March 9th, 2007

St Patrick's Day party food

St Pat's is almost here!

My husband is Irish Republic born and I've never really made a big deal out of Pattie's, however, I thought I might this year.

We're attending a party on the evening of Pat's and I wanted to take a couple of trays of vegan party goodies that go along the theme. In particular, green things :)

So!! Hit me with your best Pattie's Day food and recipes! I'll be forever grateful, to be sure. ;) Sweet and savoury are welcome.

Indian Food Menu for a crowd

A co-worker of my dad's is going to be coming over for dinner at some point, and has specially requested that I make vegan food. He is practically a carnivore- he hunts, fishes, and has steak at least twice a week for his dinner meal. His vegetable intake pretty much consists of corn and potatoes- which are actually starches.

Last night I tried Samosas for the first time, and they were amazing! I am thinking that they will be the 'main' course as I can make them in very large quantities without too much hassle and they don't require a ton of expensive ingredients. I do need help figuring my side dishes and accompaniments. There will be a total of 11 people that I am going to be cooking for, so I am looking for either recipes that can be prepared in advance, are not very time consuming, or are completely worth their time =) Chutney recipes and other dips for the Samosas would be great as well.
Obviously I am looking to do Indian style dishes. Any recipes are appreciated, but if you happen to have any that would be particularly kid friendly that would be great. Of the 11 people, 6 of them are under the age of 13. Also, please no tofu or seitan dishes. Because everyone I am cooking for is a carnivore, I would like to avoid meat replacements and focus on veggies and grains.
I have a while to compile recipes, but would love to get some ideas beforehand so I can start to plan the meal =)

quick, easy, and delicious "quesadillas"

SO last night my boyfriend and I came up with this concoction. I love quesadillas, but didn't think I'd ever be able to find a vegan substitute. Until...

WHAT YOU NEED:

tortilla (flour or corn)
follow your heart soy "cheese"
nutritional yeast
steak seasoning
tofutti better than cream cheese
soyrizo (optional)


Warm up the soyrizo in a pan. Spread some tofutti on the tortilla. Add a handful of grated "cheese," a spoonful or so of yeast, the cooked soyrizo, and a sprinkling of steak seasoning. Heat it up on and oiled pan, and enjoy!!

Try different variations on it!!

Make my dinner, featuring broccoli, beans, & basmati rice

Hey all, can you help me come up with something for dinner? I have lots of stuff, but it seems like no matter what I think of, I'm missing something (usually red peppers).

Stuff I want to use up (of course I have other staples around):
basmati rice
broccoli, celery, chili peppers
ginger, garlic, onions
lots of legumes: pintos, red beans, gandules, chick peas, black beans, brown lentils, yellow lentils
coconut milk
sesame seeds
sunflower seeds
red curry paste
lots of seasonings, especially indian seasonings

I was maybe thinking a stir fry, but I want to use some of my beans and I've never had a stir fry with beans. Also, I know daal is a given, but I'm hungry and don't want to wait an hour and a half. Thanks!

vegan "honey"

i just thought i would let y'all know about the yummiest honey substitute around! there is a company called suzanne's specialties (www.suzannes-specialties.com) that makes Just Like Honey brown rice nectar. i order this stuff by the gallon jug it is so good. it tastes JUST like honey... like you can eat it by the spoonful it is so good. the ingredients are: Brown rice syrup, Chicory syrup, maple syrup, and natural flavors.

the front of the package says it is a vegan, gluten free, non gmo, macrobiotic sweetener.

if you dont do maple syrup, their regular brown rice syrups are great too! i order the gemani brown rice syrup by the gallon as well.

it is worth checking out if you miss honey!
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