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#1 Old 01-07-2016, 06:59 PM
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Simple Recipes for Vegetarian Comfort Foods



Many people switch to the vegetarian diet because they believe it to be a healthier option than the standard American diet. It is true that plant-based diets are associated with reduced cholesterol levels, lower body weights, and a reduced risk for chronic disease, but you can still be unhealthy on a vegetarian diet if you don’t watch what you eat. Just because you switch to the vegetarian diet, however, doesn’t mean that you have to give up your favorite foods – being a vegetarian isn’t just about eating vegetables. In fact, there are a variety of comfort foods that can be made with vegetarian-friendly ingredients!

Below you will find three tasty recipes for vegetarian comfort foods including cauliflower mac and cheese, chipotle chickpea burgers, and chili cheese fries.

Cauliflower Mac and Cheese

A tasty blend of healthy and satisfying, this cauliflower mac and cheese is sure to hit the spot. Loaded up with two kinds of cheese and topped with crunchy breadcrumbs, what could be better?

Ingredients:

• Cooking spray
• 1 cup whole-wheat elbow pasta, uncooked
• 2 cups finely chopped cauliflower florets
• 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
• ¼ to ½ cup panko breadcrumbs, plain
• 1 tablespoon fresh minced garlic
• 1 small yellow onion, chopped
• ¾ cup shredded gruyere cheese
• ¾ cup shredded cheddar cheese
• ½ cup fat-free sour cream
• ¼ cup whole milk
• Salt and pepper to taste
• 1 teaspoon dried parsley

Instructions:

1. Preheat the oven to 375°F and lightly grease a square 9-inch glass baking dish with cooking spray.
2. Bring a large pot of salted water to boil then add the pasta.
3. Cook the pasta to al dente according to the instructions, about 8 to 10 minutes – add the cauliflower during the last 3 minutes.
4. Drain the pasta and the cauliflower then set it aside.
5. Heat half of the oil in a large skillet on the medium-high heat setting.
6. Stir in the breadcrumbs and cook for 2 minutes until toasted then spoon off into a bowl.
7. Reheat the skillet with the remaining oil and add the garlic and onion.
8. Sauté the garlic and onion for 4 to 5 minutes until softened then stir in the pasta and cauliflower.
9. Add the cheese, sour cream, and milk then season with salt and pepper to taste.
10. Cook the mixture until the cheese is melted then stir well and spread it in the prepared baking dish.
11. Top with dried parsley then bake for 10 to 15 minutes until hot and bubbling.

Chipotle Chickpea Burgers

Loaded with vegetarian protein and dietary fiber, these chipotle chickpea burgers are full of flavor with a bit of a kick. Top them off with pepper jack cheese and your favorite burger toppings!

Ingredients:

• 3 teaspoons olive oil, divided
• ½ large yellow onion, chopped
• 1 jalapeno, seeded and minced
• 1 cup fresh diced tomatoes
• 1 (15-ounce) can chickpeas, rinsed and drained well
• 1 medium Yukon gold potato, peeled and shredded
• 2 chipotle chilies in adobo, chopped
• ¼ teaspoon chipotle chili powder
• ½ cup plain yellow cornmeal
• 4 toasted sandwich buns
• 4 slices pepper jack cheese

Instructions:

1. Heat 1 teaspoon of olive oil in a small skillet over medium-high heat.
2. Add the onions and cook for 4 to 5 minutes until softened then stir in the jalapeno.
3. Cook for 1 to 2 minutes more than stir in the tomatoes – cook for 2 minutes then remove from heat.
4. Pour the drained chickpeas into a food processor and add the potatoes, chipotle chilies and chili powder.
5. Pulse the ingredients until smooth and well combined then blend in the onion mixture.
6. Shape the mixture into four even-sized patties by hand.
7. Spread the cornmeal out in a shallow dish then coat the patties in the cornmeal.
8. Heat the remaining olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
9. Add the burger patties and cook for 3 to 5 minutes on each side until golden brown.
10. Serve the burgers on toasted sandwich buns with a slice of pepper jack cheese and your favorite burger toppings.

Chili Cheese Fries

A delicious twist on a classic, these butternut squash fries are piled high with cheese and vegetarian chili – a recipe that is sure to soothe and satisfy you!

