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  CONDIMENTS & SALSAS

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  SOUPS

  ENTREÉS

  BEVERAGES

  SWEET THINGS

Welcome to the freshly renovated Secret Underground Vegetarian Recipe Bunker. If the 'W' in the first sentence of this paragraph is not pink, bold, and twice as tall as the other letters, you may want to consider upgrading to a standards-compliant browser (Firefox or Opera, for instance, but avoid Internet Explorer). All of Invincible Muffin will be redesigned eventually, but I decided to start with the Recipe Bunker as a stand-alone project giving it its own unique look.

The great majority of recipes here are vegan or easily veganizable. The ‘WW’ after a number of these recipes means I have calculated the Weight Watchers POINTS per serving, for those of you who are ‘on Progam.’ I've also added a new Beverages category, and the new Cooking Tips page offers helpful suggestions specifically for vegetarian/vegan cooks.

Nem eszik olyan forrón a kását, as the Hungarians say. Enjoy.

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CONDIMENTS & SALSAS

Beak of the Rooster Salsa
A basic salsa.
Black Bean & Papaya Salsa
A fun, party salsa. (Confession: I don't like papayas and always substitute other, better fruits. The beauty of salsas is that this practically always works. We used kiwis the time I made this.)
Black Bean Dip
Smoky Black Bean Dip
This one's got a kick to it - it's sort of mid-point between a salsa and and a dip. Check Mexican food markets for canned chipotles in adobo sauce; there is really no substitute for their delicious smoky-flavored heat.
Black Bean Salsa
Black Olive Tapenade
A strongly flavored spread that makes a nice appetizer for olive-lovers when served with toasted baguettes or crostinis. (WW)
Charred Tomato Table Salsa
Coarse-Grain Apricot Mustard
Making your own mustard is surprisingly fun & simple.
Cranberry Orange Relish
Not just for Thanksgiving! Another recipe you'll need a citrus zester for. Incidentally, Now and Zen makes a vegan turkey out of seitan called UnTurkey that I think is much better than Tofurkey, and this pairs very well with it.
Cranberry Salsa
Mexico meets Massachusetts in this zingy salsa.
Fried Onion Ginger Chutney
An unusual condiment.
Grilled Jalapeño Salsa
When you need to do something with 10 jalapeños at once.
Guacamole
Sultan's Kitchen Hummus
A garlicky hummus, from Boston's excellent Turkish restaurant, Sultan's Kitchen.
Hebrew University Hummus
Roasted cumin seeds add interest to this hummus.
Moosewood Hummus
A basic hummus.
Papaya Salsa
Another fun, fruity salsa. (I had the opportunity to try papayas for the first time in a long while, and I don't like them. I'm pretty sure the first time I made this I used a cantaloupe, which worked very well.)
Parsley Dressing
This is great over baked potatoes.
Raspberry Salsa
Hot, tart & fruity - just like some of my favorite people.
Roasted Habanero Salsa
Hot. Really hot.
Puerto Escondido Salsa Roja de la Mesa
Essential. A great, basic tomato-based salsa.
Gene's Spiedie Sauce
Spiedies are a Binghamton, NY specialty.
Tomatillo Salsa
Your basic salsa verde (green salsa).
White Bean Paté
An elegant but easy appetizer. (WW)

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APPETIZERS & SIDE DISHES

Andalusian Mushroom-Hazelnut Tapas
An unusual Spanish appetizer.
Baked Lemon-Dill Rice
Basil Rolls
I love these hot out of the oven with salty margarine.
Black-Eyed Peas and Greens
Couldn't be easier to prepare.
Vegan Cornbread
Gene veganized a classic cornbread recipe and it came out great. For an extra kick, be sure to try the chipotle cornbread variation. (WW)
Cucumber Sushi
Kappa Maki is time-consuming to make, but makes a wonderful appetizer at upscale parties. This includes the recipe for sushi rice.
Garlic Roast Potatoes & Mediterranean Vegetables
Green Beans Almondine
An elegant and easy side-dish.
Grilled Leeks
Indonesian Noodles
Jerk Potatoes
Like Jamaican hash browns. Includes the recipe for Jerk Seasoning powder
Lemony Bulger with String Beans and Walnuts
Lemony Lentils with Pumpkin
Mojo Sauce Potatoes
Like Jerk Potatoes in some respects, but this is a wet sauce that you could put on other things too. (WW)
Mock Chopped Liver
Surprisingly “real” I've been told. (WW)
Orange-Glazed Beets
Nice side-dish that's not too sweet. What is it about the orange-beet combination?
Quelites
Southwestern approach to the greens with beans concept. Alone, it's a side dish, but serve over brown rice and you've got an entrée.
Sautéed Spinach with Garlic & Chilies
Quick-cook Vietnamese recipe for tasty spinach.
Spicy Indian Mushrooms with Ginger and Chilies
A side dish of mushrooms sautéed with anenticing combination of flavors.
Sunomono Noodles
Cold Japanese noodles with a sweet and sour dressing.
Turn-Fried Spinach in Scented Mustard Oil
Quick and easy Indian greens.
Sweet Potatoes with Cranberries
A festive side dish for a Thanksgiving-type feast - which is where I first tried this.
Szechwan Green Beans
Zucchini with Mint
A light summertime appetizer.

