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Appetizers

Asian grilled eggplant

5/14/2012 meps 0

I don’t know anybody who just “sorta” likes eggplant. Either you love it or you hate it. We love it. Take a big purple eggplant. Wash it and cut off the stem end. Cut it […]

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Tried and tested

Baked macaroni and cheese

5/3/2006 meps 1

Serves 6 to 8. 8 oz macaroni 2 C shredded rat cheese (cheddar, colby, or co-jack) 3 eggs 1-1/3 C milk 1/2 t salt Dash cayenne pepper 1/2 C bread crumbs Paprika Boil the macaroni […]

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Vegetarian

Barbecued Soybean Burgers

2/17/2014 meps 0

2 C cooked soybeans (1 C dry) 2-3 T barbecue sauce (you can substitute ketchup mixed with hot sauce) 1-1/2 C  dry bread crumbs or matzo meal 1 T salt Black pepper to taste Small […]

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South Beach

Barley and Mushrooms

12/5/2006 meps 0

1/2 oz dried porcini mushrooms 1 C hot water 3 T olive oil 4 cloves garlic, minced 6 oz portobello mushroom caps, chopped 1 bunch scallions, diced 2 13-oz cans vegetable broth 1 C pearl […]

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Vegetarian

Black Bean and Beet Burgers

7/4/2013 meps 0

A lifetime vegetarian friend of mine, who shall remain nameless, has known me since my literal salad days, when I was a vegetarian, too. He sometimes makes snide comments about the fact that I eat […]

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Asian

Braised Quail Eggs with Tofu

7/3/2006 meps 0

1/2 lb firm tofu, cut into 1/2-inch slices 6 T vegetable oil 10 mushrooms 8 hard-boiled quail eggs, peeled (you can find these canned in Oriental groceries, or used about 3 regular eggs, quartered) 1 […]

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Dips

Caponata

11/7/2006 meps 0

1 large eggplant 2 T olive oil 3 cloves garlic, minced 1 medium onion, diced 1/2-1 t salt 3 T tomato paste 1/4 C red wine vinegar (you can also use a mixture of cider […]

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Dairy-free

Carmelized Onion Veggie Burgers

7/4/2013 meps 0

Makes 4 burgers. 1 large onion, chopped coarsely 5 oz sliced mushrooms 2 T garlic, minced Salt and pepper 2 T maple syrup 2 T balsamic vinegar 1 C rice flour 2 T cornstarch 1/4 […]

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Asian

Chap Chae

7/14/2004 meps 0

Korean mixed vegetables with cellophane noodles, from PCC newsletter Serves 4 to 6 5 dried black mushrooms (shitake) 1 C hot water 4 T soy sauce 2 t sugar 1/2 t garlic, finely chopped 4 […]

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Vegetarian

CHEESE PIE (GREEK)

7/14/2004 meps 0

14 oz feta cheese 3 1/2 oz gruyere cheese 3 eggs 9 oz yogurt 1 c flour 1/2 tsp baking soda or powder 7oz butter Beat eggs in bowl, add butter and yogurt and mix. […]

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Side Dishes

CHEESE PUDDING

7/14/2004 meps 0

From Stevie’s files, circa 1981 5-8 sliced buttered wheat bread, cut in cubes 3/4 lb grated cheddar cheese 4 eggs, lightly beaten 2 C milk 1/2 T salt and pepper 1/2 T dry mustard 2 […]

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Favorites

Chillaquillas

8/23/2004 meps 2

I fixed this for our friend Wally of Gypsy Wind last night. I referred to it as “Mexican Lasagna.” After his first couple of bites, Wally asked, “What is Mexican Lasagna?” Barry replied, “Chillaquillas.” Wally […]

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Meps' family

Chris’ Spinach Lasagna “Surprize”

10/31/2011 meps 0

This is a recipe card from my brother Stevie’s collection. I do not exactly understand what the items in parentheses mean though — they are not referenced in the instructions, so maybe they’re just optional? […]

