Vegetarian *30 day challenge. help a buddy out.
- CharlesKochel Jul 14, 2014 02:27 PM
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
1 large eggplant, peeled and cut in 1 inch slices
4 tbs melted butter
2 tbs flour
2 cups sour cream or yogurt
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.
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
*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)
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).
Cuban black beans
Caprese salad and/or pasta with pesto
Falafel and/or hummus
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.
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!).