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SALADS

Beets & Carrots in a Lime Vinaigrette
The first recipe to prove to me that beets could be delicious.
Chinese Cabbage Salad
Gene vouches for this easy-to-make salad and it was allowed into the Recipe Bunker.
Caribbean Sweet Potato Salad
Filipino Tomato Salad
Refreshing. Perfect for a summertime dinner.
Finnish Grated Turnip and Apple Salad
Something interesting to do with turnips.
French Lentil Salad With Caramelized Balsamic Vinaigrette
A fancy-deluxe way to prepare lentils.
Grilled Tunisian Vegetable Salad
Hawaiian Rice Salad
(WW)
Herb-Scented Lentil and Rice Salad
Lentil, Apple, and Bowtie Pasta Salad
Good potluck dish. (WW)
Moroccan Carrot Salad
Use up 2 pounds of carrots painlessly.
Orange and Black-Eyed Pea Salad
Helen's Easy Pasta Salad
Moroccan Potato Salad
The large quantity of parsley in this potato salad makes it a nice summertime dish. (WW)
Potato Salad with Beets & Apples
Roasted Beets with Oranges & Basil Vinaigrette
Roasted Vegetable Salad with Garlic and Rosemary
Rosh Hashana Green and White Bean Salad
Loaded with New Year's symbolism and great for potlucks.
Thai Sweet & Sour Cucumber Salad
This one's for Gene.
Tofu “Egg” Salad

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SOUPS

Cream of Asparagus Soup
Barley Mushroom Soup
Tom's Potluck Barley Mushroom Soup
Tom van. W. made this hearty soup for wintertime potluck.
Black Bean & Chipotle Soup
(WW)
Brown Rice & Squash Pepperpot
Butternut Squash Soup with Sage
Carrot Soup with Cilantro
Sweet potatoes, apples, and fennel seeds accompany the carrots nicely in this soup. (WW)
Corn and Potato Chowder
Optional chipotle peppers really perks this up. (WW)
Cream of Mushroom Soup with a Chipotle Kick
Creamy Mung Dal with Chopped Spinach
Another healing Indian soup for when you're sick.
Cuban Black Bean Soup
Curried Pumpkin Soup
This soup was brought to a potluck by Tom's friends, Pam and Rees, who very kindly shared the recipe.
Curried Spinach & Potato Stew
A hearty potato stew with spinach, tomatoes, and curry spices to lift it a little out of the ordinary.
Curry-Laced Tomato-Lentil Broth
Gene makes this for me when I'm sick. Very healing.
Fresh Pea and Potato Soup with Ginger & Mint
Gazpacho Soup
For all you Red Dwarf fans, finally a recipe for gazpacho soup. Made from garden fresh vegetables straight from the farmer's market in the summertime this is unbeatable, and easy.
Gingered Carrot Soup
Serve warm in the winter, chilled for the summer. (WW)
Lentil Soup with Red Squash and Fennel
Lentil Soup with Rosemary
I'm rather partial to lentils. (WW)
Not-Chicken Soup
This soup was made for matzoh balls.
Pea and Mint Soup
Delicate soup perfect for summertime.
Portuguese Potato and Kale Soup
Potaje
Potaje is a Spanish vegetable stew. This one has squash, potatoes, collards, and other good things. (WW)
Savory Squash Stew
Thick and savory indeed, perfect for late fall. It felt odd putting mustard, vinegar, and cinnamon into a squash stew but the flavors melded well. (WW)
Tibetan Lentil Soup
Gene usually can only take so much lentil soup, but this soup he can eat until the pot is empty. (WW)

