Vegetarian recipes

Discussion in 'suburban75' started by ATOMIC SUPLEX, Mar 4, 2018.


    ATOMIC SUPLEX Member Since: 1985 Post Count: 3

    I did five out of seven days vegetarian last week (We had mackerel one day and chicken on another) and am thinking of going the whole hog. The food I cooked was fine and I didn't miss the meat at all. However, I'm running out of ideas. I'm also a bit worried that cheese is making waaaay too much of an appearance.

    Any ideas?
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  2. mr steev

    mr steev magic thought wizard

    What sort of thing do you enjoy eating/making?
    What meals have you tried already?
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  3. Supine

    Supine Rough Like Badger


    1. Pour wine
    2. Throw away Carrots
    3. Drink wine
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  4. mrs quoad

    mrs quoad Well-Known Member

    Ottolenghi :thumbs:

    Everything Ottolenghi.

    (Except for the meaty bits, obvs.)
  5. Mattym

    Mattym Well-Known Member

  6. mrs quoad

    mrs quoad Well-Known Member

    Last time I made that it gave two people thundering shits.

    One of them had come to stay with us specifically for a bike race the next day.

    She wasn’t too explicit about the consequences, but we haven’t seen her since. And that was four years ago!
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  7. Mattym

    Mattym Well-Known Member

    Essex Police could use that recipe!!!

    I shouldn't laugh at your cyclist story- but lol.

    This is also rather good...
    Mee goreng
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  8. shakespearegirl

    shakespearegirl just worked out taglines

    I’ve made that twice. The first time it was amazing, it made me actually like tofu. The second inedible..

    Lots of ottolenghi..

    Wahacha cookbook summer tacos - corn and courgette, with salsa and guacamole

    Just made some mushroom rolls, and some sausage ones for me!

    Twice baked potatoes with fried onion, sweet corn and red peppers

    Orzo with asparagus - boil orzo in veg stock, leave to drain completely and go cold. Steam asparagus but keep firm. Fry orzo in little hot oil, pressing down to get crispy edges, then add asparagus at the end. Squeeze of lemon and black pepper
  9. mrs quoad

    mrs quoad Well-Known Member

    I’d agree. I thought it was awesome. First time.

    It does need all the ingredients tho, and they are a pretty chuffing fierce combination.

    Edit: I’ve subsequently made the crispy tofu alone and, tbh, wouldn’t bother. Needs the oomph.
  10. QueenOfGoths

    QueenOfGoths Fuck you Dave!

    Veggie curries are ace, Indian or Thai inspired

    Coconut milk goes great with sweet potato and cauliflower so a Thai green curry would be good. Something like mutter paneer is tasty and not too difficult to make. Egg curry is amazing!

    Risotto, butternut squash or green veg (peas, asparagus).

    Spanish tortilla, again vary the veg with what you have.
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  11. Epona

    Epona Down with battered parsnips

    I'm an omnivore, but my husband is pescetarian so we eat fish/seafood 2 or 3 times a week but the rest of the meals are vegetarian.

    Veggie curries can be utterly fantastic, learn how to do a good curry sauce - you can do it in bulk and freeze it in portion sized containers to make it easy to whip up a curry any time, you can adjust the heat and spices as you go so can use it in different recipes with different heat.

    Also pasta is a staple, there are a number of sauces I can make quite quickly now and always have the ingredients on hand for a number of options.

    I was veggie for 25-30 years, the thing I missed most was roast dinners, just do them every so often with everything but the meat component - make something else the star of the meal (a vegetable gratin or something). A lot of the roast dinner appeal is in the accompaniments tbh - you could bung pretty much anything edible on a plate next to some roasties and yorkshires and veg and and gravy and I'd be happy :D
  12. shifting gears

    shifting gears Well-Known Member

    melanzane alla parmigiana

    Truly the food of the gods. Bit of a faff to make, as frying the aubergine off first is IMO an essential step, but goddam... the first time I made it I nearly fainted.

    I remember using this as a guide but not the exact recipe I used:

    How to cook the perfect aubergine parmigiana

    Doesn't solve your cheese issue - in fact it just adds to it - but done well it's just wow

    Edit: fuck, just remembered Parmesan ain't veggie
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  13. Riklet

    Riklet procrastinación

    Easy peasy peanut butter lentil curry

    Fry (red) onions and garlic and red chili in oil/butter/ghee
    Add 4 chopped carrots
    Add some cumin curry powder turmuric garam masala ginger salt pepper and or etc etc.
    Add cup or two of red lentils and fry them in
    Add 3 spoons of crunchy peanut butter
    Add water and cook for a bit but not too long. Needs some carrot crunch.
    I add tamari or vinegar or booze and stock cube usually but give it a taste first.

