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To the Vegan or Vegetarian Mamas!

Posted by on Mar. 28, 2011 at 1:33 AM
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I'm not a vegan however my soon to be sister in law is.  I am hosting a dinner for the women of his family and I was curious of any of you could pass on some recipes that everyone can enjoy.  I have never made any sort of vegetarian or vegan meals so I am looking for something rather easy.  I am a pretty good cook, however this meal will be made at my boyfriend's house so needless to say he doesn't have a lot of kitchen supplies LOL  Any help would be greatly appreciated, thanks in advance!

Kenzi

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by on Mar. 28, 2011 at 1:33 AM
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squidsmommy
by on Mar. 28, 2011 at 9:19 AM

I would look on http://www.allrecipes.com/

 

starfilled
by on Mar. 28, 2011 at 9:22 AM

Pasta primavera is really easy and good.  I would check all recipes.  Since she's vegan and not simply vegetarian, it will be a little harder (but sauceless primavera will be easiest to cook).  Make sure the pasta is not made with eggs.  Um, google vegan recipes.  Morning Star makes some really good vegan meat substitutes.  Actually very yummy.

Bmat
by Barb on Mar. 28, 2011 at 9:23 AM

You could make spaghetti and hold out part of the sauce so it can be served without meat.  I'd add lots of mushrooms for interest and texture, but some don't care for mushrooms. But anyway, this would be a simple dish that you could serve the meat version to some and the non-meat to others.

Bmat
by Barb on Mar. 28, 2011 at 9:24 AM

If all the pasta you can find has eggs, you could serve her portion over brown rice.

ShadowRaven
by on Mar. 28, 2011 at 9:31 AM

Or find a pasta that only has flour and water listed as ingredients, they're pretty easy to find.

Another suggestion would be to take recipes that you already have, and find simple substitutions for any non-vegan ingredients. Rice/soy/coconut/almond/potato milk can be substituted for cow's milk. Eggs can be substituted by mixing 1tbsp of apple cider vinegar with 1tsp of baking soda per egg. And so on.

Quoting Bmat:

If all the pasta you can find has eggs, you could serve her portion over brown rice.


okhsmom
by on Mar. 28, 2011 at 10:06 AM

Eggplant parmesan made with vegan sauce and cheese substitute.  Big salad. Lemon sorbet for dessert.

The late Linda McCartney put out a great vegetarian cookbook.

momof3angela
by on Mar. 28, 2011 at 2:42 PM

 How about a vegan lasagna?  That way you could make it at your place and bake it at his.

cmack40487
by on Mar. 28, 2011 at 2:43 PM

What are you serving to everyone else?  It's always nice to be able to eat something that "looks" like what everyone else is eating.

 

momof3angela
by on Mar. 28, 2011 at 2:47 PM

 

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped onion
  • 3 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 4 (14.5 ounce) cans stewed tomatoes
  • 1/3 cup tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh basil
  • 1/2 cup chopped parsley
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
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  • 1 (16 ounce) package lasagna noodles
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  • 2 pounds firm tofu
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
  • 1/4 cup chopped parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • ground black pepper to taste
  • 3 (10 ounce) packages frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained

Directions

  1. Make the sauce: In a large, heavy saucepan, over medium heat, heat the olive oil. Place the onions in the saucepan and saute them until they are soft, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic; cook 5 minutes more.
  2. Place the tomatoes, tomato paste, basil and parsley in the saucepan. Stir well, turn the heat to low and let the sauce simmer covered for 1 hour. Add the salt and pepper.
  3. While the sauce is cooking bring a large kettle of salted water to a boil. Boil the lasagna noodles for 9 minutes, then drain and rinse well.
  4. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
  5. Place the tofu blocks in a large bowl. Add the garlic, basil and parsley. Add the salt and pepper, and mash all the ingredients together by squeezing pieces of tofu through your fingers. Mix well.
  6. Assemble the lasagna: Spread 1 cup of the tomato sauce in the bottom of a 9x13 inch casserole pan. Arrange a single layer of lasagna noodles, sprinkle one-third of the tofu mixture over the noodles. Distribute the spinach evenly over the tofu. Next ladle 1 1/2 cups tomato sauce over the tofu, and top it with another layer of the noodles. Then sprinkle another 1/3 of the tofu mixture over the noodles, top the tofu with 1 1/2 cups tomato sauce, and place a final layer of noodles over the tomato sauce. Finally, top the noodles with the final 1/3 of the tofu, and spread the remaining tomato sauce over everything.
  7. Cover the pan with foil and bake the lasagna for 30 minutes. Serve hot and enjoy.
mamakenzi
by on Mar. 28, 2011 at 3:09 PM
We are all going to eat the same thing.

Quoting cmack40487:

What are you serving to everyone else?  It's always nice to be able to eat something that "looks" like what everyone else is eating.


 

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