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JULESRULES78
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1/14/13 10:03 A

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My sister got me the cookbook vegan on $4 a day for Christmas. The chili is awesome. I used the suggested mushrooms instead of veggie crumbles. Very good and very cheap.

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HIKINGGAL11
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1/10/13 4:49 P

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LibbyL, man does that sound great. Thank you for the idea!

"The time will go by no matter what....you might as well have something to show for it."
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AMANDAROX
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1/10/13 7:08 A

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There are some great recipes here! If only I had more time to cook! I tend go for the convenience foods...morningstar farms, Amy's microwave meals, frozen veggies with tofu...
Why are these a no no? I understand its always better to cook using fresh whole foods...so you know exactly whats going into your food. And I really should budget more time for preparing meals in advance.

There is no passion in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living. ~ Nelson Mandela

Always do what you're afraid to do ~George Bernard Shaw


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LIBBYL1
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1/10/13 1:10 A

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lentil dahl.... this is an easy recipe and great with pita/chappati/ anything....
Fry up some onion and garlic (one onion if doing for four meals) in a little bit of butter/oil for two minutes, add 1/2 tsp tumeric, 1 tsp garam masala, 1/4 tsp chilli powder (or more if you like chilli), 1 tsp ground cumin. Cook spices for 30 secs stirring all the time. Add 2lb can of chopped tomatoes drained, 175 g little red lentils, a squeeze of lemon juice, 1 pint of veg stock and a can of coconut milk . Bring to boil and reduce heat and csimmer for about 30 minutes or till tender.


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BARBARAWEBSTER
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1/9/13 6:46 P

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I haven't read the string so u may already know, the local library has oodles of cook books. Check it out.


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1/9/13 9:05 A

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So many great meal ideas. Thank you!

"If there is no STRUGGLE, there is no PROGRESS."
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PEACENCARROTS
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1/8/13 9:43 A

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You can make brown rice. Set aside in a bowl. Chop up some garlic and fry in a little bit of olive oil. I then add chopped kale to it and put the lid on the pan so the kale steams. Add the cooked kale and garlic to the rice bowl. You can then add warmed white cannellini beans, or chickpeas and any seasoonings you prefer. It is yummy!



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1/7/13 11:29 P

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any of the prepared foods while they are different and easy to make usually contain way too much sodium and many times sugar to make them taste better and last. I keep staples of black beans, canned diced tomatoes and different types of rice on hand at all times as well as large bags of frozen veggies. I can make a quick and easy stir fry meal with any of these things and when I can I also add tofu or tempeh, last time I added a few cashews and some in it's own juice pineapple chunks to spice of the dish and it was great. try and stay away from prepared foods if you can



DORIS153
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1/7/13 9:46 P

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Oops that was supposed to say that the fake meats are now a "no no". Other links are saying that they are too high in calories, carbs, etc.

Thanks for the quick an GREAT replies you are sending. Much appreciated!!!


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WHATKATHYSAYS
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1/7/13 9:35 P

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Easy, cheap black bean burgers:
1 can of black beans, mashed in a bowl
Add some onion and spices
Add 1/2 cup of oats

Mix everything together, then form patties and put them in the fridge for 1/2 hour or so. I spray nonstick oil in a pan and cook them on the stove top.

I eat mine with some salsa and spinach usually but you could do so much with them!



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1/7/13 7:44 P

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Look for the cookbook by Stefanie Romine--Easy Vegan Meals by Spark People. Really helpful information and recipes.


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Fried Rice
I typically start by 'frying' the tofu (with cooking spray - tofu can be found for under $2), and then I add in the rice. Make sure your rice is pre-cooked and cold (I usually cook the day before). At this point I might add some olive oil and then throw in veggies - broccoli is one of the more inexpensive vegetables, and I usually add frozen peas and carrots. I throw on some soy sauce and I'm all set. I also add egg whites. It's sooo good!

Mexican
Ortega taco shells are under $2 at Walmart. I make my own filling concoction, usually some mixture of beans, finely chopped veggies (spinach, broccoli or mushrooms), and maybe some tofu if I haven't eaten it in awhile. I throw on some spices - cumin, red pepper, until it tastes about right.

Marinated Tofu
I'm trying to learn more about marinating tofu. One that I really like is to mix together soy sauce with a little sugar, coat the tofu, and let it sit for awhile. Then I stir fry with cooking spray and serve with brown rice.

Soup and Quinoa
Soup can be pretty inexpensive if you get it on sale, and it's full of vegetables. I usually mix in one serving of quinoa to make it more filling and to add protein. You could also throw in some beans.


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IMVEGAN
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1/7/13 7:16 P

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If you are on Facebook friend Jeff Novick. He is a registered dietician. He has fast cheap easy recipes that have only a few ingredients that you can find at any store. His recipes are found in his photo albums in an album called MY SIMPLE RECIPES click on a photo the recipes are in the comments.

You can also find recipes and meal plans from Happy Herbivore.com she sells meal plans but people talk all the time about how buying the meal plans save them money because they no longer buy too much food and throw anything away. They lose weight, learn to cook easy meals and love the food.

happyherbivore.com/


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LBUTTERFD
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1/7/13 6:34 P

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Dried beans and grains are a really cheap way to start a nutritional vegan recipe...add in season, local vegetables, or frozen or canned vegetables. I sometimes add tofu, Tempe or seitan...these can all be adjusted to the foods you and you family like best. I, too am unfamiliar with the term "mono"...I always shy away from processed food whether vegan, veggie or meat.


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BILBY4
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1/7/13 5:42 P

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What's a "mono"? I probably can't help if I don't understand you.


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DORIS153
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1/7/13 5:41 P

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Everybody please!
I have been a veggie for about 10 years and am ecstatic about the frozen fake meats because if they do not taste like meat so much the better for me. Now I hear they are a mono. Please no health food special foods but easy to get ingredients I can find in the supermarket and and make three or four meals......tried hummus and tofu. Maybe it was the way they were fixed but did not like them.i'm bored and gaining and am definitely a fat vegetarian. I thought I was one of a species. I know my doctor was surprised. Any basic dishes to make? Low on time,money,and creativity.


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