Dinner Ideas for a Vegetarian

  • MidwesternKid

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    Jan 22, 2013 8:09 PM GMT
    The guy I am hanging out with is Vegetarian, I am not. At least once a week we make dinner for each other at our places. I am running out of a very short list of ideas. I am open to suggestions whether simple or complex.
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    Jan 22, 2013 8:09 PM GMT
    you can just make some meat dishes and tell him its tofu or those non-meat products that taste like meat.
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    Jan 22, 2013 8:13 PM GMT
    I used to make eggrolls a lot. Usually they had:

    -Faux beef crumbles (you can try the Boca kind but the I like the morningsun kind in the green bag)
    -Faux chicken strips (same brand)
    -onions
    -spinach, cabbage or collard greens
    -Tofu
    -Goat cheese
    -Butter

    And then I wrapped them up in these soy eggroll wraps. Most people I know fry them but I think they taste better baked. And that can be a snack or you have a rice pilaf with it.

    I also used to make a vegetarian version of Shepherd's Pie.
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    Jan 22, 2013 10:38 PM GMT
    Tons of recipes here.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/diets/vegetarian
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    Jan 22, 2013 10:40 PM GMT
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    Serious suggestion: risotto is great for meat eaters and veggie alike, you don't miss the meat at all.
  • LJay

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    Jan 22, 2013 11:15 PM GMT
    Had a vegetarian roommate who would make up a huge pot of stew at the beginning of the week and eat it all week long. Always potatoes, carrots, onions, but also anything else he could find.

    You can do this sort of thing nicely herbed and spiced and then serve just a little soupy over couscous or brown rice. A few beers and it is just fine.
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    Jan 22, 2013 11:24 PM GMT
    Salad?
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    Jan 22, 2013 11:32 PM GMT
    Grilled portabello mushrooms - in place of whatever protein you might want to cook. It makes a good substitution.

    If you wanted to create a protein content - a southwest beans and rice might be an option.
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    Jan 22, 2013 11:36 PM GMT
    The protein substitution in the meal is what would throw me.

    Is he vegan or vegetarian? -- if he's lacto-ovarian, somehtng with eggs would be a good choice.
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    Jan 22, 2013 11:42 PM GMT
    MidwesternKid saidThe guy I am hanging out with is Vegetarian, I am not. At least once a week we make dinner for each other at our places. I am running out of a very short list of ideas. I am open to suggestions whether simple or complex.


    Simply ask him. He would not want you stressing out over something like this.

    There are a ton of veg websites as well. The last thing I would want is any of my friends stressing over that. If they are having me over, they always ask me.

    Tristan
  • PIccadilly

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    Jan 23, 2013 12:23 AM GMT
    Gnocchis with fried vegetables and tofu in pesto. It takes 20 minutes to make.
  • LJay

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    Jan 23, 2013 12:43 AM GMT
    Also Indian, Asian, and even Middle Eastern food has veggie options.

    What I find difficult to deal with in regard to vegetaians is knowing whether they eat in vegan style, or simply not meat, but other animal products OK, fish?, eggs and milk? I can cook things for any of these, but I feel like I need a questionaire before the invitation goes out. Also, it is great un to have two or three variants of the above on the same guest list!
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    Jan 23, 2013 12:59 AM GMT
    It's actually healthy for those on conventional diets to have 1-2 vegetarian (meat-free) meals a week. They are at lot lower in saturated fat and provide an opportunity to increase soluble fibre in the diet.

    Idea's:

    - Use Tofu instead of your usual chicken/beef in rice stirfries.
    - Use Red Kidney Beans instead of the Usual Lean Mince in Spaghetti Bog
    - Do a Middle Eastern dish involve Beans and Rice together
    - Replace Chicken with Chickpeas in your usual Curry with Rice
    - Try Miso soup (you can get the miso stock and seaweed fro Asian grocery), add soba noodles and veg and 100g of tofu (my personal fav)
    - For a lighter option try wraps with falafel or beans
    - Minestrone Soup
    - Tofu Sushi
    - Quinoa Stirfry
  • calibro