    Serve on brown rice with almond flakes (or crushed peanuts -cheaper) and fresh coriander if you can get it.

    I just had it with yoghurt and sour kraut earlier n was nommm.

    Yes it's basically just a curry recipe tho, apologies. But I invented it and it's lush.
  14. Epona

    Epona Down with battered parsnips

    Ahh that sounds lovely, I used to make a lovely peanut soup too.

    Then I developed a peanut allergy o_o

    ATOMIC SUPLEX Member Since: 1985 Post Count: 3

    So far it's lentil curry, paneer curry, veg lasagne, thai curry, soba with veg. I don't want to do curry all the time.
    Roasted aubergine. I suppose I could do a roast dinner and just miss out the meat bit.
    I don't like quorn or other meat substitute stuff.

    It's a shame, but I do really like slow cooked meats like beef cheeks and the like. Probably a bit healthier not eating meat too I suppose. We will probably still have one or two fish days, and maybe chicken now and then for the time being.
  16. May Kasahara

    May Kasahara pleasantly caving in

    Roast veg (squash, red onion, peppers, courgettes, aubergines if you must, garlic, sweet potato) with oil, balsamic vinegar and herbs chucked over. Have it with rice, pasta, cold the next day...

    Ratatouille is lovely (and cheap).

    Bean and pesto bake: fry chopped onion, garlic and herbs till soft, add a tin of tomatoes and some red pesto and stir; add beans of your choice (borlotti, cannellini, whatever) and simmer for about 10 MINS, then chuck in a baking dish, top with cheesy breadcrumbs and bake till golden. Or you can top with mashed potato, hotpot type potato or just slices of baguette with garlic butter over the top.

    Beanburgers are dead easy to make. Apparently so are falafel but mine never stick together.
  17. not-bono-ever

    not-bono-ever Not what they want but what is good for them

    i made an aduki bean pie yesterday that is possibly the best thing in the world
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  18. Thimble Queen

    Thimble Queen person of tinge

    Lentil and mushroom shep pie. Can be topped with sweet potato mash (add garlic, ginger, coriander, chilli and lime to the mash for proper zing).
  19. not-bono-ever

    not-bono-ever Not what they want but what is good for them

    I try to avoid the meat subs/ TVP options to be honest- they are cloying- you can run amok on vegetables with a bit of imagination and they taste far far better - eg a Lasagne with rattatouile rather than meat is a killer dish- or a ratatoule derived bake with spicy falafel rather than meatballs.

    curries can be a bit meh after a while.

    its pretty atisfying when you make soemthing that is well healthy, all vegetables and virtually fat free ( oil for frying onions aside)
  20. 8ball


    By "cloying" do you mean in a "40 days without pooing" kind of way?
    It's just that I bought a whole load of Quorn mince the other day...
  21. Thimble Queen

    Thimble Queen person of tinge

    I really like spicy seitan chunks in a wrap with nice things like hummus, pickles, chilli sauce and fresh herbs.

    ATOMIC SUPLEX Member Since: 1985 Post Count: 3

    Sounded yummy, but looking up the recipe it appears to be something I make all the time anyway.
  23. Thimble Queen

    Thimble Queen person of tinge

    I love bean burgers.... dead easy and cheap to make.... black bean, carrot and coriander burger. Yummmmmmy.
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    ATOMIC SUPLEX Member Since: 1985 Post Count: 3

    One good thing is that most of what I cook with meat is always overflowing with vegetables anyway. My mince for instance was probably 70% carrot onion and tomato etc.
  25. not-bono-ever

    not-bono-ever Not what they want but what is good for them

    We delved ito quorn mince and it was deeply unsatisfying- went back to just bulking the meals out with exciting veg again. dumped a Kg of the mince- its didnt work for us. We used in it in Chili primarily. the bulgogi Korean experiment was just horrendous

    but honestly . Mrs NBE home economics recipies from school and the Aduki bean pie( red dragon pie) is the best thing in the universe. I may take some pics of the recipe and post them up.Nom
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  26. 8ball


    I was thinking of using a little beef mince and stock and bulking it out with Quorn mince for a first go at a chilli.
  27. Thimble Queen

    Thimble Queen person of tinge

    We sometimes use bulgar wheat to bulk out stuff like chilli (which is already full of lovely tasty beans and veggies).

    The thing I've found with quorn mince is that it can be pretty tasty if you cook it for double the time, but who's got time for that though :thumbs:
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  28. ddraig

    ddraig dros ben llestri

    jacket potato baked beans and salad
  29. 8ball


    No gary?

    (gary first, obvs)
  30. Maggot

    Maggot The Cake of Liberty

    Ottolenghi is good, but his recipes are often lon and complex. I prefer HFW and this book, in particular.


    Which is full of great recipes. He's also done a follow up book which is completely vegan.
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