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Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Vegetarian Convenience Foods

Sometimes you don't feel like cooking. Sometimes you just want something easy to microwave or cook really fast. Rejoice, because today is that day! I've compiled (through the help of my pantry) a photo gallery of easy-to-find vegetarian convenience foods!

Starting in the freezer, we have taquitos from Trader Joe's. They can be microwaved or baked, and served with salsa and sour cream, you have an easy snack! (or with some salad or other veggies... a meal!)

Most ramens are not vegetarian, but this one is! (vegan actually!) Just some spices in the spice pack, no chickens or cows. :) Add lots of veggies and some tofu, and you are done.

Lentils are one of the easiest to cook bean-type-things you will ever come across. They cook in about 20 minutes, and these ones will turn to mush- which I like as a thickener in soups, or Indian dal.

This says vegetarian right on it! It does have a little dairy though, so not vegan. I like to add a cut up tomato or some onions on top, or serve it on top of some pasta.

I'm pretty sure I got this curry mix at Uwajimaya, but they sell them at Safeway too. Just break out half the package, add some water, and chopped up veggies. Turn on your rice cooker, and you're done!

This soup is vegetarian and low in calories. Not vegan though, because of the noodles.

This is my favorite canned soup. I usually just add some spinach, and that's it!

Whole wheat pasta (and actually, all dried pastas) are very good, quick to cook, and vegan.
Add your favorite sauce and you're done! (although I'm not... I usually add some veggies like zucchini, eggplant, pepper, carrots, celery... and sometimes some soy sausage or lentils.)

This is the base for the featured dish of the day! Rice a Roni Fried Rice.

Cook up the rice as it says on the directions. While it's cooking, add a bunch of chopped veggies and some tofu. Top with slivered almonds and sesame seeds.

2 comments:

  1. oooh, are you sure about the curry roux? i'm pretty sure it's made with lard. i would check, but i don't have a box in the house! LOL

    here in japan we boil the veggies first, turn off the heat, add the roux and mix it until it melts, then turn the heat to low and simmer for about ten minutes.

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  2. so! i finally got some more curry roux and it is made with.....vegetable shortening! yay! even though i got the 7-11 brand, i'm pretty sure it's the same as what you have pictured in your post. i have checked the ingredients in the past and it was made with lard (but since we're not vegetarian it wasn't a big deal.) still veggie fat is better than lard! :D

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