(I was going to give Mike a list of simple recipes for his Vegetarian Week, which I’m totally looking forward to. But it would be, as fellow bloggers and I often joke, a “comment post”, so I decided to make it into an actual post. You should go check out his blog for the opinions of someone who actually knows how to cook.)
I have at least nine vegetarian cookbooks, because people have given them to me as birthday and Christmas presents from the time I was seven or so. I probably use them collectively twice a year.
Mostly I rely on Morning Star, Healthy Choice, and Amy’s meals as a main dish, then eat the sides (ex. rice and salad) that Mom makes for the rest of the family. As a result, though, I’ve memorized the microwave times for Tomato Basil Burgers (1:15), Fake Chickin’ Patties (1:30), Veggie Chikin’ Nuggets (1:45 for four), Vegetarian Pot Pies (5:15), Veggie Corn Dogs (1:15) and my personal favorite/total addiction, Pumpkin Squash Ravioli (1:15).
Most of the issue, though, is that I’m too busy and too lazy to cook these beautifully elaborate meals from the cookbooks. So I’ll post some here, in case some of you have extra time and/or vegetarians to feed. (Although if it’s for Thanksgiving, tofurky is definitely the way to go. I don’t know a single vegetarian that doesn’t like it, and I eat Thanksgiving dinner with a roomful of extremist vegans every year. “Lowfat soy-based ice cream on gleuten- and sugar-free pumpkin pie, anyone?!”)
Without further rambling…. I’m going to type these into Google Docs and then link them here, just so this post doesn’t look like a novel.
Vegetarian Sloppy Joes from The Teen’s Vegetarian Cookbook (Judy Krizmanic, 1999)
Sweetcorn and Potato Chowder from Veggie Kids (Roz Denny, 2002)
Tofu Spread from Better Than Peanut Butter and Jelly (Wendy Muldawer and Marty Mattare, 1998)
And I saved the best for last. This is the meal that my non-vegetarian family members love to eat, and Mom will make for special occasions. Mmm, it’s the metaphorical BOMB of vegetarian cooking.
Ratatouille Rumbletum from Veggie Kids (Roz Denny, 2002)
Hope this helps! Let me know if you have any other good meal ideas– hey, even vegetarian teenagers need to eat.
Conversation I’ve Had at One Point or Another With Every Person I’ve Ever Met In My Life:
Bystander: Hey, try this bacon.
Aloha: No, that’s okay, I’m a vegetarian.
B: What?! How can you stand not eating bacon?!
A: I haven’t eaten meat in over ten years–I honestly don’t remember what bacon tastes like.
B: o.0 You’re crazy! I would never be able to do that.
A: Anyone can be a vegetarian with a little effort–
B: Oh, I was a vegetarian for a week when I was eight. But I just love meat too much, y’know?
B: Mmmm, this is some delicious bacon…. Sure you don’t want some?
A: Dude. I’m good. Thanks.
B: Mmmmm, bacon….