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2/1/13 5:54 P

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I have only changed my eating style to a plant based, whole foods diet a month ago so I am still learning. I am always searching for good recipes and interesting ideas.
The reason I made the changes were because I was having digestive issues with dairy products and red meats. I have given them up along with caffeine and processed foods. I do so much more cooking now than I ever have.

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5/2/12 1:53 P

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I started by going to my public library and checking out cookbooks many years ago. Now that it is the digital age, there are many great blogs and sites online with lots of ideas and recipes.



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4/30/12 3:33 P

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Thanks so much everyone for your awesome ideas!

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4/30/12 10:06 A

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I just gradually started buying and cooking less meat. The only meat I buy now is turkey breast for holidays.
I have found a lot of recipes on allrecipes.com. My favourite is curried chickpeas to which I add peppers, onions and spinach. Actually, I got the original recipe from about.com.
I will still eat meat at someone else's house.

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4/30/12 9:16 A

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I started by making the vegetables I eat the center of my meals and using beans and peanut butter to replace the meat. I buy all different types of dried beans and make them in the crock pot. Then you can start trying different types of of veggie "meat". I like TVP to replace ground beef, slice and pan sear tempeh to use like chicken, or bake tofu to eat like steak fingers. You can buy or make your own frozen veggie patties to use as hamburgers. Just google vegetarian recipes and you will be amazed how many sights you have to look at.

Rob

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
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4/29/12 8:39 P

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Actually, I started because of watching videos on CAFO. Really got me "ugh" but not enough to go full vegetarian or convince my family too. So, as I was on a budget anyhow I just started exploring ideas on making my "sides" more wow and keeping the meat "eh".



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4/29/12 6:59 P

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i have begun exploring vegetarian options by having a friend whose a vegetarian. i also have two employees who are as well and i have picked up tips and tricks from them. i ask them what they are eating and sometimes i ask for a little nibble. Soozie makes these awesome fried tofu sandwiches with a little teriaki on them.
i also love to watch Christina cooks on PBS.
so to answer the question, by being around other "veggies".

Marriage isn’t like a tray of hors d'oeuvres. You can’t just pick what you fancy; you’ve got to take the lot or nothing. – Cary Grant, The Grass Is Greener

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4/29/12 2:50 A

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I'm 25, living on my own, newly vegetarian and on a budget. I was wondering how everyone started out? I went to the store today and was stumped. Not so much breakfast but lunch and dinner. Do y'all have any suggestions, books, blogs, meal plans, etc. Anything will help. I am a big self help reader so book suggestions and maybe a short review and why it had an impact on you. Thanks so much in advance!

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