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Vegetarian Recipes?

Postby exolstice » Wed Nov 05, 2008 3:08 pm

KSC I'm looking in your direction. I don't think we've eaten meat in over a week save for tuna, but we're running out of ideas.
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Postby MT » Wed Nov 05, 2008 4:16 pm

i had vegetarian pizza for lunch.

pasta dishes, stirfries, zucchini parm, BLTs, falafel, 7 layer dip & tortillas, any mexican dish for that matter.
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Postby exolstice » Wed Nov 05, 2008 4:26 pm

We tried falafel and it was a disaster!

What's a 7 layer dip?
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Postby MT » Wed Nov 05, 2008 4:30 pm

frijoles refritos, guac, frijoles negros, queso, sour cream, pico de gallo, chives, or whatever you like in it. my wife and I would gorge on a huge bowl of that with a nice hearty chip. tostito's scoops work well.
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Postby MT » Wed Nov 05, 2008 4:35 pm

my wife and I once made tabbouleh and it was a disaster.
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Postby exolstice » Wed Nov 05, 2008 5:06 pm

Laura doesn't like avocado.
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Postby MT » Wed Nov 05, 2008 5:08 pm

then leave that layer out. i made it the other day with just salsa, cheese, and refritos.
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Postby MT » Wed Nov 05, 2008 11:09 pm

breakfast rubbish: flapjacks, freedom toast :neverforget:, frittata, quiche, omelets.


i guess i should have asked for the main reason for going veg. humane or health?
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Postby exolstice » Wed Nov 05, 2008 11:17 pm

Because it's hip.
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Postby MT » Thu Nov 06, 2008 8:51 am

perfectly acceptable.
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Postby exolstice » Thu Nov 06, 2008 9:21 am

The realish (relish?) reason is that it's cheaper. I think.
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Postby MT » Thu Nov 06, 2008 9:29 am

i wouldn't think so, but maybe.
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Postby Oread » Thu Nov 06, 2008 9:34 am

Humane-ish reasons, & we do have veg cookbooks, exo just doesn't like going through them the couple times a week he has to make dinner ;)
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Postby exolstice » Thu Nov 06, 2008 9:58 am

For Oread it's humane reasons, I just like saying I'm vegetarian and forcing hosts to cook around that fact.
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Postby KSC2-303 » Tue Jan 06, 2009 4:24 pm

I missed this I guess.

I too like being a difficult guest. Also, depending upon the host, you can make them often feel bad that all they have to offer you are meat filled dishes. With a big smile and polite as you can muster without being overly fake, "It's okay, I'll just have bread or something!" That usually gets you an offer to have them make something entirely for you. I love that. Then the next time you go there they make you a special dish that most times is better than the main cource they prepared for the rest of the party! Then everyone is jealous!

Anyway. If it's truely altrusistic motives, Oread, I would definitely try the Morning Star brands of fake "meats". When "Veggie Bugers" first came out, they were okay, but they just look like someone chewed up vegetables, spit them out, then molded them into a patty. Now they have everything from Ribblets, ground "beef" , "chicken" cutlets, and even steak strips. I've fooled a few meat eaters with some of their products.

So now that we have these to add to our diet we can open up ALL the dishes in the world. Sick of bean tacos. get the ground beef. You can also do sloppy joes, meatballs, and even meat loaf with them following any old traditional recipe. Sausage, pepper, onion, and potato sandwiches are fucking amazing. With the Chick Patties you can prepare them parmesian, BBQ, or just fry them up, cut them into strips, put them on a roll with melted cheese, lettuce, tomato, and mayo and have chicken cutlet sandwiches. They even make nuggets.

Most of it is delicious. The only ones that don't really do it for meat eaters are the bacon and steak. You just can't reproduce the fatty taste that they naturally contain. Most of the other meats in the world aren't really enjoyed for the meat itself, but for the spices or sauces you put on them, so if you take those spices and jam them into vegetable protein it's nearly as satisfying.

Other than that, you have ommlettes, pastas, rices, potatoes. Buy lots of fresh garlic and get a spice rack and start experimenting. I've made cream sauces, pumpkin soups, stuffed peppers, sausage rolls, garlic mashed red potatoes, curries, you name it. Tonight I'm making BBQ rib sandwiches with scalloped potatoes and broccoli.

And don't forget that Taco Bell is your best bet for fast food. They will make every item on the menu with bean instead of whatever they are passsing off as beef these days.

