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Jan 7, 2011 02:59 PM

Looking for vegan dinner ideas

I love being a vegan.. but I've kind out gotten into a rut now- cooking the same dishes OVER and OVER again..It has gotten monotonous.. Any new ideas/healthy recipes will be a BIG help. Thanks!

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  1. Two meals that I made last week which happened to be vegan were potato pancakes with applesauce and salad, and another night an incredible recipe for Kosheri from Ottolenghi. The latter is an Egyptian dish using basmati rice, lentils and fried onions with a wonderful spicy tomato sauce. The recipe for kosheri is available online, as is his vegetarian series, (with many interesting vegan recipes) in the Guardian:

    1. Two vegan soups I really like making:

      A "pozole" recipe I found from Vegetarian Times magazine a long time ago (but still searchable on their web site). Basically it's yellow and green zucchini squash, tomatoes and a big can of hominy, cooked with spices, chilis, etc. It's easy, tasty, cheap, etc.

      Also, Ina Garten's recipe for French pistou soup. Her recipe isn't completely vegan because she uses some parmesan in her home-made pesto, but you could leave that out. Other than that, it's beans, vermicelli noodles, vegetables (haricots verts, carrots, leeks, etc). and stock. I don't have the exact recipe on me, but again, it's easy to find online -- and one of my favorite soups!

      1. What's your over and over again rotation?

        We've gotten into Indian cooking in the past year- it can be a very easy and error-tolerant cuisine and there are lots of vegetarian and vegan recipes in the cookbooks I've picked up.

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        1. re: beachmouse

          I agree that Indian is the way to go. I strongly recommend 660 Curries by Raghavan Iyer. Close to half the recipes are vegan--at least if you substitute another oil for ghee.

          Middle Eastern is another great bet. Claudia Roden's New Book of Middle Eastern Food provides lots of ideas.

          1. re: beachmouse

            I like what my nephew said: "In Indian food, meat just gets in the way."

            1. I love the mushroom bourginon from Smitten kitchen; I never tire of it ever.