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mariewilcox
08-07-2013, 01:01 PM
Just looking for some fellow veg-heads to swap ideas and recipes with :36_1_11:

Ambelleina
08-07-2013, 05:04 PM
DEFINITELY not me! :D But I am interested in recipes! I want to start doing at least one vegetarian day a week (and one carb-free day a week) just to amp up my/my bf's veggie intake. It's difficult getting started when I'm not used to cooking with restrictions!

mariewilcox
08-08-2013, 01:16 PM
One day a week is a good way to start! Not sure how you feel about black beans, but this recipe is one of my daughter's favorites (and mine obviously - LOL). I actually cut the bean cake recipe in half since it's just the 2 of us but I make a full batch of the salsa because it's sooo good!

Black Bean Cakes with Mango Salsa

Mango Salsa
2 cups peeled, diced mango
1/2 cup diced red bell pepper
1/4 cup finely diced red onion
1 serrano pepper, seeded and minced
2 tbsp coarsely chopped fresh cilantro leaves
1 tsp minced fresh ginger root
1 tbsp fresh lime juice

Black Bean Cakes
Two 15 0z cans black beans, rinsed
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves
1/4 cup finely chopped red onion
1 egg white, slightly beaten
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp minced garlic
1/2 tsp ground allspice
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
1/3 cup dry bread crumbs
Nonstick cooking spray
1 tbsp olive oil
Fresh chopped cilantro and lime wedges for garnish (optional)
preparation
Salsa: Combine all the salsa ingredients in a bowl. Set aside

Bean Cakes: Place the beans in a large bowl and coarsely mash them until they stick together. Add the cilantro, onion, egg white, cumin, garlic, allspice and cayenne. Mix until well blended. Divide the mixture into 8 equal parts. Shape into 1/2 inch thick patties. Coat the patties with bread crumbs. Spray both sides with nonstick cooking spray.

Heat the oil in the skillet over medium high heat. Add the bean cakes and fry until golden brown on both sides, turning once, about 8 minutes total. Serve warm with the mango salsa. Garnish with cilantro and lime wedges.

Ambelleina
08-08-2013, 04:17 PM
Whoa, sounds yummy! My bf looooves black beans so I can see him gobbling this up lol! And the spices are right up my alley. :)

Linda Renee
10-02-2013, 12:08 AM
Hi, Marie. I prefer to call myself a total vegetarian rather than vegan. I still like my leather shoes. I've been went vegan over 20 years ago and have never regretted it. Over the years I've collected a lot of vegan/vegetarian cookbooks, but love to cook from scratch. The black bean burgers look delicious. I would substitute for the egg white. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

bcgal00
10-10-2013, 01:04 AM
I'm not vegetarian but do eat a lot of veggies. Right now one of my faves is a riced cauliflower dish with lots of diced veggies, garlic, salt & pepper, hot pepper flakes, garlic chili spice,
onion and celery fried in coconut oil.

mariewilcox
11-22-2013, 04:31 PM
Oh that sounds yummy Rae - I love using coconut oil to saute - gives a great flavor! I would add some curry too :D

Ambelleina
11-22-2013, 09:10 PM
Riced cauliflower--yes! My mom makes a "spanish rice" with riced cauliflower and it's seriously delicious, makes me not even miss rice! I like to make it with garlic and butter---mmm MMM!

Rae, your version sounds SO good! I'd like to make that with some chicken. Since I last posted, I went Paleo. I have meat at nearly every meal, but the same goes for veggies, too! Boy, I need to write down that list of stuff and make a cauliflower rice stir-fry some night.

lainey
04-05-2014, 02:35 PM
I eat vegetarian twice a week. Roasted veggies are great. Some of my favorites are kale chips, parsnips, cauliflower, and sweet potatoes. I chop up the veggies and toss with some olive oil and spices. If you add salt use less than normal because the veggies lose moisture and volume. Put the veggies on cookie sheets with sides lined with parchment paper. Pop in a preheated oven (turn on convection if it's an option) and cook for about 15 minutes. Check your veggies and if they need more time, stir and put them back in the oven until they start brown around the edges checking and stirring every 10-15 minutes. The roasting carmelizes the natural sugars in the veggies for an added depth of flavor. If you would like more specific instructions, let me know and I can write them up. The parsnips and sweet potatoes I cut in thin strips and they come out like fries. I also a good recipe for sweet potato salad. Also, if you like butternut squash soup, if you roast the squash rather than boiling, the flavor is more intense.

lainey
04-05-2014, 02:43 PM
Riced cauliflower--yes! My mom makes a "spanish rice" with riced cauliflower and it's seriously delicious, makes me not even miss rice! I like to make it with garlic and butter---mmm MMM!

Rae, your version sounds SO good! I'd like to make that with some chicken. Since I last posted, I went Paleo. I have meat at nearly every meal, but the same goes for veggies, too! Boy, I need to write down that list of stuff and make a cauliflower rice stir-fry some night.

Christina, what do you use to "rice" the cauliflower? Our local stores have had such beautiful cauliflowers which I have been roasting but ricing sounds great. The other day when we had grilled tofu, I steamed some finely chopped cabbage. Then I served the tofu on the steamed cabbage and drizzled with yogurt sauce... would also be wonderful with a mango chutney.

Paddy
04-07-2014, 09:51 AM
My Mom was vegetarian she made the most delicious food. our family eat vegetarian food regularly. It Is very hot where we live so one of our favorites is broccoli mixed with finely chopped onion, chunks of apple, walnuts and mayonnaise. Season to taste.

Linda Renee
04-30-2014, 01:50 AM
Several months ago I started taking a closer look at GMO, and decided to cut out as much genetically modified food as possible. That means most soy and corn, unless the food is labeled "certified organic." I also started making my own bread again. One organic vegetable that I can find almost year round in my local grocery store are beets. I wouldn't eat beets until I became an adult because I couldn't stand the taste. I decided to try them one day and liked them. My DH wouldn't eat them until I roasted them and encouraged him to try them. He was hooked. I take a mix of root veges and cut them into large chunks. I place them in a roasting pan, drizzle with some olive oil, sea salt, and add several sprigs of fresh rosemary. I cover the pan with foil and put in the oven for an hour to an hour and a half at 350. I put the beets on the bottom as they will turn everything red. But the veges are delicious. And any leftovers are good in soups or stews.

suruha
08-01-2014, 04:09 AM
I like to roast veggies, too, in olive oil and a little sea salt. I squeeze lemon juice over a serving and it is the manna of the gods! LOL I use lemon juice as a seasoning for a lot of things. On pizza, it really brings out the flavor of the sauce. Note: Be wary! Wash your lemons really good if you are going to drop the squeezed out wedge into the dish or glass. Especially do this in public places, There has been more salmonella found in the lemons people squeeze into their iced tea!
I quit eating meat almost completely after working in a restaurant. Darned near quit eating everything! Some how, working in the food industry causes me to lose my appetite - working with food all day, I guess.
Raw is good, too, but, that is another whole way of eating.

Su