Monday 15 January 2007

recipe carousel #29 - vegetarian mains

With the wedding approaching (less than 7 weeks) I’m starting to fall in love with Jonas all over again.

All the stupid things that he does seem oh so cute and I fear I’m becoming an incurable romantic.

He forgot to tell me the plumber was coming over and my sister almost got caught in her birthday suit. Oh, what a silly billy!

In the middle of the night he stole all my blankets and ripped the pillow out from under my head because he thought they were his. How funny!

This morning he stole my girly pink razor to shave his face and then forgot to put it back. So cute!

Yes, I have contracted a very serious disease.

So in honour of my increasing love for my vegetarian Swede, here are seven vegetarian mains to wet your whistle.

Tofu al a Mode is a visual masterpiece from Chika in Japan (She Who Eats). I’m not a big tofu fan but this amazing assemble has me craving a plate right now! Chika uses hiya-yakko, or chilled tofu, which has a softer and smoother texture than silken tofu outside Japan. In this recipe Chika garnished her gorgeous tofu with shiso leaves, myoga, young ginger, red pepper, Japanese negi (like spring onions) and sesame seeds. Then she heated some sesame oil and poured it over to slightly ‘cook’ the ingredients and finally drizzled her tofu with soy sauce. I’m hooked. Photo courtesy of Chika.

Aubergine Parmigiana is a mouth watering recipe from Mae on Jersey in the Channel Islands (Rice and Noodles). She uses fresh basil, onion, garlic and chopped plum tomatoes to elegantly dress melanzane. Topped with parmesan cheese and mozzarella, this looks utterly divine. Photo courtesy of Mae.

Alu Palak is a spicy potato and spinach curry from Priya in the USA (Sugar and Spice). After some experiments to find quick, healthy vegetable curries using very little oil, Priya has found a gem here. Cumin seeds are heated until spluttering then fried with garlic and onion. Chopped potatoes are cooked until soft with coriander, chilli powder and turmeric then spinach is added and wilted. Served with rotis, this is a quick and healthy vegetarian option. Photo courtesy of Priya.

Black Bean & Chipotle Cakes are the smoky creations of Christiane in the USA (28 Cooks). Chipotle chillies in adobo sauce perfectly compliment the black beans which are mashed with onions, garlic, breadcrumbs and egg. The cakes are topped with a cilantro yoghurt sauce including fresh scallions and could easily be made in small sizes as hors d'œuvres or in burger form for a main course. Photo courtesy of Christiane.

Green Vegetable Tart is a testimony of pastry adoration from Béa in the USA (La Tartine Gourmande). She lovingly smothers her own puff pastry with ricotta and parmesan then tops this with a mixture of egg white, shaved zucchini, peas, leek, basil and parsley. Drizzled with flecks of olive oil, this is roasted in the oven until golden. Photo courtesy of Béa.

Black Eyed Pea Pilaki is a stew-like dish from Isil in Turkey (Veggie Way). She boils generous amounts of dried black eyed peas until soft. Meanwhile she brews a delicious sauce of sliced pepper, carrots, onion, tomato paste and pepper. This is stirred together with the cooked peas and served steaming hot or cold with lemon. Photo courtesy of Isil.

Zucchini & Fennel Frittata is an ideal picnic lunch for Meeta in Germany (What's For Lunch Honey?) On this occasion she created a spongy frittata using zucchini, fennel, onion, cloves and chervil. Topped off with eggs, cream and parmesan it’s a perfect way to gain energy during a bike ride along the River Ilm. Photo courtesy of Meeta.

Add your own recipe!
If you want to link in your own vegetarian main recipe and share the love around, just leave the link in the comments section. You didn’t have to invent the recipe yourself, just make it and post it on your site. The whole idea of Recipe Carousel is that good recipes are shared with people who love to cook.
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Check out other Recipe Carousel themes: nuts, milkshakes, rice, festive food, legumes/pulses, eggs, pancakes, breakfast, raw food, berries, dips, cocktails, pasta, yoghurt, crispy snacks, vegetable desserts, fruit in savoury food, made from scratch, strawberries, jam, bread, seafood mains, ice cream, soup, chocolate and drinks.



  1. Well, if you are the same morsel & musings that I saw at chez pims on the prize winning list, I may have something for you. Drop me a line.

  2. Anna, a wonderful list of dishes. Thank you for including me into your carousel!

  3. Hi Anna - here is my last batch of vegetarian recipes posted this month, tomato tart and vegetarian frittatas.

    I love the carousel :)


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