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lavendula Feb 10, 2009 06:02 PM

Here's the scoop. I'm a vegetarian, my fiance is not. We both work from home, and so would like to share some lunches together. Other than leftovers or a salad, we are totally stuck.

We can't seem to find good cold cuts here in Colorado (I don't eat them so I wouldn't know). We've been doing the grilled cheese thing, the PB & J, the hot dogs, the veggie burgers, some frozen stuff, some lunches out...


Thanks :)

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  1. kchurchill5 RE: lavendula Feb 10, 2009 06:16 PM

    I like some good bean dishes, lentils and garbonzos, lots of varieties that make excellent salads. Also I am not fond of tofu, but I have had some mixed with vegetables and some cheese in a Pita which. Also I love wraps with a variety of melted cheeses, sprouts, vegetables etc.

    Seafood? any. Seafood is a great way to add to any dish. I love the stuffed potato too, I'm sure you have done that. But I enjoy trying new ways.

    Tuna with roasted red peppers, lettuce, and some fresh herbs and creamed cheese is great on a good rye bread or pita or pretty much anything.

    One of my favorite dishes is a pasta dish with all fresh veggies and beans and cheese. It is so heart.

    Portabello roasted, sliced with cheese and roasted red peppers and chive cream cheese on a onion roll or in a wrap.

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      valerie RE: lavendula Feb 10, 2009 06:36 PM

      Soup - A million varieties and easy to make in a big batch.

      Hummus - I love Trader Joe's roasted red pepper hummus in a wrap with lettuce, tomato, thinly sliced cucumber.

      Boboli pizza -- my husband and I eat these for dinner occasionally. It's great because the small ones are perfect individual size. He likes pepperoni on his, I like mushrooms or other vegetables.

      1. goodhealthgourmet RE: lavendula Feb 10, 2009 07:41 PM


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          lavendula RE: goodhealthgourmet Feb 10, 2009 08:03 PM

          So, to add to the challenge, the finance doesn't like wraps, and soup "isn't enough" in itself, it would need to have something on the side. I don't eat seafood and it's honestly not that good here! Yikes!

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            kchurchill5 RE: lavendula Feb 11, 2009 09:59 AM

            That is what you can definitely call a challenge.

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              kchurchill5 RE: lavendula Feb 11, 2009 10:17 AM

              How about a vegetarian hash with some poached eggs, eggs benedict done vegetarian, omlettes.

              Paninis not just cheese, heirloom tomatoes, some arugula, fresh onions and some herbed cheese. Also, some apples slices, pear, nuts, brie cheese.

              You said veggie burgers, break them up and saute with some onion and peppers and add to a grilled hoagie roll. Top with some good gruyere or any cheese you eat and wrap in foil and heat up.

              I love a simple egg, bacon (or what you would substitute) cream and parmesan in a great hearty pasta dish.

              I make a heart vegetable stew with whole wheat pasta and vegetarian meatballs, some good roasted vegetables and lots of greens. Pretty good. Not gourmet but still very tasty and hearty.

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                goodhealthgourmet RE: lavendula Feb 11, 2009 12:41 PM

                ok, i know you eat dairy since you mentioned grilled cheese. how about eggs? other posters have already suggested them a few ways, but i'll give you my thoughts:

                - omelets or frittatas
                - stir-fries with tofu, tempeh, seitan, Field Roast or Quorn
                - bean- or lentil-based dishes like vegetarian chili, chana masala, dal makhani, or your favorite curry
                - lentil salad with feta
                - quinoa salad
                - quiche, or a Lebanese b'jibin, which is basically a cross between a soufflé and a crustless quiche
                - vegetarian lasagna with ricotta or cottage cheese
                - stuffed baked potatoes - easy to bake the potatoes together & then top/fill according to your individual prefs
                - homemade pizza
                - stuffed peppers or squash with rice, quinoa, couscous, barley, buckwheat or beans
                - polenta with your preferred toppings

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              kobetobiko RE: lavendula Feb 10, 2009 08:38 PM

              Do you like curry? Vegetarian curry is flavorful despite the lack of meat in it

              What about fried rice or noodles? You can make vegetarian version and for your fiance he can just top it off with some meat

              Most pasta can be done with or without meat. Spaghetti, penne, etc., can all be fast and easy.

              Perhaps some quiche or frittata?

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                KiltedCook RE: lavendula Feb 11, 2009 10:24 AM

                What do you eat for dinners? Does he make a steak or Chicken or a Pot Roast for himself while you make grilled tofu and Lentil Surprise? The vegetarian is the limiting factor. If you don't do seafood, then he's "stuck" eating vegetarian dishes.

                If you are making separate dinners, then I humbly suggest the easiest thing to do for lunches is your own separate leftovers.

                Find compromise dishes - Mushroom Barley Bake, Vegetarian Chowder, things that he like as well as you - to which he can add some meat if he wants.

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                  laliz RE: lavendula Feb 11, 2009 12:09 PM

                  Bean and cheese burritos

                  Cottage cheese sprinkled w/roasted sunflower kernels and served with fresh fruit (bananas, strawberries, melon)

                  Macaroni and cheese

                  Cheese quesadillas

                  Black bean chili

                  1. maplesugar RE: lavendula Feb 11, 2009 12:28 PM

                    I'd suggest you check out Peter Berley's Flexitarian Table, it was COTM awhile back: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/514822 :)

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                      cheesecake17 RE: lavendula Feb 11, 2009 12:34 PM

                      I take my lunches with me.. but better that you get to eat them at home.

                      Today I had quinoa with sauteed mushrooms, bok choy, and a pomegranate vinaigrette
                      Yesterday I had a veggie sushi bowl
                      Other ideas
                      - pasta salad
                      - soup (with a small sandwich for your fiance)
                      -chopped salad (with roasted tofu for you, chicken or tuna for him)
                      - tabbouleh, hummus, olives, pita chips
                      -scrambled tofu (my fav!)
                      - veggie stir fry over brown rice
                      - stuffed eggplant

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                        Cinemaverite1 RE: cheesecake17 Feb 11, 2009 04:34 PM

                        Hi cheesecake17,

                        Scrambled tofu sounds like a great idea for lunch with a protein kick. What kind of fillings do you add to yours?

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                          goodhealthgourmet RE: Cinemaverite1 Feb 11, 2009 04:50 PM

                          not sure what cheesecake puts in hers, but you can toss in whatever you'd want in an omelet or egg scramble.

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                            cheesecake17 RE: goodhealthgourmet Feb 11, 2009 05:18 PM

                            Whatever's in the fridge. You can pretty much put anything in it, as you long as you cook the veggies then add in the tofu. The tofu takes only a few minutes to absorb the flavors. Sometimes I add in a 14oz can of stewed tomatoes and some balsamic for "Italian" scrambled tofu. I serve that over polenta.

                            I like shitake mushrooms, grape tomatoes, zucchini.

                            My husband likes carrots, celery, onions, and peppers cooked until really soft.

                      2. kchurchill5 RE: lavendula Feb 11, 2009 03:52 PM

                        One more ... stuffed zuchinni. I hollow out the zuchinni of seeds and then keep some of the pulp. I mix some onion, red pepper, fresh chopped tomato, some bread crumbs, seasoning, mushrooms diced or really any other vegetables you have in the house. Also a egg mixed in is good protein and makes a good binder.. I like to mix and match. Some browned meat or chicken for your fiance and you without or use tofu or a vegetarian burger broke up. Top with cheese and bake. It is a great healthy dinner with or without the met. I would serve with a nice homemade or your favorite store bought breads and then a good salad. I make this quite often and vegetarian or not, everyone loves it.

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