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Old 04-27-2014, 05:25 PM   #51
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We are a vegan family! Glad to see this thread!

Honestly, I rarely look for vegan recipes. I have 3 vegan cookbooks I have never opened. I actually find it fun to make new vegan recipes based off non vegan yummy ones I find. I don't like food that tastes too "healthy", and a lot of vegan recipes I've found kind of take some of the richness or flavor out or taste like "healthy" versions of what I really want.

This is a homemade recipe based on my grandmother's non vegan baked mac n cheese. It's the favorite around here. It was the first non-vegan recipe I fully and successfully converted. It uses Leahey's cheese sauce mix which you can find on their website or here:

Baked Macaroni and Cheese

3 cups dry macaroni
6 tbsp Earth Balance
6 tbsp flour
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 cup + 1tbsp cheese sauce mix
2 cups water

1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
2. Cook elbow macaroni until tender, then drain.
3. Melt butter, then add flour and mix to make a paste.
4. Mix cheese sauce mix and water, bring to boil for a minute or two. Add flour/butter paste and salt and mix.
5. Place cooked macaroni in casserole dish and pour cheese sauce over and mix in.
6. Bake for 30 minutes.

Garlic Linguine - This one is super basic and easy and my kids always eat it, so we have it quite a bit! Super cheap to make too.

Tofu Parmigiana - This is also pretty basic, and so yummy! We use daiya or teese cheese and homemade parmesan (I'll link to that, too).

Parmesan Cheese -

Taco Casserole - And this is my DF's absolute favorite. I use Gardien grounds and daiya cheddar.

Sugar Cookies - these are the most perfect little cookies ever, I have had to stop making them because we (I, lol) would go through a whole batch in like a day.


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Old 07-12-2014, 11:40 PM   #52
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This recipe originally calls for chicken, but I always use tofu instead

Serves: 4
Cooking time (approx.): 37 minutes

1 block of extra firm tofu, pressed and cut into cubes
1 large chopped
1 cups each of fresh coriander and mint leaves chopped (loosely packed)
2 celery stalks
4 green chillies
2 teaspoons each of ginger and garlic paste
1 teaspoons each of cumin and garam masala powder
4 teaspoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons oil
salt to taste
fresh cream and finely chopped coriander leaves for garnishing

Grind the coriander, celery and mint leaves along with the chopped onions, green chillies and lemon juice to make a green paste. Heat oil in a heavy-bottomed pan on medium level for about 2 minutes.
Add the green paste and fry on medium level for about 5 minutes or till the paste is a pale green. Add the ginger-garlic pastes,garam masala and cumin powders. Fry again for a few seconds.
Add the tofu and sprinkle salt to taste. Mix well. Cover and cook on low heat for about 30 minutes.

Garnish with fresh cream and/or chopped coriander. I also like to serve it with cucumber raita and serve it on either brown rice or with garlic naan.

TIP: The green paste can be made from any combination of green leafy vegetables like spinach, dill, fenugreek, basil, oregano, parsely along with fresh coriander.

Recipe above is my adaptation of this
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Old 08-09-2014, 11:20 AM   #53
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I don't have a recipe for it yet but I had the most amazing falafel gyro the other day. I have been craving it since.
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Old 09-04-2014, 10:41 AM   #54
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1.5 cups dates or figs
1.5 cups toasted walnuts
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tblspoons cocoa powder
1/2 cup finely shredded coconut

soak dates or figs in hot water for 10 mins, drain well
in food processor, grind nuts into small pieces, almost powder
add dates/figs, vanilla, and cocoa powder, puree well.
Will look like thick cookie dough
Roll pieces into 1/2 inch balls, roll in coconut to coat
Store in covered container in the fridge, keep for 2 weeks,

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Old 09-04-2014, 10:44 AM   #55
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apple/ pear chutney - SO EASY & so much better than out of a jar.

1 large ripe pear, cored & coarsely chopped
1 apple, cored & coarsely chopped
1/4 cup minced onions
2 Tbspns raisins
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup rice vinegar
1/4 teaspn ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspn minced fresh ginger

all ingredients into a medium saucepan, bring to a boil, reduce to med low heat, cook for 25 minutes, uncovered, stir occasionally, until fruit and onions are soft & liquid is syrupy.
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Old 09-04-2014, 10:49 AM   #56
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Creamy Portobello Mushroom Soup

1.5 Tbsps. olive oil
1/2 medium onion, diced
1 minced garlic clove
1 thinly sliced carrot
1 diced celery stalk
1 chopped Portobello
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon dried marjoram
2 cups vegie broth
2 Tablespoons flour
2 cups soy milk
2 teaspoons soy sauce
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
chopped fresh parsley

Warm oil over med heat in a 4 quart pot
Add onion, garlic, carrot, celery, Portobello, salt & marjoram
Sauté for 10 minutes stirring frequently.

put 1/4 cup veg broth and flour into a container, stir well to make a paste, set aside

Add remaining broth, soy milk, soy sauce, and cayenne to the pot, bring to a boil.
Slowly pour in flour mixture, stirring constantly
As soon as flour mixture is added, reduce heat & simmer for 10 mins stirring occasionally.
Ladle into bowls, garnish with parsley.
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Old 12-23-2014, 08:38 AM   #57
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Basic garlic rice:
Whatever pot you use to make rice,
Add a little cooking oil and put on high heat. Add chopped garlic and fry until golden brown. Then add water and rice to the pot.

This makes a great basic risotto base. You could add vegetables, cheese and stir together to create a poor man's risotto.

roasted butternut squash soup

Cut butternut squash in half put facedown on baking sheet add water and roast in oven for about an hour at 400°. I usually use about 3 to 4 butternut squash for a large batch of soup that serves about 10 people.

Meanwhile While squash is roasting, chop up 2 to 3 yellow onions and fry in oil in a large pot until lightly golden brown. You can also add some garlic.

Once The squash is done roasting, scoop out into pot. Add either vegetable broth or miso broth and stir until smooth. Viola, quick squash soup!

To make the above into a light squash curry, instead of adding broth, add coconut milk and sprinkle in curry powder to taste. A little goes a long way so only add a little at a time.

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Old 01-13-2015, 07:09 PM   #58
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Re: We need a vegetarian meals thread!

The cabbage soup sounds amazing
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Bookmarking this! Can't wait to try some of these!
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Old 03-17-2015, 02:46 AM   #60
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I admire people who are vegetarian. I try not to eat meat but when I go to restaurant I eat... At home, I don't like it and I can avoid it easily. My dream is to become vegetarian but I still don't have motivation enough to success. Congratulations to the ones who succeed!
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