I'm working on making a few changes to the way I cook to emphasize vegetables and grains, and minimize the animal products which I totally love but need to cut back on. However, non-dairy substitutes are not always automatically healthier than the dairy option. I need your help playing a fabulous game: whiiiiiiiiiiiiiiich ingredient is healthier? [more inside]
Which standard recipes, with meat as a key ingredient, have clear vegetarian analogs? Examples, to be clear: for every hamburger, there is a veggie burger (eggplant, cauliflower, etc). Chili con carne becomes chili sin carne. For meatloaf there is Neatloaf. What else should I be thinking of? "Buy fake meat" is not heading in the right direction; "google 'vegetarian [meaty food]'" is a realistic suggestion but which foods?
I love cooking, but it's been a while since I've cooked on a regular basis (besides throwing together ingredients for salads and pastas) and even longer since I put together a proper meal with courses. I'm a pretty decent cook (and I have a list of favorite blogs, like Smitten Kitchen and 101 Cookbooks) but nothing's clicking, and I want recipes that are complicated and fun and delicious for a change of pace! And so I turn to you, AskMetafilter: help me find awesome, vegetarian, delicious, adventurous dishes to usher in 2014. [more inside]
Vegetarians of MeFi! What are you having for Christmas dinner? I am totally capable with vegetarian dishes in general, but most of them are rather light and don't seem substantial enough to be a Christmas dinner. So what are you having? [more inside]
How do I cook the best turkey (and) and fixings meal for just myself (for a whole weekend)? I'm basically going to put on some Abba, and eat like crazy this weekend. So tell me how I can make the best Thanksgiving turkey and sides! Oh, this is anonymous because I am a vegetarian for moral reasons. Also, I prefer to limit it to just one type of animal, so no bacon wrapped shrimp. Probably no bacon wrapped shrimp. Recipes of good sides preferably not using just turkey.
Call me a cheater vegetarian. I love vegetables and grains, and I love the juice and rendered fat from meat. The meat flesh, eh, I can live without. Most of the meat flesh I cook I feed to my cats and crows. Got recipes? Got tips for extraction of meat flavors knowing that the meat may be discarded?
I have finally made seitan from scratch (rather than just buying Field Roast), using one of the baked seitan methods. It was GREAT and astoundingly easy! I am now contemplating the many, many flavor profile possibilities that seitan has to offer. Do you have a special spice mix, marinade or preparation method? I'm all ears! (Er, eyes, I guess, since this is a text-based medium.)
Does anyone have the recipe for fruit cake from The Vegetarian Epicure? (I can't remember if it's from Book 1 or 2.) [more inside]
Carnivores of Mefi, please help this long-time vegetarian make a smashing dinner for her beloved's birthday! I did see this askme, but I would not consider myself an experienced cook and I really only need one knockout meal (though I will check those resources out!). If you were a meat-eater that did not like pork products or seafood, what would be a great special meal that a regular ol' girl could whip up with a few hours of preparation (and a not-huge bankroll) that would make your day? [more inside]
What can I use as a vegetarian substitute for duck pan juice so that I can make a tasty fruity sauce for my halloumi? [more inside]
Passover meal all planned for my family, I am making brisket, matzoh ball soup and gefilte fish. Only problem is I want to include two dear friends who are vegetarian and one of them is stictly no dairy! Since I will be so busy cooking everything else, I want to find a FAST EASY entree recipe I can make for them-- no meat, dairy or flour--would love a make ahead casserole like matzoh lasagna, but everything good seems to have cheese! If you have a recipe that fits the bill, PLEASE share!
Vegetarian biryani. Do you know a superamazing recipe for it? [more inside]
Any recommendations for very easy low-carb ovo-lacto vegetarian snacks or meals other than egg dishes or tofu stir fries?
[cooking filter] Simple but awesome vegetarian (or pescatarian) recipes using a Le Creuset french oven? [more inside]
What are some vegetarian/vegan meals that make people say "huh, I never would have thought of cooking that"? [more inside]
What are some vegetarian meals that all of us can enjoy -- two adults and a baby? [more inside]
I got mad crazy BBQ cravings going on here. Difficulty: Vegetarian and wintertime! [more inside]
What are your best vegetarian enchilada recipes? [more inside]
Help me do that fondue voodoo that you do so well! [more inside]
What's a vegetarian to do with a bag of Star Anise? [more inside]
A friend just shared her recipe for "Friday Chili," which requires 5-10 minutes per day, starting Monday, to yield a steaming pot of chili for dinner Friday night. I love this idea. Can anyone else share incremental recipes that spread out the effort of preparing a meal over several days? Bonus points if they're vegetarian friendly. [more inside]
I'm planning a haggis-centric party and will make semi-traditional haggis from this recipe. I also need to make a vegetarian version, so what would be a tasty veggie substitute for the meat (preferably using the same recipe)? The meats to replace are "chopped cooked liver and chopped cooked heart (Or stew beef, or filet mignon)" and ground lamb. I'm in California, in case that makes a difference about ingredient availability. Full recipe below, in case Geocities has closed. [more inside]
I need more ideas for "game night" food! I've done curry and chili in the past, and am tossing around lasagna and gumbo as possibilities in the future, but want more options. Since every cooking question is special, there is [more inside]
Store-bought-style baked tofu at home: how? [more inside]
Peas help me find a vegetarian cookbook my daughter loves that has been sold and can't be remembered. [more inside]
Vegetarian meals for a meat-and-potatoes kind of guy? [more inside]
This salad so incredible that I considered becoming a vegetarian. Unfortunately, I can barely remember what was in it. [more inside]
A crate of homegrown turnips showed up in my life yesterday. I've never cooked with turnips before (hell, I don't recall ever eating them before). Do you have any particularly delicious ways of using turnips? I know I can treat them like mashed potatoes, which sounds good. [more inside]
Help me make the yummy vegetarian noodle soup that I crave. [more inside]
Good, preferably vegetarian-inclusive or focused, recipe blogs? Alternatively, one really good recipe magazine in the same category. [more inside]
A friend is hosting a party tomorrow night with the theme "Night Life of the Gods & Goddesses" where all attendees will be dressing as their favorite god and acting accordingly. I'd like to make an interesting and appropriately themed dish of food to bring. [more inside]
I want to make delicious collard greens, but I want them to be healthy and vegetarian (so, no pork fat). I've tried a couple recipes I found online, but the results have been uninspiring (and the greens didn't strike me as nearly tender enough, even after an hour of boiling). Any advice? Any recipes?
What should I bring to a potluck dinner, when many people attending have food allergies and dietary problems and the list of banned foods is huge? (No meat, dairy, onions, garlic, tomatoes, potatoes, and many, many other things, listed inside.) Recipes needed. [more inside]
I am about to receive a huge crate of broccoli. Please send me your best vegetarian broccoli recipes! (Preferably those that use a lot of broccoli, not like a stir-fry, for example.)