Just got back from shopping earlier today for my new diet. Me and mom had a time reading a TON of labels to see what I can and cannot eat. But we ended up with quite a bit of groceries. And when I got home I made my first vegan grilled "cheese".... it was DELISIOUS!!!!
I've never heard of Engine 2, but I'll definitely be giving it a look. I do want to try to stick to mostly fresh food as much as possible. But I just wanted to see what all variety that I have open to me. That way if my friends come over they can still make a pizza and I can make my version of a pizza and we can still eat "the same" meal together. lol I very much appreciate the opinions, and suggestions. I'll definitely be checking out the site and cookbook suggestions. I really love this group, you guys really seem to love to help out the newbs lol.
Have you tried the Engine 2 diet they have a really good list of foods for making vegetarian meals you can check it out at your library and copy the list or go online they don't use any butter or cheese or much oils so you should check that out and see if you like anything they offer plus the book has receipes
Just because you are going to be vegan now doesn't mean that you automatically will be more healthy. Processed junk is processed junk even if it is vegan. So frozen pizza is junk food even if you put a vegan cheese on it or buy a frozen vegan pizza. Try this if you like pizza. Buy a whole wheat pita and put pizza fixins that you like on it but leave off cheese of any kind. It is really very good and since whole wheat pitas are made with 100% whole wheat flour they are pretty good for you. If you like hummus you can make a Mediterranean 'Pizza" put hummus down first and then add veggies that you like on top. This is sooo good.
Happy Herbivore has a great couple of cookbooks that use everyday ingredients and very nutritious foods in the recipes.
Hi, It is great that you want to do this and great you have your moms support. what to get, stay away from processed foods even vegan. I am not saying do not eat only cut down. Stick to fresh or frozen fruits fresh veggies and lots of greens. Good luck
Hi For the cheese I use the Daiya cheese and I find that at Sprouts out here or online at Vegan Essentials and it works very well for sandwiches, pizzas etc and they have different flavors. For butter I use Earth Balance and that can be found at Wal-mart. I know we should be eating a lot of fresh and raw items but for those times when schedule does not permit I use the Amy's Kitchen items which I can find at Frys/Krogers and if the item is vegan it will say right next to the word ingredients on the back so there is no guesswork. Hope this helps.
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Earth Balance is a vegan "butter" and Becel has a vegan version. Daiya is a vegan "cheese". Engine 2 Diet - www.Engine2Diet.com use their search engine for the 28-Day Toolbox: Kitchen Must-Haves...to get Plant strong or check out Angela Liddon's Vegan Pantry Shopping List at: www.ohsheglows.com She has great recipes. Happy Herbivore Lindsay S. Nixon also has a vegan shopping list. Her recipes are low-fat. www.happyherbivore.com
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Oh AND is there something that I can buy at Wal-Mart or Food World that will act as a cheese and butter substitute?? I'm really use to eating those and I want to trick my brain until I can get use to just not eating it.
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I resently decided to be vegan (look at new member post for more info on that) and so my mom is trying to support me, but she wants me to make her a grocery list of foods that I can eat so she'll know what to get if I have to work when she shops. I changed my food setting on here, but it doest have vegan just vegetarian so when I looked at the grocery list button I saw the dairy section, milk and cheese and all that. Which I dont want. So I just wrote down everything else skipping those sections. But my biggest thing is.. I'm use to buying packaged and canned food.. like canned corn, oven pizzas stuff like that.
So what do I do about those packaged foods thats made with milk? How do I know its made from cows milk and not soymilk? I guess thats my biggest question I'd like help with. Other then telling my mother just read the labels - is there any other clues that will let me know if its good for a vegan diet??
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