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Asian

Cold Sesame Noodles

9/27/2013 meps 0

Reminiscent of a dish I fell in love with 25 years ago. It was called “dan dan mein,” but when I later tried to order it in another Chinese restaurant, they told me that simply […]

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Gluten-free

Cornmeal pizza with pink beans

5/3/2010 meps 0

1 C yellow cornmeal 1-1/3 C cold water 1/4 C plus 2 T grated parmesan 1 T olive oil 1 medium yellow onion, sliced thinly 3 cloves of garlic, minced 1 green pepper, seeded and […]

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Meps original

Cranberry chickpea stew

1/31/2006 meps 0

Soak 1/2 C garbanzo beans in water for at least 6 hours. Drain. In the pressure cooker, saute half an onion with some garlic. Add the garbanzos with just enough stock to cover. Pressure cook […]

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Appetizers

Crispy Coconut Tofu Squares

5/8/2006 meps 0

1 onion, diced 1 t whole black peppercorns 2 thumb-size pieces of ginger, in small chunks 1/4 C tamari 1/4 C rice vinegar 2 T miso 4 C water 1-lb block of tofu, pressed for […]

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Cuban

Cuban Black Beans

7/14/2004 meps 0

(From my 1940’s Key West Cookbook, I think) 1 pound black beans 3 cloves garlic 1 sweet pepper 2/3 C olive oil 2 bay leaves salt 1 T vinegar Soak beans overnight. Wash and place […]

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Breakfast

Curried Tofu Scramble

4/8/2009 meps 1

This morning, I diced up peppers and onions and crumbled tofu, planning to make a Provencal Tofu Scramble. But to my surprise, when I started rummaging in my spice bin, the scramble went in a […]

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Tried and tested

Enchanted Cauliflower Garden

1/19/2006 meps 0

I’ve always been a big fan of Mollie Katzen’s Enchanted Broccoli Forest, both the cookbook and the recipe itself. But what if you happen to have cauliflower instead? It’s not an Enchanted Cauliflower Forest, since […]

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Favorites

Enchiladas

9/13/2007 meps 0

Makes one 9×12 pan with 12 enchiladas. Sauce: 2 T olive oil 1 C chopped onion 2 cloves garlic 2 T chili powder 2 t cumin Salt, pepper 2 C tomato puree 1 C stock […]

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Meps original

Fake em out vegan chili

7/24/2008 meps 0

I invented this recipe, and I practically faked myself out — when you combine the toasted TVP with the chilis, it turns into the color and consistency of ground beef. 1 C TVP 6 large […]

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Appetizers

Falafel

7/4/2013 meps 0

1-3/4 C dried chickpeas 2 cloves garlic 1 small onion, quartered 1 t ground coriander 1 T ground cumin Dash cayenne 1 C chopped fresh parsley 1 t salt 1/2 t pepper 1/2 t baking […]

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Cajun

Fried Artichoke Po’Boy

5/8/2006 meps 0

A vegetarian alternative to the oyster po’boy. Are artichoke hearts an aphrodisiac, like oysters? 1 14-ounce can artichoke hearts, rinsed and well-drained 2 eggs 1/2 C milk 1/2 C flour 1 t onion powder 1/4 […]

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Meps original

Green beans in “cheesy” yeast sauce

4/17/2010 meps 0

Nutritional yeast may not taste just like cheese, but in this dish the flavor can only be called “cheesy.” We had it over quinoa and amaranth, but it would be nice to have bread to […]

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Indian

Green sauce (not really a sauce)

8/5/2010 meps 0

This is actually a side dish or a vegetarian main dish. Tastes great with lentil dal. Nancy Bacon, who modified this from Yamuna Devi’s Broccoli and Spinach Puree, calls it “mainlining vegetables.” It’s a staple […]

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Favorites

Holy frijole mole

3/13/2009 meps 1

This stuff is awesome. You can substitute tofu or cooked potatoes for the beans, or just eat the sauce over rice. Or skip the rice and just eat it with a spoon. It’s that good. […]

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Breakfast

Impossible Quiche

7/14/2004 meps 0

I once lost track of my friend, Tara Narcross. When I Googled her name, I found this Impossible Quiche recipe. That’s how I knew I’d found the right Tara, since she introduced me to Impossible […]

