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#1 of 12 Old 08-05-2012, 07:30 AM - Thread Starter
 
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What are your standards?  We have a few potlucks coming up and I'd like to mix up my usual repertoire.  

 

 

We often make and bring:  

 

lentils with spinach and ginger - with pita bread

 

smoky black bean dip

 

spinach dip with pumpernickel (can't find a similar recipe)

 

garbanzo spinach balls (not this exact recipe but very similar)

 

 

I'm also prone to making/bringing brownies, banana cake, and various lemon bars.  Sometimes chocolate zucchini cake.

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It all sounds delicious!! Maybe a nice fruit bowl as a possibility?


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Broccoli salad, spinach artichoke dip with crackers/chips, pasta salad -though often too many at a potluck, banana pudding, fruit platter -this is key to distract my kids from all the other desserts.

If I know there might not be much for vegetarians I plan to bring a protein heavy dish so I'm not eating chips and dessert.

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I've posted this in the past, but we are asked to bring this often (even by the non-vegetarians). 

 

Texas Caviar (cold bean salad) - I vary the 'recipe' depending upon what is in my pantry.  This is the quick and easy way - you could always cook your own beans.  Here are the typical ingredients:

  • one can great white northern beans - rinsed and drained
  • two cans black beans – rinsed and drained
  • one can white corn – drained
  • one can of diced tomatoes and jalepenos – drained
  • green, red, and yellow bell peppers - chopped
  • green onions – chopped
  • tomatoes – chopped
  • cilantro – to taste (I like a lot)
  • vinegar – I’ve used red wine or apple cider – to taste (~ ¼ cup)
  • fresh lemon juice
  • jalapeños - chopped
  • chill and serve as a salad, on chips, or rolled in tortillas

 

Broccoli Salad (easy to add whatever veggies or nuts you have on hand)

  • broccoli – chopped in small pieces
  • red grapes – cut in half
  • raisins – golden or black or both
  • sunflower seeds (I’ve even added pumpkin seeds or pecans – whatever I have)
  • onion (red or green – green is less over powering)
  • dressing – to taste:  ~ ½ c mayo, ~ 3 tbl sugar, ~ 1 tbl vinegar
  • I put the dressing on shortly before the party – just enough time to absorb flavors but not get soggy

 

 

This is not vegan.  I took it to a picnic once and it was a big hit.

Baked Macaroni and Cheese  http://www.food.com/recipe/fannie-farmers-classic-baked-macaroni-and-cheese-135350

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Just brought this awesome eggplant parm to a potluck last weekend: http://www.amateurgourmet.com/2012/04/the-ultimate-eggplant-parmesan.html

 

Not vegan, and obviously not the healthiest (although it's not fried!), but a major, major hit. I think it would be a good option to bring for kids to eat or to appeal to omnis. 

 

I cooked it ahead of time and popped in the host's oven 200 degrees for a few minutes when I got to the party. 


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dbsam - I love Texas Caviar, but have never made it myself.  Would be good for the kids' lunches as well!

 

I have made this for numerous potlucks and it is usually GONE.  I normally leave out the scallions and feta; I think the veggies and the lemon juice / olive oil / basil give it enough flavor.

 

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ina-garten/orzo-with-roasted-vegetables-recipe/index.html


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Broccoli wild rice casserole comes to mind...It is not vegan, however.

 

Ingredients:
1/2 lb. cheddar cheese, grated
2 heads broccoli (approx. 2 lb.)
1 pkg. Uncle Ben's Wild Rice Mixture
2 cans (or less) mushroom soup

Instructions:
Cook rice mixture as directed. Cook broccoli until crunchy. Mix soup and cheese. Grease casserole dish. Alternate cheese, soup mixture, broccoli and rice in layers. Sprinkle with additional grated cheese. Cook at 350 F. for one hour.

 

It is SO YUMMY!  You can vary the cheese/soup/rice/broccoli ratios to taste.  I tend to use more brocolli than the recipe calls for.


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I have made this for numerous potlucks and it is usually GONE.  I normally leave out the scallions and feta; I think the veggies and the lemon juice / olive oil / basil give it enough flavor.

 

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ina-garten/orzo-with-roasted-vegetables-recipe/index.html

I picked all these ingredients from the garden yesterday so I am going to make this and leave out the cheese.  Unfortunately, I might not have pine nuts; I think they would add a lot to the dish.  I think I will make half with orzo and the other half with quinoa since I am now GF but my family is not.

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I picked all these ingredients from the garden yesterday so I am going to make this and leave out the cheese.  Unfortunately, I might not have pine nuts; I think they would add a lot to the dish.  I think I will make half with orzo and the other half with quinoa since I am now GF but my family is not.

 

I read in the reviews that some people prefer slivered almonds anyway!  But I've also left out the pine nuts and didn't miss them much.


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These both vanish.

 

http://catnip13.blogspot.com/2010/11/black-bean-sweet-potato-enchilada.html

 

http://catnip13.blogspot.com/2010/11/pumpkin-curry.html

(for the curry, I layer the sauce on top of Quinoa in a baking pan and top it with chopped nuts)

 

If I'm in a hurry or on a tight budget, I usually just make a magic chocolate cake and call it good.
 

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Good sounding recipes all around!  Thanks everyone for sharing.  

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I like to bring cold bean salads or a pasta salad with spinach, corn and tomatoes.  Homemade hummus with veggies is good too.  I'm on an avacado sushi kick right now so that would be good finger food for a future potluck.


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