One last thing. If you ever get into completely, prepare a great answer for the most ignornat question you'll ever be asked when admitting vegetarianism; "You don't eat meat?? What do you eat then?"
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Postby exolstice » Tue Jan 06, 2009 4:28 pm

I totally forgot about this!
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Postby Ghost » Tue Jan 06, 2009 6:04 pm

I never looked at it because I'm not gay.

I'm looking at it now because maybe I am.
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Postby MT » Tue Jan 06, 2009 7:38 pm

i started making up answers to "you don't drink, why not?!?!"

at least one time someone asked me that and i bluntly replied that I once killed a family of three. they replied with some comment about drunk driving, to which i replied "i wasn't in a car."
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Postby Oread » Tue Jan 06, 2009 11:13 pm

KSC2-303 wrote:Anyway. If it's truely altrusistic motives, Oread, I would definitely try the Morning Star brands of fake "meats". When "Veggie Bugers" first came out, they were okay, but they just look like someone chewed up vegetables, spit them out, then molded them into a patty. Now they have everything from Ribblets, ground "beef" , "chicken" cutlets, and even steak strips. I've fooled a few meat eaters with some of their products.


Many moons ago I worked for a friend in a health food store, we carried a lot of these products & I went to several food shows to sample wares... long story short, I usually like the "chewed up veggie" burgers better than the fake meats. I've never tried a fake meat I like, I'm sure they've changed for the better over the years, but I'll take tofu, couscous, beans, veggies, etc. over TVP et al. any day.
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Postby MT » Wed Jan 07, 2009 12:02 am

nothing sounds more appetizing than textured vegetable proteins...mmmm!!

i agree, I see no reason to have to substitute meats. there are so many more options to keep your menu varied.
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Postby KSC2-303 » Wed Jan 07, 2009 8:37 am

You centainly don't need them, but they do offer variety. Really, the biggest problem with vegetarianism is it costs more money. Hopefully one day things will easier like in Star Trek.

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Postby exolstice » Wed Jan 07, 2009 9:23 am

Then we could eat all the meat we want without having to worry about ethical considerations!
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Postby Felmat » Sat Jan 24, 2009 12:26 am

How about a salad?
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Postby Ghost » Sat Jan 24, 2009 10:22 am

BBQ salad maybe. MAYBE
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Postby Felmat » Sat Jan 24, 2009 9:30 pm

Salad is also palatable when coated in batter and deep fried.

On a more serious note, try an Indian cookbook. Lots of Indian dishes are vegetarian, since if you include meat, you invariably piss off one or more religious groups within the country. Indian cooking isn't hard, but it can be slightly challenging to find some of the spices unless you have an ethnic market nearby. It also seems to be the sort of cooking where you have to stir stuff regularly, but other than that, it's like a flavor party in your mouth.

As I've gotten older, I find I can eat far less meat and still be satisfied, but I don't think I could ever give it up completely.
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Postby Ghost » Sun Jan 25, 2009 9:58 am

I've never eaten Indian food and there is an Indian restaurant less than a mile from my house. I enjoy eating and trying new things, so I don't know why I've avoided Indian food for so long.
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Postby MT » Sun Jan 25, 2009 11:45 am

i had some when i was a teen, and was indifferent. i'd like to try it again, but my eating companion just had some a few weeks ago and was turned off by it.
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Postby Felmat » Mon Jan 26, 2009 12:03 am

It really depends on what you get and on the restaurant itself--I've had really good Indian cuisine and really shitty as well. In general, it tends to be far more spicy than American food, not just in terms of heat, but the use of spices in general. Many dishes tend to be on the hot side even when prepared mild. I'm a Thai food addict, so I'm used to hot food, but Mrs. F. doesn't like it at all, and sometimes it's tough for her to find Indian dishes that are mild enough for her taste. Also, they tend to have a lot of lamb offerings, which can be a big turn off for some people. Personally, I enjoy lamb, though it's got a bit of a funky taste to it, which probably explains why they go so heavy on the spices. Chicken tikka masala is a pretty safe dish to try if you're just starting out, and rogan josh with lamb is nice as well, especially since they named it after me.
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Postby Ghost » Mon Jan 26, 2009 5:50 pm

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Postby exolstice » Mon Jan 26, 2009 9:31 pm

I love Indian food. I've also had Sri Lankan once, and it was terrific. I eat Thai once a week, maybe.
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