New to Vegan
I am going to a family dinner Sunday and I am in charge of providing the veggie side dish. I am new to being a Vegan and I didn't want to ask my family to forgo the ham and macaroni and cheese they wanted. Can anyone give me an idea of a vegan veggie dish that can serve as my main meal and a side for everyone else?
Vegan Chilli with corn tortillas, black-eyes peas and rice (Hopp'in John), baked beans and corn bread , bean and pasta soup, pasta tossed with mixed veggies, kidney beans and a vinigrette... vegetarian paella, risotto with veggies and nuts- that's what first comes to mind.
Mushroom Risotto (or, some other non-Dairy, non-Meat Risotto)
Coconut Rice, or Pineapple Fried Rice or Pineapple Rice (Fried or not)
* It is assumed that none of these would be made with butter, but with Coconut Oil, Palm Oil or Olive oil (or something like that)
Here is a recipe for chickpeas that I just love. I would happily eat it as a main course, but I think it could pass for a side dish too.
1 lb dried chickpeas
1/4 c olive oil
1/2 t dried rosemary, crumbled
4 cloves garlic, peeled
1/2 t coarsely ground black pepper
2 bay leaves
2 t salt
Wash the chickpeas and soak in a pot in water to cover by about 1” for about 8 hours. Add the other ingredients, except the salt, cover and cook on low heat until the beans are tender, about 1-2 hours, adding water if necessary. Add the salt when the beans are tender, then uncover, raise heat and cook until liquid is reduced. Serve hot or cold.
Makes about 6 cups.