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RMCNULTY83
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10/24/10 8:23 P

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In addition to what other folks have said below, I would add that we use a ton of mushrooms in our cooking. almost as a replacement to meat, they have a similar texture and richness.


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yes quourn is very good you can get it like mince beef for cottage pies or bolignases, or cubed for stews


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9/23/09 3:11 P

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I have been watching the Montel Williams infomercial with his blender, that looks like a great way to make vegie soups, smoothies and juice drinks. Anyone have a vitamix type machine, or a suggestion on the best one to buy?



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I juice vegies with an apple.
I make a vegie slaw with all my favorites and add chickpeas, and lemon tarragon dressing.
Homemade soup is also an idea, I use barley and chickpeas with diced tomatoes and vegies.
Vegetable curry is good also.



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Welcome to the team! In order to form a complete protein that has all the essential amino acids from a non meat source you can combine grains with legumes (like rice and beans) or legumes with either nuts or seeds. I'm not sure if you consume dairy or not but it is a complete protein on its own. I've also read that quinoa is a complete protein on it's own. I take a daily multivitamin with vitamin B 12 in it since that comes primarily from animal sources. I'm anemic and I've yet to find a good way to get sufficient iron in my diet without taking a supplement emoticon I hope this information helps!



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I am new to this team. I have been a vegetarian for many years. That being said I don't eat any meat. I don't like the taste of meat or even anything near the texture of meat. My problem is I never learned how to properly combine foods to get the proper nutrients (i.e. protein) in my diet. I eat lots of carbs like pasta and bread and I know it's not good. I really want to learn how to eat as a healthy vegetarian and be able to lose some extra weight at the same time. Any suggestions?


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KN33621
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I went to your sparks page recipes and could not find your chile....maybe I overlooked it somewhere...I would love to get it....Kathy


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I went to your sparks page recipes and could not find your chile....maybe I overlooked it somewhere...I would love to get it....Kathy


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I just tried some no-meat no-soy chick'n patties by "Quorn" that were delightful! I was a little worried, but I was pleasantly surprised.

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I do eat eggs, but i am able to buy eggs from a farmer in my area. I only eat peanut butter once a week and I make sure my cheese is low fat. I also only eat whole grains to counter the fat in the cheese. Also, i love to use Hummus ( i make my own) and black bean hummus or paste to dress up my fav sandwiches. I love almond butter, it has fat but the heart healthy kind. Being vegetarian is work, it is so much more than giving up meat and it aggravates me when people act like it is as simple as only mashed potatoes at dinner. I took a nutrition class and i got some wonderful resources to look up all the nutrients and RDA for each nutrient. I did pretty good, i was low in vit A and something else,not too bad.



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Hey there! I read your post and wanted to respond. My nails really started to do that at about three to four months into the new lifestyle. they still arent as thick and sturdy as they used to be. I did make a few changes to get some improvements. I started take my multivitamin regularly. I added an egg a week to my overall diet, and peanut butter once a week for sure. i also make certain that one meal a day has a protein replacement in it. For example, i love the Morning star farms spicy black bean pattie, so i have that as a sandwich for lunch. I may have a grilled cheese sandwhich one day and black bean and cheese burrito one day. Just by making sure that one meal a day has a good solid protein source, i have improved my nails a great deal. Good luck, oh and some of the protein bars that are vegan are great too.



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Just tried Morning Stars "Chicken" patty last night and it was really good. I made it a sandwich on whole wheat bread with lettuce, tomato, and light miracle whip. Then sweet potato garlic fries. Soooooo Good!!




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yes I love the soy crumbles. I use them to make tacos, pasta sauces, shepherd's pie. There are some great recipes online at the morningstar farms website: www.seeveggiesdifferently.com



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MAELOLA
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yves veggie ground round is awesome, use it like you would ground beef. VGR shepards pie is downfall, its really really good. but you can also make tacos and pasta sauce. I'm anemic as well and vgr helped me get it in check. Also check out the "chicken" strips, so good grilled with garlic on salads.


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Pearl--I've had iron deficiency problems my whole life and doctors always recommend dark green vegetables as one of the best sources--spinach, kale, broccoli.


Has anyone else tried the Smart Ground burrito/taco soy protein crumbles? I had them with black beans in a burrito last night and it was fantastic!!

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Pearl, as long as you eat enough green leafy veggies you'll get your iron requirements

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I have slight concerns about getting enough Iron...anyone had problems with this or have suggestions?

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you know I really like all of mourning star products and am not a fan of bocca at all!!! Bleck

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I keep Morning Star "hamburger" crumbles in the freezer at all times. They are great in anything that you would have used ground beef for. The best part is that they are already cooked and no greasy mess to clean up afterwards.

