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Dec 10, 2008 12:58 PM

Entree dish for vegetarians - no bake

I'm looking for a recipe/idea for an entree to serve a small group of friends that includes vegetarians, and my oven doesn't work. I'm thinking some sort of hearty pasta dish that can be made on the stovetop, but that's as far as I've gotten.

Any and all suggestions would be most appreciated. Bonus points for easy/quick recipes. Thanks!

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  1. Puttanesca - you could leave out the anchovies if necessary. Hearty with crusty bread, good olive oil dipping and a big green salad.

    1. If there are vegans in the groups you'll want to use egg-free pasta. Quinoa with black beens or garbanzos and veggies (sweet potato or squash and zuke or greens or broc, bell peppers and some seasoning is good. If you have a pressure cooker the quinoa only takes one minute at high pressure plus natural pressure release. Canned or precooked beans would make it quicker.

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      1. re: lgss

        What about a green salad to start, then a hearty Spanish stew with chickpeas, saffron, Spanish paprika and potatoes, with a green leafy vegetable stirred in toward the end of cooking? If you want a specific recipe, let me know and I'll dig one up. If you take away the occasional fish/seafood that I eat, I'm otherwise vegan. I've made many vegan, as well as lacto-ovo vegetarian meals.

        No offense to kate used to be 50, but please don't make a puttanesca without the anchovies. They are a cornerstone of that dish. Find out if your vegetarians are in fact, vegans. That will help you decide whether or not to include dairy and eggs in your meal. One word of advice, avoid tofu unless you're very familiar with its properties and how to get good flavour into it.

      2. I make a delicious pasta dish with carmelized onions, kale, tomatoes, and olives. It's originally a Giada recipe and it's a once a week recipe during the winter.

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        1. re: cheesecake17

          ditto --- there's a carmelized onion pasta with white wine, toasted walnuts and spinach in one of the Moosewood cookbooks that is great. It includes feta cheese but you can always leave that out.

          1. re: AkL

            what about Ratatoulle and rice?

            1. re: AkL

              You could always put out a small bowl of the feta for anyone who wants it. Sometimes I do that with Parm or another cheese.

              1. re: cheesecake17

                do you have a slow cooker?

                If so, this is my favorite hearty soup that is enjoyed by vegetarians and non-veg, can also be made vegan.

                Carrot & red lentil soup with coconut

                otherwise I would recommend a quinoa tabouleh. make the exact same way as a regular cous cous tabouleh, but the quinoa adds the the protein.

          2. ok, so this is only veg-friendly, not for vegans but how about a creamy risotto-type dish using middle-eastern couscous? i roast a butternut squash and layer the flavors as i would with a risotto, adding wine and warmed veggie broth - i add in feta for a twist with a healthy dose of parmesan and frozen peas at the end

            1. I'll never forget the vegetarian dinner for 80 I made with no functioning oven!

              I ended up doing a Morroccon style meal. A stew of butternut squash, chickpeas, cabbage and onions; cousous, homemade madbukh with tomatoes, bell peppers and spicy peppers; pita and hummus, and some feta on the side. It went over well and would be easier for a smaller group.