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Jan 6, 2008 12:44 PM

Carnivores & pre-packed shunners look away-vegetarian comfort food

Faced with a near to empty refridgerator and a flu induced craving for comfort food this evening....i came up with a very filling and satisfying (albeit a bit salty) dish which was vegetarian, and lower carb (but not low fat)... for anyone not trying to watch their carbs right now (i'm trying to wean myself off relying on them), i think noodles or even potatoes also might be nice in this one.

Into the frying pan went some olive oil, minced garlic and two sliced onions. I then tossed in some sliced fresh mushrooms as well as some rosemary (i did not have fresh) and fresh ground pepper, and let these cook for a while. In the meantime i defrosted two soyburgers in the micro, and mashed them. These also went into the pan, along with some smoked paprika, red wine and onion soup mix (yes, yes i know). once everything cooked up, i tossed in some leftover cream, just a couple of tablespoons, and some cubed mozzarella.( The brand i used has no animal rennet in it ). Gooey and cheesey, and hit the spot for comfort food.

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  1. I'm not vegetarian, but I try to eat a lot of vegetables, and often eat vegetarian food. Tonight I grated half a HUGE sweet potato (it weighed about a kilo, so half was about a pound), and stir fried that, adding grated fresh ginger and the juice of a lime (lemon would be fine too) towards the end. Remarkably comforting, and sweet potato, despite its sweet taste, is low-GI and slow to digest. This would be nice with more spice as well.

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    1. re: lagatta

      sweet potato ANYTHING is perfect comfort food! They're brilliant- cheap, easy to store, last a while, and can be microwaved. Really easy: microwave one potato. Get some black beans, throw in some cumin/oregano/chili or, uh, salsa from a jar. Top with scallions, leftover cheese, yogurt dip, whatever you feel like....Slightly more grownup: sweet potato oven fries with olive oil and fresh rosemary.

      Actually for some reason I love eggs all'arrabbiata- fry a couple of eggs, top with spicy tomato sauce and served on good crusty bread or a beg of wilted garlic spinach. Comfort points + 10 if the yolk is still slightly oozy.

      1. re: chocolatstiletto

        forgot to add that french toast- add touch of a cinnamon and nutmeg in with the milk, use good stale bread, top with jam/berries/honey/ pretty amazing as dinner.

        1. re: chocolatstiletto

          I just tried a recipe for Pineapple Upside Down French Toast and omgosh it was like having cake for breakfast hehe I agree French Toast is a wonderful comfort food...I've made it for the kids for dinner too :)

    2. Your soyburger fry-up (for lack of a better term) sounds delish! heh Kind of a Soyburger-helper without the noodles :)

      I make, er, assemble, a vegetarian chili that usually goes like this:

      Saute 1/2 a white onion in a large pot
      Add 1 package of Yves Veggie Ground Round, chili spices and heat through
      Open a large tin of tomatoes, drain off liquid and dump the tomatoes in the pot,
      Add about 2/3 of a bottle of Red Pepper Pasta Sauce and bring the mixture up to a low boil.
      Add two cans of drained and rinsed black beans, stir, bring mixture back up to a low boil, turn it down and simmer for at least 25 min(longer if the kids aren't waiting on dinner)
      Add 1-2 cups of frozen corn kernels and simmer an additional five minutes.

      Serve with sour cream or shredded cheddar and your fave salad and corn bread muffins/baguette :)

      Hope you're feeling better soon! :)

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