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Indian

Indian Cauliflower and Peas

7/23/2009 meps 0

At a house-sitting gig, I perused Yamuna Devi’s excellent cookbook, The Art of Indian Vegetarian Cooking. Then I scrounged the fridge and found almost all the ingredients to make “Gobhi hari matar sabji” or Sauteed […]

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Appetizers

John Wayne’s Cheese Casserole

7/14/2004 meps 0

I always thought of this as a vegetarian main dish, but you could also make a half recipe and serve smaller squares as an appetizer. You could also use jalapenos instead of mild green chilies. […]

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Indian

Lemon Rice

7/28/2009 meps 0

1 C cooked rice 2 T butter 1/2 C cashew pieces 1 t black mustard seeds 1 t salt 1/2 t turmeric 1/3 C lemon juice 3 T minced fresh parsley Toasted coconut for garnish […]

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Salads

LENTIL/WALNUT SALAD

7/14/2004 meps 0

Cook lentils with carrot, onion, and bay leaf until soft. Discard vegetables. Toss drained lentils with vinaigrette dressing while still hot. Let sit overnight. Add scallions, walnuts, chopped red peppers, and parsley. Also good with […]

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Baked

Mock Mincemeat Pie

11/22/2005 meps 0

The ingredients for this came from The New Laurel’s Kitchen cookbook, but I’ve modified the instructions. I always use a food processor for this one, even if I have to borrow one, as I did […]

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Side Dishes

MUSHROOM CASSEROLE

7/20/2004 meps 0

100 fresh mushroom caps Butter Garlic salt 1 quart whipping cream 4 egg yolks 4 scant T flour 100 thin toast rounds (I think she means crackers) Paprika 1/2 C bourbon Salt and pepper Lightly […]

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Breakfast

Mushroom popover

6/23/2006 meps 0

Adapted from Mollie Katzen’s Giant Mushroom Popover, from Vegetable Heaven. 1 T butter 1/2 C finely minced onion 3/4 lb fresh mushrooms, sliced 2 cloves garlic, minced 3/4 t salt 2 T dry sherry or […]

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Favorites

North African Chickpea Stew

1/23/2005 meps 0

1 T olive oil 1/2 C dried chickpeas, soaked 1 medium onion, chopped 1 14.5 oz can diced tomatoes 1/2 C water 1-1/2 tsp turmeric 1 tsp cinnamon 1 tsp cumin seeds 1/2 tsp ground […]

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Vegetarian

ONION CHEESE PIE

7/14/2004 meps 0

An original recipe from Gretchen Tomlinson Use a frozen piecrust, and bake it for half the time indicated on the package. Fill with: A 28-oz can of diced tomatoes with garlic, drained Lots of sauteed […]

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Favorites

PAPAS CHORREADAS

8/23/2004 meps 0

From Laurel’s Kitchen 4 medium potatoes 1/2 lb fresh green beans (can substitute other veggies — frozen peas or spinach, even canned beats) 1 T butter 1 medium onion, chopped 4 green onions, chopped 1 […]

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Vegetarian

PEASANT MACARONI AND CHEESE

7/14/2004 meps 0

1 1/2 t butter, divided 3 oz whole wheat macaroni, uncooked (1 C) 2 C shredded cabbage (1/4 small head) 1/4 chopped onion 1 oz coarsely chopped mushrooms (1/2 C) 1 small clove garlic, crushed […]

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Meps original

Pomegranate Wheat Berry Salad

2/16/2014 meps 0

1 C wheat berries 2 C water Seeds from 1 pomegranate 1/2 C walnuts, chopped 1 T butter 1 t cinnamon 1 t cumin Salt and pepper to taste Cook the wheat berries in the […]

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Dairy-free

Potato Enchiladas with Tomato-Chile Sauce

5/16/2012 meps 0

This comes from a Bon Appetit recipe. It’s especially intriguing because it has no meat and no dairy, something that is often found in enchiladas. Enchiladas 1-1/2 lb potatoes, peeled and cut into 2-inch pieces […]

