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New Recipe Ideas For Vegan(ish) Mother

My mother is more or less a vegan except she eats some fish. Mainly salmon or halibut, but other than that, she is a pretty strict vegan. I have a challenge each time she comes to visit. I usually make salmon, mushroom risotto, or a pasta dish like a lasagna. I'm looking to shake things up and make something interesting. I would really like a dish that will wow her. Anybody have any ideas for me? Thanks

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  1. People have been raving about Veganomicon's chickpea cutlets. I personally haven't tried it as the amount of gluten in it is too much for me. The recipe is on chow.com.

    http://www.chow.com/recipes/11364

    1. Is she vegan or vegetarian - I ask because lasagna almost always contains dairy and most vegans would not eat fish. I am not vegan but there are plenty of dishes which happen to be vegan we eat a lot: Falafel, daal, lentil salad or soup, polenta with mushrooms, white beans or with ratatouille, sesame noodles, vegetarian sushi, eggplant cutlets in tomato sauce, socca, thai curries...

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      1. re: jsaimd

        I have made lasagna in the past that does not contain dairy. She is a vegan who occasionally eats some fish. Feel free to tell me the right term for that.

        Like I said, I am looking for a wow meal. I want to impress. Each of the ideas you gave seem good for an every day meal, but I am looking more for a meal to impress.

        Any other ideas?

        1. re: JonH

          No recipes, but maybe you could get some inspiration from the vegan dishes at this LA restaurant?

          http://erinskitchen.blogspot.com/2007...

          1. re: JonH

            Several of these can be quite impressive given the presentation. There are a lot of tart or filo based recipes. I can't have wheat, so I don't know them but the roasted veggie tart comes to mind.

            Another idea is somethign I saw on an old Julia child show - not vegan originally but easily made so...

            Thinly and evenly slice large potato and cut into rectangles that mimic lasagna noodles. Bast in fat of choice season and roast. Make a wild mushroom filling - with herbs of choice. Can make a cashew ricotta to spread on it if you want. I have never been wild about nut cheeses, but some are. Layer as you would lasagna and top with garlic, herb infused olive oil. I would serve with microgreens and perhaps roasted fruit.

            My SIL who is sometimes vegan sent us Veganomicon for Christmas - it is an interesting book and may have some recipes. Lentil and chestnut pate comes to mind.

        2. The Real Food Daily cookbook has some good recipes.Ideas-Butternut squash,corn,and cilantro phyllo rolls-Seitan enchiladas with salsa verde, Seitan tacos,Tofu quiche with leeks and asparagus and Tempeh meat loaf.My daughter is vegan.We tried these recipes and loved them.To long to write the ingredients but maybe you can find it online.

          1. Does she eat honey (vegans don't)? If so, this salmon recipe http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Baked-Di... always gets raves.

            What about something like cheeseless sweet potato burritos w/ rice and what not... i have a good recipe if you're interested.

            Halibut chunks blackened and served as fish tacos.

            Halibut Mango Ceviche http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Halibut-...

            Instead of mushroom risotto, what about a butternut squash, sage, caramelized onions, sundried tomatoes risotto?

            And, if she eats scallops... I do seared scallops, then deglaze the pan with orange juice, toast black lentils til crispy but cooked enough to eat, then plate the lentils as a bed, top with scallops, drizzle with orange reduction and parsley oil.

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            1. re: Emme

              I'm not sure if she eats honey or not. I'm guessing not. I was thinking about searing some salmon and then making a port reduction sauce. Maybe add some thyme, maybe some jam like blackberry.

              I like the fish taco idea and the risotto idea sounds tasty too.

              She is allergic to all shellfish so scallops are out. Thansk for the ideas though.

            2. You didn't mention any desserts, but their is a new vegan dessert cookbook out
              http://www.amazon.com/My-Sweet-Vegan-...

              The author also has a blog so maybe you could get recipes there too. Sorry I don't know the address of the site.

              my blog http://www.dinnersforayear.blogspot.com

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              1. re: eatmyfood

                I second that on My Sweet Vegan, it is awesome for dessert! Her blog is http://bittersweetblog.wordpress.com/.

                I wish I had the recipe written down, but basically, my husband lightly breads a nice fillet of cod and just pan fries (not deep fries) it for the most tender, flaky and delicious fish I have ever had.

                In terms of vegan meals, I recommend looking at http://blog.fatfreevegan.com/. Out of control with recipes, ideas, and photos.