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My vegan mother and omni- sister are coming over this weekend to visit, and I'm planning on making separate meals for my sister for the next week. The catch for her - no meat will be in the house! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sneaky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":shifty:"> So I'm going to be cooking (at least) vegetarian for her, and vegan for my mom, my fiance, and myself.<br><br><br><br>
She's kind of a picky eater, but I desperately want to try this week to show her that there are healthy <b>and</b> delicious veggie meals out there!<br><br><br><br>
So, I need everyone's help. What are some meals that you or someone else prepared that knocked the socks off your omni- family members, friends, or coworkers? Both vegetarian and vegan recipes are welcomed. Thanks in advance! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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I tend to stick with the familiar when it comes to omnis, since the first question they usually ask is "Does this have tofu in it?"<br><br><br><br>
Some ideas:<br><br><br><br>
- Spaghetti and a great tomato sauce<br><br>
- Chili and cornbread<br><br>
- Fried rice<br><br>
- "Shepherd's" Pie (made with lentils, beans or mock meat)
 

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Veggie stir fries are good. With or without fake meat. Most omnis I know aren't terribly open to trying tofu. Macaroni and cheese is good (even with vegan cheese.) I made chili for my in-laws and they LOVED it.
 

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my first question would be<br><br>
Your sister is picky. what does she normally like to eat? or what does picky mean? It'll be easier if you work from stuff she already likes.
 

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Thanks for the suggestions so far!<br><br><br><br><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
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Macaroni and cheese is good (even with vegan cheese.)</div>
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What recipe did you follow? I have tried making it before with nutritional yeast, and it tasted horrible. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/tongue3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":p"><br><br><br><br><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
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my first question would be<br><br>
Your sister is picky. what does she normally like to eat? or what does picky mean? It'll be easier if you work from stuff she already likes.</div>
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When I say she's a picky eater, I mean she doesn't normally like anything too exotic. She's your typical teenage omni - she likes junk food, and she doesn't eat enough fruits and veggies.<br><br><br><br>
She loves Italian food and some Mexican dishes. Now that I think of it, Italian entrees would probably be the biggest hit with her. But if I do Italian, it's gotta be vegan so everyone can enjoy. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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There is one thing that I have made that everyone has loved. First bread and fry slices of eggplant (make sure to soak the slices in salt water for 30 minutes first). While that is cooking, saute mushrooms, onions, and garlic in another pan. When those are done, lay down the eggplant in a baking dish. Top this with crumbled feta cheese and then the sauteed veggies. Heat in 350 degree oven until cheese is warm. Serve with salad. Any left over eggplant (if there is any) is good for sandwiches the next day. Yummy!
 

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There is one thing that I have made that everyone has loved. First bread and fry slices of eggplant (make sure to soak the slices in salt water for 30 minutes first). While that is cooking, saute mushrooms, onions, and garlic in another pan. When those are done, lay down the eggplant in a baking dish. Top this with crumbled feta cheese and then the sauteed veggies. Heat in 350 degree oven until cheese is warm. Serve with salad. Any left over eggplant (if there is any) is good for sandwiches the next day. Yummy!</div>
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Sounds delicious, thank you! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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<a href="http://www.veggieboards.com/boards/showthread.php?t=52395" target="_blank">This</a> always gets eaten in my house.<br><br><br><br><a href="http://www.bettycrocker.com/recipes/Recipe.aspx?recipeId=33894" target="_blank">This</a> recipe for Fresh Strawberry pie is too good and is dangerous to keep around. I have literally eaten a whole pie in one sitting. I skip the cream cheese part and use more strawberries. Plus I add a little bit more cornstarch then they do to the goo and just use a vegan margarine instead of shortening. Make sure you completely cool the goo before adding the strawberries, otherwise they'll get mushy. My anti-vegan mother actually asked me to make this for her for a potluck Bible study she was going to.<br><br><br><br>
I personally love spaghetti in EB with some steamed broccoli <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/drool.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":drool:"><br><br><br><br>
Oooh, some super easy microwaved smashed potatoes are to die for:<br><br>
For 2-3 servings, microwave 4-6 unpeeled medium sized red potatoes for 9-10 minutes on high or until fully cooked. Microwave 2-3 cloves of garlic on high for 45 seconds. Shred the garlic by holding it down with a fork and run a sharp knife multiple times through the fork's fingers. Add the garlic, some salt, pepper, and some EB to the potatoes and smash them so they're still chunky but still come together. So good.<br><br><br><br>
HTH,<br><br>
~Wonder <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sheep.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":sheep:"><br><br><br><br>
ETA: Make sure you prick the potatoes all over with a fork before microwaving so they don't explode.
 

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Thanks, Wonder <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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What recipe did you follow? I have tried making it before with nutritional yeast, and it tasted horrible. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/tongue3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":p"><br></div>
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I followed the recipe in the vegetarian family cookbook by Neva Atlas. I think it was called Ultimate Macaroni and Cheese (or something.) It was tasty.
 

