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Unread 08-23-2011, 11:51 PM   #1
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Any Vegan/Vegetarians Out There?

Curious but what are your favorite dishes? Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner? I'm still exploring the wonderful world ommm nom nom nom noms!
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Unread 08-24-2011, 12:13 AM   #2
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Vegetarian for years! Thinking about going vegan. especialy after reading the article about former President Clinton losing weight.

I usually like to make one pot meal - save on all that washing. I live alone and it can be too hot to cook in Southwest. I found I need to make a big pot of meal and store it in refrigerator. I take some out to microwave and enjoy a quick meal during the day.

How about you?
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Unread 08-24-2011, 12:20 AM   #3
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Well I tried being Pescetarian for a month, and I LOVED exploring all different types of veggies and fruits! I still allowed fish, dairy here and there but I made the mistake of shopping for a month worth of veggies! ahhhh yea not good lol.

Anyways, I want to get back into it again! I felt sooo much better but I lack ideas of meals, snacks, etc.
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Unread 08-24-2011, 12:23 AM   #4
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There are plenty of Vegetarian cookbooks out there. Try the library. I really love the Vegetarian Times (magazine).
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Tempeh is very yum!!!!!! I like sautéed with red pepper, onion, garlic, olive oil and zucchini on rice. Yum yum.
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Unread 08-24-2011, 12:39 AM   #6
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I loveeeeee loveeeee artichokes, zucchinis, green beans, bok choy (can't spell), spinach (prefer uncooked), asparagus, tomatoes, pickles, onions, garlic.... (clearly, I need a bigger list lol)

As far as fruit, strawberries, banana, apples, pineapple, blueberries, peaches, plum, cranberries, watermelon... a few...

clearly, I need to explore lol
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I loveeeeee loveeeee artichokes, zucchinis, green beans, bok choy (can't spell), spinach (prefer uncooked), asparagus, tomatoes, pickles, onions, garlic.... (clearly, I need a bigger list lol)

As far as fruit, strawberries, banana, apples, pineapple, blueberries, peaches, plum, cranberries, watermelon... a few...

clearly, I need to explore lol
Yeah and you are going to have some fun.
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would love any kind of advice, references, etc! I'm so done with meat! but its a slow process again.

I have the book "The Kind Diet" Alicia Silverstones, and some of her recipes looks amazing but I'm scratching my head at some of the ingredients
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would love any kind of advice, references, etc! I'm so done with meat! but its a slow process again.

I have the book "The Kind Diet" Alicia Silverstones, and some of her recipes looks amazing but I'm scratching my head at some of the ingredients
Like what?
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Unread 08-24-2011, 01:29 AM   #10
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veggies you don't normally see or raised eating. Those types, too many to list lol
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I love these shirts/stickers, etc lol

Vegetarian Gifts, T-Shirts, Stickers, & More - CafePress
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Unread 08-24-2011, 07:42 AM   #12
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ladysolitary, I was vegan while in college for a time.
No longer vegan - wear leather shoes, eat local honey etc - but eat whole foods plant-based diet, no dairy, no meat. Some sustainable fish and local eggs, lotta beans, legumes, raw nuts and seeds for protein.

I really like tempeh but am not always in the mood to eat it.

yesterday I made some gluten-free mac and cheese with brown rice pasta and almond milk cheese. I thought it was very good.
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My sister in law is vegan and when she stays over I make her a type of fried dough and molasses for breakfast.
She says it's wonderful, but honestly it's fairly simple.
it just has flour
water
yeast
sugar
salt
margarine or oil
and use molasses for syrup although maple syrup taste almost as good.
takes about an hour to make.

I need to dig up the recipe for the amounts though as I only make it once or twice a year.


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apparently it always either burns or goes sour when she tries to make it.

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Toutons! That's Newfie food
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Toutons! That's Newfie food
Yeah it is but most people I talk to up here on the mainland don't know what I'm talking about when I use that word so I just got use to saying fried dough.
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Yeah it is but most people I talk to up here on the mainland don't know what I'm talking about when I use that word so I just got use to saying fried dough.
Is you a Newfoundlander, by?
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Is you a Newfoundlander, by?
yes I am, but I've been gone for 5 years. Just visited family this summer in Bay D'espior.

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Yes! I'm a bayman, I was home this summer too! Been on the mainland almost 10 years now!
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Try this again - lost my internet connection and lost the post before saving.

