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Summertime is the perfect time to make this change, There are so many fresh fruits and vegetables and they are all at their peak taste level. Pasta is a comfort food to many. I miss it following a Raw Diet but have found a substitute that I love that is one of my favorites, Kelp Noodles.

Not suggesting Kelp Noodles for your situation that would really be a drastic change. Just make them some hold or cold pasta dishes made with sautéed garlic, olive oil, and various veggies of their choice.

My old time favorite and so simple to make was A Raw Tomato Sauce. I just minced up a clove of garlic, threw in a bowl with olive oil, chopped up some tomatoes, slivers of fresh basil,added some salt and pepper. I would let this marinate on the counter for a couple of hours or even all day while I was away at work. During the day the tomatoes break down and make your sauce. You just cook up your favorite pasta and pour the sauce over it. It is great hot or cold.

Great veggie, olive oil, and garlic sauce combos are: zucchini, fresh mushrooms, broccoli, broccoli and fresh mushrooms, broccoli rabe, asparagus, asparagus and fresh mushrooms, yellow summer squash with a touch of cayenne pepper sprinkled in. An easy Greek Pasta is to make is olive oil, garlic, spinach, and feta. emoticon Now I want pasta.



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6/22/12 9:43 A

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Thank you for sharing:)

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6/22/12 9:10 A

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well that is too bad. And I can't believe they did that to your son, they are going to lose his trust because he wont want to be around them if they decieve him.

hey i have some recipes on my blog you could try out (these recipe are my adventure in cooking)

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6/22/12 7:39 A

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DS9KIE,

I think that you are right in that this is the way to go. It is only in the past month that I have become much more adventurous in my cooking. (Maybe because I have more time to experiment since I'm done with school or maybe I now know of better resources to go to?) Anyway, I have given up on this for awhile. I'm very upset because, while watching my son, Grandma took him to McDonald's and got him a "veggie" cheeseburger. When he found out from us that there was no such thing he was very, very upset and I cannot blame him. Anyway, they are still regularly eating out and are not even trying to cook at home. We live in the middle on nowhere, and they go out of their way and make special trips to get fast food. Until they can overcome this obstacle/ mindset nothing will change.

Thank you for all the great advice. There are still plenty of opportunities out there to show and teach others about the great benefits of eating a plant-strong diet and I plan to take ever opportunity. The clerk and the grocery store last weekend, who was in her 50s, asked about the tofu I bought, and then asked if I eat any meat. When I said no, she expressed a desire to go vegetarian herself and we talked about the availability of good meat substitutes in the area. It was nice.

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6/21/12 8:44 P

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I would take all their meal and change them into vegan meals. And having some veggie meat may help them stick to the the healthy diet then, then have them eat some.(rather have them eat the veggie meat than the real meat) People will stick to a new way of eating when it changes little at a time.

I would have them read up on the healthy diet, cause knowledge is power.

maybe they couls try eating one new veggie a week.

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6/10/12 10:09 A

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I don't know if this helps, but my brother and his wife have gone through quite a health change in the last few years. I would have NEVER expected it - my brother lived on burgers and Frito Lay products all through college, and we rarely were permitted a vegetable as children (my dad didn't like them).

What they have done is switch their usual breakfast for smoothies. They love blendering up frozen cherries with milk, but any fruit will do. They follow my general plan of non-dairy milk/protein powder/fruit/healthy fat (nut butter, flax, or avocado). They can drink this on their way to work.

For lunch they always have some sort of salad with lots of goodies (nuts, dried fruit, feta, etc.). For an afternoon snack they usually juice lots of great fruits and veg.

For dinner they eat whatever they would have normally had.

They are not vegetarian, but given where they started from, I'm thrilled! Maybe you could introduce this type of routine with your relative, and help with veg ideas for dinner.

Good luck! I agree with the post about not taking their choices too personally. I've been hoping my family would learn from my example for decades. My dad will occasionally mention that I "was smart about all this nutrition stuff" as a kid (whenever his doctor suggests changes that I've been pushing for years). However, he'll still hit the Burger King drive thru for lunch, and can go days without cooking a vegetable. Go figure!

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I have to try nutritional yeast. I have not used it so far.

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Asian food is Easily accepted, I've found because it is typically full of veggies and it still looks "normal" without animal products. Stir fries, spring rolls, fried rice, etc. I usually add edamame rather than tofu for newbies only because they're usually extra critical anyway and a little tofu can make them reject a whole dish before its gotten a fair chance.

