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Dec 7, 2012 04:31 PM

vegetarian meal swap?

I need to bring a few meals to a family of vegetarians that includes young toddler. Do you have a reliable recipe or two for me? These meals might have to sit on their doorstep in a cooler for a few hours, so nothing overly delicate. Needs to be easy to reheat. Cheese and eggs are okay.

Thank you!


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  1. Sorry I don't have a recipe for you because I don't use one. You can easily google and find recipes that are rated.
    Some kid friendly ideas.
    Vegetarian bean quesadillas or enchiladas. Vegetarian Chili. A nice home made mac and cheese is also amazing.

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    1. re: Radha2009

      Thanks. I'm not really looking for a listing of vegetarian dishes (yeah, chili and lasagna and mac and cheese and stuffed pasta shells and stuffed peppers and enchiladas so on) , but a couple of "sure thing" recipes. Since I don't have any "sure thing" vegetarian recipes in my repertoire I was hoping for a hand from my fellow hounds. But thanks.


      1. re: The Dairy Queen

        I am really sorry. I have not really answered your question.
        This is the very easy enchilada recipe I found myself and tried few years ago and kept making it.
        Of course you can use any brand of salsa, refried beans or cheese and not stick to the brand that they specify.
        I have never used onions in my recipe.
        Also because of the toddler make sure that the salsa is extra mild.
        The best thing to do is to follow all the prep steps. When you leave it for the family. You can ask them to put the dish in the over at 350 for 20 minutes.

        Vegetarian Shepherd's pie is also a delight. Since I have been around veg. cooking for a long time. I can see that this is quite close to the one that we make. I don't use grated cheese in the mashed potatoes.
        Also you can omit the marjoram because spices are tricky in terms of individual taste.

        I hope this response is a bit more helpful

        1. re: Radha2009

          Apologies for being so cranky. I think that shepherd's pie is calling out to me! Exactly the sort of response I was hoping for. Thank you so much. Did you mean to provide a link to a specific enchilada recipe?


          1. re: The Dairy Queen

            No worries. You did ask for recipes in your question.
            Sorry I forgot the link.
            As I said it to you before make sure you use mild salsa. Just prep it and let the family put it in the oven according to instructions. It will be much better than reheating.
            This is one of the easiest and express recipes that I know.

    2. Lasagna is always a winner. You can do a cheese filling and add in spinach.

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      1. re: cheesecake17

        Of course how could I forget lasagna. Tofu quiche is also a nice option. Easy to make if you buy the crust.

      2. If this toddler is anything like my kids were, I would go really simple. Veg "chicken" nuggets, spaghetti with butter and steamed carrots or broccoli would probably be acceptable to the young one. If you are so motivated, you could southern fry Quorn brand naked cutlets for the entire family. That, along with mac and cheese or potatoes (baked sweets, mashed whites) or rice, and a green veg should provide a welcome and comforting meal.
        Bread or biscuits with butter and honey would be a wonderful addition and would show real love!

        1. you can get a ton of ideas from the website