I think it works best to ease into it. I started by just cutting back on the meat portion and eating more vegetable side dishes and then adding in vegetarian meals. If you are on a budget there is nothing cheaper than beans and rice. I keep large bags of all different types of dried beans and slow cook them in my crock pot while I am at work, then make some brown rice and it's a meal. Then using the same beans and rice as a base you can make meat-less balls to go with your spaghetti and sauce, or veggie patties to cook on the grill or a meat-less loaf to bake in the oven. This site and others are full of great recipes.
I've found without question that the best way to lead others to a more plant-based diet is by example - to lead with your fork, not your mouth. ~Bernie Wilke
I substitute mushrooms for meat in a lot of my cooking. Works especially well with stir-fry and fajitas. I am a big fan of Baba Gannouj or Hummus between a couple of slices of bread for lunch. Sometimes I make Gozleme using different fillings. I am with you on the sifting through the vast amount of information out there. I am currently looking for a cook book with a lot of pictures. I see some of the recipes and I wonder what would that even look like. Feel free to e-mail me for any more suggestions, or if you have any suggestions for me. I am always needing help. Oh yeah I used to make bean burgers, but I haven't done that in a while. Good Luck!
Dues Pascit Corvos
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First, Welcome to this Great Team! You might want to start with making one or two meatless meals a week to start. A simple start would be to stir fry some fresh veggies in water not oil or use frozen stir fry veggies and place them over brown rice or even pasta. You could add some grated or shredded cheese to complete the meal. I buy fresh fruits and veggies but not a lot at one time. I find if I buy a lot at a time then it goes bad and I waste the food and money. We have to watch our budget also. I hopes this helps a little. Again, Welcome! GOD BLESS! Louise
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I'm KayDee and I'm 25 looking to drop about 11lbs or so. Over the past few months I have revisited the idea of switching to a mostly plant based diet multiple times and I now feel I am ready to do so. Iím not looking to go vegan or completely vegetarian but instead to just make it a majority of what I eat as opposed to the other way around; limiting my animal protein intake etc etc. Doing it not only for weight loss but Iím aiming for overall improvement of health and general good feelings.
Iím new to all of this and have looked around at various sites for information and recipes but I am having trouble taking all of the information in as it feels like there is a lot to sift through. I suppose my first hurdle is to formulate a grocery list along with enough recipes to keep a stomach from getting bored but Iím feeling like a fish out of water here.
What advice would anyone have to offer towards making a well rounded mostly vegetarian grocery list (on a budget) and perhaps some recipe ideas along with it?
Also I keep hearing about this 'Forks Over Knives' clip so I'm going to look that up and see what that all has to say.
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