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    Gingham Ribbon
    Meat and 3 veg without the meat?
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    • 18th Sep 05, 6:05 PM
    Meat and 3 veg without the meat? 18th Sep 05 at 6:05 PM
    You'd think after 18 years of vegetarianism, I'd have cracked this but no! Over the years, the only time I have potatoes and side vegetables has been if I bought processed cutlets, vegeburgers etc, or if I could be bothered making chick pea burgers etc.

    I don't buy anything processed any more and when my in laws arrived today loaded up with pork pies, cooked potatoes and salad, I realised there was nothing quick I could whizz up for myself and my son to have with them. I quickly made something else for my toddler, but I ended up eating potatoes and lettuce for lunch which, although I'm grateful to my mil for bringing a spread, wasn't so appetising!

    So here's my question, what can I make quickly that doesn't involve processed food but that I can have with spuds? (I use them in curries, tortilla and soup but never in the 'traditional' English way.)

    Thanks for reading this!
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    • By Jolaaled 18th Sep 05, 6:10 PM
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    • 18th Sep 05, 6:10 PM
    if you're not including ready-made/processed stuff, it's tricky!
    I'm a veggie and try to freeeze bits for later, that the kids can then feed on if they're in a hurry e.g. veggie sausage rolls, burgers
    Otherwise, i find pasta/noodles the quickest with frozen/tinned veggies thrown in ( eg. peas, peppers, spinach, sweetcorn, beans etc). Otherwise, rice is pretty quick too.
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    • By elona 18th Sep 05, 6:11 PM
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    Potato with cheese, baked beans on top.

    Slice potatoes and pan fry with an egg?
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    • By squeaky 18th Sep 05, 6:12 PM
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    • 18th Sep 05, 6:12 PM
    An omlette? Or even fried eggs? Not too sure how well they go with lettuce but they both go well with new potatoes. Maybe have the lettuce and stuff as a side salad or starter rather than on the plate?
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  • Gingham Ribbon
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    • 18th Sep 05, 6:16 PM
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    • 18th Sep 05, 6:16 PM
    Thanks. I should have said I'd run out of eggs today, but it's certainly something I could do another time.
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    • 18th Sep 05, 6:18 PM
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    • 18th Sep 05, 6:18 PM
    I have no solution but had to laugh. I have exactly the same problem. I've been a veggie for 18years too and still never know what to have when everyone else in the house is having a 'potato dinner'. Although I do have to confess to just loving the potatoes & veg & veggie gravy. Soemtimes I push the boat out and have some bread and butter and make the messiest but lovliest sandwiches

    I'd have boiled some eggs to go with the potato's and salad I think. And had a big blob of mayo with it. Or an omlette. But I cant cook omlettes for myself - only for other people (long story). Ooo, or cottage cheese - I love cottage cheese & hot potatoes.

    This always happens to me at my mums - not that I eat there very often for this very reason. They aren't big veg eaters so I often get potato's & peas and some tinned carrots (insert puke smiley here) if I'm lucky.

    Veg in our house would be cabbage, cauli cheese, carrots & maybe another if we're hungry. Oh and yorkshire puds even with chicken

    We like our veggies - actually we just like food full stop

    now I'll stop waffling. I'll be interested in replies too.

    EDIT: I started typing this before there were any replies and now there are squillions - all talking about eggs too . I got distracted by an 11 year old moaning myrtle.
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    • 18th Sep 05, 6:23 PM
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    Liking the spud buttie idea, but am on a diet!
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    • 18th Sep 05, 6:25 PM
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    • 18th Sep 05, 6:25 PM
    .

    Slice potatoes and pan fry with an egg?
    by elona
    Add an onion, and that's the tortilla I mentioned. Traditional family dish derived from a Spanish one. We have it with brown sauce!
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    • By elona 18th Sep 05, 6:52 PM
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    How about stuffed mushrooms or stuffed peppers?
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  • Gingham Ribbon
    Stuffed, grilled mushrooms would be quick, I like that idea. Or even fried whole with some chilli oil. MMm!
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    • elona
    • By elona 18th Sep 05, 6:59 PM
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    If you will forgive the pun- mushrooms taste quite "meaty" and filling.

