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There are some good vegan slow cooker recipe books out there. This will really help. (So many of the recipes I had before were meat based or relied on several cans of condensed cream of whatever soup!) And before you get all crazy about having to combine proteins, check out Dr. Joel Fuhrman, a physician who focuses on optimal nutrition for humans. A lot of the studies on protein combining are totally outdated: accurate for rats & birds, but not for humans. (I also really like my electric pressure cooker, but pretty much everything I cook in it can be done in a slow cooker, so that's just a matter of personal preference.)
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We posted an article about whole foods at
which lists a couple recommended vegan cookbooks including “How it all Vegan! Irresistable recipes foran animal free diet” by Kramer and Bernard.
Best tip I can offer: check your public library for some vegan cookbooks (and search "vegan" in the SparkRecipes search box). I've been moving veganward over the past year and have found our library to be an awesome resource for new ideas and "substitutions" -- not so much of the "pretend cheese for real cheese" variety as ways to think about what might fill a niche in my diet that meat or dairy once did. Example: hummus and salsa (alone or together) go a long way, for me, toward filling that nacho-cheesy niche. You might try SP_Stepf's new vegan e-book for some ideas too. If you're like most of us, there are probably some things you already eat and like that are "accidentally vegan" -- red beans and rice, spaghetti and marinara sauce, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, corn chips and bean dip. Start with flavors you already like and tweak from there for more veggie content and added nutrition. Let's keep learning and enjoying together!
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I am not vegan or vegetarian, but I have been expanding my horizons. I have been making veggie stir fry's with pea pods, broccoli and the like...there are lots of sauces to spice it up. When I want something fast, I microwave a bag of mixed veggies (like pea pods, carrots and water chestnuts) while I whip up a sauce and some rice. I also have a fantastic pasta fagiole recipe... would gladly share any or all recipes if you like :) They do involve some cooking...but can be made in advance and reheated.
Edited by: TNEEL01 at: 3/14/2012 (17:19)
If you have medical issues please talk to your doctor, especially about getting adequate protein and trace nutrients. I don't know if you can tolerate beans or soy products, and if you're on any medications there may be issues combining them.
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I am new to the Vegan world (due to medical issues) and would like some quick go to's.....It seems everything I eat now, I have to prepare....It would be nice to have quick pick ups....Also looking for fave Vegan Recipes with NO cheese either... I can no longer tolerate meat and dairy and prefer not to use 'cheese subsititutes' ...Thanks