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« on: January 27, 2005 09:22:03 AM »

I decided I am in dire need of new vegetarian (I'm not vegan) recipes.  I have just a few I keep recycling.  Thing is, I'm kinda picky, so it's not too easy to find recipes. Would y'all be willing to help me out here? I'm good at just throwing stuff together for everyday-type meals, its the somewhat more complex recipes I lack.

Things I do not eat: mushrooms (not at ALL), bananas, meat, fish, tomatos-whole or in pieces (sauce-type things are okay), Tofu (have not yet found a recipe I like it in, so far the texture is always not cool), asparagus, brussel sprouts, and I think I am missing a few things. I will say I have tried all these things multiple times, and just cannot reconcile with the taste or texture.

I will also add that I live in Topeka, Kansas, and a lot of the special health food/vegetarian substitution stuff is VERY expensive here.

All your help is very much appreciated, thanks.
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« Reply #1 on: January 27, 2005 09:41:31 AM »

Have you checked out websites like Vegweb and even recipezaar?  VegWeb is a vegan recipe database (among other things) and recipezaar has a search feature that allows you to include or exclude ingredients and types of preparation.  When I try to come up with new things to eat, I often think of what I like from restaurants and try to come up with a home version.   

Here are a few of the things I love to make and that are quick and easy to prepare:

Black beans and home fries - chop up an onion and sautee it in a pan with a little oil (olive oil is really bad for this), then chop a few potatoes and add them to the pan once the onion has started to cook a bit (you can zap them in the microwave a bit to speed up the cooking time and then add them to the pan), salt and pepper as you like, you can add chopped bell pepper to this if you like it.  Then, open up a can of black beans, drain and rinse, and then pour those on top, sprinkle with a little shredded cheese if you like, you can add guacamole or sliced avocado, and then I add a sauce made from mixing salsa with yogurt or sour cream.  I usually use two parts salsa to one part yogurt or sour cream, I really like green salsa with this. 

Pita pizzas - in the toaster oven, toast a whole pita (sometimes to trick myself into thinking I am getting to eat more than I am since I am trying to lose weight, I split the pita in half so that I have two round circles of pita).  Then add a thin layer of sauce, sprinkle a little shredded cheese and whatever toppings you like (My favorite is sundried tomatoes, hearts of palm and broccoli) and stick it back in the toaster oven until the cheese melts.  Don't load it up too much with the toppings because it gets soggy

Pita tostadas - same deal as with the pizzas, then spread some vegeteraian refried beans on the top, sprinkle shredded cheese, heat up again, add shredded lettuce, sour cream, salsa, guac etc.

Boca pita- cut off about the top 1/4 of the pita to make a pocket, toast.  Microwave or cook a boca or other veggie burger in the microwave, cut into smaller pieces, mix with salad greens and other veggies and some dressing of your choice and add to the pita.

"tuna" salad pita - take a can of garbanzo beans, some chopped pickle or pickle relish (I like dill, not sweet), mayo, yogurt or mayo substitute, chopped celery, a sprinkle of garlic and paprika and mash all together.  It creates a spread sort of like tuna, but it isnt tuna and its really tasty.  Spread some into a pita.

Well, I guess that's a lot of ideas for you.  I hope that's what you were looking for.

« Reply #2 on: January 28, 2005 02:09:22 AM »

I LOVE stemaed veggies with brown rice or rice noodles with chich peas Mash some of them & leave some whole. For more floao ilive Chinesse five spice, or curry powder, or a lil sprinkle of taco seaxing or ranch dressing seasoing.
Stemed cawliflower mashed with alittle soymilk, & cheese & garlic ... taste a little like mashed potatoes.
the boca products are very good ...  i love the patties toasted nte toaster & kinda crumbled over a salad of fresh spnache & cottage cheese

« Reply #3 on: January 28, 2005 05:21:25 AM »

Vegweb is my savior. I really suggest spending some time on there. The best part is that you can create your own recipe box, so you'll always have the recipes you like best in a PM-box like section on the site!
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« Reply #4 on: January 28, 2005 03:43:46 PM »

Than you all so much!
« Reply #5 on: January 28, 2005 04:39:10 PM »

check out http://www.vitalita.com/cookbooks.html

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« Reply #6 on: May 04, 2006 03:54:25 AM »

My diet is becoming a tad boring, so I could use ALL the help you lovely people can give me.

Stuff that is yucky:

meat (red, white, and fish/seafood)
milk (unless it's used in a way that masks taste and texture)
brussel sprouts
red peppers
REALLY processed cheese (i.e. Velveeta and American)

Also, I live in Kansas where it's nigh impossible (in my city) to get stuff like quinoa, and some of the spices in Indian, African, Vietnaese, Thai, and some South American dishes. Or, if you find it, it's EXPENSIVE.  To give you an idea, our local grocery store JUST started carrying soy milk 1-2 years ago.  And it's still frickin' expsensive because not too many people buy it.

Thanks.   :-)
« Reply #7 on: May 04, 2006 07:58:17 PM »

haha.. this is soo funny! my boyfriend and i are vegs. and he hates almost everything you hate tomatoes, mushrooms, tofu, asparagas and peppers.. it doesn't leave out a lot of things though.. have you tried looking through the vegetarian recipe collection? it's posted somewhere around here.. you could make mac n cheese? that's super easy .. i made that last night.. try burritos.. a lot of asian things (im chinese) you really only need oyster sauce and soy sauce and you can make a lot of things! (since it's so expensive out there) would you eat chili? (no meat) you can't taste the tomato if you use tomato sauce .. and it's quite easy to make.. do you like cheesy things? alfredo is an easy sauce (butter cheese and heavy cream) (not very figure friendly, but it's so good i can't resist) let me know if youw any recipes .. good luck with your search
« Reply #8 on: May 04, 2006 08:11:31 PM »

You can still have pizza! And pb& j, salads, stir fry, veggie burgers/hot dogs/chicken nuggets, soups (lentil or vegetable), spaghetti and garlic bread, baked potatoes with lots of toppings, apples, granola, bean burritos, baked beans, grilled cheese sandwiches, kabobs, popcorn, chips, and french fries.  Just think of all the foods you DO like and all the forms it comes in, like me and potatoes: baked, scalloped and au gratin, french fries, hash browns, mashed, etc.  Also you can make some easy meals with hamburger helper - just skip the meat or throw in some ground veggie burger or TVP if you're sick of mac n cheese.  Then, I have to agree with greentea, asian food = wonderful.

But for the sake of some little mouthful of flesh, we deprive a soul of the sun and light and of that proportion of life and time it had been born into the world to enjoy - Plutarch
« Reply #9 on: May 04, 2006 09:40:19 PM »

For a kick of inspiration- go check out vegan lunch box.

save your fork- there's pie! http://www.browniepointsblog.com
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