I saw someone already recommended it but the blog "Oh she glows" is really good. I also liked "peas and thank you" which the girl no longer writes but the site is still there (I also got both of her books, very good!). Good luck. I feel great being a vegan, I have been for over 2 years after being a lazy vegetarian for years. I make green smoothies almost every day. They do tide me over and they are so healthy, I add flax to them to make them extra good.
Fitness Minutes: (1,365) Posts: 11 1/21/14 11:31 A
I made the Mexican Lime Soup with a few changes and it was delicious! I don't like mushrooms, so I added chayote squash diced instead. I roasted about 1/4 of a red onion with the poblanos, and added garlic instead of the rest of the onion. I used a cup of frozen corn as well. Well worth making!
There's also a Taco Potato recipe on Sparkpeople recipes (I don't know how to attach the link) that is easy, and you can sub Tofutti's sour cream for the cream cheese called for in the recipe. It has black beans in it. I used roasted poblanos instead of green bell peppers and my own seasonings- it was great over potatoes or on tortillas.
I've been vegan for 3+ years now (vegetarian for about 15 years before that) and I have to say that veganism has helped me in so many ways. Yes, I'm still learning how to eat a lower-fat vegan diet (damn you, Oreos!) but my health has improved so much in the past 3 years. My skin is better, my digestion is better...and while I've gained and lost 10-20 pounds over the past decade, I've never gone back to my heaviest weight. I haven't even come within 10 pounds of my heaviest weight. All good things! And I think this is a great lifestyle for ethical reasons as well! Good luck!!!
Looking for a good Mexican recipe? I made this the other night http://vegweb.com/recipes/enchilada-pie, although I used corn tortillas and put it together more like lasagna instead of a stack. Turned out really good- even omni husband loved it. For anyone who misses the taste of sausage I found this recipe http://hellyeahitsvegan.com/vegan-sausage- patties/ at Hell Yeah it's Vegan. Very easy to make and tasted great. I made a sandwich of it with tofu following this from The Vegan Zombie http://theveganzombie.com/?p=467 Much better than Mickey D's
I made a really good wrap for lunch today , red pepper , tomato , vegan cheese , onion , sprouted seeds and fajita seasoning. It tasted great but I ended up with half the tomato down my shirt !!!! It tasted great though.
I just saw this post about a Taco Cleanse. It's a joke on dieting cleanses, but it will give you a bunch of vegan taco ideas: http://lazysmurf.wordpress.com/2013/09/03/ the-hows-and-whys-of-the-taco-cleanse/
Well I am proud of myself I have lost 3 stone ( 42 lb ) and am now just 7 lb from my idea weight ( 11 stone or154 lb if my maths serves me ok ) . I no longer have arrhythmia and my blood sugar never goes above 5.4 mml also my blood pressure is at last under control . This is all down t my Vegan diet ( I have been vegetarian for 35 of my 75 years). I went vegan as an experiment but with such positive results I will not be changing from vegan now. I just tweek recipes and I find the Spark book of vegan recipes ( available for Kindle ) an inspiration. I also use the China Study Cook Book. which is great. I also had cancer 8 years ago but feel fully recovered and hope to stay that way.
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For tacos, I use lentils instead of veggie crumbles (trying to limit my soy intake) with homemade taco seasoning which is straight forward: lentils (any kind you want, I prefer red or french), a cup of vegetable stock, and taco spices. Simmer down until it is your preferred consistency. Fill tacos. Nom.
Welcome, BASIA60! You also can check out the Vegan Fitness and Nutrition team on SP.
Some people think the “plant-based whole foods diet” is extreme. Half a million a year will have their chests opened up and a vein taken from their leg and sewn onto their coronary artery. Some people would call that extreme. - Dr. Caldwell B. Esselstyn, “Forks Over Knives”
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I try to keep canned chickpeas and other legumes handy. My idea of fast food is whipping up a fast meal of hummus or beans and rice. I also like to make a fake egg salad using crumbled firm tofu (instead of boiled eggs), some chopped celery, minced onion, seasonings to taste, with Veganaise and stoneground mustard for a dressing. Tried your idea this evening, and had taco salad using veggie "burger crumbles", lettuce, salsa, crushed corn chips and cheese. (we don't miss t&%$ bell at all!)
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Welcome to the team! Check out Spark's recipes, there are lots of great vegan recipes on it. Also, www.ohsheglows.com and www.happyherbivore.com have great recipes made from items you'll already have around the house. Good luck with your goals!
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Hello. I just started my new way of eating, vegan. My husband already is vegan so it will be easier for me since I cook vegan mostly. He is strict where I slide off the wagon. He lost 60 pounds just changing to vegan. I am going to drink more smoothies using veggies such as spinach and kale with almond milk and some fruit and ice. Great way to get in a dessert every night too and healthy too! I have 100 pounds to lose! My goal will be next year at this time! I want to just lose it slow and naturally. I need some Mexican recipes...we love tacos and I usually make it with veggie crumbles and black beans and taco seasoning...any more ideas out there?
Thank you for all your posts to welcome me and what great recipe sites too for vegans!! LOVING IT! Well, already I lost .7 pounds since yesterday :) I am geeked. I am drinking 10 glasses of water a day (cups of water actually) and also I am eating fruits that have water in them as well such as grapes, apples, pears, and oranges.
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