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Vegan Cooking Tips and Recipes Forum

I am a vegetarian (and somewhat, but not entirely vegan) and will be attending college this fall. I am looking for some recipes that are inexpensive and require little cookware. (I will be bringing a couple knives, a mixing bowl, two pots, a frying pan, and a colander to school along with basic dining ware.)

My cafeteria plan will allow me two meals a day, and the third I would like to be vegetarian/vegan and prepared by me.

I'm just looking for some basic recipes that don't require too much preparation or too expensive of ingredients.

I've been looking through recipes online and am also ordering the book "Vegan with a Vengeance," but I'm still worried that I will not be able to afford the majority of recipes I am finding.

Any suggestions for recipes or just in general would be helpful. Thanks!

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    Posted by Tatiana at 08/05/08 10:18:30

    I hope you have a great, veg friendly cafeteria! A large percentage of colleges cater to vegans these days.

    The great news for you and your wallet is eating vegan can be very inexpensive!

    The first thing that comes to mind for quick and easy is probably bean based dishes. Many of them don't even involve cooking. Keep a variety of canned beans on hand that you can throw together in a variety of dishes. You can do cold bean salads, chili, burritos, and the list goes on. You can add whatever veggies you'd like, and maybe have a fruit on the side, and voila! instant dinner! You can have your beans with some rice or quinoa as well.

    I have tons of ideas, but I think that's a nice place to start ^_^

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    Posted by louis at 08/09/08 08:38:04

    Ask for a copy of 'Veganomicon' or borrow a copy from the library. Though a number of the recipes take some time it does have a number of under 45 minutes and some of the longer ones could keep you going for a couple of nights. It's got some fantastic tasty and cheap to make recipes in it: 'Boston Baked Beans', these are delicious and go well with their cornbread recipe. Also plenty of quick pasta sauces and pestos you can whip up in a matter of minutes with pasta as well as tasty soups.

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    Posted by niz at 07/07/09 16:48:49

    Mushroomsteak with Swiss Cheese on a Sesame Seed Sub Roll

    I was in West Virginia visiting a friend and when the vegetarian restaurant was closed we decided to take on the task ourselves. This is usually enough for two sandwiches.

    1 8oz. package of white mushrooms sliced

    A few portabello mushroom caps sliced

    oyster and [censored]ake mushrooms sliced (two or three each - mostly for flavor)

    1 large spanish onion (sliced)

    a few sprigs of thyme (taken of the stem and roughly chopped)

    6 cloves of garlic (more or less to your taste)

    olive oil (enough to coat bottom of pan a few times)

    2 sub rolls with sesame seeds

    2-4 slices of swiss cheese

    Heat olive oil in a pan and add onions. Cook until translucent and put in a bowl.

    Add more olive oil to the pan and heat until the pan is very hot. The oil will be shimmering. Add half of the sliced mushrooms to the pan and fry until seared on both sides. Repeat. Preheat oven to broil setting.

    Add cooked mushrooms to the pan with cooked onions, thyme, and garlic and heat through until thyme and garlic are fragrant. Add salt and pepper to taste.

    Place sliced rolls on a baking sheet lined with aluminum foil and add half of the mushroom mixture to each roll. Top with swiss cheese and broil until cheese is melted. Serve with a simple salad, steamed broccoli, or potato chips.

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    Posted by niz at 07/07/09 16:57:25

    Split Red Lentils with Spinach:

    PREPARATION TIME: 15 minutes COOKING TIME: 45 minutes SERVES: 4

    ½ cup split red lentils
    4 cloves garlic, peeled and minced (optional)
    4 cups water
    1 (10 oz.) package frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry,or 1 bunch fresh spinach, washed, trimmed, and finely chopped
    1-2 green chilies or jalapeno peppers, thinly sliced, to taste
    1 inch fresh ginger, peeled and grated
    2 ripe tomatoes, finely chopped
    1 Tbsp. vegetable oil or olive oil
    ¼ tsp. salt or to taste
    ½ tsp. cumin seeds or powdered cumin
    ½ tsp. brown sugar
    2 onions, peeled and chopped
    Block of tofu, pressed and cut into cubes

    1. Pick over, rinse, and drain the lentils. In a 3-quart saucepan, boil the water. Add the lentils and simmer over medium heat for 15-20 minutes. Add the chopped spinach and cook until tender.
    2. In a large frying pan or wok, heat the oil. Add the cumin seeds/powder, and when they turn a shade darker, add the onions and green chilies and sauté until golden. Add the garlic, ginger, tofu, and tomatoes and cook for 5 minutes.
    3. Add the onion and tomato mixture, salt, and brown sugar, and heat through
    4. Serve with rice or chapattis. This dish may be prepared in advance and reheated before serving.

    *Split red lentils (masoor dal) do not need any presoaking and take less than 45 minutes to cook. Adapted from Indian Vegetarian Cooking
    From An American Kitchen by Vasantha Prasad.

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    Posted by niz at 07/07/09 17:00:00

    To follow up on above comment I would strongly suggest getting "The Moosewood Cookbook" by Molly Katzen

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    Posted by Marty at 07/27/09 11:13:13

    TVP is a very inexpensive meal maker. Usually I can only find the unflavored crumbles but I found a place that has over a dozen kinds of flavors. This was very surprising. It tastes better than meat but is only soy and wheat. I found this to be fantastic for the dorm room because it is shelf stable (doesn't spoil), I could keep it in a jar anywhere, cheap, easy to fix, and anyone (i.e. parents) could easily order it for me and send it to me. There is a cookbook ther too with cheap easy meals. I am new to vegetarianism so this was all great for me.

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    Posted by at 10/19/09 07:46:50

    Have a look at my web site. It's a simple, cheap, healthy, green and convenient system. Your freezer will be stacked with single servings of tasty food, all versions of stuff you might order in a roadhouse when trying to avoid meat. It's like eating in a different third world country every day.

    Lynn Shwadchuck

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    Posted by Morning sunrise at 12/13/10 09:58:38

    I've just posted this elsewhere here. As a vegetarian who's always cooking the same dishes I was blown away by a new vegetarian cooking DVD, Honest to Goodness by Penny Harris. Lots of cheap healthy 'meat free' dishes but don't think all will suit Vegans.

    Its available at Amazon or on her own website (its cheaper there)

    Let me know what you think.

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    Posted by Heidi B. at 12/13/10 13:42:02

    Here's an easy one. Wash a few baking potatoes and bake them in a regular oven or toaster oven.
    Steam a mixture of vegetables.

    Flavour the baked potatoes with either butter, olive oil or mashed-up avocado.
    Flavour the steamed veggies with either Bragg's Liguid Aminos, olive oil, or butter.

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    Posted by callmegrace at 12/17/10 01:06:09

    how about chinese food?

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    Posted by JohnnySensible at 12/17/10 03:14:03

    It is sad to read about torture products such as - Swiss cheese, butter etc. here...... & to find links to unpleasant animal unfriendly websites.

    In the Veg Discussion Forum we have a header -

    Vegetarian Discussion - All Things Veg*n

    Post anything and everything relating to vegetarianism and veganism in general.

    Posts which in any way promote dairy, egg, honey consumption etc. are most unwelcome here.

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