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10/10/2014 11:36 am ET Updated Dec 10, 2014

11 Make-Ahead Vegetarian Meals

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Now's the time of year when your friends are looking for any excuse to be outside and enjoy good food, cold beer, and a warm breeze. People are inventing reasons to get together -- one friend is hosting the "One Year Anniversary of My Housewarming Party" party -- and you're always expected to bring a dish.

But when you're busy working all day, you need food you can make the night before and grab from the fridge as soon as you get home from work. It has to be sturdy enough to withstand refrigerator time, and stable enough to survive your drive, taxi ride, subway, walk, or skateboard journey to the venue.

More: Need an airtight container to safetly transport your dish in? Look no further.

In these situations, we turn to vegetarian dishes. They'll stay good at room temperature, they can be eaten by the majority of party-goers, and, if the other guests fawn over fried chicken and barbecue ribs instead, they'll be leftovers for you all week.

Patricia Yeo's Sesame Noodles by Genius Recipes

 

Almost Spiceless Eggplant Bharta by Panfusine

Scallion Ginger Noodles by Alexandra V. Jones 

  

Miso Quinoa Pilaf with Grilled Cucumber, Eggplant, and Soy Dressing by gingerroot

 

Pasta with Tomatoes, Corn, Squash, and Ricotta by Merrill Stubbs

 

Tarragon Lemon Summer Squash Soup by anotherfoodieblogger

 

Roasted Potato Salad with Mustard-Walnut Vinaigrette by Shannon

 

Lemon-Dill Orzo Pasta Salad with Cucumbers, Olives, and Feta by Sarah | strawberryplum

 

Tofu Spring Rolls by Lindsay-Jean Hard

 

Mujaddara with Spiced Yogurt by Rivka

 

Savory 'Venn Pongal' (South Indian Style Rice and Mung Bean Risotto) by Panfusine

This article originally appeared on Food52.com: 11 Make Ahead Vegetarian Meals

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