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Vegetarian food that does not suck

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I've been meeting more and more vegetarians (Seattle
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It is awesome. Somehow the banana and softened peanut butter combine to make it taste like you're eating a big pile of honey, but it's probably not really that bad for you considering. Please post other vegetarian food that I might be able to choke down, yet include real nutritional value. P.s. I noted after making this that if I hadn't eaten the bacon I had left already this morning, it would have been amazing added into the sandwich. Next time.
 

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There are a lot of fake meat companeis of varying quality. I personally like most everything by Tofurkey, and Morningstar Farms. Gardenburger has some standouts (like the "riblets") as well.

I would avoid Boca at all costs.
 

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Thanks for the suggestions. However, I was hoping more for specific recipes that you will vouch for. Also, though I appreciate hearing from vegetarians, I'll put a little more weight in the opinions of fellow carnivores, because they know what they're missing.
 

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Eggplant parm is a classic, and very hearty, but of course a vegan wouldn't touch it.

You could also try a four cheese lasagna.

I have a killer vegetable soup recipe, but I sweat the veggies in bacon. Maybe you could swap that out for vegetable oil.
 
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Kinda out of season but insalata caprese is a no-brainer: toss tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, and olive oil.

Also of the exceedingly obvious and un-mess-up-able would include: pizza. Making your own dough from scratch is amazingly simple.

And yeah, hard to mess up pasta in a tomato or alfredo sauce.
 

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Traditional alfredo recipes call for an egg yolk. Some vegetarians may oppose to be wary...
 
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Only the most militant vegetarians won't eat eggs or milk, really. So yeah, it would help if J. were more specific about his guests' dietary restrictions.
 

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Chips and salsa.
Cheese enchiladas.
Cerveza.
 

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Pesto sauce is very easy to make and can even be glammed up a little bit with the addition of expensive cheese(s) and pine nuts.
 

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Originally Posted by denimdestroyedmylife
Only the most militant vegetarians won't eat eggs or milk, really. So yeah, it would help if J. were more specific about his guests' dietary restrictions.
I can't be that specific since it hasn't really come up yet, but I don't expect to try to cater to vegans. Hence the butter in which the Elvis is fried. There are a lot of people who just don't eat things that require an animal to be killed, i.e. meat/fish/poultry, but anything else is generally fair game (err,
). They may be picky about free-range this and that, but not usually. The funny thing is how quickly some vegetarians forget they are vegetarian when I start frying up bacon to put on a mouth-watering cheeseburger.
 

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I love morningstar. There are a great many foods at Trader Joe's that are fantastic for vegetarian dishes, for example the vegetarian chorizo is great in eggs. I would have to say eggplant parm is a great recommendation. Stirfry is also up there IMHO.
 

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The sandwich looks yummy. I love tofu, I could probably eat it everyday for the rest of my life.
 

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Originally Posted by GoSurface
The sandwich looks yummy. I love tofu, I could probably eat it everyday for the rest of my life.

Tofu in the shape of Kwilk and Conne's small members.

K
 

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