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Favorites

POTATO, PANIR, AND PEA CURRY

7/14/2004 meps 0

Indian recipe from Molly Katzen’s cookbook 1 T butter 1 t mustard seeds 1/2 t caraway seeds 2 cloves garlic, crushed 1 T sesame seeds 1/2 t ground cumin 1/2 t tumeric 1/2 t ground […]

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Appetizers

Potato-Apple Latkes

6/24/2013 meps 0

I’m not sure how to categorize these. I grew up thinking of latkes as breakfast food, but they’d be great as appetizers or a vegetarian main dish, too. 2-1/4 pounds russet potatoes 2 small firm, […]

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Breakfast

Provençal Tofu Scramble

5/8/2006 meps 0

I was going to make this for breakfast, but something completely different happened. Try Curried Tofu Scramble, if you’d like something different with your tofu. Serves 2 1-lb firm tofu, pressed (see below) 1 T […]

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Cajun

Red Beans and Rice (From Dave Cash)

7/14/2004 meps 2

* 3 lbs dried, soaked red beans * uh uhnion, chopped * Gramps, the green bell pepper, chopped * several good shakes of chili powder * a nice bit of cumin * enough Hungarian paprika […]

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Favorites

Red Beans and Rice (Pressure Cooker)

7/14/2004 barry 2

1-2 Tbsp Olive Oil 4 small onions (1 large or 2 medium), medium chopped 1 Green Pepper, chopped 1/2 Bulb Garlic, coarsely minced 2 T Chili Powder 1 t Cumin 1 1/2 T Hungarian Paprika […]

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Favorites

Roasted Veggies

7/14/2004 meps 0

Put vegetables in oiled roasting pans, deep enough to make stirring easy. Check and stir often. Toss with dressing or balsamic vinegar, or serve with various dips and peanut sauce. Vegetable Temp Time Process Yellow […]

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Favorites

Russian Carrot Pie

7/14/2004 meps 0

3 T butter 1 C chopped onion 1/2 t salt 1 lb carrots, sliced 1 T flour 1 1/2 cup firm cottage cheese 1/2 cup grated white cheese 1 egg, beaten black pepper 1 t […]

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Indian

Saag Paneer

9/20/2007 meps 1

3 lbs spinach, divided 2 T oil 1 t cumin seeds 1 t chili powder 1 t garlic, chopped 1 t ginger, chopped 1 large onion, diced finely 2 t chickpea flour (besam) 1 pound […]

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Appetizers

Sandwiches: How to build a better sandwich

7/14/2004 meps 0

With walnut-raisin bread, try: Roasted chicken, chutney, and mache, with creamy ricotta or hoop cheese Carrots, jicama and fennel, mixed with tiny uncooked green peas and a light mayonnaise laced with yogurt Tuna salad with […]

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Tried and tested

SHEPHERD’S PIE (VEGETARIAN)

7/14/2004 meps 0

Part I: 2 large potatoes 1 T butter salt and pepper to taste 1/2 cup yogurt 1/2 cup freshly-minced chives 1/2 cup freshly-minced parsley Part II: 1 1/2 T butter 1 1/2 cups chopped onion […]

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Asian

Simple Thai Coconut Curry

1/26/2016 meps 0

This is a pattern recipe, which means you can make it a bunch of different ways, and it will always be yummy. But it also means that the instructions are a little bit vague, similar […]

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Mexican

Simplest pinto beans

2/23/2010 meps 0

This is what I use instead of refried beans for tacos or burritos dinners. It makes enough for two people, as long as there are plenty of tortillas and cheese and other toppings. Soak 1 […]

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Salads

Soba salad with feta

2/5/2007 meps 0

10-oz pkg soba noodles 10-oz package frozen peas 1/3 C diced scallions 1/4 C olive oil 2 T lemon juice 2 t soy sauce or tamari 1 t sugar 3/4 t salt 3/4 t black […]