Ingredients:

• 1 large butternut squash
• ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
• 1 teaspoon chili powder
• ½ teaspoon paprika
• ½ teaspoon garlic powder
• ½ teaspoon salt
• 1 tablespoon coconut oil
• 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
• 2 small red peppers, cored and diced
• Salt and pepper to taste
• 1 (11-ounce) package meat-free crumbles
• 1 (15-ounce) can red kidney beans, rinsed and drained
• 1 (14.5-ounce) can diced tomatoes
• ¼ cup tomato paste
• 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
• 1 tablespoon distilled white vinegar
• 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
• 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Instructions:

1. Preheat the oven to 425°F and line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment.
2. Cut the squash in half then scoop out and discard the seeds.
3. Slice away the peel and cut the flesh into fries.
4. Toss the fries with the oil, chili powder, paprika, garlic powder and salt then spread on the baking sheet in a single layer.
5. Roast the fries for 20 to 25 minutes, turning once halfway through, until browned and crisp.
6. Meanwhile, heat the coconut oil in a large saucepan over medium heat.
7. Add the onions and peppers then season with salt and pepper to taste.
8. Cook for 6 to 8 minutes until softened then stir in the meat-free crumbles and beans then cook until heated through.
9. Stir in the diced tomatoes, tomato paste, maple syrup, vinegar, and paprika.
10. Bring to a boil then reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes until thickened.
11. When the fries are done, spread them on an oven-proof serving platter and spoon the chili over them.
12. Top with shredded cheese then place back in the oven for a few minutes until the cheese is melted.

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Maybe a few recipes without a ton of cheese would be appreciated.
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@VeggieBoards administrators, if your intention with articles like this is to appeal to current membership, then I think that you're out of touch with the membership here; most of us so far as I can tell, no longer cook with eggs and dairy. Typically, we're more interested in finding ways to healthily replace the cream and cheese.

If your intention is to appeal to the veg-curious masses out there in order to attract them to the forum, then I think unfortunately you're also out of touch; vegan is totally the new vegetarian. It's hot, check the trends. I say this with no agenda, or bias.

I suggest you approach member No Whey Jose to write for you. She's smart, eloquent and has expressed an interest. Moreover she won't alienate the existing membership and I fear that's what you are currently doing with your non-veg admin authored articles.
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@Spudulika You're going to give me a big ego! I'd be happy to contribute an article or two.
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@Spudulika You're going to give me a big ego! I'd be happy to contribute an article or two.
I know I'm starting to sound like a sychophant o.O

There have been other great contributors here, member Nosregardum springs to mind. Shame he disappeared. And I've always liked Joan's measured approach too. And there are others who's usernames evade me.

Seriously, you should write articles or blog or do YouTube videos. When time allows with the young one. The veg social media movement needs more in the way of genuinely thoughtful and intellectually honest voices (IMO).
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My husband is the blogger in our family. His interest lies in football. I see the work he puts into his site and, frankly, I don't think I have what it takes! I appreciate the compliment, though, and I'll keep it in mind should I ever experience a burst of self-confidence and motivation.
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@VeggieBoards administrators, if your intention with articles like this is to appeal to current membership, then I think that you're out of touch with the membership here; most of us so far as I can tell, no longer cook with eggs and dairy. Typically, we're more interested in finding ways to healthily replace the cream and cheese.

If your intention is to appeal to the veg-curious masses out there in order to attract them to the forum, then I think unfortunately you're also out of touch; vegan is totally the new vegetarian. It's hot, check the trends. I say this with no agenda, or bias.

I suggest you approach member No Whey Jose to write for you. She's smart, eloquent and has expressed an interest. Moreover she won't alienate the existing membership and I fear that's what you are currently doing with your non-veg admin authored articles.
We have both Vegans and Vegetarians in this community. We are focusing on both.
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We have both Vegans and Vegetarians in this community. We are focusing on both.
That's fair enough and as a self-defined vegetarian I take no issue with that.

Nevertheless I would encourage you to look at the stats for vegan searches and see how much this movement has grown in the last handful of years.

Plus, don't completely exclude your vegan readers in articles like the one posted on comfort food (with no vegan options) in your desire to embrace 'all creeds', unless you want the vegans to feel alienated and go elsewhere.

Please do make an effort to reach out them and make them know that you care about their experience here. Actions, not words, are what count and a full page article that completely excludes vegans, is folly on both a site that is predominantly populated with vegans and an internet that is right now searching for "vegan".

PS I work in the 'third sector' and have to manage a lot of personalities, I understand the conflicts a space like Veggieboards has in catering to a diverse group of people, from the vaguely interested to the committed idealists. Your core objective (to make money) relies on the current community inspiring others to join. Without an existing vibrant community of participants you have nothing to sell here. Work with them and not against them is my err advice.

