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Aug 14, 2008 04:54 PM

Vegetarian meals you never think of as being "vegetarian?"

Okay, I get dibs on peanut butter and jelly. I think I was in my 60s before it dawned on me one day, "Hey! THIS is VEGETARIAN!" So what was your great epiphany?

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  1. A great big plate of eggplant parmesan....smothered with home made sauce.

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    1. re: Veggo

      Tugging at my heartstrings there... my fave comfort food. But, with a wonderful slice - or pull - of fresh crusty bread and a great Chianti Classico, a meal to savor whilst watching the sun go down.

    2. The first thing that came to mind was spanakopita & greek salad with pita and tzatziki...Oh, and a lunchtime fave when I was growing up was baked beans(the kind done without pork) and toast. :)

      1. It was either my first Portobello Burger or Roasted Eggplant Sandwich. So delicious and filling while completely vegetarian.

        1. Cheese raviolis (and manicotti, cannelloni)
          eggplant parm
          spaghetti w/ oil & garlic
          cheese cosmo (or a grilled cheese & tomato for that matter)

          Okay, now I want a cheese cosmo w/ everything. Damn! It really sucks because I'm in NC and the closest quality cosmo is in PA. Damn!

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          1. re: lynnlato

            If you want it go for it! It reminds me of the "How Far Have You Driven For A Meal" thread. In fact, I am driving to Berkeley this weekend solely for Indian food (around a 70 mile trip-one way)


            1. re: lynnlato

              Oh, lynnlato, you are so right. I'm not vegetarian at all, but cheese makes my world go 'round. A grilled cheese sandwich, a mushroom quesadilla, a cheese omlette, cheese ravioli, my grandmothers ricotta and dill pirogis, etc., etc. Entirely satisfying.

              1. re: lynnlato


                Cannelloni is meat filled. are you thinking tortelloni/tortellini?

                1. re: jfood

                  cannellonni can be stuffed with anything, the defining feature is it is a sheet of pasta wrapped around a filling, as opposed to manicotti which is a preshaped pasta tube that is stuffed.

                  1. re: thew


                    That's news to jfood and after looking into it you are absolutely correct. Jfood stands corrected.

                    In any event, these are two of jfood's favorite things. OMG he sounds like Julie Andrews.

                      1. re: thew

                        Or ravioli, where the ends are clamped shut! Reminds me of Raviolissimo, in Dallas, where they made all kinds of custom fillings for their home made ravioli.

                  2. I'm veg, so I think of everything as veg. :)
                    But for my family, it was hummus, pasta e fagioli, vegetable frittata and daal. Whenever we eat "ethnic" - which is most of the time - even the omnimores go vegetarian, usually by accident.

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                    1. re: piccola

                      Always a bit awkward for me when someone says "I'm veg" because that's my danish name, and I eat animals of all sorts...

                      1. re: Veggo

                        I think that might've influenced your development in the other extreme. ;)

                        1. re: cimui

                          cimui, I'm scared you might be right. I remember my nanny telling me that at an early age I once ate a box of animal crackers in a remarkably brief interval of time, and then I subsequently ate most of the empty box. I ascribe it to poor adult supervision. But I do like most living critters too much to eat them. Well, at least some. Allright, a few.

                          1. re: Veggo

                            There's a place for all God's creatures. Right next to the mashed potatoes.

                          1. re: piccola

                            piccola, you could assuage your guilt by enrolling me in the dead-animal-of-the-month club for a year or so. They arrive in such lovely, re-usable holiday wicker baskets, with beautiful dried dead flowers, too....:)