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Thu Sep 3, 2015, 08:00 PM

Great Vegetarian recipes?

My husband decided to go veg after watching "Forks Over Knives" last week, and he thinks it would help his cholesterol numbers. I'm very out of practice on this particular genre of cooking, as my vegetarian daughter has been grown up and on her own for quite a while. So, although I'm surfing all over, and finding some good stuff, does anyone have any dishes they absolutely love?

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PennyK Sep 2015 OP
Warpy Sep 2015 #1
noamnety Sep 2015 #2
Snarkoleptic Sep 2015 #3
NJCher Sep 2015 #4
PennyK Sep 2015 #5
SheilaT Sep 2015 #6

Response to PennyK (Original post)

Thu Sep 3, 2015, 08:06 PM

1. I have cookbooks I love

Bittman's book is a good one, starting with basic fare and then listing all sorts of variations on it. It's also fairly comprehensive. I find it a little bland in the seasoning, but that's likely because I live at high altitude. Sriracha helps.

http://www.amazon.com/How-Cook-Everything-Vegetarian-Meatless/dp/0764524836/ref=pd_sim_sbs_14_1?ie=UTF8&refRID=17G34PGW3QRWREWMSM2T&dpSrc=sims&dpST=_AC_UL320_SR284%2C320_

When I'm stuck with a cupboard of unfriendly ingredients, his is the book I turn to.

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Response to PennyK (Original post)

Thu Sep 3, 2015, 09:45 PM

2. postpunkkitchen - great vegan blog

 

My vegankid references it regularly, and I've always had great luck with it.

And from it, you must make this! www.theppk.com/2008/10/spicy-peanut-eggplant-and-shallot-stew/

I leave out the cilantro (ick) and green beans, but it's pretty forgiving - you can add other veggies or just ignore them. Sadly it doesn't look that great in the photo. But it's to die for!

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Response to PennyK (Original post)

Thu Sep 3, 2015, 10:05 PM

3. Mrs. Snark and I recently began our vegetarian experiment and this book has been tremendous help.

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Response to PennyK (Original post)

Fri Sep 4, 2015, 10:17 AM

4. google "Mollie Katzen recipes"

She has a whole collection of them on her website, along with her delightful art.


Cher

p.s. added on edit, for those who are new to vegetarian cooking, Mollie is the person credited with getting vegetarianism popular. Her first cookbook, The Enchanted Broccoli Forest, was made up from recipes from her cooperative restaurant in upstate NY, started, I think, when she was in college.

There are videos of Mollie at her site and probably youtube, also. She is a most delightful person. I have all her cookbooks and she is my "go to" person for vegetarian recipes.

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Response to PennyK (Original post)

Fri Sep 4, 2015, 03:22 PM

5. Thanks!

Lots of very good stuff here. But tonight I'm making Cuban-style Black Beans and Rice (for two) from Cooks Illustrated (which I already had). Soaking dried beans for my first time ever today.

This looks to be a fun adventure!

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Fri Sep 4, 2015, 06:05 PM

6. Not an actual vegetarian here, but I have plenty of recipes that don't involve meat.

 

Here's a favorite of mine. It's a side dish, and makes a great pot-luck bring along if you think there will be people there who are very fussy about what they eat:

Butter Bean Salad from Rachael Ray

2 cans butter beans, rinsed and drained, 15 ounces each
1/2 red bell pepper, diced
1/2 green bell pepper, diced
1/2 red onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
1 teaspoon ground cumin, 1/3 palm full
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 large lemon, juiced
Coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper


I think next time I do my stint at the homeless shelter I'll quadruple that recipe and bring it.

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