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Sep 27, 2006 07:20 PM

What's your favorite veggie dinner (for when you don't feel like meat!)

I'm not a vegetarian but I don't like to eat meat/chicken/fish every night. Bored of the pasta primavera and veggie stirfry and the veggie chili. So please, give me some new ideas!

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  1. Look at some Indian recipes. Hindus have been vegetarians for centuries and have developed some of the most exquisite vegetarian dishes I've ever tasted. You can find lots online if you search for vegetarian Indian recipes.

    Dinner tonight will be a vegetable curry based on potatoes and peas, mildly hot, with a very hot mint-coriander-yogurt chutney. We had dal makani a few days ago, a mix of lentils, chickpeas and beans cooked with some other vegetables. Another favorite is chana masala, chickpeas in spices. The secret to the cuisine is in the use of spices and herbs which make everything wonderfully tasty. We don't miss meat or fish at all. If you want to look up specific cookbooks, search for books by Julie Sahni or Madhur Jaffrey, both excellent resources.

    Another cuisine which is light on meats is Middle Eastern. Again they use lot of spices to flavor their grains and legumes. Look for books written by Claudia Roden and Paula Wolfert.

    Of course there are lots of good vegetarian cookbooks which are Western too - Deborah Madison, Anna Thomas and Mollie Katzen have written many.

    3 Replies
    1. re: cheryl_h

      Yeah, definitely agree with you about the vegetarian Indian it! Chana Masala, curried potatoes and califlower, and the stuffed naan is fantastic.

      Also try Vietnamese, Thai , and Indonesian vegeterian.

      1. re: cheryl_h

        Yes! I can't recommend Deborah Madison's Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone enough! It's veggie night every night at our home and this book is well thumbed.
        I am also Indian and so very often it is store bought chapatis (unleavened whole wheat Indian flat bread) with a curry and daal. Sometimes I don't bother with two separate sides and just add cooked lentils or chickpeas to the vegetable curry. Khichuri is a one dish meal that combines mung dal (split mung beans) with rice and is very satisfying with a teaspoon of warm ghee on it.
        Often times it is pasta with beans. In winter it's veggie soups with lentils or beans in them or bean/lentil soups with veggies in them.
        These days been experimenting with quinoa. See the following thread for specific ideas and recipes:

      2. I've grown fond of a modified English breakfast of Heinz Baked Beans on toast with fried tomato and mushroom halves. You can hold the fried egg, rashers, and black/white puddings if you want to keep it vegetarian. It's filling enough as it is.

        There's always falafel in a pita with tomato, onion, lettuce, and tzaziki sauce.

        4 Replies
        1. re: monkeyrotica

          You can keep the egg unless you're vegan. Try it poached, on top of the beans (make sure they're the pork-free kind).

          1. re: piccola

            That's why I opt for the Heinz Beans with the teal label made in the UK. Even though I'm not vegan, and they're vegan friendly, they just taste better than the American Heinz beans for some reason.

              1. re: TexasToast

                Yup, that's the one. Heinz UK is pushing lots of ad money to get people to eat their beans.


        2. Do you like cheese?

          Raclette without a raclette oven is simple enough if you cook up a pan of leeks or onion, mushrooms, cooked potatoes, whatever else you like and then pour melted cheese over all. Give it a good grind of black pepper and put some sour pickles on your plate. tasty.

          cheese souffle and salad. just posted a link to an easy Jacques Pepin recipe on another post. Here you go:

          omelets with feta, tomato, spinach, garlic and kalamata olives, or whatever you like in an omelet.
          quick and good.

          cheeses and tomato on good bread put under the broiler. love that. put some fresh herbs on there if you like.

          Poached eggs on sauteed greens and toast.

          standard french salad of good greens etc topped with rounds of goat cheese and herbes de provence on toasted baguette slices and warmed up under the broiler.

          It appears I'm on a cheese bender.

          1. Whole roasted garlic bulbs and sweet Vidalia onion relish topped over white rice cooked with sweet potato chunks.

            1. how about a spanish omelette---a tortilla espanol. so simple and quick, but filling and deelish...