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RAPUNZEL53
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11/17/12 4:13 A

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I agree with Bilby about making your own burgers. And a George Foreman Grill is a great choice. I like black beans in my fake meat or "meat" loaves, lots of fiber and tastes good too. You can always make your own if you want to make sure there is no salt added. I have a FoodSaver for vacuum sealing foods to freeze. I make up a big batch of black beans (2 or 3 pounds worth in just plain water) and after they have cooled I put them into the vacuum bags, seal them up and freeze them. A Seal-a-Meal is cheaper than the FoodSaver but I burned out 2 those rather quickly. If you like Mexican food, and don't mind the time involved to make them, vegan tamales and vegan sausage are great to make big batches of and freeze in meal size packs.
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11/16/12 6:45 P

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You are in luck. There is plenty to eat! Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease by Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn is a great book with recipes in the back for just the foods you need. Also, quick and easy recipes by Jeff Novick RD. MS on Facebook has many very easy recipes just like you need. On facebook, friend Jeff. His recipes are in his photo albums called MY SIMPLE RECIPES. Most recipes include a big can of no salt added beans, no salt added tomatoes, spices, and veggies served over brown rices or whole wheat pastas. All are really good.

Also, Happy Herbivore has great recipes as does Fat Free Vegan.com


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11/16/12 5:42 P

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I think your chances of finding packaged foods that are vegan, ready-eat-eat and without added salt are fairly slim. Then again you could always go into Whole Foods Market or somewhere like that and ask the staff to see what they recommend. They also have a deli section and there also be something there too.

Energ-G make an egg replacer that can be used for baking. You beat it with a little water and then added it to the recipe. I've used in burgers as a binder, it works okay for that. Seems to work less well for muffins, for that I'd prefer apple sauce.

Burgers probably aren't a bad idea, they're familiar and can pack plenty of goodness in. Cook them on a George Foreman style grill (sorry, I'm full of product placement today!) and no oil needed. Tip: lightly steam your finely chopped vegetables, then pat them dry, then add to your mixing bowl. Add some mashed beans (any type, no added salt!), some spices, some binder (flax 'egg' as described below works, or egg replacer, or breadcrumbs, or a little gluten mixed with water), mix it up until it is stiff enough to shape into patties. If the mixture is too sloppy add a little corn or potato starch. Salt free chutney: mix diced tomato and onion with diced steamed beets, crushed mustard seeds, lemon juice and a little sugar-free syrup. Allow to sit for an hour, pour off any excess liquid if too runny.

wish you the best with your new lifestyle,
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You can use flax meal and water to replace the egg. There are other ways to. but I have used this with a cookie recipe I make.

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Here is another one Judy. ohsheglows.com/2011/04/05/vegan-lentil-wal
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Welcome. I understand about heart healthy cooking. I have an abdominal aortic aneurysm. There is a heart healthy section here on SP. It is under the Health Conditions tab then select Healthy Heart.

When I went Vegan last year I made things basically the same as before but cut out meat and animal byproducts - milk, cheese, eggs, etc. You can also go to the Healthy Lifestyle tab and choose SparkRecipes. When you search for a recipe go to the advanced option and filter for vegan and low sodium. There are also really good websites for vegan cooking. One of my favorites is vegvids.com. Vegan Zombie is a total nut but he has good recipes. You can also Google "vegan cooking" and get a lot of sites to check out.

Hope this helps.

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Personally, I don't have an issue with any foods, but DH has a vaery weak hearat with 6 way bypass and 7 angioplasties in the past 15 years. His doc taold him tthat his only chance for living a little long than a year was to go on a very strict vegan diet. Of course I agreed to totally clean out the house of any food we cannot longer eat(made my eldest son very happy) and learn abouta nutrition all over again. I quite like vegetables but DH's perception of green food is green peas-the only thing his mother ever served along with oil drenched cooked food., In thje 50 years we've been married, I've managed to slip green beans, asparagus and salads into his diet.
I am learning to cook all over again. The hardest part for me is shopping and reading every label. We are only allowed to eat all fruits and vegetables (except avocado) and all whole grain products without any salt. No dairy at all! I've been cooking with herbs and spices for years , but having to cook at all is not what I expected when I closed down my kitchen 3 years ago. I hate shopping and having to check every ingredient and after going through 25 ingredients and find the last one is salt is very irritating.. But since this is literally life saving, I will do it. !I 'm looking for brand names of food as well as methods to remake family favorites . What can replace eggs, egg whites and egg substitutes that is allowed on a vegan diet.
I have a lot to learn.
Judy.
I'm interested in simple recipes and methods of remaking favorite



 
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