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    Jan 23, 2013 1:11 AM GMT
    please, vegetarianism is super easy:

    pasta with vegetables or alfredo sauce
    pizza
    stir fry
    quiche
    sandwiches with cheese (fancy grilled cheeses are awesome)
    cheese lasagna
    ravioli
    tortellini
    curry
    stuffed peppers
    stuffed squash
    cream of something soup
    minestrone
    vegetarian chili
    fajitas with grilled veggies
    falafel

    seriously, only americans think there are are no foods without meat
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    Jan 23, 2013 1:19 AM GMT
    Spagetti... whole grain brown rice pasta, two salsa mixed together for sauce - one hot one medium, slice basil through in at the end... throw in cooked mushrooms and extra tomatoes as you wish... good luck! (no oil, vegan meal)
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    Jan 23, 2013 2:47 AM GMT
    MidwesternKid saidDinner Ideas for a Vegetarian
    Eat him.
  • MidwesternKid

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    Jan 23, 2013 2:49 AM GMT
    I had been brain storming trying to bread and cook tofu. Has anyone else thought of or tried this? He has told me before how he loves the smell of the sauces of BBQ, and how he sometimes craves boneless wings and thought about trying to create that as an option for him.
  • LuckyGuyKC

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    Jan 23, 2013 2:51 AM GMT
    Winter Squash Salad - very filling and good.

    [EDIT to give credit to the Barefoot Contessa]
    http://www.foodnetwork.com/videos/warm-butternut-squash-salad/104419.html
    Think beans .... you'll both be happy
  • MidwesternKid

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    Jan 23, 2013 2:57 AM GMT
    The meal under discussion was this evening.

    I ended up doing Rigatoni, Vegan Sausage cooked with a little garlic for flavor, a three cheese sauce, mozzarella and provolone cheese. Steamed brussels sprouts on the side lightly buttered and salted.

    It was a complete success.
  • MidwesternKid

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    Jan 23, 2013 2:58 AM GMT
    MuchMoreThanMuscle saidIf your buddy likes meat substitutes you can go to Trader Joe's and get a lot of fun meat-like foods

    For Thanksgiving my Mom got me a soy turkey breast in vegan based gravy and it was very tasty.


    If I didn't have to drive over an hour to get to the nearest Trader Joe's I would. Drives me nuts that we have a Whole Foods Distribution Warehouse down the street but no Whole Foods Store.
  • LJay

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    Jan 23, 2013 3:05 AM GMT
    Just read the menu for this evening. When is your next dinner and at what time?
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    Jan 23, 2013 3:37 AM GMT
    LJay saidJust read the menu for this evening. When is your next dinner and at what time?
    I'm gonna finish my white russian and go to sleep. That's my next dinner.
  • LuckyGuyKC

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    Jan 23, 2013 4:22 AM GMT
    MuchMoreThanMuscle said
    LuckyGuyKC saidWinter Squash Salad - very filling and good.
    Think beans .... you'll both be happy

    BEEEEEAANNSS!

    MUSICAL FRUIT!!

    Ah yes there's that too.... I'm unaffected but for others that can be an issue.

    Several times a week I eat a salad of garbanzo beans, red beans, red onion, sunflower seeds, romaine, spinach, feta cheese, balsamic vinegar, hard boiled eggs, and pomace oil.... it's so yummy, relative high protein, and very filling.
  • MidwesternKid

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    Jan 23, 2013 4:32 AM GMT
    LuckyGuyKC said
    MuchMoreThanMuscle said
    LuckyGuyKC saidWinter Squash Salad - very filling and good.
    Think beans .... you'll both be happy

    BEEEEEAANNSS!

    MUSICAL FRUIT!!

    Ah yes there's that too.... I'm unaffected but for others that can be an issue.

    Several times a week I eat a salad of garbanzo beans, red beans, red onion, sunflower seeds, romaine, spinach, feta cheese, balsamic vinegar, hard boiled eggs, and pomace oil.... it's so yummy, relative high protein, and very filling.


    That sounds delicious.
  • MidwesternKid

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    Jan 23, 2013 6:07 AM GMT
    MuchMoreThanMuscle said
    LuckyGuyKC said
    MuchMoreThanMuscle said
    LuckyGuyKC saidWinter Squash Salad - very filling and good.
    Think beans .... you'll both be happy

    BEEEEEAANNSS!

    MUSICAL FRUIT!!

    Ah yes there's that too.... I'm unaffected but for others that can be an issue.

    Several times a week I eat a salad of garbanzo beans, red beans, red onion, sunflower seeds, romaine, spinach, feta cheese, balsamic vinegar, hard boiled eggs, and pomace oil.... it's so yummy, relative high protein, and very filling.


    Sounds tasty! ^

    I don't mind farting up a storm as I eat a lot of beans in a day. Nearly a whole sixteen ounce bag a day. icon_twisted.gif


    I'll just be sure to not be down wind of you then.