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    Mini vegetarian OAMC session... how should I go about this?

    Sharvanne
    Thu Aug 21, 2008 8:34 pm
    Regular "Line Cook" Poster
    Hi ladies!!

    I am thinking of doing the following four recipes, mainly to freeze in small portions for my bento lunches.

    Do you think this will work? And what order should I do everything in? I have most of the ingredients in my freezer/pantry.

    Curried Channa
    Mini Chickpea Cakes
    Broccoli Puff
    Tvp Burgers (Plain) (rolled into mini-"meat"balls)

    Thanks!
    Tish
    Fri Aug 22, 2008 8:09 pm
    Food.com Groupie
    I don't write sessions up the way everyone else does but here's approx. how I would handle icon_smile.gif - I just do it now without doing anything but getting the shopping list together, finding my commons and do the prep work...wouldn't suggest anyone but a lunatic like me do it that way!

    Vegetarian Lunch OAMC Mini Plan

    Instructions:
    Print out and read through all recipes and directions thoroughly.
    Make a master list by adding all the recipes to your shopping list. Go through your pantry and refrigerator and check off any items you already have.
    Make sure you have the appropriate containers and freezer bags.
    Print out the revised list and go shopping!
    Perform all preparations tasks on the task list the night before.


    The Recipes:
    Curried Channa
    Mini Chickpea Cakes
    Broccoli Puff
    TVP Burgers (Plain) (rolled into mini-"meat"balls)

    Containers needed:
    4 gallon sized Zipper freezer bags
    Plastic wrap

    Kitchen tools needed:
    Casserole dish
    Large skillet
    Large baking sheet
    Large saucepan
    Cooking spray


    Task List:

    icon_arrow.gif Shred cheese (1 to 2 cup) for Broccoli Puff and bag
    icon_arrow.gif Chop 1 onions and mince garlic for Curried Channa and bag together.
    icon_arrow.gif Shred 1 carrot and place in baggie for Mini Chickpea Cakes
    icon_arrow.gif Lay out all the containers, cans etc and equipment you will need grouped by recipe where you can.

    Cooking:
    icon_arrow.gif Preheat oven. Microwave broccoli for Broccoli Puff. While that is going whisk your 6 eggs. Mix all ingredients, bake until done (set the timer!), cool completely, then cut into meal sized amounts - seal, label and place in the freezer.

    icon_arrow.gif While the above is baking, drain 2 cans of chickpeas for Curried Channa and Mini Chickpea Cakes, reserving 4 oz of liquid from one can for Curried Channa. Mash one can of chickpeas and place in a bowl, and dump the other in a large skillet. Put onion and garlic in with skillet chickpeas and fry. Add remaining ingredients and simmer. While that is simmering mix the rest of your ingredients into the bowl of mashed chickpeas and form patties. Place on baking sheet. Bake and allow to cool. Once cool, wrap in plastic wrap and place inside a large zipper bag. Seal, label and freeze.

    icon_arrow.gif Add water to your TVP and let water absorb while you are packing the above. Fry until browned, allow to cool and wrap in plastic wrap to be placed inside a zipper bag.

    Labels: *however you want to reheat if you are doing so should be added under the date.


    Curried Channa #157384
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    Mini Chickpea Cakes #63372
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    Broccoli Puff #57469
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    TVP Burgers (Plain) #171046
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    HTH icon_smile.gif
    Sharvanne
    Fri Aug 22, 2008 8:21 pm
    Regular "Line Cook" Poster
    Wow! I wasn't expecting all that! You are a domestic goddess, really!

    I'm planning to work on this tomorrow or Sunday. I'll let you know how it goes.

    Thanks so much!
    Dreamer in Ontario
    Thu Aug 28, 2008 9:09 am
    Food.com Groupie
    Fantastic thread! I'm new to OAMC. My daughter is vegetarian and I'd like to make mornings simpler and less hectic this year. Also dinners since we'll be getting home quite late. I'm looking for breakfast, brown bag lunches and dinners. I've started collecting some recipes but any help from those more experienced would be great. BTW, DD is 18 years old.
    Tish
    Thu Aug 28, 2008 9:20 am
    Food.com Groupie
    Start by looking at these: OAMC - Vegetarian PlanThere are a lot of vegetarian recipes that are freezable. It would be hard to point you toward specifics unless you tell us the type of vegetarian she is icon_smile.gif
    Dreamer in Ontario
    Thu Aug 28, 2008 11:09 am
    Food.com Groupie
    Thankyou so much, Tish. That was great. DD is lacto ovo but dislikes many vegetables i.e. spinach, bok choy, zucchini
    Tish
    Thu Aug 28, 2008 6:37 pm
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    Sharvanne
    Thu Aug 28, 2008 7:56 pm
    Regular "Line Cook" Poster
    So, as usual, work took over my life. I ended up working 9 hours of overtime on Saturday, and was totally beat.

    I did do a couple of things though. I made "orange spaghetti" for dinner on Saturday (dump a can of tomato soup and melt in some cheddar into a pot of spaghetti), and froze six portions in silicone muffin cups, froze about 25 mini pancakes when I made breakfast on Sunday, and made the broccoli puff for lunch on Sunday and froze a lot of it (it's very very VERY good).

    Tomorrow's plan is to make banana bread for the freezer (individually wrapped slices for breakfasts) and probably the Chana.