My family and I are going to try going vegan again. We will still eat seafood to keep my daughter happy and my mother's doctor. Hubby and son will eat meat if we go out to eat. I just have to find lots of inspiration as my daughter (who wanted to do this) does not like beans, tofu, and most vegetables. She was mostly thinking it would help with the grocery bill.

Picked up 4 books at the library today and I know I have some that are packed. The four I have are:
Vegan Lunch Box by Jennifer McCann
Vegan Soup & Stews for All Seasons by Nava Atlas
Vegan Express by Nava Atlas
Lorna Sass' Short-Cut Vegetarian

I know I can substitute the milk and cheeses up to a point since I am allergic to cow's dairy. I also cannot have goat milk.

I did have a thread on AD at point point regarding Tofu and there are others regarding vegetarian eating.

http://www.alldeaf.com/lifestyle-hea...bout-tofu.html

http://www.alldeaf.com/lifestyle-hea...egetarian.html

http://www.alldeaf.com/lifestyle-hea...gan-meals.html

And I started one about Dairy free recipes as well.

http://www.alldeaf.com/lifestyle-hea...e-recipes.html
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Ah, seems like everyone is leaving doesn't it?
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Wow! didn't realize there were lots of vegans/vegetarians in the group! :-) please keep sharing anything like a recipes, books, etc you guys like, maybe the story of why you made the switch, how long it took, how do you deal with eating out etc.

A bit hard for me because I live with two heavy meat eaters but... I look at it this way, if I could quit smoking I can do this! just gotta find what my taste buds like and experiment

I'm doing this for a few reasons actually.
1. health benefit - When I did it for a month I just finally understood what people were saying when they say "listen to your body, it'll tell you what it wants" I just didn't feel weighed down, and I had a lot more energy.
2. I kinda looked at my cats and thought to myself "I wouldn't eat my pets, so why would I eat a cow, chicken, pig, etc?"
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I'm not fully a veg or vegan. I eat a vegan diet about 90% of the time. Other 10 s chicken or fish.
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wont judge you for it sunny sign
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Try chicken fried tofu with vegan gravy. Or how about Moroccan stew? Its a bean and sweet potato type soup. I can make tofu tips over rice that are heavenly. You freeze the firm tofu, then thaw it. It gives the tofu a nice spongelike texture. Many have told me that they have never had such tender beef. ha! We also love tofu salad sandwiches on pita with baby greens. Scrambled tofu for breakfast? A simple dinner of vegetables properly prepared is just wonderful.

I also think you may enjoy a simple cooking booklet for vegetarians called Burgers, Fries and Cinnamon Buns. Its yummy and very easy with easy to get ingredients.

Sigh. Here I am living with a cowboy. Our local cafe thinks chicken is a vegetarian option.... eh...
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LadySolitary85, Borders is going out of business and I snapped up some vegetarian cookbooks. Maybe you can find some at your local Borders. Or look for some to copy from at the library.

Already I am drooling over some of the recipes!
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boarders already went out of business over here unfortunately :-(
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Also, is there a rule when cooking tofu? (how its cooked, what for, differences between each type of tofu, other substitutes for those who might not like the spongier texture)

<--- poor deprived child never in her life cooked beans or made REAL soups or anything beyond white rice.... terrified and excited but fear not! I have yet to burn water! lmao
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Firm tofu is nice as a meat substitute...in stirfry or sauces etc.

Silken tofu is better as dessert...I blend it with ice and berries and soygurt for a nice smoothie. Yum yum. Or I buy just the flavoured silken tofu desserts (almond, coconut, banana etc) and just eat them as is

I think tofu can be eat raw (I think) so you don't worry about undercook. It takes on the flavour of what you cook with it so pretty versatile!
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Also, is there a rule when cooking tofu? (how its cooked, what for, differences between each type of tofu, other substitutes for those who might not like the spongier texture)

<--- poor deprived child never in her life cooked beans or made REAL soups or anything beyond white rice.... terrified and excited but fear not! I have yet to burn water! lmao
there's no rule. Tofu is incredibly easy and flexible just like spam because both food can be eaten cooked or raw and both can be used in just about any food.

there's mostly 2 types - firm and regular. My favorite is regular tofu. I can eat tofu for breakfast, lunch, and dinner

I would say - stick with firm tofu for now because of food you're used to Americanized food such as salad, wrap, vegetable, stir fry, etc. Once you have an acquired taste for tofu, then try regular tofu (spongy type) - raw (or boiled if you like). I eat it with just soy sauce mixed with chopped green onion and sesame oil. You can simply google for tofu recipe and there are hundreds of them. All are very easy to make.
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now what about broths in soups? any thats unfriendly?
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