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LOL. thats funny. My chili recipe is on my sparkpage if you can swing by and get it from there. Its super simple. Basically pick out a whole bunch of different beans... 2 cans diced tomatos with chile's... tomato paste.... chili powder... corn... onions and peppers. Viola! lol. I make mine in a crock pot. The best part is everythings actually cooked already so it just warming and melting of the flavors.


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Thanks for the suggestion. Would you post your chili recipe? Oh, and by the way, I don't live alone, but I have a big dog that I can blame for certain things :)

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beans beans their good for your.... Well they are good for your protien requirements! I make a mean vegetarian chili (toot toot, there I go again tooting my own horn lol) its got between 3-5 different beans and its super filling thanks to the fiber and super low cal! Woo hoo. Anyways thats my suggestion. Beans. Do you live alone? lol, no kidding... no maybe not....

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TFANARA
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I'm a new vegetarian also. I've been meat-free for about two months. I currently try to eat eggs (cage free organic when available) daily, and I love soybean pods as a healthy, protein snack. I have no desire or craving for meat. However, I've noticed my fingernails have been cracking, pealing and just not healthy. Does anyone know if this is a sign of a lack of protein? Also, does anyone know the RDA of protein, or have a good website recommendation for this information?


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How do you all get in your protein without turning to high fats like peanut butter? I feel like I am low on fats, protein, and heavy on carbs since I switched to Flexitarianism. My calories are right where they should be but many nutrients are missing.

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MEWIEGELE
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Oh I cant rave enough about Amy's! Its so so goood!

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In the last few weeks I have been exploring different ethnic cuisines. There is so much out there. I check out cookbooks from the library and also have been getting some recipes off Sparkrecipes.

I also think for splurges I will try some of the frozen things like Amy's and maybe Quorn. I have heard that Quorn is really good.






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tofu with grill seasoning

Ground Meatless

Veggie burgers

Morning star sausage and bacon

Amy's Salsbury stk (so so so good!)

Amy's Meatloaf (all amy's Kitchen products are vegetarian)



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I've been veg close to 30 years and I still get these moments of "gee, fish sounds good."
So I have tartar sauce or cocktail sauce on something else.
in transitioning to vegetarian, you need to make sure you have a certain amount of comfort food (your love of meat is probably a comfort reaction: having enough, getting a treat with the good cut, etc.)

Transitioning is pretty easy: add more meatless meals, reduce the prominence of meat in a dish (think of Asian cuisines where meat is a flavoring)and have EASY substitutions.
Look at what you already eat that is meatless: pasta primavera, most of your side dishes. What of those do you really like?
Make that more often.

Wake up every day knowing you make the decision to begin your journey anew.

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sometimes what we think we crave in a meat is really the spice and juiciness of it. My downfall was RIBS then i realized i just loved the fat and the spices.

First step is to eat with mindfullness, really listen to what you are wanting and really taste it. I havent found a substitute for a sirloin but i have found many many better tasting things.

For burgers i love a good veggie burger with a spicy garlic mayo and lots of juicy veggies on top. One thing that happens is people try to replace high fat meals with low fat immediately and then think vegetarian doesnt taste good. You have to retrain your fat tooth first. Dr Dean Ornish has great receipes in his books Eat More Weight Less. You can use them as a starting point.

My favorite veggies treats are Toby's light and spicy tofu spread tastes better than egg salad.
the morning star not chicken patties and nuggets and the mornign star sausages. I actually prefer the morning star sausages to meat ones. Also if you take regular firm tofu and slice it into 1/4 slices then put paper towel on bottom and top and weight down with a plate let sit a while (3 hours?) then bread and sautee its delicious!

Go to veggie restaruants and experiment. I found I became a better cook once i started using more veggies and non dead products.

Remember dead thing and starch is not all that tasty


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Dont substitute cheese for meat and think you are making a healthy choice. Just keep cutting down the amount of the only highest quality meat you are craving as you add leafy green veggies and learn ways to prepare them. You might want to google raw foods there are some absolutely fabulous raw food receipes out there. Once you start giving your body high quality input and get rid of the junk it starts to feel the difference and want it.

Don't demonize meat, I found i started disliking the smell of it but then out of the blue i would lust for a steak! If i did I gave myself one but i went to a restaurant to have it not in the house.

Remember replacing low fat meat with high fat items such as peanut butter or cheese is a nono.

Good luck and keep us posted.


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Hi everyone! I'm new to SparkPeople and am considering trying to go vegetarian or at least semi-vegetarian. Problem is, I'm a meat lover. Is there anyone out there who has tips on how to make the switch a little easier and not want to binge on a Porterhouse every five minutes? Thanks in advance for any support you can provide!


 
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