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Vegetarian/Vegan ONLY! Summer Dish Ideas

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Summer is here and its hot outside.... and i know i hate cooking...

sooo here is a place where we can post all of our favorite quick summer dish ideas.... (hopefully some will require little cooking)

This is only for Vegetarians and Vegans so unless they are either please dont post.
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Ok, Tricia, here's a potato salad recipie for you. It's not mayo based, I hope that's ok

New Potato Salad:
Cook about 1.5 lb new potatoes until they're tender. Cut them in half.
Add 1 chopped red onion, 1/2 c peas, and 1 shredded beet.
Toss with dressing made of garlic, white wine vinegar, olive oil, and tarragon.
Roasted Potato Salad:
Heat your oven to 425. Toss 2 lb new potatoes that have been cut in half with 1 T olive oil, salt, and pepper. Roast for 30 minutes. Add 1/4 c pine nuts the last 2 minutes.
Make a dressing of chopped shallots, mint, olive oil, and white wine vinegar.
Add 1 c peas to the potatoes once they've cooled a bit and toss with the dressing.
Summer Pasta Salad:
Cook a pkg of pasta and let it cool. Toss with 1 T olive oil.
Add a chopped bell pepper, cherry tomatoes, chopped red onion, sliced fennel, marinated artichoke hearts, cannellini beans, black olives, and chopped parsley.
Make a dressing with 7 T olive oil, 1/4 c pesto, 3 T balsamic vinegar, salt, and pepper. Toss and
I've got more, but ds needs his mama
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Ok, got a few rice salads, I love rice salads!
For both, start with 3 c cooked rice.
For Indian style, make a dressing with veg oil, lime juice, curry powder, brown sugar, and cayenne. Combine rice with a chopped bell pepper, red onion, and mango. Toss it all together with some peanuts.
For a Texie-Mexie version, make a dressing with chiles, garlic, cumin, white wine vinegar, lime juice, and olive oil. Combine rice with a chopped red onion, bell pepper, and jicama. Throw in some pinto or black beans and cilantro and toss with the dressing.
Iso, the indian rice salad recipe sounds awesome. I suppose you can eat it hot or cold, right? or just hot?

I printed it, thanks!
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I make potato salad with steamed green beans, red potatoes and tahini sauce. The kids add baconless bits.
sage- pls post ur recipe... im always in need of recipes...
Here's a great thai rice salad. I use red curry paste, brown sugar, lemmon juice, half a clove of garlic, olive oil...blend up and add to cold brown rice and assorted veggies on hand, plus green scallions.

I guess this is a good place for my first post. Hi! I'm Jane. All your recipes sound so good, and I have printed them all.
Here is mine...very quick and easy...

Bean Salad

1 can chick peas, rinsed (or reconstituted if you have planned ahead)
1 can kidney beans, rinsed
1 red onion chopped
1 jar artichoke hearts
1 roasted red (or whatever) bell pepper, chopped into bite sized pieces. If you don't feel like roasting it youself, then just use the ones in the jar ( much cheaper to do it yourself)
1 pint grape tomatoes or cherry tomatoes
1/2 cup (more or less, I don't actually measure) green olives w/ pimento
2 grated or chopped carrots
make a dressing w/ balsamic vinegar & olive oil and herbs & garlic or use a bottled dressing
If you're not vegan you can add some parmesan cheese, but it's not necessary.
Sprinkle on some basil, parsley and black pepper
This tastes best if you let it marinate overnight

Enjoy! I'm looking forward to seeing more recipes!
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Oven roasted asparagus:
Put asparagus (wash ,cut of ends) in a baking dish add several cloves of garlic cut into chunks, soy sauce, and olive oil or sesame seed oil. Bake for about 30mins, serve. YUM.
Holy cow you all are making me hungry!! I make a mean and easy Baked Ziti... but it's got TONS of cheese.. so very not vegan.
Layer all this in a 9x11 pan
Layer of pasta ( I used Penne today - on sale!)You'll need a 12 oz bag - cooked
Layer of Provolone cheese about 6 oz
Layer of Sour cream (one container - med size)
Layer of red sauce ( canned or home made)
layer of pasta
layer of mozzarella cheese
layer of red sauce
layer of parmesean cheese.

Bake at 375 for 35-45 min till golden bubbly!!! It's not at all healthy, or low fat, but it's delicious, and one pan will make lunches for a week.
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there are vegan cheeses....

im getting me some stuff for the ziti...:LOL

and it has to be vegetarian in order to be here but there are vegans too..
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do vegan cheeses melt well? what about the sour cream?
Chiromama, YUM! YUM! I make a baked pasta similiar but yours sounds soooo much tastier, I gotta try it!!!
Why thank ya! I'm looking forward to trying the aspagaragus dish and bean salad!! Yummy indeed!

Originally Posted by chiromama
do vegan cheeses melt well? what about the sour cream?
Depending on the brand... the vegetarian ones contain casein and they melt like regular cheese... the vegan ones dont contain casein and takes a bit longer to melt...

tofutti sour supreme rocks
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For the potato salad, I just cook green beans and quartered red potatoes in the pressure cooker for about 6-7 minutes under high pressure ( you can steam instead), drain, then add some tahini sauce. (I wing it, putting tahini, a splash of lemon juice, some garlic, a dash of salt, and enough water to make a sauce into the mini food processor!) The kids add the baconless bits at the table. I have used Annie's Goddess dressing in a pinch, it's yummy too!
We do a lot of wraps in the summertime...a large tortilla warmed (zapped in the microwave if you do that!) with bean sprouts, hummus (dd loves hummus), red leaf lettuce, black olives & wildwood marinated baked organic tofu...mmmmmm That way, you can throw whatever you have into a tortilla & call it good.

I love making my own hummus for summertime, you need:

20 oz chickpeas (2 cans or soaked & cooked)
1/4 cup tahini (sesame butter, usually in the specialty section of grocery)
1/4 cup garlic (I use more, usually!)
lemon juice to taste.
& you can add whatever spices you like, I like a little cumin or roasted pepper in there...then food process it up!!!
We love Black Bean and Corn Stew
Fry up an onion in some oil, add garlic, red pepper and corn, cumin, chili powder, salt and jalopino if you like it spicy
Aff one can black beans and a can of diced tomato's. You can at this point throw in the crock pot so as not to heat up the house. Serve with tofutti sour cream and shredded cheese of your choice. This is also delish with corn bread and I have an awesome recipe for one that is sooooo moist, if anyone wants me to post

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Originally Posted by sebrinaw
This is also delish with corn bread and I have an awesome recipe for one that is sooooo moist, if anyone wants me to post

Yes please
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Skillet Corn Bread
1 1/2 cups cornmeal
2 1/2 cups milk (I use rice milk)
2 cups whole wheat flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup sugar or sweetener of your choice (depending on how sweet you like your corn bread you can add more or less sugar)
2 eggs
1/2 cup vegetable oil

1 Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). In a
small bowl, combine corn meal and milk; let stand for 5 minutes.
2 In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder,
salt and sugar. Mix in the cornmeal mixture, eggs and oil
until smooth. Pour batter into prepared pan. ( I use my Cast Iron Skillet)
3 Bake in preheated oven for 30 to 35 minutes, or until a knife inserted in the centre comes out clean
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