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5/31/11 9:52 P

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That sounds really yummy! Thanks for posting, I think I'll give that a try as I love cabbage.
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5/31/11 1:33 P

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made a recipe last night that I believe is considered vegan. AND IT'S SOOOOOO GOOD! I cooked long grain brown rice (30 minutes for 1 cup of dry rice). i also sauteed red cabbage in oil with balsamic vinegar and basil, mrs. dash. at the end after the cabbage was cooked, i added a can of great northern beans and a small amount of red pepper flakes. EXCELLENT, if i do say so myself.

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5/16/11 4:58 P

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Chicken broth definitely isn't vegan. It's one of the big things that makes it hard for vegetarians to eat in restaurants, since it's used so much in sauces and in cooking veggies and grains. But you can make or buy vegetable broth, and often it actually tastes better even in meat dishes.

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5/16/11 11:12 A

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DH and I made this recipe over the weekend that is FABULOUS. quinoa and spinach. it's a sparkpeople recipe. we added in chickpeas to up the protein. it is SO good. does chicken broth count as vegan, since it probably has some chicken bones in it?


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5/1/11 3:28 A

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Had some great vegan BHEL PURI at the street fair following the 5k walk for Children's Hospital in LA. Here's the menu of the restaurant that provided it. Really delicious.
www.eatatstreet.com/pdfs/lunch.pdf
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4/29/11 12:02 P

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I found some vegan "ham" on sale and had a coupon, so it was next to free to try. I think that I probably would have liked it better if they hadn't tried to compare it to ham. If it had just been "meatless sandwich slices," it would have been fine, but because they called it ham, that's the flavor and texture I was expecting.

I've also been using soy milk-- again, I ran across a bunch of sales and coupons that make it less expensive than real milk. I don't actually have much of a preference there, so I let price be the determining factor.

It does bring up a question, though. Do almost all vegans end up using "analogs" like this? It just seems that so many of the vegan plans I see rely on soy "milk," almond "cheese," and so on. Do you get away from that as you get more experienced?

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4/27/11 9:20 A

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I made this for Easter. It's one of my favorite spring recipes!

Spring Fruit Compote
by Crescent Dragonwagon, a food writer in Saxton's River, VT

1/2 cup orange juice or Grand Marnier (orange liqueur)
2 tablespoons orange marmalade
1/2 cup quartered dried apricots
Grated rind and sectioned fruit of 1 navel orange
1 fresh pineapple, peeled, cored, and cubed
4 pints fresh berries: strawberries, raspberries, blueberries and blackberries

1. Combine orange juice (or Grand Marnier), marmalade, dried apricots, orange rind and sections, and pineapple up to 24 hours in advance.

2. Up to 1 hour before serving, rinse berries. Hull strawberries and slice. Halve blackberries if they are large. Leave blueberries and raspberries whole. Toss berries, as gently as possible, with marinated fruit.

Serves 8 to 10.

Nutritional facts per serving: 120 calories, 1g fat, 2g protein, 31g carbohydrates, 5g fiber, 5mg sodium.

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4/21/11 10:19 A

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Only three days left of lent. I admit I'm looking forward to eggs. We have two vegans and one vegetarian at work. Each month we have an employee luncheon and this month we're going vegan and we're not going to tell anybody. I bet the rest of the staff doesn't notice. We're having a beautiful tossed salad and lasagna with egg free noodles, spinach, basil, tomatoes, tofu, and sorbet for afters. Yum!

Thanks for the info about the honey. I had no idea!

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4/15/11 4:55 P

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I've had pasta marinara a few times, but that doesn't really count as a recipe-- it's pasta out of a box and sauce out of a jar, the most processed thing I make. However, it did occur to me that most of the soups I make are vegan. I'm planning to put together some butternut squash soup this weekend, time permitting, so that should take care of it!

It's kind of eye-opening to realize how often I eat vegetarian and how seldom it's vegan, though. Almost everything has at least some little smidge of cheese or milk or egg. Not that there's anything wrong with that, but it does make me appreciate cows and chickens!

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4/12/11 12:33 P

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Htamale: I gave up meat for Lent 16 years ago and just never went back! I believe we are stewards (or in my case, a stewardess. LOL) of the earth and when I learned about the horrible environmental degradation caused by the meat/poultry/fishing industries, I thought that would be about the best service I could do for 40 days. Good for you for trying compassion for Lent!

Laurie: I love lentils! I will have to try that recipe.

As for egg substitute, if it is any kind of egg product, it is not vegan. You can purchase "egg replacer" made from arrowroot and other things to act as a binding agent, but the little cartons in the freezer section are processed egg whites.

Tip: If you need a quick substitute for eggs in a recipe (like a cake, not a frittata), try one tablespoon ground flax seed with 2 tablespoons water for each egg you are replacing. Mix and set aside for a couple of minutes. Then add to your recipe as you would your eggs.

As for honey, I am a bit ambivalent. Many vegans choose not to use honey, as they believe it is exploiting the labor of the bees. It also appears that some bees die from the smoke that is used when the honey is taken. Also, many commercial beekeepers kill and replace the queen every year and clip her wings to keep her in the hive.

I choose not to use products containing pollen, propolis, or royal jelly, because I have read that the bees are frequently harmed (i.e. the legs are ripped off) during collection of these products.

If I have the choice between two similar products and one has honey and the other does not, I will choose the honey/beeswax-free version. However, if I am in a situation where the choices are bacon and eggs for breakfast or granola with honey, I would opt for the granola even if it contains honey.

* Disclaimer: In the interest of full disclosure, I am 100% vegetarian, but only "semi-vegan". I do occasionally eat an egg or dairy product. I am continually trying to improve my diet for health and compassion!



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4/11/11 7:55 P

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Alicia, care to weigh-in on the honey? I'd think egg substitute would not be vegan as it is made of egg whites - unless it is a specially formulated version made of something else. I'm making my soup right now for dinner, so please stand by for a report!

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Leek and Lentil Soup
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Results:Meat eating DH says surprising flavorful and as good as any soup he'd order in a fine restaurant.
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Edited by: TOONACAT at: 4/11/2011 (21:53)
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4/11/11 7:31 P

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I gave up meat for lent and it hasn't been that hard, but Vegan wow. Does egg subtitute count and what about honey?

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4/11/11 11:34 A

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I got close last night-- falafel and red pepper hummus on a pita with baby spring mix-- but I put on a tablespoon or so of tzatziki. Oh, well. I could be a happy vegetarian, but vegan is much tougher. I do like my milk and yogurt and cheese.

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4/10/11 9:59 P

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I made a spinach/tofu lasagna for my hubby Friday night and Twist cooked a great tofu/veggie stir-fry for me this weekend.

There are so many great websites for vegan recipes out there and so many new foods to try!

Go team!

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4/9/11 11:57 A

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Hi All, In honor of Joey and Alicia, and to get in those
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We have a new team challenge. Try one Vegan recipe 1 or more times in this month, and report back on how you liked it, and would you recommend the recipe you tried.

Everyone who reports back will be the proud owner of a cool new Goodie of the fresh food of your choice- courtesy of the Refugees and Friends of CalorieKing Team Goodie point bank - just indicate the one you would like in your post, or put "surprise me".
Happy eating!

Here's one link to some fairly easy recipes to try.
www.chooseveg.com/vegan-recipes.asp

I'm going to make this one this weekend.
www.chooseveg.com/display_rec
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ecipe=355


Edited by: TOONACAT at: 4/9/2011 (12:00)
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