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JRRING Posts: 1,534
10/10/13 10:09 A

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last night spaghetti squash and marinara sauce made with lots of vegetables

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8/16/13 9:52 A

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Martha Stewart has a on pan pasta recipe online. Its great! I use whole wheat spaghetti to make it healthier.

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6/27/13 10:16 A

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Sounds yum to me! I make my own tostadas, low sodium beans that I mash with a potato masher, over a Mission corn tortilla (0 sodium), top with salsa, onions, lettuce and cheese of some sort if you like. Serve with Spanish Rice or chopped fresh veggies.
Grilled veggie fajitas is another favorite. I use peppers of all colors, onions, mushrooms and zucchini. Serve in warm tortillas with guacamole and pico de gallo, homemade. Beans and rice are an accompaniment.

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6/27/13 7:36 A

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When I was raising a vegetarian child (she's 26 now!) she liked: veggie lasagna, tamale pie, chili, veggie burgers, quesadillas, falafel, veggie shepherd's pie. Annie's mac and cheese--not so unhealthy if served with some vegetables on the side. It seemed like we had spaghetti and burritos at least once a week. I would grate veggies into the spaghetti sauce to hide them. And you can make burrito/tacos different by varying the types of wraps, beans and other fillings/toppings. There are so many different types of veggie burgers out there you could probably eat them weekly and still have plenty of variety--homemade or store bought.

Children can eat the same diet you do; they don't have a greater need for protein. And vegetarian diets provide plenty of protein.

Here's what Dr. Sears has to say about vegetarian kids:
www.askdrsears.com/topics/family-nut
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5/22/13 5:19 P

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I so need easy dinners. I hate cooking. One of many goals but one thing at a time, right.

I make this Southwest dish that can be made without the meat. Sometimes I just leave that for my husband. It's turkey meatballs, corn, black beans in a pan with chicken or veggie broth, cumin, black pepper and red pepper flakes. Go easy on the spice cause it can get hot easily. You can also add onions and tomatoes. I'm not a fan of tomatoes but I do like them sun-dried so I may try that next time.

Defrosting the meat takes the longest so without the meat it is so much quicker. Just toss it all in and cook it. You don't need a lot of broth it's only for flavor. You can always use corn chips to scoop it with too.

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These sound yummy!

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5/16/13 9:32 A

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I have veggie tacos. I fry a potato, three large carrots and 1/3 C. chopped sweet yellow onion in 2T. of canola oil. Sprinkle a bit of chili powder over mixture. I use the hard shells with no sodium, warmed in the oven. Then I fill the shells and top with Clint's Mild Salsa and chopped lettuce. Serves 2. You can serve with beans and rice, or just alone.

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4/21/13 1:05 P

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I just tried chef meg's better than take-out fried chicken and rice. This is easy to adapt to vegetarian by either just leaving out the chicken or substituting some kind of vegemeat - my favorite for this would be Worthington Frichik. Very quik, easy and tastes great!

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I love Mexican food. So, one of my favorites is either refried beans on the bottom or black beans, some cheese like pepper jack or sharp cheddar (light, of course) then a fried egg, and then top it with sour cream, light, salsa and maybe some avocado. Great protein.

I also like making salads with beans, salsa, tomatos, onions, sour cream and something crunchy, maybe some chips or crispy jalapenos.

Veggie patties from morning star are great. With fruit on the side.

Baked loaded potatoes are great. We have a bag that we can cook them in the microwave 6 min. per pound and it makes them taste really great. Broccoli, cheese, sour cream. Or Smart Balance spread, salt and pepper. Maybe make it a buffalo one with some cream cheese, cheese and hot sauce. Pare it with some Morning Star chicken nuggets and fruit.

Fancy grilled cheese with either tomato soup or fruit. For them I put ham in it. Mine had tomato, gouda and mozzarella. Theirs might have gouda, cream cheese and mozzarella or cheddar.

Good luck, I feel your struggle.

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4/21/13 8:53 A

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One of our favorites is an old Adventist favorite; haystacks. If you havn't tried this you start with a layer of corn chips or some kind of tortilla chips, put on some beans, refried beans heated up is fine or you can use any kind of beans; top with salad greens, tomatoes, black olives and shredded cheese if you eat cheese. You put the ingredients in little bowls and let each person build their own. Kids love this meal and it is a great combination for complete proteins, carbs, etc. You can also top with sour cream or your favorite ranch type dressing.. Yum!

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4/20/13 10:22 P

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Time to get a panini grill!

-tuscan bread, goat cheese, tomato, basil, sliced zucchini, spinach
-whole grain, strong white cheese, thin slices of pear
-rosemary bread, mozzarella, eggplant, sundried tomatoes and grated carrot

For work lunches I had assembled the middle part and frozen it back in plastic baggies, then just remove put between bread and heat.

Vegan panini ideas:

-pita bread, white bean garlic hummus, carmelized onions (yes do a batch and have frozen back), and fig jam
-wheat, avocado, roast peppers, red onion, kale chiffonade

I do the money saver "soup bowel" in the freezer too. Odds and ends...tops of celery, left over spaghetti, few extra beans...just keep adding to it as you have bits left over on the chopping block...then some night you just throw it on the stove and boil with some Vegetable Better than Bouillion.

Also you can have a veggie pie back in the freezer - think veggie stew in a crust, I make one with turnips, squash cubes, potato, onion, lentils, and tons of spices...I use wine or a dark ale with some sweet potato starch for a sauce. You don't have to cook any of it before, just assemble pie with top freeze and on a rushed night pop the whole thing in the oven, go about changing your clothes, taking a quick walk and you'll walk back into a house smelling of heaven.

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My husband is the meat eater in the family, so I know I always have more opportunites to cook meat-less when he's away. Two weeks into his current deployment, and I'm doing pretty good sticking to a veg-leaning flexitarian plan. My problem is finding last-minute throw together dinners on the occasions that I haven't planned very well. On these nights, I tend to feed my kids and forget about myself or, more accurately, make something so "kid friendly" that I have no desire to eat it myself. I'm not talking boxed mac & cheese, but homemade pizza, quesadillas, bean/cheese burritos.

My kids will eat pretty much anything-- the other night they ate whole grain noodles and garbanzo beans topped with parm and olive oil. I felt like a terrible mother feeding them something so plain (and beige!), but they both ate it and asked for seconds. We always have fresh fruit and veg, but I don't always put together the most cohesive meal plan. I think part of it is getting away from the mindset that I have to provide a protein "main dish" and also not knowing for sure how much protein kids need, as a general rule. Is it the same ratio as adults? More? Less?

So, I guess I'm looking for ideas for go-to dinners as well as motivation to keep on track with this lifestyle. I have six months to get really good at it before my husband comes home to sabbotage me! (mostly kidding)

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