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Vegetarian

SOYBEAN BURGERS

7/14/2004 meps 0

1 can (15 ounces) cooked soybeans 1 Tbs Worcestershire sauce 2 Tbs tomato paste 1 Tbs minced ready-to-use garlic 1/2 tsp oregano 3/4 tsp basil 2 tsp onion powder 1/2 cup oatmeal, uncooked 1/2 cup […]

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Appetizers

SPANAKOPITA

7/14/2004 meps 0

1 lb 2 oz psinach 1/2 C dill 6 green onions 1 1/2 C olive oil salt & pepper Saute onions until transparent, add shredded spinach. Cook 15 minutes over mideium heat, add dill, salt, […]

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Appetizers

Spicy Sweet Potato Latkes

6/24/2013 meps 0

Makes about 48 small latkes. 2-1/4 lb sweet potatoes, peeled and grated 1-1/2 C diced onion 3 ggs 6 T flour 1-1/2 t cumin 1/4 to 1/2 t cayenne 3/4 salt 1/4 t pepper Put […]

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Vegetarian

SPINACH LASAGNA

7/14/2004 meps 0

(Makes 12 servings) 12 Lasagna Noodles 2 Boxes Chopped Spinach 2 Cloves Crushed Garlic 1 Tb. Olive Oil 1 1/2 Cups Ricotta Cheese 2 eggs 1 tsp nutmeg 1/2 Cup Parmesan Cheese About 36 oz […]

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Casseroles

Spinach-Lasagna Roll-Ups

9/6/2013 meps 0

I am always wondering what to do with leftover lasagna noodles. This inspires me to make a half-recipe when I have a partial box in the cupboard. Another name for this is “Mock Manicotti.” 12 […]

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Vegetarian

Stove-Top Cheese Pie

3/16/2014 meps 0

These instructions are for making it on the stovetop with a heavy cast-iron pan, but you can also do this in the oven. Combine in a bowl: 1 C flour 6 T butter Dash salt […]

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Dips

Swiss Fondue

7/14/2004 meps 0

For Barry’s family, this was a New Year’s Day tradition. For each serving: 1/3 lb Gruyere cheese, grated 6-1/2 T Rhine wine 1 t corn starch 1-1/2 t Kirschwasser (cherry brandy) clove of garlic freshly […]

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Meps original

Tofu Cacciatore

11/29/2006 meps 0

This is based on a recipe in the South Beach Diet Cookbook, but as usual, I’ve made substantial modifications. Still, I wanted to keep the original clever name — cacciatore means “hunter-style,” but there’s no […]

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Appetizers

TSP Italian Meat Balls

7/14/2004 meps 0

For use with textured soy protein (TSP) or textured vegetable protein (TVP): * 1/4 cup tomato sauce * 3 Tbs water * 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce * 2/3 cup dry textured soy protein * 1/2 […]

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Middle Eastern

Tunisian chickpea soup (lablabi)

6/28/2006 meps 0

This version is a simple chickpea soup. For a richer version and more traditional way of serving, see Lablabi or Leb-Lebi (Tunisian chickpea stew). 6 T olive oil 10 garlic cloves, crushed 12 oz chickpeas, […]

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Vegetarian

TVP Crumbles

7/14/2004 meps 0

* 2 cups TVP * 2 cups boiling water * 4 tsp vegetarian “beef” bouillon powder (Frontier, Harvest Direct, etc) * 1/4 tsp Liquid Smoke (optional) * 1 tsp sugar * 3 tsp oil Bring […]

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Most Requested

TVP Meatloaf (vegan)

7/14/2004 meps 1

For a slightly richer alternative that uses eggs, try this TVP meatloaf recipe: TVP Meatloaf II. 1/2 C onion 1 T olive oil 1 1/2 C textured vegetable protein granules 1 t Basil 1/2 t […]

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Meps original

TVP Meatloaf II

4/24/2007 meps 1

This tasty, high-fiber version calls for eggs as a binder. For a vegan version, see: TVP Meatloaf (vegan). 1-1/2 C TVP or TSP 1 to 1-1/2 C boiling water 1 large onion, diced 1 T […]

