Vegetarian recipes and info
by Laura K. Lawless
Some vegetarians avoid mock meat and cheese recipes, while others swear by them. If you’re in the latter category, or if you’re just interested in trying some vegetarian and vegan versions of typical dishes, take a look at these mock meat and dairy recipes.
Thin slices of smoky eggplant make a delicious alternative to bacon.
Barbecued Seitan “Ribs”
How meaty can ribs made from vegan-friendly seitan really be? Try this recipe – you might be surprised!
Although time-consuming, this is an easy and very delicious recipe for mock beef bourguignon made with either seitan or tempeh.
A rich, thick stew made with seitan and lots of good veggies. It’s especially tasty served with hot French bread on a cold night.
I just love this pasta dish: a creamy sauce with mushrooms and chunks of mock meat.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania is famous for its cheese steak sandwiches. Now you too can get a taste of this wonderful, hearty sandwich.
Chicharrones are bits of deep-fried pork belly much beloved in Latin America. This adaptation offers veg*ns the same greasy, chewy goodness.
This mock lamb curry is made with seitan and is spicy and delicious.
Mock meatballs are usually made with tofu or tempeh, but this unique recipe uses eggplant and walnuts to great effect.
A healthy, delicious veggie "meat"loaf made with lentils.
Make a big batch of vegetarian mincemeat so that you can make a few pies and have some left over to serve with ice cream, custard, pudding, or crêpes. You can also can or freeze it for later.
Sweet and tangy marinated tofu makes a fine fake pastrami. Serve it with quinoa or rice, or thinly slice for sandwiches.
If you miss the taste of chopped liver, give this vegetarian pâté a try. You might even be able to fool your non-veggie friends.
This is a delicious, protein-packed, vegetarian breakfast side dish.
Taco Walnut "Meat"
Walnuts ground up with spices make a delicious, raw filling for tacos.
These vegetarian/vegan burgers, made with lentils, are healthy, low-fat, and delicious.
Wheat Meat and Potatoes
The ultimate in hearty, down-home cooking: (wheat) meat and potatoes.
I was never a huge fan of Chinese food, but one dish I did like was cashew chicken. With some tinkering, I came up with a quick and easy seitan version.
“Chicken” Chow Mein
Mock chicken chow mein (made with seitan) doesn’t take long to prepare, but it does require quite a bit of cooking.
This simple tempeh salad really does resemble chicken salad. It’s great in sandwiches or atop a green salad.
A moist, tender seitan that makes a perfect chicken substitute in just about any recipe.
A mix of seasoned, roasted vegetables and seitan. Serve it with rice or noodles for a delicious vegan meal.
Delectable “crab” cakes made with tempeh and served with sherry sauce.
New England “Clam” Chowder
This is a rich and delicious vegetarian alternative to New England clam chowder.
Spicy and crisp tofu, perfect for dipping into hot sauce or barbecue sauce.
A vegetarian “tuna” salad made with chickpeas, almonds, and seeds. Tuna fish was the very last meat that I gave up, and while this doesn’t taste exactly like tuna salad, it’s close enough that I don’t miss the real thing any more.
Store-bought margarine is full of chemicals and other weird ingredients. Try making your own vegan butter instead – it acts just like the real thing, and tastes similar.
Blend up cashews with water to replace cream in soups, sauces, and desserts.
Liquified cashews are a perfect substitute for milk in just about any soup, sauce, or baked goods.
Here’s an easy and completely vegan recipe to help you deal with your cheese cravings.
A combination of tofu, herbs, and barley turns into a vegan version of herbed cottage cheese.
This vegan cream cheese recipe is perfect on bagels, sandwiches, or anything else that needs a creamy, mild spread.
Here is a delicious vegan substitute for feta cheese.
This is a terrific vegan parmesan “cheese” made from nutritional yeast and toasted sesame seeds.
Making your own soy milk takes a little time, but it’s very easy, it will last for a week in the refrigerator, and you don’t need to worry about any additives.
If you don’t want to eat eggs for whatever reason but like the soft texture and pleasant taste of egg salad, try this tofu version.
In baking, you can replace eggs with ground flaxseeds.
Vegans have nothing to fear with this tofu mayonnaise.
Although scrambled tofu doesn’t taste quite like scrambled eggs, it’s easy to make and can take any of the additions and toppings you’d would put in an omelette.
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