I made a vegan buffalo chickpea dip (recipe from the blog GFintheCity) yesterday that was well received by a bunch of non-vegans and bean haters (my family lol). I did use a little daiya cheddar but mostly on top for presentation's sake.

Chili and Mexican food is always well received. I tend to make a nut based cheesy sauce (w nutritional yeast) rather than use much, if any, processed vegan cheese.

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Wow JULESRULES78, what a tall order. I would suggest offering them resources too, so you are not their only source of input. Maybe lend them a book or two, suggest websites, then offer to be a resource (not a crutch) for them if they choose to eat healthier.

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6/9/12 7:39 P

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How about a vegetable-filled pasta sauce using red lentils in place of meat, served over pasta (whole-wheat if you think they'll accept it, white if not)? There are various recipes around.

It might be something similar enough to what they already eat. Baby steps and all.

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6/9/12 1:41 P

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Here's a simple one, Jules. Serves 4.

2c black-eyed peas
2-3 cloves chopped garlic
4c water
4-6 c chopped greens (I like collard, you could use kale or another favorite)
1 leek or 1 sweet onion Slice or dice.
pepper & salt to taste


Place black-eyed peas in water and bring to boil. Lower heat, simmer. If the water gets low, add more, just a bit at a time. After 20 minutes, add the garlic. The peas should take about 30+- minutes to become tender. When they do, add the remaining ingredients (except pepper). Stir the greens in. As soon as the greens are soft, it is ready to serve.

Very simple, nice & yummy. A good summertime stew because it is greens season.

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Hi I would suggest do the meal totaly vegan but as you think they will like, just take out animal, don't try to change everything. BABY STEPS. Also pick a meal that is easy to modify. That way they can change it to their liking. Just a suggestion

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emoticon Thank you DesertJulz. Any good veggie stew recipes?

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I completely understand. From what my husband told me, it sounds as if my father-in-law is doing some research of his own and is interested, especially in juicing. However, I think the main thing that needs to be eliminated first is fast food.

And you are right, motivation can easily dissipate...thank you for keeping me realistic about this. I do want him to be successful, but I don't want to be responsible for failure. I will do what I can to help but will be cautious in my approach.


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Wow, Jules! That's definitely a challenge. Some of the vegetarian comfort foods that come to mind: lentil burgers, twice-baked potatoes, a hearty veggie stew with kidney beans or black beans.

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Keep in mind that it's futile to want for somebody else more than they want for themselves. Don't become responsible for their wellbeing. Make suggestions, answer questions, do some education but let them make the choice. Coach them with the meal preparation. Assist them on the path but don't walk it for them. Change isn't easy and changing someone else is a bit optimistic.
I suggest that you teach them to make the meals you make and are comfortable with. It might be a good replace some of the not so good things in your diet with better choices for yourself but it isn't a good time for unexpected results.
Motivation often times is born of discomfort. We have the ability to become comfortable in adverse conditions within a few weeks and motivation dissipates.
When you become responsible for their successes you will also be responsible for their failures. I've just recently had to re-learn this lesson again.........and I will probably have to learn it again in the future. Change isn't easy.


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I have the opportunity of a life time to help a dear relative move to a vegetarian and/or vegan diet. He recently had a back surgery that did not go as planned (the bones that are suppose to be reforming are not) and seems to finally be ready to make a significant change in his lifestyle. Given his eating habits, I have been hesitant to address his health issues and the impact that his diet is having on them. However, yesterday my husband sat down with him and explained the impact of animal protein on his health, and he seems to be ready.

I have been asked by my husband to make a vegetarian meal that this individual and his wife will enjoy. I am hesitant to do this because I have cooked for them before and the only seasoning they seem responsive to are salt and pepper. Anything else is "too spicy." Also they are in the habit of consuming bread with every meal even when other starches are present.

Does anyone have suggestions about what I should prepare? I want to avoid phake foods if possibly because I don't want to send them down the wrong path. Processed foods in general are not healthy. However, the meal needs to be something that can easily be prepared so that it is included later on in their meal plans.

Also what advice and/or information should I offer this person on making a transition in their lifestyle. I have does this before, so it was very easy for me. For these folks it will be a change in lifelong habits.

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