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I just started eating vegetarian food only. If anyone knows any good recipe ideas that would be great. Thanks

Wed. Aug 9, 9:52pm

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Vegetarian Starter

As a long time vegetarian, I'd recommend looking at your current favorite recipes and find which ones are almost vegetarian or accidentally vegetarian. A successful meal plan will have meals that you are familiar with and already like. Examples of typical 'nearly vegetarian' middle american food would be spaghetti, pizza, cheese sandwiches, etc.

Wednesday, August 09, 2006, 11:06 PM

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going vegetarian is great and actually pretty easy

Breakfast: oatmeal, cereal, fruit, fake sausage patties, pancakes, veggie omlettes, toast with peanut butter, fruit smoothies, tofu scramble
Lunch: salads, hummus wraps, pasta, mac n cheese, grilled cheese, veggie sub, bean burrito, portabella mushroom sandwich, lentil soup, PBJ sandwich
Snacks: pitas and veggies with hummus, granola bars, peanut butter and apples, chips and guacamole, fruit, trail mix, string cheese
Dinner: tofu stir-fry, veggie burger, chili, grilled veggies, roasted veggie pizza, pot pie, tacos with TVP, tofu meatloaf

If you are also trying to lose weight, the more veggies and fruits the better! Make sure you add protein and fat with each meal to stay full. You can end up going to carb heavy as well because pasta and bread are readily available.

Some brands of meat substitutes to try: Quorn, Morningstar, Boca, Gardenburger. Also, the Boca crumbles (or any TVP - textured vegetable protein) are a great substitute for ground beef in chili or tacos. Seitan and tempeh are other alternatives to tofu as well. As far as prepared meals, Amy's brand makes some great microwavable dishes.

If you prepare your own tofu, don't be afraid to experiment to see how you like it. You can freeze it for a few days to firm it up if you like, or you can mash it up int a tofu scramble. It's very versatile.

Thursday, August 10, 2006, 9:06 AM

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Tofurkey lunch "meats" are great!

I also get emails from this group: They send me recipes weekly.

Beth (babooshka)

Thursday, August 10, 2006, 11:33 AM

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The moosewood cookbooks are great. Also a very simple help -- learn to stirfry. Get a wok-like pan, add a little oil and practically any veggies with optional tofu or egg, and push around for a minute or two -- voila! The short intense cooking brings out the flavors without making mush. Good combos:
-- baby bok choy or bok choy (alone, w salt)
-- spinach w garlic
-- tofu, mushrooms, tomatoes
-- red bell pepper, onion, broccoli, tofu
Or, asian noodles in water w seaweed (wakame), an egg, and gr onions.

Thursday, August 10, 2006, 11:49 PM

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My stir fry favorites: zucchini, red bell pepper, crimini/baby bella mushrooms (much tastier and not much more expensive than the reguar button mushrooms), japanese eggplant, and snow peas. All that flavor, and you don't even miss the meat.

Friday, August 11, 2006, 9:21 AM

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I second the recommendation of the Moosewood Cookbooks. My two favorites are Moosewood Cooks at Home (which tends to have fewer ingredients and quicker preparation) and the Moosewood Lowfat Favorites. Delish and easy recipes.

Friday, August 11, 2006, 10:24 AM

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Post Punk Kitchen

The Post Punk Kitchen (Brooklyn Community Access TV) has 4 great vegetarian cooking episodes that you can watch online if you want to try out some veggie recipes or atleast watch someone first do them.

they are fun but the recipes are amazing!


Friday, August 11, 2006, 2:49 PM

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make sure you go vegetarian and NOT starchetarian. To do vegetarian well, you have to eat a wide variety of vegetables- heavily relying on grains isn't a good idea. Also make sure you get enough protein.

Friday, August 11, 2006, 3:10 PM

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