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YSLGUY
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4/26/08 11:05 A

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I make vegan "chicken" salad with tempeh, veganaise, chopped almonds, cilantro and I eat it in wraps.

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4/25/08 3:03 P

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everyone has so many good ideas, and you really can't go wrong with a pb&j. i love beans, and it's cheaper to buy them in the bag rather than a can, so i buy a few bags and spend a day cooking them. once they are cool, i stick them in baggies and throw in the freezer. that way you can use them whenever you need. this also works well if you are only cooking for one. one person suggested mixing beans with salsa, which is something i do often. i'll often add corn and use it as a topping for baked potatoes.

i have some pretty healthy and easy recipes on my blog if you want to check it out.

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4/25/08 9:34 A

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i am a huge fan of sandwiches, so i usually keep some fake turkey and fake bacon on hand to make fake turkey clubs (with soy mayo on rye). i know its not the healthiest thing, but its fast and delicious! also, i keep tofu hot-dogs and pickles in the fridge for a quick bite. i don't really like the buns, so i just heat up 2 dogs and cut them up with pickles and add a little mustard. very fast and very tasty.


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MMINUTA
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4/24/08 9:02 P

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check out http://veganlunchbox.blogspot.com/



PHOIDY
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4/24/08 4:33 P

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I actually remember reading that book when I first went veg, I'll have to get it out of the library again. Thanks for the reminder!


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4/24/08 2:09 P

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I would pick up a copy of "Student's Vegetarian Cookbook" it has some great recipes in it for all sorts of meals. The woman who wrote it (Carole Raymond) I believe also has one for Vegans. (Although - most of the recipes in here are pretty close to vegan.)

I like smoe of the recipes in here but haven't had the chance to try them all yet! (THIS SUMMER! :) )

On a personal note, PB&J is my staple. Whole wheat bread, peanut butter, & sugar-free jelly is a healthy choice and contains necessary grains, fats, and proteins. :) If you wanted to go healthier - natural peanut butter is an excellent choice as well. (You can also pack this and take it to school with you.)

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PHOIDY
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4/24/08 12:36 P

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Thank you so much to everyone for all your help!

I really like the idea of cooking on weekends and freezing individual portions to heat up - I never thought of that! The quinoa salad, avocado hummus wrap and trail mix all sound good too. And I love Larabars too!

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4/24/08 12:18 P

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Nutrition is my life, my future career, and I am always on the lookout for healthy snacks with good protein, healthy fats, and naturally sweet options. I have been a lacto-ovo vegetarian for 17 years. I keep Lara bars (love the Apple Pie flavor) from Trader Joe's in my bag all of the time. They are vegan, delicious, and made with about 4-6 ingredients that are all raw foods. Tastes like a healthy stretch on apple pie filling, cinnamon and all. Amazing. ClifZ bars Chocolate Chip are excellent too (if you eat a little chocolate) because they are a whole-grain version of a soft chocolate chip cookie and I actually get cravings for these. I also carry Babybel Light cheese rounds (also at my Trader Joe's) -- it's like string cheese, but to me a more tasty cheese, and the plus is that the cheese is contained in a wax round that you strip away instead of in plastic, thereby also reducing a little residue mess for my purse :) Also at TJ's, I buy a bag of raw almonds, raw pistachios, raw cashews, and naturally sweetened cranberries and make a trail mix that I keep in a tiny container in my bag (I bought the super tiny container at the Container Store because they carry a lot of the cute small Japan imports). My favorite healthy snacks are FAGE 2% yogurt (to which I sometimes add honey), and WASA Whole Grain crackers with Babybel Light cheese wedges (taste a little like a low-fat brie cheese to me). A couple of the "Cuties" mandarins at TJ's and other food stores ($7 a box) are reliably great-tasting and make great portable snacks as well!

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4/24/08 12:00 P

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I cooked it in a pot on my stove for 2 hours, but if I did it again I would probably use my crockpot because I would have liked the beans a bit softer and it would have been ready when I got home.

I did soak the beans overnight, drained the water and replaced it with 1/2 water 1/2 veggie stock when cooking. I also put a bunch of balsamic vinegar in when it was all cooked, added, tasted, added, tasted. I picked up that trick from my Greek friend who said that is what his mom always did with lentil and bean soups to add a really good flavor and depth to the stews.

The greens I added at the beginning because they were frozen and already cooked - you could probably add them at the beginning or halfway through, your choice. I had those little frozen boxes of greens from when they were on sale 10/$10 and I just opened them up and dumped them in whole and stirred occasionally as they thawed. Worked fine for me :) The only thing is that with using a WHOLE bag of beans it turned out super thick - like eat with a fork thick. I am thinning it out with veggie stock by the bowl as I eat it but you might want to only use 1/2 bag of beans and 1/2 bag of barley to get a better consistency. Oh yeah, and I sprinkle some parmesan on it when I eat it - tastes really good!!

