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Old 05-01-2006, 10:49 PM   #1
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Is there anyplace where I can get some Vegan menu ideas?
I grew up with meat, potatoes, and a vegetable and am not sure how to go with just veggies.

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Old 05-01-2006, 10:56 PM   #2
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Do you ever read food blogs? There are always really good ideas on some of them. I read Eat Air - the Vegan food blog. The posters always have fantastic vegan dish ideas and recipes, along with pics.

http://eatair.blogspot.com/

You may also want to check out this link: http://www.veganwolf.com/veganmenu.htm Lots of menu ideas.
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Old 05-01-2006, 11:02 PM   #3
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Thanks I didn't know these existed.
My biggest problem is that cookbooks and recipe lists usually are only how to make the dish, never what it goes well with or how to put a meal together.
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Old 05-01-2006, 11:03 PM   #4
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A great way to make a vegetarian dish which can impart a lot of flavor is to use a product like aborio or carnaroli rice, cous cous, quinoa, farro, etc. and use that as the base for the dish. You can then make vegetable or mushroom based stocks and sauces from fresh vegetable juices for flavor. I've done a beet "risotto" using quinoa and it comes out with this beautiful crimson color. I also put goat cheese but I'm not sure if any types of cheese are a part of your diet.
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Old 05-01-2006, 11:06 PM   #5
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No I am a solid Vegan
If it didn't come from a plant I don't eat it.
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Old 05-02-2006, 04:23 AM   #6
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i was Chef in a restaurant that is vegetarian 'cept for fish combined with another that's vegan. they had falafel, tofu (quite versatile), hummus, baba ganoush, tabouleh, i'll glance at thier items.
many soy items you may replace stuff with.
Medeterranian dishes are great for vegans. some Aisian dishes, too.
veggie broths- knorr boullion is delicious. fried rice, many soups, legumes, other rices......
'bout to look at at thier menu. gotta get bundled into something.
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yep, i went & read thier menu, & it was stuff w/ soy instead of meat/cheese. more regular items like pizza, etc., also.
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I read Eat Air - the Vegan food blog. The posters always have fantastic vegan dish ideas and recipes, along with pics.

http://eatair.blogspot.com/

You may also want to check out this link: http://www.veganwolf.com/veganmenu.htm Lots of menu ideas.
Thanks These sites are AWsum

And Thanks Luvs that is also helpful
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Is there anyplace where I can get some Vegan menu ideas?
I grew up with meat, potatoes, and a vegetable and am not sure how to go with just veggies.
Welcome to DC, Diane.

Forgive me if this is a silly question - but I was never quite sure what vegan meant. If it's veggies, I love 'em, & there is a plethora of ideas here if you check out the Vegetable catagory.

What are some of your favorites?

I'm a fan of spaghetti squash - healthy and a good sub for pasta. Good as a main dish or a side of spaghetti squash pancakes. If you're a chilli fan - top the cooked squash with some chilli. Have you tried zucchinni pasta? Shred up the zuke with a mandolin and stir-fy - round up the usual suspects - butter, grated parm, s & p, and sprinkle over the top.

Rice is very versatile & couscous (as IC mentioned) can be prepared as a salad or main dish adding just about anything - chicken, raisins, cukes, etc.

Squash can be prepared in so many appealing ways as well.
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Forgive me if this is a silly question - but I was never quite sure what vegan meant. If it's veggies, I love 'em, & there is a plethora of ideas here if you check out the Vegetable catagory.
Vegan means that a person will not consume any products that come from animals. This includes all meats, dairy, eggs, etc. The base of a vegan diet is veggies/fruits, legumes, nuts, grains, tofu, etc.

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I'm a fan of spaghetti squash - healthy and a good sub for pasta. Good as a main dish or a side of spaghetti squash pancakes. If you're a chilli fan - top the cooked squash with some chilli. Have you tried zucchinni pasta? Shred up the zuke with a mandolin and stir-fy - round up the usual suspects - butter, grated parm, s & p, and sprinkle over the top.
Butter and grated parmasan wouldn't be allowed on a vegan diet, however there are soy alternatives for these. (soy "cheeses" and "butter" are available at most health food stores)

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Diane1415 if you want actual menu ideas (as in what dishes go well together) why not check out some vegan restaurants online menus? That could give you a few ideas. I did a quick search on google for "vegan restaurant menu" and came up with these:

http://www.realfood.com/menu.htm
http://www.candlecafe.com/menu.html
http://www.dragonflyneov.com/
http://www.horizonscafe.com/menu.htm
http://www.millenniumrestaurant.com/menus/index.html

Hope that helps you out!
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