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    lizzywednesday is offline Red Diamond level (10,000+ posts)
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    Default Favorite Vegetarian or Vegan Recipe Sources?

    Hi!

    I am trying to plan for my Scouts' outdoor skills workshops & badges in the spring (our service unit campout is in early June) and I would like to be able to accommodate my Scouts who follow vegetarian and/or vegan diets for either religious or philosophical reasons. (Three are Hindu; one comes from a family with Strong Feelings about animal rights, etc.)

    What resources do you use to find things for yourself/your family?

    Bonus points if the prep work is easy for kids (age range is 8-12) to do and if the recipes are/can be made gluten-free (one of my vegetarians also has celiac.)

    Please note that I do not consider trying to accommodate these kids' needs (and they are needs) to be anything complicated or a hardship; I'm actually looking forward to thinking beyond hot dogs!!
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    I am not vegetarian or vegan, but have several family members who are. I'm usually looking for a whole different style of food than you, as I'm usually cooking them holiday meals, so I don't know how helpful this site will be for your needs, but -- https://itdoesnttastelikechicken.com/ is a blog that I've always found really great recipes on.

    Also, my suggestion is not to overthink it or think that you need totally new recipes or food that's way different than usual. There's really some amazing substitutes out there these days for a lot of the basic stuff (butter, milk, etc.) and I've honestly found that it's pretty easy to cook like I normally do with some small modifications and turn a lot of my every day food into vegan stuff.

    Good luck!
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    Bean soups like black bean, split peas, vegan chili, tacos/burritos with beans and fajita veggies minus the cheese are all options that can be vegan as well as gluten free.
    Also pasta made with veggies and marinara sauce is an option. Just a simple stir fry of rice/quinoa with veggies too can work great. You can find lots of recipes on YouTube. Indian food includes lots of vegetarian recipes that can easily be made vegan if you leave out the ghee/butter.


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    South Indian food is mostly vegan (substitute ghee with something equivalent) and also gluten free. My favorite blog is https://www.saffrontrail.com/. Lot of her recipes are vegan and fairly easy to make.

    Sundal is vegan and very easy to make and delicious -http://www.forkspoonnknife.com/blog/rkspoonnknife.com/2011/05/south-indian-street-food-sundal.html.
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    I like the Cookie and Kate blog. We aren't vegetarian but have a few fav recipes from there like sweet potato tacos. https://cookieandkate.com/


    Budget bytes also did a vegetarian series last year. https://www.budgetbytes.com/vegetari...inal-thoughts/

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    Quote Originally Posted by chottumommy View Post
    South Indian food is mostly vegan (substitute ghee with something equivalent) and also gluten free. My favorite blog is https://www.saffrontrail.com/. Lot of her recipes are vegan and fairly easy to make.
    I would love this, and I'm sure it would be lovely for our Scouts with Indian roots to share some of their culture with the troop, but I'm not sure how adventurous I can be for this group. At least one girl has sensory issues and I do kind of overthink the gluten-free thing (child is DD's bestie) so I wonder how I'd adjust flavors to accommodate a bunch of people who don't ordinarily eat this kind of food. (Complicating things is the fact that I can't do any testing at home - DH doesn't care for a lot of the spices used in Indian cooking, which pains me.)

    Sundal is vegan and very easy to make and delicious -http://www.forkspoonnknife.com/blog/rkspoonnknife.com/2011/05/south-indian-street-food-sundal.html.
    Thank you for both of these resources! I am a huge fan of street food, especially for camping.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Liziz View Post
    I am not vegetarian or vegan, but have several family members who are. I'm usually looking for a whole different style of food than you, as I'm usually cooking them holiday meals, so I don't know how helpful this site will be for your needs, but -- https://itdoesnttastelikechicken.com/ is a blog that I've always found really great recipes on.
    Thank you!

    Also, my suggestion is not to overthink it or think that you need totally new recipes or food that's way different than usual. There's really some amazing substitutes out there these days for a lot of the basic stuff (butter, milk, etc.) and I've honestly found that it's pretty easy to cook like I normally do with some small modifications and turn a lot of my every day food into vegan stuff....
    I've been cooking mostly vegetarian on-and-off for about 20 years, experimenting with recipes and ingredients to accommodate a variety of ideas (etc.), but one of the things I want to pursue is the Cadette "New Cuisine" badge for my 5th grade Juniors (all of whom have earned the Junior "Simple Meals" badge) and my 6th grader, so thinking about different ways to see food is really important for exploring one of that badge's requirements - girls are supposed to cook or try a dish from a culture or tradition that isn't their own, so I have a few things from my family's traditions in my back pocket that might also work as vegetarian/vegan (and gluten-free) while they learn to use a box oven.
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    What about pasta primavera? The kiddos can help chop up lots of great veggies!

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    We're vegetarians and the easiest campfire meals we make are either tacos (beans, lettuce, salsa, cheese, and rice- we prep the rice in advance), or chili. For what you are doing, tacos would be really easy to make. The kids could prep tomatoes, lettuce, avocado, lime, cilantro, and onion to make it a little more hands-on for them, and have those on the side as toppings for whoever wants them.

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