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Jul 14, 2014 02:27 PM

Vegetarian *30 day challenge. help a buddy out.

I have a soul food brethren taking a 30 day vegetarian challenge. Please help by sharing some great recipes that might prove, "even vegetarians can have fun eating" Good examples would be Pinto Beans and Cornbread with ripe vine tomatoes. or supreme veggie pizza or fried cabbage, collards, fried okra ... thanks in advance for the help

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  1. Eggplant Romanoff

    1 large eggplant, peeled and cut in 1 inch slices
    Flour, salt
    Salad oil
    4 tbs melted butter
    2 tbs flour
    2 cups sour cream or yogurt
    Parmesan cheese

    Dip the eggplant in flour and saute in oil until golden brown and dry.
    Remove from pan. Sprinkle with salt. Heat the butter, add flour and cook 1 minute.
    Add the sour cream or yogurt and blend.
    Place one layer of the eggplant in a buttered casserole and cover with some of the sour cream.
    Repeat, with the yogurt last. Sprinkle with grated Parmesan and paprika.
    Keep warm until ready to serve; then run under the broiler to brown.

    Healthier variant: Use grilled eggplant (just brush with olive oil and sprinkle with salt), make the roux with butter and flour, and use yogurt instead of sour cream. This is the version I prefer to make now, and in fact am going to make this evening!


      In addition to the mujadarra in the above link, I often make stir-fried roasted eggplant from Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone. Like mujadarra, it is very satisfying and can be served hot, warm or cold, as a main, side, condiment or atop bruschetta. I suggest these as a lifelong carnivore.

      1. Isa is THE authority on vegan cooking (easy enough to add in some cheese or eggs if you want) and she is from the south! Her blog has a ton of great recipes with a number of southern/soul food/comfort food kind of dishes.
        Her tempeh chimichurri is popular when i make it for omni guests
        Her chickpea salad is really easy yet also wonderfuk
        I haven't made her gumbo yet but it focuses on okra

        Black eyed pea cakes with turnip greens :

        Stuffed collard greens (i'm sure you can swap in a faster cooking grain than faro)

        Vegetarian times has a great online recipe database

        3 Replies
        1. re: Ttrockwood

          Faux meat is a great help: I'm in NC and everyone loves spaghetti with meat sauce, I've wowed people with field roast sausages, mashed potatoes and buttered lima beans, also bbq! fry up some seitan, whip up bbq sauce and go. Morningstar even has corndogs...

          1. re: Rory

            The frozen meatless meatballs have returned to Trader Joe's after a long absence. These are excellent. They do not come with sauce, so are very versatile.

            1. re: greygarious

              gosh, spaghetti and meatballs with some good TJ Arrabiata sauce is a big pleaser, also chili with meatless grounds. For dessert a nice banana-tofu cream pie will do the trick, banana pudding is big in the South.

        2. Another one is the lentil walnut taco filling from this recipe, great for tacos or anywhere else in place of ground meat. Also keeps well in the fridge for several days.

          4 Replies
          1. re: Ttrockwood

            Thanks trockwood that's a super resource as I just found a non-soy teriyaki recipe.

            1. re: Rory

              Looovve her website! Lots of veg*n blogs are sensitive to allergies as well. This previous thread includes some favorite blogs and websites that would be a great resource for yourself/dad as well as the OP here

              1. re: Ttrockwood

                thanks so much for the link & fyi my dad is 90 now and in splendid condition:)

                1. re: Rory

                  Wow- Your dad is such an inspiration!
                  Rock On Rory's Dad!

          2. *LOL* You must be in the South! If you really mean vegetarian and not vegan, you have all kinds of options:

            Banana pudding (with real milk, not tofu)
            Okra stewed in tomato sauce with onions
            Veggie spaghetti or lasagna with real Parmesano Reggiano
            Veggie egg rolls/spring rolls/summer rolls
            Miso soup (with veggie broth instead of fish stock)
            Upscale mac-n-cheese
            Vegetarian sushi (cucumber rolls, cream cheese rolls, mushroom rolls...)
            Pita loaded with veggies and homemade tzatziki
            Gazpacho or ajoblanco
            Fresh squeezed lemon- or limeade
            Any of the traditional Southern fruit cobblers or pies
            Baked beans (with liquid smoke instead of pork)
            Fresh roasted corn-on-the-cob with butter and salt. (Really good corn doesn't need anything else).
            Bean nachos/enchiladas/burritos
            Cuban black beans
            Caprese salad and/or pasta with pesto
            Falafel and/or hummus
            Nut-butter spread
            Rice-stuffed grape leaves or cabbage rolls.
            Super-luxurious chocolate cake or pie
            Chocolate mousse and/or pots du crème
            Caesar salad without the anchovies/anchovy paste
            Pancakes/flatbreads, topped or not
            Greek spinach or cheese pies
            French onion soup (no meat broth. CI has a well-publicized technique for caramelizing onions in the oven for the easiest way I know to do it. Load up on the cheese, though!).
            Broccoli/cauliflower and cheese.
            Lemon rice, olive rice, almond rice, curry rice, or fried rice.
            Green beans amandine.
            Stir-fried vegetables.
            Creamed vegetables.
            Don't forget grits/grit cakes/polenta!
            Donuts! Or bagels or Danish or French toast.

            You can also look for Indian recipes --LOTS of them are vegetarian or vegan (and they're tasty!).