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need some lunch time potluck suggestions

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dijon May 7, 2013 08:22 AM

needs to keep safely for a few hrs. i have brought hummus and a beet lentil salad before, need to try something different.

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    foodieX2 May 7, 2013 08:50 AM

    Gosh the choices are endless! Even more so if you willing to drag in a cooler and/or crock pout.

    soups are nice-carrot/ginger, gazpacho, melon and these can be served cold or room temp.

    Bring a crock pot for vegetarian chili, spicy tomatoes bisque, creamy cauliflower or corn chowder

    I love Ina’s orzo salad. Leave out the feta if it needs to be dairy free
    http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ina-garten/orzo-with-roasted-vegetables-recipe/index.html

    Cold pasta salad-varieties are endless

    Baba ghanoush with toasted pitas

    Stuffed Small tomatoes. I do mine with cheese/breadcrumbs/pinenuts but if it needs to be vegan you could make a stuffing out tofu, fresh herbs and sautéed shallots/garlic and then puree.

    Stuffed mushrooms

    Roast/pan fry slices of portabella mushrooms. Serve on a platter along with a basket of crusty rolls for sandwiches. Serve with a creamy condiment like Vegenaise that you can infuse with spices. if dairy is OK top each slice of mushroom with shave parmesan and serve with a creamy yogurt dressing as the condiment,

    Guacamole/salsa and chips.

    Tzatziki with veggies and toasted pita for dipping (if dairy is OK

    )

    A platter of simply roasted veggies would be very pretty and delicious.

    http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/wo...

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      blinknoodle May 12, 2013 03:43 PM

      My go-to potluck salad is a fun Thai vegetable salad with parsnip/carrot made into rice, along with pineapple, cilantro, cashews lime and curry powder. Gets raves every time.

      Although I just made a delicious chickpea salad that would be ideal for potlucks: chickpeas, carrots, currants, tahini, maple syrup, curry powder and lemon/ACV.

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        cheesecake17 May 12, 2013 06:30 PM

        -peanut or sesame noodles
        - raw kale salad (current fav has Dijon, dried cherries, shallots, brown rice)
        - Mini vegetable quiches
        - mini pits filled with shredded veg and lentil spread
        - pasta with pesto
        - roasted potatoes (serve on a skewer with dip)
        - white bean dip with pita and crudités

        1. Atomic76 May 17, 2013 10:48 PM

          Wal-Mart sells an Asian Chopped Salad kit that is really good. You could make it yourself too, if you happen to have the ingredients on hand. It's just cabbage, carrots, cilantro, sliced almonds and fried wonton strips tossed with a sesame ginger dressing.

          If you live near a Trader Joes, they sell bags of veggie meatballs that are pretty good. You could throw them in a crock pot along with some jars of sauce, and serve with rolls and cheese.

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            sparky403 May 18, 2013 12:06 AM

            i think you could do most anything?

            When i take food on the go...(which is almost always as I live in very very smalll studio apt in SF). I either think about putting food in a cooler, bringing it cold and putting it in a small crock pot for lunch a few hours later. or using a small bbq like a smoky joe to cook things on the spot.

            I also have a small porable burner to warm things when I am thre if needed (about 30 bucks) . A small cooler or cold bag and a micro wave etc...and you should have no barrier. .

            http://www.sportinggoodscentral.com/p...

            1. Atomic76 May 25, 2013 08:24 PM

              a tortellini pasta salad?

              1. mels Jun 14, 2013 07:15 AM

                This is an older thread but I will add my $0.02 in case someone revisits this via search.

                I love this recipe from good ol' Chow:
                http://www.chow.com/recipes/29466-wil...

                I have brought it to work potlucks, served it to dinner guests, all to rave reviews. They key is serving it at room temperature.

                I second the above suggestion of the Barefoot Contessa/Ina Garten Roasted Veg and Orzo Salad. It is really good and quite simple...also easily adaptable to other veg you may have on hand.

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