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    I've been eating vegetarian for a couple months now, but I'm running out of ideas. Quinoa stir fry has been my meal of choice. Anyone got a tasty recipe, or can recommend a good site?

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    This is a simple one that is probably on your radar (or something similar). This is for when i want that meal that is ready in 10 minutes or less. All ingredients picked up at Trader Joe's.

    Stir fry a block of tofu (slice into pieces of a size you like) in olive oil with some garlic salt and pepper. After about a minute or 2, throw in some frozen harvest vegetables. While your doing that, microwave one of those brown rice bowls or bags. When the veggies and tofu are close to done, throw in the desired amount of rice and mix it up. If you want, you can shake on some parmesan cheese. Fast and mmmmm.
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    The Most Complicated Vegetarian Lasagana Ever

    I love, love, love Mark Bittman's How to Cook Everything Vegetarian: Simple Meatless Recipes for Great Food. It's chock full of delicious things (but no photos), and if I had more room for cookbooks in my hallway bookshelf I'd buy my own copy instead of repeatedly borrowing it from the library.

    It seems like it has been a billion years since I made vegetarian lasagna. Now that the weather has turned crisp I've been itching to make it. Bittman has a wonderful recipe for it and at first glance it seems like every other vegetarian lasagna recipe I've made in the past. But here is where it gets complicated- Bittman's recipe called for fresh pasta (ha! I'm not where near that yet) and homemade sauce (which I have not made before but curious to try). Then he suggests 11 options for layers in the lasagna including:
    Broiled or Steamed Greens
    Roasted Artichoke Hearts
    Grilled or Broiled Eggplant
    Eggplant Slices with Garlic and Parsley
    Sauteed Mushrooms
    Caramelized Onions
    Roasted Red Peppers
    Oven Roasted Fresh Plum Tomatoes
    Butternut Squash, Braised and Glazed
    Panfried Pumpkin with Tomato Sauce
    Baked Mixed Vegetables with Olive Oil

    Now the recipe already calls for 3 cups fresh spinach so I didn't want to go overboard with veggies (actually I did, but Mr. Snowgoose who didn't). Mr. Snowgoose requested the grilled eggplant and since we had received a grill pan earlier in the week as a gift, I was glad to oblige him.

    Before I continue I should show you exactly how small my kitchen is. I've had bigger bathtubs.

    My small kitchen made the lasagna quite difficult. For starters the grill pan take up most of the stove top, so I had to grill the eggplant first and set it aside. Then I boiled the noodles (though we don't have a large pot to boil in yet) and started the tomato sauce. During the process I ran out of counter space and had to get creative on where I made my work stations.

    Here is a breakdown of the recipes:
    Lasagna
    Ingredients:
    Salt
    1 recipe any fresh pasta, rolled into sheets, or 12 dried lasagna noodles
    2 tablespoons softened butter or extra virgin olive oil
    2 recipes Fast Tomato Sauce
    3 cups cooked spinach, squeezed dry and chopped or any other dropped vegetable
    3 cups ricotta, plus more if needed
    2 cups freshly grated Parmesan, plus more as needed
    Freshly ground black pepper

    Directions:
    1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil and salt it. Cook the noodles (6 at a time for dried noodles) until they are tender but underdone (they will finish cooking as the lasagna bakes). Drain and then lay the noodles flat on a towel so they don't stick.
    2. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Grease a rectangular baking dish with the butter and olive oil, add a large dollop of tomato sauce, and spread it around. Put a layer of noodles in the dish, trimming any overhanging edges; top with a layer of tomato sauce, 1/3 spinach, and 1.4 of the ricotta and Parmesan. Sprinkle some salt and pepper between the layers of tomato sauce and spinach as needed.
    3. Repeat the layers twice and top with the remaining noodles, tomato sauce, ricotta and Parmesan. I added 1 layer of grilled eggplant instead of a layer of noodles.

    4. Bake until the lasagna is bubbling and the cheese is melted and lightly browned on top, about 30 minutes. Remove from the oven and let rest for a few minutes before serving.

    Grilled Eggplant
    Ingredients:
    2 medium or one large eggplant
    1 teaspoon minced garlic
    4-6 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

    Directions:
    1. Peel the eggplant if the skin is thick or the eggplant is less than perfectly firm; cut it into 1/2 inch thick slices. Heat a charcoal or gas grill or the broiler to moderately high heat and put the grill rack about 4 inches from the heat source or the broiler rack 4 to 6 inches from the heat source.
    2. If you like, stir the garlic into the olive oil, then brush one side of the eggplant slices with the oil. Place oiled side down, on a baking sheet or directly on the grill. Sprinkle with salt and pepper, then brush with more oil.
    3. Broil or grill until browned on both sides, turning once or twice, brushing with more olive oil if the eggplant looks dry and adjusting the heat or position as necessary to keep the eggplant cooking steadily without burning. , usually less than 10 minutes. Serve hot or at room temperature.

    Fast Tomato Sauce
    Ingredients:
    3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil or butter
    1 medium onion chopped
    one 24-36 ounce can tomatoes, drained and chopped
    salt and freshly ground pepper
    Freshly grated Parmesan
    chopped parsley or basil leaves for garnish

    Directions:
    1. Put the olive oil in a 10-12 inch skillet over medium high heat. When hot, add the onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until soft 2 or 3 minutes. Add the tomatoes, along with a sprinkling of salt and pepper.
    2. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the tomatoes break up and mixture comes together and thickens, 10 to 15 minutes. Taste, adjust the seasoning, and immediately toss the pasta (garnish with cheese or an herb if you'd like)or use in other dishes.