    Cauliflower cheese?
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    • Curry Queen
    • By Curry Queen 18th Sep 05, 7:39 PM
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    If you like cheese, how about haloumi? You can slice it and grill or pan-fry it without it melting or changing texture and is great served with roast veggies
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    This is a good thread - OH has also been a veggi for 19 years and I find it sometimes difficult to know what to give him when we are having meat (not processed that is). He is very easy to please and if I've forgotten to put in a pie or something, he will quite happily eat all the veg + more (if poss). More often that not we have veggie meals that we eat together and meat/fish as a 'special'.

    DD1 is also a veggie and she has loads of quickie meals (from her student days) which are ok. Pasta with Cheese and Peanut Butter (a bit sickly for me but ok). Cheesy beans on toast, toasties - usually has cheese involved. I often make sosmix scotch eggs which are a fav. with all the family. Can't keep them long tho :rolleyes:
  • Gingham Ribbon
    If you like cheese, how about haloumi? You can slice it and grill or pan-fry it without it melting or changing texture and is great served with roast veggies
    by Curry_Queen
    This made me laugh, Curry Queen, because as we were eating the meal, we had a conversation about fried cheese! It was one of the highlights of our trip to Greece. (Second only to swimming with the fishies! ) That and stuffed vine leaves was pretty much all I ate for a week.

    Fried cheese... mmm!
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  • tr3mor
    I had a caramelised onion tart, with puff pastry at a veggie friend's house once, that was so yummy!
  • Gingham Ribbon
    Actually, so did I and it was delicious. She put feta on it too. I suppose that's a good one if I buy ready made puff pastry, which I think is probably quite a good ready food to get. Anyone know if you can freeze puff pastry after it's cooked? (I could make them and stick them in the freezer.)

    She told me how to make them too. She just rolled out the pastry and cut it into rough squares, then put some caramelised onion on and sprinkled some cheese on top. Apart from waiting for the onions to caramelise, it only took 5 minutes. And about 10 in the oven.
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  • astep70uk
    Puff pastry is a great item to keep in the fridge/freezer. I make homemade pasties with mine and they are delicious (either cheese n onion, or corned beef/onion).
    I also made an open plum tart with real homemade custard last weekend and it was lovely!!
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    • elona
    • By elona 19th Sep 05, 9:05 AM
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    We are not vegetarian but the whole family love Homity pie - recipe from Cranks.

    Shortcrust pastry in large pie tin or small bun type tin- chop and boil potatoes - fry chopped onions and garlic - combine the ingredients - fill pastry and sprinkle with grated cheese.

    Bake for 20 mins for small pies - about 35 or more for large ones.
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    • Curry Queen
    • By Curry Queen 19th Sep 05, 9:13 AM
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    Before going out and buying packs of puff pastry, you might want to take a look at the Bero website for instructions on how to make it

    I'll admit myself to having bought it ready made for years, and I don't think I'd actually made any by hand since leaving school so had forgotten just how easy it is to make, even easier than shortcrust pastry really as there's no rubbing in involved

    It's just a case of chopping the fat into small pieces, stirring it into the flour, then adding sufficient water to make a dough! Roll out the dough into a long rectangle, fold a third of it over, then do the same at the other end so you end up with a square with 3 layers (much easier to see what I mean from the diagrams) then turn it a quarter and roll out again as before and repeat the folding. Do this 2-3 times then leave it in the fridge to rest for half an hour (or freeze it).

    I tried it, following my Bero book, when I made the steak & kidney pie the other week, and it came out lovely, even better than the frozen stuff we buy

    Give it a go! - much cheaper and easy to do
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    • Yoga Girl
    • By Yoga Girl 19th Sep 05, 9:25 AM
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    How about home-made bean burgers? Very easy to make using tinned beans ie kidney beans.

    Spicy Bean Burgers

    1 onion, chopped
    1 carrot, grated
    1 green pepper, chopped
    clove garlic, crushed
    1/2 tsp ground coriander, 1/2 tsp cumin seeds
    2 x 400g tin beans (eg kidney, haricot, flageolet, chickpeas)
    1 tbsp tomato puree
    1 egg beaten
    2 oz breadcrumbs
    2 oz cheese grated

    Heat some oil and fry onion til soft. Add carrot, green pepper, garlic & spices and cook for a fruther 5 mins then remove from heat.

    In a bowl mash the beans and tomato puree then mix in the onion mixture, egg, breadcrumbs, cheese and any seasoning to taste (salt & pepper). Divide into golf-ball sized portions and shape into burgers.

    Bake in oven, 200 C or 400 F, til crisp, usually 20 mins.

    Can be frozen as well.


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