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6/29/12 4:10 P

Thank you so much for the tips, everyone! I can't wait to explore some new options.

DIDS70 Posts: 5,368
6/29/12 10:32 A

rawfoodrecipesonline have awesome ones-- she has two cookbooks right now. they are downloads Yuri Elkaim wrote it. Excellent plant based food lena meade (my personal raw food chef. she is a chef and instructor and her book is awesome.)

6/29/12 9:34 A

I would check out the Moosewood restaurant cookbooks. They're not necessarily strictly vegan, but much of it either is vegan or is easily converted to vegan. However, their focus is on fresh, local, home-made foods with simple, natural ingredients.

6/29/12 9:28 A

Ah, gotcha. I guess I wasn't considering a few tablespoons of nuts to be 'a lot'.

SPOORK Posts: 1,193
6/29/12 9:08 A

Appetite for Reduction
Vegan on the Cheap
The Happy Herbivore
Vegan with a Vengeance
Vegan Fire & Spice

NIRERIN Posts: 14,234
6/29/12 8:42 A

which is why my post says unless you're eating lots of nuts, avocado, or pounds enough of enough of veggies.

6/29/12 8:28 A

I have to disagree with the notion that you need to add oil to your diet for fat. It's not at all difficult to meet your body's need for fats with whole food sources of fat. An ounce or two of nuts/seeds per day or some avocado, coconut, or olives do the trick nicely.

I make a mix of various nuts/seeds (doesn't matter which kind, a variety is nice) + nutritional yeast + a good salt-free seasoning blend and sprinkle a couple tablespoons of it on salads or cooked veggies.

Also, a lot of vegan cheese/sauces/dressings are based on soaked/pureed nuts or seeds.

NIRERIN Posts: 14,234
6/29/12 8:09 A

6/29/12 7:46 A

Don't worry, there is nothing unhealthy about a vegan diet. The only time a vegan diet is unhealthy or lacks nutrition is when someone eats more processed junk than whole food (that happens with non-vegan diets based on junk, too!). A multivitamin is a good idea (as with any diet) and being sure your B-12 needs are met is important (either via fortified foods/nondairy milk or supplements. That pretty much sums up the stance of the ADA.

My experience has not been that it's difficult to meet protein needs. I don't eat processed fake meats or cheese and I easily get 60-80g of protein per day (mostly from veggies. I eat a lot of dark leafy greens and cruciferous veggies).

this site has a ton of great healthy oil-free, whole food vegan recipes-

my favorite source of recipes is Dr. Fuhrman's website. Though you have to be a member to access the message boards and recipe database (min membership level is $39/yr)

Also some great recipes here

Edited by: DANNIELLEMARIE at: 6/29/2012 (07:54)
ANARIE Posts: 13,179
6/28/12 8:39 P

When you say plant based, do you mean vegan, or just mostly plants (regular vegetarian)?

I don't have any vegan suggestions because I don't think it's healthy, but for ovo-lacto vegetarians, you can't beat Laurel's Kitchen. It's a classic veggie cookbook from the '70s, and it's pretty encyclopedic. Besides tons of recipes (many of which are vegan), it has a LOT of information about vegetarian nutrition and how to make sure you get enough protein and B vitamins. There's complete, detailed nutrition info for every recipe.

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6/28/12 7:57 P

Anything from the Post Punk Kitchen is awesome - look them up online as well! :)

When I was a vegan, I generally just went with things I already knew I liked - enchiladas! spaghetti! etc - and veganized them.

6/28/12 6:28 P

I am a new convert to plant-based eating and I'm looking for a cookbook. I was wondering if anyone recommends the SP vegan plant based cookbook or if you have other ideas. I live in a small town so if the recipes require specialty ingredients (like from a health food store) that won't work for me. I've found plenty of vegan recipes online but so many have added oil, sugar, salt, or fake processed vegan replacement ingredients.

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