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4/24/08 11:52 A

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Avocadao Hummus Wrap (recipe is on my blog)
Eggless Egg Sandwich
Peanut butter and Jelly Sandwich
Eggless Egg Salad
Veggie Wraps
Submarine Sandwiches with Tofurky
Portobellow Mushroom Burgers

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ILANSTERMONSTER
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4/24/08 11:38 A

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lunch at home
-quinoa salad: throw some cooked quinoa in with lettuce, roasted peppers, mushrooms, and slices of carrots and drizzle lightly with lemon juice and olive oil. it tastes great cold, so its perfect even if you wanted to bring this to school in some tupperware since you cant warm things up there.
-oatmeal. its so good for you and tasty it can be eaten anytime! have fun and get creative with mix ins and you'll never get bored.
-a wrap or pita. you can make it with things like hummus, veggies, avocado, marinated tofu, etc.
-soups from a can (low sodium)
-salad with fresh chopped veggies, fruits and/or nuts and some light dressing
just a suggestion- make enough food at dinner time for there to be leftovers that you can just grab quickly the next day and reheat.

as for school...
-trailmix or granola bars: easy and convenient
-whole wheat crackers
-raw veggies or fruits to snack on throughout the day in between classes
also, perhaps invest in an insulated lunch box or something in case you want to keep things cold. hope this helped!

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4/24/08 11:35 A

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I like the isea of the soup...di you cook it in pressure cooker or crock pot? Soak? As things like dry beans and barley take forever to cook..Did you add the greens at the beginning or later?
Thans a buch!

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KIRANERYS
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4/24/08 11:26 A

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If you can do some cooking on the weekend and then freeze it in individual serving sizes that would make it really easy - you can just grab and toss in the microwave when you get home! You can make it even faster if you move something from the freezer to the fridge before you go to school so it is thawed by the time you get home.

Big pots of soup or stew are great. I made a HUGE pot of 16 bean soup this week with a bag of beans, 1/2 bag of barley, 2 packages of frozen greens (turnip greens and kale), a can of diced tomatoes, a bunch of veggie stock and then whatever spices I found in the cabinet that looked good :) Turned out really tasty, more like stew than soup, and I put a bunch of it in freezer bags and I have it for the future.

Anything you like to make that freezes well would be good, just remember that if it is saucier it will reheat better and not get as dry. Things off the top of my head - enchiladas, spaghetti, soup, chili. Also if you keep cans of black beans around you can mix some black beans with salsa and use it to dip chips in or as a quick burrito filling. Same thing with hummus, dip crackers and veggie sticks in it or use it as a sandwich filling and just chop up whatever other veggies you have around and stuff it in a pita pocket.

Nuts make really good, healthy, portable snacks. Measure out a serving so you aren't going overboard, but they give you a good kick of protein and energy and can be tucked in a pocket or backpack easily. If you are going to Trader Joe's and like cashews try and find their Thai Chili and Lime cashews - they are to die for and are my current favorite snack!! Fruits that travel well like apples and oranges, bananas might get squished. Most veggies are okay not being refrigerated so you could do some veggie sticks and bring a mini tupperware with salad dressing for dipping, hummus or black bean dip. I love string cheese, but I find I need to eat it by Noonish when I leave my house at 7:30am or else it gets too warm and squishy for my taste.

I'm sure there is TONS of other stuff you can do, these are just the first ideas that came to mind for me :)

I read an article saying that all owners of pitbulls are vicious criminals - Well if I am as vicious as my puppy then you better look out, I might snuggle you to death!

Required reading for anyone who eats food:
Michael Pollan "In Defense of Food"
Barbara Kingsolver "Animal, Vegetable, Miracle"
You should know exactly what you are putting into your body and these books will help open your eyes!


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4/24/08 11:12 A

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Hey there,
as for Trader Joe's, one of my favorite things there are vegetable and bean burritos, just stick it in the microwave and lunch is ready.
PB and J is one of the easiest things on earth and has pretty good nutritionals, especially in wheat bread.
I oftentimes cook for dinner (easy stuff!) and have leftovers for lunch.
I lie lentil curry 9the type when you buy pouch with spices in ethnic store and add onions, tomatoes and lentils.
Pasta with sauce (pre-made or blended can tomatoes with fake meat/pepper/garlic/bell peppers/mushrooms/whatever).
Chilli is also great and easy (onions, can beans, corn, fake meat/TVP and chilli spice).
Hope this helps at all
Best of luck!
Zuzana

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PHOIDY
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4/24/08 10:46 A

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Hello everybody, I'm new here.

I'm a high school student and I have been a vegetarian for 5 years. I try to eat vegan when possible but I do not call myself a vegan.

I am having trouble finding good things to eat for lunch. I don't like to eat in school, I usually eat lunch at home at 2:00 when I get out.

I am on a bunch of medication and get very tired throughout the day and by the time I get home I just want to eat cookies and ice cream and then go to sleep. I am trying to eat healthy but its hard when I don't know what to make for lunch!

So basically I am asking for suggestion on what to eat for lunch. I like to cook but would like something fast and easy. I hate eating eggs and milk but will eat cheese and fake meat products.

Any HEALTHY veg cookbooks would help too! I love Vegan with a Vengeance and Veganomicon but a lot of the recipes aren't exactly healthy. I would love recipes with nutritional info.

Also, since my school day starts at 7:00 and ends at 2:00, any healthy, not messy snack ideas would be great. I am going to buy some string cheese and fruit leather at Trader Joes tomorrow.


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