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ENTREÉS

Broccoli and Shells
Just six ingredients and easy to prepare.
Crumplis Testa & Lecsó
Two veganized versions of Hungarian dishes.
Curried Cauliflower & Potatoes
A delicious way to deal to with cauliflower.
Ethiopian Green Beans & Potatoes
Get the right kind of potatoes for this.
Haitian Red Beans & Rice with Creole Sauce
Kung Pao Tofu
Serve with brown rice.
Mushroom Stroganoff
Orange Teriyaki Tofu
Gene's Vegetarian Paella
Gene's take on the national dish of Spain. Try it with a light red wine.
Potato-Mushroom Turnovers
Potatoes with Collard Greens
Rice and Green Pea Pilaf
Yet another great potluck dish.
Rotini with Spinach, Chickpeas and Sun-dried Tomatoes
Rotis Stuffed with Curried Chickpea Filling
A Carribean dish that goes great with Tomatillo Salsa.
Shepherd's Pie
Chewy tofu ‘ground beef-oid’ layer, with mushroom gravy and a thick layer of mashed potatoes. The perfect wintertime comfort food with a stout beer and hot sauce. This recipe, like most everything else on this page, is vegan.
Spaghetti alla Trapanese
More great stuff to do with basil.
Spicy Sweet Potato-Black Bean Burritos
Earthy black beans, sweet potatoes, and a spicy kick. (WW)
Spinach Fatayer
Middle Eastern spinch pastry.
Stuffed Bell Peppers
Tofu “Chicken” Chow Mein
Tofu “Huevos” Rancheros
Good for breakfast or dinner.
Tuscan-Style Spelt Rotini
Vegetable and Quinoa Sauté with Orange
Raisins, carrots, and orange juice give this a nice sweetness. (lowfat, WW)
Zukes and ‘Fu
Fast and easy zucchini and tofu dish - serve with brown rice for an entrée.

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BEVERAGES

Gin Fizz
Gin, loads of citrus, a little sugar syrup to sweeten, and seltzer to make it fizzy and fun. Instructions for making your own sugar syrup are included.
Ginger-Lime Snap
Instructions for making your own ginger syrup are included. Apart from this refreshing non-alcoholic cocktail, ginger syrup also adds zing to iced teas (herbal and otherwise), lemonades, and other fruit drinks.
Sangria
One version of the famous fruit and wine mixture, the national beverage of Spain.
Sangrita
Not to be confused with Sangria, this zingy, non-alcoholic drink is typically served as an accompaniment to tequila. You can enjoy it on its own, but it's definitely made for sipping not guzzling.

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SWEET THINGS

Almond (or Walnut) Banana Bread
Amaretto Cake
To make this vegan we just substitute vegan replacements for the egg and dairy things. It won't come out exactly the same, but this almondy delight is delicious either way.
Banana-Chocolate (or Carob) Chip Bars
(WW)
Michael's Vegan Cheesecake
Chocolate (or Carob) Chip Cookies
(WW)
Chocolate (or Carob) Chip & Mint Cookies
Can you guess that Gene has a chocolate allergy? Poor thing.
Chocolate Cupcakes
(WW)
Chocolate Cupcakes with Icing
For your delectation, a second, very good, vegan chcoclate cupcake recipe. This one with icing.
Chocolate (or Carob) Mousse Pie & Pie Crust
Gingersnap Cookies
Julia brought these soft (and vegan) gingersnaps to our PreThanksgiving Feast where they were a big hit. She has graciously shared the recipe with us here.
Grape Focaccia
Elegant and rustic - try this with a sweet wine.
Vegan Key Lime Pie
If I haven't convinced you yet to get a citrus zester, this creamy, sweet, and limey pie might do the trick. (WW)
Sing's Malaysian Black Rice Dessert
A very unusual dessert given to me by a friend. Sing: If you're reading this, “Hi, and thanks!”
Margarita Pie
It's the cocktail that's a dessert. Tasty, but begins melting at a higher temperature than ice cream pie usually does.
Mexican Chocolate (or Carob) Cake
A moist, rich chocolate cake that's vegan. I hope I've made your day.
Vegan Pancakes
Pane coi Santi
In English, Bread of the Saints - a fancy Italian bread with dried fruits.
Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookies
For those of you who have been asking: this is the recipe for the cookies Gene brought to Playa del Fuego.
Chocloate Pecan Pie
Easier than you'd think, and a big hit at parties.
Persian Pastries
According to Gene this dessert is the hardest thing to make on this page, but it always gets a great reaction.
Pumpkin-Currant Scones
Pumpkin scones with currants or raisins. A dessert hit at potlucks.
Gene's Sunday Treat Sweet-and-Tart Cranberry Muffins
These are delicious; but they're also here because it would be ironic to have no muffin recipes on the Invincible Muffin website - no?

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