questionswhat are some good homemade (not just processed…

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Marinated Portobello mushroom "steaks" (sliced giant mushrooms) are delicious. They aren't really a substitute, but they can fill the same place on the plate, on rice, on pasta, in a sandwich

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@moondrake: Ooh, thanks :)

I've actually made those in the past but forgot about em. That's exactly the sort of thing I'm looking for though- it doesn't have to really look or taste like meat, just need ideas for foods I can have some fun with that make for a good main part of the dish.

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Eggplant Parmesan is one of my favs. There's a lot of good recipes out there that just use beans, nuts or squash as the protein for it. I would recommend picking up a good vegetarian cookbook. There was one my mom had when I was a kid that had some really yummy stuff in it, but I can remember the name of it atm. This one is currently free for the kindle version but doesnt look very good. But for free it seems like a place to start.

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Found another one also for free that looks much better.

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I can recommend Gardein fake meat products.
This guy has tons of info http://vegandad.blogspot.com/
I've made a fake sausages out of wheat gluten using recipes off his site. I make things like lentil ricotta meatballs, a pecan-date meatless loaf, the usual bean burgers, or use baby bella mushrooms as a meat substitute.

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As woot's resident vegan (A title I've bestowed upon myself.) I believe I have the answer to your problems. The answer is Seitan pronounced shockingly similar to satan surprisingly enough.

Here Is one of my favorite recipes for Seitan.

Another favorite of mine are Chickpea Cutlets

Also if you're ever anywhere near Denver I highly suggest checking out Water Course Foods' Seitan Buffalo wings.

Edit: I suck at formatting!

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The best meat substitute is not making a substitution. Vegetables are great because they're vegetables. Making 'em into a mashed up monstrosity of a patty doesn't do them justice.

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Anyway, I've scrambled tofu with worcestershire (or soy, for vegan) and onions and some spices to make a tofu-version of a sloppy joe.

I call it... a sloppy toe.

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You did not say if this was a totally vegan, or whether eggs and milk are used. The incorporation of eggs greatly increases the variety of preparations. Think Egg Foo Yong, batter dipped vegetables, boiled egg diced into salads, etc.

We (I) grow a lot of things when possible ... and as noted, the trick is not thinking along the old recipe lines. In areas of the world where meat is far more costly the traditional recipes call for spices and vegetables. Look at Indian food, curries and such. Peas work nicely with many dishes. Squash, carrots, celery all give textures.

Thai food.
Vietnamese,
Chinese, Japanese and Korean.

Let me mention two other things that can be hearty and delicious. Brussel sprouts and spinach can be very flavorful and prepared in interesting ways.
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I make pan fried brussel sprouts that will fill and satisfy. Cooked right, the sprouts have a savory, nutty flavor.

Wash, cut them in half. salt lightly. In a hot pan add some olive oil and maybe butter, some garlic. Lay the sprouts cut side down. They'll sizzle and soak up some of the oil, but also brown after 2-3 minutes. Roll them over, take just a tablespoon or so of lime or lemon water. Cover, turn heat lower, so they steam for about 7-8 minutes. They are done when a fork just goes in. I may also sprinkle smoked paprika, or nutmeg, or cumin and pepper. They are great like that or add a dash of soy sauce. Parmesan is good.

Spinach can be a main dish. Again, butter and/or olive oil and garlic, hot pan. Add lots of washed spinach to a pan, turn often so spinach picks up garlic and oil. As it steams, the spinach wilts down. Let it warm in the pan for a minute or two. Sprinkle nutmeg, red pepper and a dash of lemon.

There are variations, but yummy!

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@metaphore: After many attempts, I can't figure out how to format this so it will keep everything after the question mark as an actual link. So, you will have to copy-paste if you want to check it out.

My favorite eggplant parmesan recipe: http://www.marthastewart.com/351777/lighter-eggplant-parmesan?czone=food/vegetarian-cnt/vegetarian-favorite-recipes&center=852566&gallery=359926&slide=263749

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These are all great ideas :) I'd never heard of seitan, but that looks promising

@tpscan: just vegetarian so eggs, milk, cheese etc are all fair game. I love Thai and Vietnamese too

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@panthiest: If you like Thai food, Pad Thai might be a great dish; lots of protein in the egg and peanuts.

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@panthiest: I have some recipes posted on a Facebook page for Salt River Garlic.
Also have pictures posted for some of the meals we make.

Try looking at http://www.facebook.com/saltrivergarlic and page down for links, pics and info.

~Tom~

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I have a dozen or so recipes at www.aveggiegoodday.com
I plan to load it up in the coming year. I've just gotten it started.