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5/31/13 9:55 A

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A veggie plate--cauliflower, snap peas and carrots (that I sauted in olive oil),wheat roll, almond milk

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5/30/13 6:02 P

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A big salad

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5/30/13 11:27 A

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One of my favorite lunches for work is a whole wheat pita with hummus, cucumber, black beans, and spinach.

I also will save leftovers from dinner the night before, and I have a couple of frozen dinners in the office freezer for when I forget to bring something (mac and cheese with broccoli).

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5/30/13 8:53 A

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your OB/GYN probably meant to give up the bad carbs. White bread, white rice, white pasta, white potatoes, snacks, cookies, candy etc. Good carbs like beans, lentils, whole grains are very good for you!

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5/29/13 10:41 P

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I am not a vegetarian, but my OB/GYN told me if I want to lose weight go Vegetarian. No breads, no carbs. Not sure how my stomach will like that. Protein from chic peas, etc.
Any thoughts?

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5/29/13 3:02 P

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whole grain pasta with roasted veggies

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5/29/13 11:54 A

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I typically do one of two things and never really get bored.

The first is, if I have dinner leftovers, I'll eat them for lunch the next day. I don't typically like leftovers but for some reason I can handle them for lunch the next day. Soup is particularly good -- today I have an Asian "chicken" and rice noodle soup with veggies.

The other thing I do each week is make some sort of whole-grain concoction that will last through the week on days that I don't have leftovers. This week will be quinoa with a lemony dressing with avocado, peas, and broccoli (I made it a few weeks ago with asparagus). Tabouli is another good one. Or mashed chickpeas with avocado that can be added into a wrap! So many options =)

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5/29/13 6:02 A

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I like to make enough at dinner to have planned leftovers for lunch a day or two later.

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5/27/13 7:56 A

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I have making morningstar crumbles in taco seasoning. I put that on a whole wheat tortilla, with a little bit of garlic humus.

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5/26/13 10:09 P

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Mmm.. All sound good! Thank you! :D

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5/26/13 9:42 P

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Lately, I have been eating veggie wraps packed with roasted bell pepper (the ready to eat jar brand) shredded carrots, spinach, lettuce, avocado on whole grain tortilla.

When I am on a salad kick, I will prepare five ahead of time in a tupperware for the week. Add a chopped veggie burger, nuts and seeds, or beans with dressing day of eating it.

The other alternative is soup. Homemade or Pacific brand store bought are both good :)


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5/24/13 7:28 P

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Thanks for the great suggestions everyone! :D

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5/24/13 6:35 P

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lentils, salad, lots of fruit, almonds......... sometimes a good ol' fashioned peanut butter and jelly (not all at the same time!)

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5/24/13 4:59 P

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Idea #3

Lentil soup from a can
Peanut butter and jelly sandwich

Making lentil soup from scratch is pretty fast. If you work, then canned is a good option. The nice thing about homemade is you control the sodium. I like to add spinach to my lentil soup.

Idea #4

Refried beans in a tortilla
Rice, especially Spanish rice. Try a box mix if you are busy.

Idea #5

Vegetarian hot dog on a bun
Vegetarian baked beans from a can

All of these meals can be filled out with fruit, vegetables, various beverages, salads, nuts, cheese and crackers, baked potato, soups, oat bran muffin.

A good book, and oldie that is considered a Bible today, is The Vegetarian Way by Virginia and Mark Messina. When you read it, you can see that you don't have to fuss to get adequate nutrition.

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5/24/13 4:57 P

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Stuff a pita with salsa and cheese (I use Daiya).
Hummus spread, tomato, baby spinach, carmelized onion on a ciabatta.

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5/24/13 4:51 P

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Thanks so much! You Rock :-)

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5/24/13 4:43 P

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Idea #2

Seafood salad in a pita.

One package of imitation crabmeat or lobster.
Chopped celery (optional)
Chopped cucumber
Sliced green onions
Fat free mayo (I use Kraft, 10 cal per T)
Old Bay seasoning
A little salt and pepper if you like (I don't add salt)

I got this from the Comfort Food Diet Cookbook by Taste of Home
Their recipe calls for 1 c. of chopped shrimp also. I don't bother with it.
Made with the shrimp, one-half pita filled is only 162 calories

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5/24/13 4:36 P

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OK, well, I'll start with a quick one. You're new to vegetarian eating, so I don't know what you will think of this, but I love hummus.

Just put a can of chickpeas (rinsed) into a food processor. Add a splash of lemon juice, 1/4 cup of tahini (sesame seeds pureed), a garlic clove, some olive oil if you like, and some water to make it smooth (about 2 T to start with). Whirl away and you can eat it as a dip with bread sticks. I like Alessi brand breadsticks.

You can also spread some of it inside a pita and fill with vegetables. Ex: spinach, matchstick carrots, alfalfa sprouts. Whatever you like, put in.

I'm totally hooked on tahini, so hummus is a favorite. This recipe will give you enough for the basis of a week's worth of lunches, depending on what else you eat on the side. You can round the meal out with fruit, nuts, a little piece of dark chocolate. Maybe a cheese stick of you're not vegan. Experiment with different grains in your pita.

Lots of water. Bring tea. I made my own out of instant tea made with a little sugar to my taste. Bring in your own container and yum! You can't buy tea without a ton of sugar, so I make what I like.

The nice thing about vegetarian eating is you eat so many different things that you wouldn't ordinarily. I got stuck in a rut with meat, potatoes, vegetable for meals when I cooked for my family. I'm still stuck with that for cooking for them, but I eat all kinds of great stuff.

I'll post a few more ideas separately.

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These seem to be the 3 things I alternate between:

1. Marble cheese cubes, veggie thin crackers, grapes, fiber one bar/belvita breakfast biscuit, and water

2. Lettuce, cheese, and Tofurky sandwich on whole wheat, some type of fruit, fiber one/belvita, water

On occasion:
3. Whole wheat or Sun-dried tomato tortilla w/ ranch dressing or light cream cheese filled with assorted veggies (celery, peppers, lettuce, tomato, cucumber + raisins/dried cranberries), fiber one/belvita, water

Thanks for your help! :)

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The post has been the story of my life. I have been eating chicken a veggie and some fruit. I got so tired, that I broke down and went to KFC. I really want to adopt a vegetarian eating regime, but it's hard to find things that vary in taste, don't cost too much; or don't take a long time to prepare. I tried making fish the night before, but when I heat it up at work the next day, it's not really all that tasty. If anyone can help me, I would be most grateful!

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5/24/13 3:56 P

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What are you currently bringing? I don't want to repeat the stuff that you are already making.



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5/24/13 3:48 P

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Hi!!

So I've been stuck in a lunch-rutt lately; it seems I'm taking the same things for lunch all the time! Sometimes it's because I don't have time to make something "extravagant"; other times it's because I can't think of anything!

So: does anyone have some quick, yummy, healthy, vegetarian-friendly lunch ideas?

All replies are greatly appreciated! :)

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