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May 7, 2013 08:22 AM

need some lunch time potluck suggestions

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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  1. 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

    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.

    1. 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.


      1. -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. 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.

          1. 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. .