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Veggie Taco Bar with all the fixin's.<br><br><br><br>
(Lettuce, chopped olives, chopped tomatos, salsas, jalapenos, taco "meat", refried beans if you want, guacamole, 'tofu ranch' or tofutti sour cream, and the BEST condiment: chopped red or green onions mixed with minced fresh cilantro!!)<br><br><br><br>
I make this for my kids and their soccer buddies and everyone's happy and no one turns their nose up at the Boca crumbles instead of beef.<br><br><br><br>
Once they're smothered with some tomato sauce and your favorite Taco Seasoning packet (some aren't vegan, most are) and cooked to blend the flavors, you can 'hardly' tell...<br><br><br><br>
You could offer shredded cheese for her if she wants but the vegans could skip it.<br><br><br><br>
Make an awesome, creamy guacamole and no one misses the cheese or sour cream anyway.<br><br><br><br>
Makes every omni I've ever met VERY happy!
 

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Oh, and spaghetti with garlic bread - make your own garlic 'butter' by blending a few fresh basil leaves, a couple cloves of fresh garlic, drizzle of olive oil and a good portion (yeah, yeah, not lowfat here) of your fave vegan margerine.<br><br>
Blend until smooth in a food processor. (Should be the consistancy of mayo. If not, add a little more olive oil)<br><br><br><br>
Spread a non-skimpy amount on crusty french bread and broil until slightly browned.<br><br><br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/lick.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":lick:"> It's WAY too simple to even count as a recipe but gets such rave "teen-reviews" I just had to mention it. (Yes, if needed a few shreds of cheese can be melted on after it's browned for a KICKIN' cheesy garlic bread, but it's fine either way).
 

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For a vegetarian meal, cheesy enchiladas make a VERY impressive dinner. Do a trial run to get the hang of it first :)<br><br><br><br>
Cheese Enchiladas<br><br><br><br>
1 Can of lowfat vegetarian Refried Beans<br><br><br><br>
1 Package Shredded Cabot Mexican Cheese (or 50% light, if you dont want things TOO spicy) - I don't use an entire package for god's sake, but I like to be generous enough with it....<br><br><br><br>
Scallions<br><br><br><br>
1 Package of corn shells (10 in package)<br><br><br><br>
Taco Seasoning<br><br><br><br>
1/4 Red Onion, (chopped)<br><br><br><br>
Black Olives, chopped<br><br><br><br>
1 can of Enchilada Sauce, preferably, a green tomatillo sauce (it makes its SO much tastier)<br><br><br><br><br><br>
Warm up shells one at a time in a shallow pan on the stove - 10 seconds on each side, to soften the shells enough to roll.<br><br><br><br>
Warm up beans (if used) and about 1/4-1/2 package of Taco Seasoning and the onions for about 5 minutes. taste after 5 minutes to see if you want more or less seasoning.<br><br><br><br>
Heat oven to 350<br><br>
Spray/oil the bottom of baking pans<br><br>
Cover the bottom with a thin layer of enchilada sauce<br><br>
Spoon the beans and or cheese into a shell, roll and place in pan....<br><br>
When done, cover the tops with the remaining sauce and remaining cheese<br><br>
Cover and bake for 20 minutes<br><br>
Take out, add chopped scallions and black olives if desired<br><br>
Bake for 5 more minutes<br><br><br><br>
You can also substitute refried beans with things like black or pinto beans with corn, diced red pepper and red onion, etc. I usually make a variety.
 

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Wow, what great ideas!!! I can't believe I didn't even think of tacos or enchiladas... I'll blame it on a long day <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/laugh.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":lol:"><br><br><br><br>
I really appreciate all this help - she <b>loves</b> spaghetti and tacos, so I'm sure those will be hits this week! I can't wait to try out everything with her!<br><br><br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sneaky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":shifty:"> I think I'll keep it a surprise that it's fake meat (for as long as she goes without noticing <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/laugh.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":lol:">).
 

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and burritos <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> and fajitas (be sure to use lots of seasoning - low-salt veggie fajitas are B-L-A-N-D). And veggie burgers with all the fixins. And fried rice.
 

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Speaking of fajitas, Morningstar Farms Meal Starters Steak Strips are vegan and make GREAT mock beef fajitas. She would probably also love Quorn nuggets (non-vegan) if you need snacky lunch ideas. Both of these meat imitations are so realistic they might actually fool her!
 

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Wow, what great ideas!!! I can't believe I didn't even think of tacos or enchiladas... I'll blame it on a long day <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/laugh.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":lol:"><br></div>
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If it's hot out, I'd try some type of a cold pasta salad. Those go pretty quickly when I take them to family gatherings. Another couple of things that a picky teenager might like would be pancakes or waffles, scrambled eggs and a toast (a tofu scramble for the rest of you) or grilled cheese sandwiches.
 
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