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Now's the time of year when your friends are looking for any excuse to be outside and enjoy good food, cold beer, and a warm breeze. People are inventing reasons to get together -- one friend is hosting the "One Year Anniversary of My Housewarming Party" party -- and you're always expected to bring a dish.

But when you're busy working all day, you need food you can make the night before and grab from the fridge as soon as you get home from work. It has to be sturdy enough to withstand refrigerator time, and stable enough to survive your drive, taxi ride, subway, walk, or skateboard journey to the venue.

More: Need an airtight container to safetly transport your dish in? Look no further.

In these situations, we turn to vegetarian dishes. They'll stay good at room temperature, they can be eaten by the majority of party-goers, and, if the other guests fawn over fried chicken and barbecue ribs instead, they'll be leftovers for you all week.

Patricia Yeo's Sesame Noodles by Genius Recipes



 

Almost Spiceless Eggplant Bharta by Panfusine




Scallion Ginger Noodles
 by Alexandra V. Jones 

Ginger Scallion Noodles

  

Miso Quinoa Pilaf with Grilled Cucumber, Eggplant, and Soy Dressing by gingerroot


 

Pasta with Tomatoes, Corn, Squash, and Ricotta by Merrill Stubbs

 

Tarragon Lemon Summer Squash Soup by anotherfoodieblogger

 

Roasted Potato Salad with Mustard-Walnut Vinaigrette by Shannon


 

Lemon-Dill Orzo Pasta Salad with Cucumbers, Olives, and Feta by Sarah | strawberryplum


 

Tofu Spring Rolls by Lindsay-Jean Hard

 

Mujaddara with Spiced Yogurt by Rivka


 

Savory 'Venn Pongal' (South Indian Style Rice and Mung Bean Risotto) by Panfusine

Tags: make-ahead, vegetarian, menu ideas, travels well

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25 days ago Ken Kosko

Substitutions are usually at "chef's discretion" and often require trial and error. In general, full flavored almond milk is a spot on stand in for milk, and Greek yogurt can take the place of sour cream. I agree with Jayne about switching stocks & broths. My recommendation is making your own stocks, using Organic Low Sodium Broths as the base. This way, you control the spice blends, flavors and salt content.

As for FoodLover's comment about not being Emeril, I agree. I am currently trying to put together a cookbook for young, new or inexperienced chefs. In the meantime, feel free to ask. If you prefer access to my e-mail....just say so, and I will put it up.
Same offer goes for others on here too,

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25 days ago Jayne Cates

I think it takes a cook with imagination other than just a recipe to make it vegetarian. So, it has chicken stock???...Replace it with vegetable stock? At least these recipes are promoting healthier foods for people to eat and make at home. Any recipe with more vegetables is a lot more healthier than just meat, and this is coming from a meat and potatoes gal. Chill out.

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25 days ago FoodLover

agree, but some of us are not exactly Emeril Lagasses, we need more exact directions than some others. also wondering about substituting cow milk with coconut or almond milk? worried that too many substitutions will make for a much less appealing dish.... ?

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25 days ago kimikoftokyo

Three of these are a go. I want to try the spicy yogurt. I wonder if you could substitute different types of rice to this dish. Now to buy the containers. lol. I am also that friend that host a party at a venue or park and name it things like. " my cats rescued party" or "nine year blogging anniversary party " which you all are invited to the middle of August;be sure to bring a dish lol

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25 days ago FoodLover

The first one I clicked on was the summer squash soup and the recipe requires chicken broth. Not vegetarian enough for me!

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25 days ago JORJ

You can sub the chicken broth with water and it will still be delicious!

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25 days ago FoodLover

ok, thanks!

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25 days ago Ashley Marie Quinn

Or vegetable broth :)

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25 days ago FoodLover

good, thanks.

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25 days ago sophia

Too bad the article lists these recipes as vegetarian yet the Tarragon Summer Squash Soup had a base of chicken stock. I love that vegetarian meals are being promoted I just wish they really were vegetarian.

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about 1 year ago Teresa

My favorite veggie dish is broccoli rabe with portobello mushrooms. Here it is.
http://cookingwithmrc.wordpress...

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about 1 year ago Matt Libling

My favourite vegetarian picnic food is a Caramelised Onion filo tart...really easy to make and totally delicious. The recipe is here if you want it. www.timedeating.co.uk...

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about 1 year ago Philippe Lefont

Mercie beaucoup! J'ai essayé et j'ai réussi! Tellement, c'est délicieux! pour d'autres recettes je suis preneurs!

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about 1 year ago ChefJune

June is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Both my sister and I have found we eat more grains and meatless meals when we cook up a decent quantity of one grain or another over the weekend and store it in the fridge. Then the rice (or quinoa or farro or millet or whatever) is ready to mix with grilled, roasted or sauteed vegetables for a hearty meal.