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« on: April 09, 2008 11:04:10 AM »

So there is a big vegetarian/vegan potluck festival coming up Sunday at my school. I am a vegetarian, but am strapped for ideas on what to bring. It will take place outdoors on a warm day without electricity for several hours, so the food has to still taste fine after sitting out for a while (so no fried tofu or anything).

Also, I am a student on an extremely tight budget (saving for a trip to Europe this summer) so it has to be cheapcheapcheap. I do have access to all kinds of cookware, most spices, common baking ingredients, and I have a lot of experience baking/cooking so complexity is no problem.

So post your favorite cheap potluck recipes, savory or sweet!
It will be much appreciated!
« Last Edit: April 09, 2008 11:06:53 AM by wealleatpasta » THIS ROCKS   Logged

« Reply #1 on: April 12, 2008 10:38:08 AM »

Well, it's kind of a cheater's way out, but pasta salad is really easy, cheap, and great for a crowd.  Cook a box or two of pasta (tri-color rotini is fun), add a bunch of chopped veggies (little pieces of whatever's cheap -- I usually do carrots, green onions, broccoli, cooked frozen corn and/or peas, sometimes artichoke hearts if I have them around), a couple of cans of chickpeas or kidney beans, and a can of chopped black olives.  Then add bottled Italian salad dressing to taste and refrigerate overnight.  Add a little more dressing just before serving.  It'll be fine to sit out at the picnic -- no dairy/eggs/meat to spoil -- but if you want, you can put the bowl of pasta salad inside a bowl of ice.

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« Reply #2 on: April 13, 2008 12:03:50 PM »

I make a beans and rice dish.  Sometimes I use black beans, sometimes I use garbanzo beans.  Mince a few cloves of garlic and some onion in a skillet.  Add salt, pepper, dried chili flakes, and some cumin.  Put in your rinsed beans.  Make sure you use enough salt, because all of this is going to get tossed with the rice.  It's delicious, cheap, easy, and has always disappeared at potlucks.

The pasta salad idea is also good. I second that one as well.  I sometimes make mine with prepared pesto sauce, but that contains cheese, so you may want to avoid it so vegans could eat it.

You could also just buy or make some hummus or some other dip (care2.com has some great recipes) and make your own toasted pita chips. Or guacamole and homemade tortilla chips.  I just cut the corn tortillas into triangles and bake them.   

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