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.

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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 11 Make Ahead Vegetarian Meals

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