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We have both Vegans and Vegetarians in this community. We are focusing on both.
Do you not realize vegans ARE vegetarian?
Just as omnivores aren't excluded from veg'n food, vegetarians aren't excluded from vegan foods.

Yes, ovo lacto vegetarians are welcome, but there's no reason to encourage dairy and egg. I've never been anywhere that I couldn't make vegetarian, but I've been many many places where there was nothing but iceburg lettuce and tomato (no dressing) to have vegan.
Quite frankly I don't know why the VB admin has chosen to disrupt this community.
We have more than enough food threads!

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That's fair enough and as a self-defined vegetarian I take no issue with that.

Nevertheless I would encourage you to look at the stats for vegan searches and see how much this movement has grown in the last handful of years.

Plus, don't completely exclude your vegan readers in articles like the one posted on comfort food (with no vegan options) in your desire to embrace 'all creeds', unless you want the vegans to feel alienated and go elsewhere.

Please do make an effort to reach out them and make them know that you care about their experience here. Actions, not words, are what count and a full page article that completely excludes vegans, is folly on both a site that is predominantly populated with vegans and an internet that is right now searching for "vegan".
We have already requested a similar article specifically for Vegans.
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We have already requested a similar article specifically for Vegans.
and you feel the many, many food porn threads, website recipe pictures, what I ate veg'n today, what are you cooking, whatcha' munchin, as well the catagorized recipes and general food threads aren't enough----why?
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I don't think there is anything wrong with them encouraging ovo lacto when the article says vegetarian comfort foods as long as they do a vegan one for the other half of the board.
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and you feel the many, many food porn threads, website recipe pictures, what I ate veg'n today, what are you cooking, whatcha' munchin, as well the catagorized recipes and general food threads aren't enough----why?
For facebook, I guess.
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For facebook, I guess.
Then why not limit those articles to the VB facebook page and leave the forum alone?
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Maybe a few recipes without a ton of cheese would be appreciated.
http://www.peta.org/recipes/chicken-dumplings-2/ Try this one. I used beyond chicken strips.
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I like southern style Louisiana cooking. The problem is the traditional meals are high in salt and acidic foods. I found this Afro Vegan that was able to mimic these flavors using vegan ingredients....Love it
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We have both Vegans and Vegetarians in this community. We are focusing on both.
Administrators: First off, thank you for planning to add a post with vegan comfort food recipes to this page. Complaints like this post triggered will be coming up over and over until you address the root causes. What you're hearing is a plea that your writers take the temperature of the room before they try to "omni-splain" things to us, especially about healthy vegetarian eating, especially with recipes that seem to have come straight from the National Dairy Council. Every recipe in the article is heavy with cheese, written for a community that mostly restricts or abstains from dairy products.

Please bear in mind that vegetarians are interested in vegan food, whereas vegans eat no lacto ovo food at all. This means that to focus on both sides of the community entails concentrating on vegan foods when posting recipes. We vegetarians can add cheese or egg to a recipe far more easily than vegans can subtract those things and substitute with something palatable. To spend time on these boards will show you that many if not most vegetarians on VB are either transitioning to veganism itself, considering it, or have settled into something pretty close to a vegan diet. So, again, focusing on both sides of the community entails deemphasizing foods heavy with egg and/or dairy.

When posting recipes that include dairy and/or egg, it would be best to include alternate steps for veganizing the recipe. And not just with an offhand reference to dairy-free cheese or "an egg substitute." I'm talking about experimenting with recipes until the writer finds the best alternative. This is especially important when writing about egg. Not every egg substitute works in every recipe that traditionally uses egg. Sometimes the situation calls for tofu, sometime Ener-g, sometimes garbanzo flour, sometimes aquafaba.

Please try to find content providers whose knowledge level and priorities are aligned with those of the readers they're supposed to be informing. The home page article writing level is breezy and friendly when it's not lecturing us; textbook blog language. Some of these writers will do fine once they see the disconnect: They need to understand that VB members who cook (the only ones interested in recipes) know quite a bit about both nutrition and plant-based food preparation.

Your writers could spend some time on the VB recipe message boards and observe the level of detail in our discussions about making seitan sausage links, falafel, veggie burgers or veganized pecan pie. Sharing credit and compensation, your writers could use that content and massage it into home page articles. Better yet, get them to look for recurring questions and problems that have yet to be resolved, find a resolution, and bring it back to us. Poke around and find out what's eluding us, and help us get it. At that point they'll be bona fide subject matter experts, telling us things we don't already know.
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