    Baby steps, I guess. But I organized my freezer and found a whole bunch of meats my spouse had frozen and forgotten about. And a lot of stir-fry vegetables. So, we're ahead of the game, at least.
    Dreamer in Ontario
    Thu Aug 28, 2008 10:33 pm
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    Thanks so much. Now we just have to decide which recipes to start with. I'll be sure to post reviews on any recipes we make.
    Nana Lee
    Mon Sep 29, 2008 5:54 pm
    Food.com Groupie
    I will be going in for knee replacement surgery on Oct 16th and, since, I live alone, I thought I might make several meals to freeze in individual packets. It's taken me about a week to decide what to make. Then another week to decipher the shopping list!
    I checked to see what I had on hand and crossed that off the list. Now I have to do a BIG shopping for the ingredients. This I will do on Sat(Oct 4th),
    The big thing is I've never done OAMC cooking before. And since I cannot do an all day cooking session(can't stand more than 5 or 10 mins at a time). I usually sit on a student rolling chair to do my prep and cooking.
    Would someone give me an idea how I can handle these recipes to get it all done before the 15th?
    These are my choices:
    Slow Cooker Barbecued Pork Ribs (6)
    Ruzicka Chicken ( 8 )
    Kittencal's Stuffed Potatoes (Oamc, Freezer Method) (10)
    Super Easy Working Mom's Manicotti ( 8 )
    White Creme De Cacao Ricotta Pie (12)
    Baked Chicken Tenders (6)
    Make Ahead Breakfast Sandwiches (16)
    Hearty Split Pea Soup (6)
    This has to feed me through December.
    Think it's to much? Too little? Too ambitious?
    I'll probably have a homemaker to shop for veggies and perishable during that period.
    TIA
    Lee

    ETA: Gives me 26 dinners, 16 brkfsts, 12 desserts, 6 soups, 10 stuffed pots(dinner? side?)
    Guess I don't have enough.
    I'll add 2 of my own recipe favs: steak and gravy( for over rice or mashed pots) and my meat sauce for pasta.

    I don't know how this got in the vegetarian thread! icon_redface.gif icon_redface.gif


    Last edited by Nana Lee on Mon Sep 29, 2008 8:48 pm, edited 1 time in total
    Erindipity
    Mon Sep 29, 2008 7:02 pm
    Forum Host
    I think those are for the most part very good recipes to choose. You can do a lot of the prep work while sitting down. Obviously, you will need to break it into several mini sessions to be able to get it all done but still not spend all day on a bad knee. I would recommend the following:

    Day 1
    Prepare Slow Cooker Barbecued Pork Ribs and White Creme De Cacao Ricotta Pie (these appear to the easiest and most difficult recipes you have). The ribs should take just a couple minutes to dump in the crock pot, but the pie will require more time on your feet.

    I would also go ahead and bake the potatoes for your twice baked potatoes.

    Day 2
    Make Kittencal's Stuffed Potatoes (Oamc, Freezer Method) and Ruzicka Chicken.

    Day 3
    Make Super Easy Working Mom's Manicotti and Hearty Split Pea Soup.

    Day 4
    Make Baked Chicken Tenders and Make Ahead Breakfast Sandwiches.

    Normally, I would group things better based on main ingredients. I however wanted to instead group a dish that would requie you to stand with one that would allow you to do almost everything sitting. Whenever possible, I suggest you do your chopping and prep work the day before if you feel up to it.
    Nana Lee
    Mon Sep 29, 2008 7:26 pm
    Food.com Groupie
    Erindipity wrote:
    I think those are for the most part very good recipes to choose. You can do a lot of the prep work while sitting down. Obviously, you will need to break it into several mini sessions to be able to get it all done but still not spend all day on a bad knee. I would recommend the following:

    Day 1
    Prepare Slow Cooker Barbecued Pork Ribs and White Creme De Cacao Ricotta Pie (these appear to the easiest and most difficult recipes you have). The ribs should take just a couple minutes to dump in the crock pot, but the pie will require more time on your feet.

    I would also go ahead and bake the potatoes for your twice baked potatoes.

    Day 2
    Make Kittencal's Stuffed Potatoes (Oamc, Freezer Method) and Ruzicka Chicken.

    Day 3
    Make Super Easy Working Mom's Manicotti and Hearty Split Pea Soup.

    Day 4
    Make Baked Chicken Tenders and Make Ahead Breakfast Sandwiches.

    Normally, I would group things better based on main ingredients. I however wanted to instead group a dish that would requie you to stand with one that would allow you to do almost everything sitting. Whenever possible, I suggest you do your chopping and prep work the day before if you feel up to it.


    This is wonderful! Thank you so much. As I said, I hopped over here from the main thread on OAMC and didn't realize this thread was basically vegetarian. So I'm doubly thankful!
    I can setup a table to do all my prep work in advance so will do that first. Many ziplock bags will be needed! I had hoped to have my new FoodSaver by now but, no such luck. Ah, well!
    I don't feel so intimidated now.
    Lee
    Erindipity
    Mon Sep 29, 2008 7:33 pm
    Forum Host
    Definately stock up on the zip lock bags. And for a first attempt, I have to say you picked good recipes to work with. By pairing them an easy recipe with one that requires time on your feet you will save yourself some pain. Setting up the table for your prework and assembly will also save you some time off your feet.
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