    The tomato sauce is really good!

    Cook's notes:
    The whole cooking process took over 2 hours, but was worth it. We took the lasagna over to my Father in Law's house for Sunday dinner. Both he and Mr. Snowgoose ate several helpings and took leftovers to work for lunch for two days. Mr. Snowgoose even requested we eat the lasagna two nights in a row. I suppose it helped I made an extra side dish of it.

    Would I make this again? Probably, though I'd make the sauce ahead of time and probably just use caramelized onions and sauteed mushrooms, though the grilled eggplant was a nice addition.

    Also, I just mixed the ricotta and spinach together to make it easier to spread for the layers.
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    I have created a ton of vegetarian recipes for dishes way more exciting than Stirfrys, but since I plan to open a vegetarian restaurant I'm not going to post any here. I suggest you use your imagination and buy a cookbook.
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    gps~ that was one long ass recipie, i couldn't even read the entire thing let alone attempt it.

    any recipes i would greatly appreciate as i am culinarily retarded, ivankay's recipe made sense and seems doable to me
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    http://www.101cookbooks.com/archives/000148.html

    This is an awesome spinach-mushroom quiche (tofu instead of eggs) recipe and it's really easy, just get a frozen ready made pie crust somewhere instead of making it from scratch. I made it on Christmas morning, it was excellent!

    This is what mine looked like:

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    Ohhhhhh I like this thread. I should bookmark this on my web browser!


    Vegan pancakes anyone?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ivankay View Post
    This is a simple one that is probably on your radar (or something similar). This is for when i want that meal that is ready in 10 minutes or less. All ingredients picked up at Trader Joe's.

    Stir fry a block of tofu (slice into pieces of a size you like) in olive oil with some garlic salt and pepper. After about a minute or 2, throw in some frozen harvest vegetables. While your doing that, microwave one of those brown rice bowls or bags. When the veggies and tofu are close to done, throw in the desired amount of rice and mix it up. If you want, you can shake on some parmesan cheese. Fast and mmmmm.
    Or, if you are shopping at TJ's anyway, get some "Soyaki" sauce and omit the parmesan and it's a more traditional terriaki stir fry.
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    Another good meal that I make all the time is spaghetti and a salad.

    Boil spaghetti, drain. Keep the spaghetti in the colander while you put some olive oil, minced/pressed garlic, salt, pepper, and any herbs you might have (fresh basil is great, oregano, whatever tastes good). Simmer this for a minute or two, just until the garlic gets a little big golden-brown. Put the pasta back in, mix it up, add a bunch of parmesan and if you want, some marinara sauce (I use the TJ's "Rustico") although it does just fine without marinara also.

    For a single size salad for myself, I mix up 3 tbsp olive oil, 2 tsp lemon juice, 2 tbsp pine nuts, dice up 1/4 to 1/2 of a tomato, sliced black olives, salt, pepper, and minced/pressed garlic. I usually let this sit while I cook the pasta (so that the flavors meld together nicely) then when I'm ready to eat, add greens (I get the "Sorrento" greens mix at TJ's).

    If you want garlic bread, I use minced/pressed garlic, a couple tbsp of "Earth Balance" (it's good butter replacement stuff made with olive and soy oil, tasty!), and olive oil. I also let this sit for a while while the pasta is cooking so that the garlic oils really come out, stirring occasionally. It also lets the "Earth Balance" soften up and mix in. Then, spread on a bread of your choice and sprinkle with parmesan if you want cheesy garlic bread. Cook on the stovetop for a few minutes until it has browned to your taste.
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    Quote Originally Posted by coldstart View Post
    Or, if you are shopping at TJ's anyway, get some "Soyaki" sauce and omit the parmesan and it's a more traditional terriaki stir fry.
    Sometimes i will use the soy-vey or spinach curry sauce to change up the flavor. It's a very versatile base to start with.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ivankay View Post
    Sometimes i will use the soy-vey or spinach curry sauce to change up the flavor. It's a very versatile base to start with.
    Exactly :P

    And TJ's has lots of tasty sauces to sample!
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    My daughter's favorite vegetarian dish is a chile relleno casserole that I can't find the recipe for. Was basically fillets of green chilies layered with chese and tomato sauce, and then you pour a bunch of beaten eggs over the whole thing and bake it.

    This one is similar:

    http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Chili-R...le/Detail.aspx
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    vietnamese cold rolls!

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    Pretty much anything with peanut sauce.


    I will come back and add a response of actual substance later.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pancakespancakes View Post
    Vegan pancakes anyone?
    Yes! My friends and I make Vegan Banana Pancakes when we come home late at night after parties. Goooood.

    Quote Originally Posted by coldstart View Post
    Or, if you are shopping at TJ's anyway, get some "Soyaki" sauce and omit the parmesan and it's a more traditional terriaki stir fry.
    Soyaki is my life. I swear by it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Courtney View Post
    Pretty much anything with peanut sauce.


    I will come back and add a response of actual substance later.
    Mmmmm, tofu satay with peanut sauce.

    This thread makes me hungry. I'm going to go eat now.
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    BURRITOS
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    AND INDIAN FOOD
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    CHICKEN TIKKA MASALA... oh wait. Nevermind...
    Chicken pot, chicken pot, chicken pot piiiieeeeeeeee!

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    Pretty much all Indian food can be made vegetarian, and about 70% of it doesn't need to be modified at all. Unless you're vegan, in which case good luck.
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    South indian is vegetarian. North India is where the muslims live. They like the meat...
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    Plenty of it is still vegetarian.
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    gay johnny is the best one.
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