable stock
3-4 T. soy sauce
2 T. rice vinegar
1 T honey
1/2 teas. ground ginger
1/2 teas. chili powder
1 1/2 cup frozen green peas
Tabasco or other hot sauce (optional)
Green onions, sliced (optional)

Begin cooking pasta.

Combine remaining ingredients, except for peas and Tabasco sauce, in food processor and process until smooth.

When pasta is nearly done, add peas to the cooking water to thaw them. Drain and transfer to serving bowl. Add peanut sauce and mix well. Top with sliced greeen onions if you have them. Serve with Tabasco/hot sauce on the side.

This is good warm or cold. The sauce thickens while standing, so you may need to add a bit more water or stock before serving if you don't serve it right away.
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Just make whatever you'd normally make, but don't put meat in it (or use a meat substitute).
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Tofu can be a fine substitute in many chicken dishes. Try some stir-fy. You'll need a good sauce to give it some flavor though, which seems to be the tricky part.

And of course... quesadillas (with whatever veggies/beans you want to add).

Veggie pizzas are fine as well.
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Originally Posted by Thor Simpson
Carrot w/ ranch.

Celery w/peanut butter.

Broccoli w/butter.

Egg Salad.

Buffalo wings... just suck the sauce and leave the rest?

That's all i got.
Dayam! Here I have just been having...

1) Carrot

2) Celery
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Well, I left off the other stuff like

1) Chopped Carrot.

Select carrot
Carefully chop carrot
Serve at any temperature
Enjoy.
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Well, I left off the other stuff like

1) Chopped Carrot.

Select carrot
Carefully chop carrot
Serve at any temperature
Enjoy.
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Since I went vegetarian whatever meat dishes I used to make I merely use the Moringstar Vegetarian Crumbles (ground beef), Chicken Strips, or Steak Strips instead. They're in the frozen section of supermarket. They're quick and easy to use and taste really good.
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If you're looking for an easy and tasty substitute for ground beef in Mexican foods try El Burrito's Soy Taco or Lightline's Smart Ground Taco/Burito crumbles. Just heat and eat.
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Peanut Butter & Pickle Sandwich (dill of course)
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I have many. I'll collect a few and post them.
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If I were a vegetarian - breakfast would be on the menu three times a day.
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I don't eat tofu right now but I'm willing to try it. Is it usually expensive?


No specific favorite vegetables I can think of. I usually eat what is convenient so mexican food and pasta like I said above. I figure vegi pasta is easy with premade sauce (since that is what i use for pasta anyway).
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Bacalao con Tomate
(Cod Fish with Tomato Sauce)


Spanish Recipes for Lent
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Lentil Soup

Serves 4-6

7oz dried split red lentils
5oz dried whole brown lentils
6 cups vegetable stock
1/2 small onion, chopped
1 carrot, chopped
1/8 tsp celery seed (optional)
1 large sweet potato, chopped
3 Tbsp good olive oil
2 bay leaves
2 tsp red wine vinegar

1. Mix all the ingredients except the vinegar in a large saucepan. Bring to a boil and simmer, uncovered, for at least 45 minutes, adding hot water as necessary.

2. Stir in the vinegar, check seasoning and serve.

(I usually use an emulsifier to blend it to a creamy consistancy)

Quite easy and quite good.....
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Hummus

INGREDIENTS
1 (15 ounce) can garbanzo beans, drained, liquid reserved
1 clove garlic, crushed
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 tablespoon lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon parika
chili oil (optional - but damn good)


DIRECTIONS
In a blender or food processor combine garbanzo beans, garlic, cumin, salt and olive oil. Blend on low speed, gradually adding reserved bean liquid, until desired consistency is achieved.

Super easy.....
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KVRDave's favorite Butternut Squash Soup!

INGREDIENTS

2 tablespoons butter
1 small onion, chopped
1 stalk celery, chopped
1 medium carrot, chopped
2 medium potatoes, cubed
1 medium butternut squash - peeled, seeded, and cubed
1 (32 fluid ounce) container vegetable stock
salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste


DIRECTIONS

Melt the butter in a large pot, and cook the onion, celery, carrot, potatoes, and squash 5 minutes, or until lightly browned. Pour in enough of the vegetable stock to cover vegetables. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover pot, and simmer 40 minutes, or until all vegetables are tender.

Transfer the soup to a blender, and blend until smooth. Return to pot, and mix in any remaining stock to attain desired consistency. Season with salt and pepper.


Good stuff here.....
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[QUOTE=Venusian]I don't eat tofu right now but I'm willing to try it. Is it usually expensive?QUOTE]
Not at all its about 2 bucks for a large package. It comes in soft, firm, extra firm. I get the extra firm, cut into cubes, fry the cubes in oil and throw it in thai food, chinese food, indian curries as a substitute for chicken or pork sometimes.
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Yes, if you are trying tofu, always get the extra firm.
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Originally Posted by Minor Threat
Transfer the soup to a blender, and blend until smooth. Return to pot, and mix in any remaining stock to attain desired consistency. Season with salt and pepper.
Add plain yogurt to it when you return it to the pot. The consistency and flavor will be really nice.

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