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Side Dishes

TVP Pilaf

7/14/2004 meps 0

The best of the recipes that feature TVP; this one doesn’t try to pretend like it’s meat. Makes 3 cups 3 Tbsp. vegetable oil 1 tsp. cumin seeds 3 cardamom pods 1 bay leaf 1 […]

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Breakfast

TVP Sausage (Vegetarian)

5/8/2006 meps 0

1-1/2 C TVP or TSP 1-1/4 C steaming hot water 2 eggs 1/2 C cold water 1/2 lb block of tofu, pressed for at least 1 hour and drained 2 T garlic, chopped 1 T […]

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Tried and tested

TVP Tofu Burgers

1/14/2007 meps 0

I just tried this out, and I give it a thumbs-up. The result is similar to a homemade Garden Burger, and they brown well and stick together without any egg for binder. 3/4 C boiling […]

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Appetizers

Vegan Cashew Cheddar Cheese

9/20/2007 meps 0

1/2 C + 2 T raw cashews 1/4 C nutritional yeast 1 t onion powder 1 t salt 1/2 t garlic powder Pinch white pepper 1-3/4 C plain, unsweetened soymilk 1 oz agar flakes 1/4 […]

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Restricted diets

Vegan Faux Cheese Sauces

9/20/2007 meps 0

1/2 C nutritional yeast 1/2 C unbleached white flour 1 t garlic salt 1 t onion powder 2 C water 1/4 C margarine or coconut oil In a saucepan, mix the dry ingredients and very, […]

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Restricted diets

Vegan Faux Ricotta with Tofu

9/20/2007 meps 0

A vegan filling for lasagna, ravioli, manicotti, or any Italian recipe calling for ricotta cheese. 1 lb firm tofu, pressed to remove most of the moisture (for tips on pressing tofu, see Provencal Tofu Scramble) […]

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Appetizers

Vegan Tofu Cheese Cubes

9/20/2007 meps 1

This is a good appetizer or snack, or use the cubes in Indian Saag Paneer. 12 oz firm tofu 2 t agar powder 1/4 C water 1 t sugar 2 T extra-light olive oil 1-1/2 […]

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Brazilian

Vegetarian Feijoada

6/21/2006 meps 0

Like Cuban black beans, feijoada is nothing special to look at. But a visit to Brazil opened my eyes to the colorful presentation of this dish. Consider colorful tablecloths, banana leaves, or the edible garnishes […]

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Mexican

Vegetarian Tortilla Soup

10/28/2005 meps 0

This came about while looking for a tortilla soup recipe that could be served to someone who is allergic to chicken. 1/2 onion, minced 1 clove garlic, minced 1 bell pepper (red, yellow, or green), […]

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Appetizers

VEGGIE SAMMICH

7/14/2004 meps 0

From Stevie’s files, circa 1981 8 oz cream cheese 1/4 chopped celery 1/4 chopped bell pepper 1 tsp lemon juice 3/4 C grated cheese 1 chopped medium onion mayonaisse (sic) Mix well. Yum yum.

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Vegetarian

Walnut-chickpea burgers

3/15/2011 meps 0

1 C chopped walnuts 1 can garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained 1/3 C bread or cracker crumbs 1-2 t garlic or seasoned salt 1 t Hungarian paprika Dash Liquid Smoke Pinch of cayenne 1 T […]

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Casseroles

Wild Rice and Cheese Casserole

3/16/2014 meps 0

4 C boiling water 1 C brown rice 1 C wild rice 1 large onion, chopped 14-oz can small black olives 1 green pepper, chopped 1 C chopped walnuts 4 C grated Cheddar or Colby […]

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Dips

Wine-Swiss Cheese Fondue

7/14/2004 meps 0

This is great for a New Year’s Day brunch, or a romantic evening for two. 1 garlic clove, halved 1-1/2 C dry white wine or sauterne 4 C (1 pound) swiss cheese (we always used […]

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Dairy-free

Yummiest Vegan Stuffing

1/3/2016 meps 0

1 loaf of whole wheat bread, cut or torn into 1-inch cubes (I use scissors for this) 2 green bell peppers, seeded and cut into chunks 1 red bell pepper, seeded and cut into chunks […]