XCALIBURGIRL - you might want to try *baked* tofu, if you haven't already. Basically they squeeze a lot of moisture out of the tofu, and season it by baking it with some kind of flavoring on the outside, like teriyaki, or the basic "savory". It has a firmer texture than even firm regular tofu. It's generally in the cooler with the soy cheese and such like... I like to dice it into little chunks and put it in salads.
I am at the opposite side of things. I have been a vegetarian for 18 years and am trying to incorporate meat back into my diet. It started with a grilled smoked salmon that our friends cooked for us one night. I ate a few bites of my husband's and I liked it. And I thought, this is REALLY healthy. I should try to eat fish every once in a while. Well, never been a big fish fan, even when I ate meat. I loved chicken, however, and that was the last meat I gave up. So, I made this chicken and rice dish and it was delicious. The good thing about it was that the meat is small pieces and mixed with other things, so I'm not just eating a big slab of meat. This is a very slow process. I think I have only had fish three times this year and chicken once. So, I'm not even eating meat once a month yet. But I do have trouble getting my protein in and I know fish is good for me, so will continue trying. Cookie
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I think Boca Burgers are lentil based but don't quote me on that, I have to go home and read the box. They make a great burger substitute, but you can also spice them up to taste like Italian sausage and put them on pizza in small crumbles or chunks, and as soon as I figure out what spices go into breakfast sausage, I am going to try that. I have a boca burger for breakfast and it holds me a lot longer than cereal
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Don't forget to try lentils! So much more protein-packed than quinoa, and in fact, you can mix some green lentils into quinoa to make a great salad (I like to add some herbs, spices, raisins and nuts into the mix, too).
Good luck! For me it was a slow process, but I'm at about 4 days meat-free a week now.
I am just starting out with a goal of cutting my meat consumption way down. My whole approach to food is changing now. I am starting out with Meatless Mondays (I joined that team, but it doesn't seem very active yet.) and vegetarian breakfast and lunch on weekdays. I am also trying to choose fish more often vs. beef or chicken when I do eat meat.
I love Amy's Kitchen frozen meals for lunch!
I just bought a cookbook "The Vegetarian 5-Ingredient Gourmet" which will hopefully help me learn how to cook some healthy meals with fresh ingredients.
I have a hard time with tofu. People I know keep insisting that it doesn't have a taste, but I can pick the taste out even when I don't originally know there is tofu in a dish. It's vaguely unpleasant to me. Therefore, I think I just need to expand my knowledge of vegetarian protein sources. This week, I am trying Quinoa. Next week, Seitan.
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