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    vegetarian and vegans?

    Are there any vegetarians and vegans out there? Do you have any recipies to share?

    My husband and I are lacto-ovo vegetarians. (we eat eggs and dairy products), but we're eating less dairy and are almost on a vegan diet and would like some really good vegan recipies. The one thing that is a problem: We don't eat beans! They make my husband really sick and I just don't like them unless they are very hidden in a recipe.

    Anyway, I would appreciate some vegan or vegetarian recipies.

    Thanks!

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    i'm a vegetarian, and i was vegan for 5 years. i don't eat very much dairy or eggs either.

    the Post-Punk Kitchen vegan recipes are good, and most Asian vegetarian recipes are also vegan. since legumes are one of the main protein sources for vegans, you will want to make sure you are varying the veggies and grains you eat. it's an old wives tale that you have to eat complementary proteins at the same meal, but you do want to eat them daily.

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    What helped my transition to vegan cooking was vegan food blogs. There is a whole universe of food bloggers with cooking wisdom to share. Here are some to start with:

    http://www.blog.fatfreevegan.com/
    http://veganmenu.blogspot.com/
    http://veganyumyum.com/
    http://www.vegalicious.org/
    http://havecakewilltravel.com/2007/05/18/recipe-index/
    http://urbanvegan.blogspot.com/2007/...gan-meals.html

    Follow the links on all those pages to get more blogs, forums, restaurant reviews, cookbook reviews, etc. etc.

    Also, the post punk kitchen has a pretty excellent forum if you''re looking to convert non-vegan recipes, for dinner ideas, or information on a specific ingrediant.

    Good luck!

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    hi!

    being vegan can be really awesome. i don't eat meat (i eat fish... would like to stop), eggs or dairy, and it's amazing how easy it has been for me since a few years ago i posted on here about how hard i thought it would be to go from being a full blown meat & cheese head to a veg. and [sparkles in eyes] just look at me now!

    heck, you don't need beans to be vegan! though it is a great source of protein, there are many other ways to get the protein that you need.

    hands-down, the book that showed me that being vegan could be easy was sarah kramer's "la dolce vegan." of her three books ("how it all vegan" and "the garden of vegan") it is, in my opinion, the best. my favorite recipes in there are for her vegan meatloaf and pot pie. mmmm.

    one thing to keep in mind in going vegan is how unhealthy and junky some "substitutes" can be - esp. meat substitutes. try to limit how much fake ground round, fake chicken, etc. that you eat.

    i guess a few tips from my cooking tool-belt are:

    * substitute tofu or tempeh in for anything that calls for chicken, fish, etc.
    * if you're bad with tofu, my husband and i freeze it, then defrost it in the microwave, then pile it under plates to drain the water out. i still suck at it, he's great though. takes practice.
    * eat tons of fruits and vegetables. we get a weekly delivery of organic produce, and always make sure we order veggies that are high in iron (like kale and leafy greens)
    * seriously, a veggie pizza from papa murphy's, without cheese, is REALLY good! just ask them to hold it.

    i could write tons, i'm sure. i'll stop though. do you want specific recipes?

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    http://www.sentimentalchef.com/

    I've tried about half the recipes on this blog and they're all delicious. So easy to cook, too! My only complaint is that he doesn't add new recipes often enough.

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    I am vegan (veg/vegan for over 12 years) , I like vegweb.com and all the punk-produced cook books out there. I like baking a lot to. My thing though is I cook two meals...something meat based for my guy and something vegan for me.

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    wow, you're a much more accommodating person than me, missmuffcake! anyone i cook for better like my vegetarian cooking, or they can make their own damn dinner. my ex actually went vegetarian a while after we started dating, but i've dated meat-eaters too, and they either cook their own meat or only eat it at restaurants.

    of course, i was raised vegetarian and i've never handled or cooked meat, so i'm sure i would be terrible at cooking it even if i could bring myself to touch it.

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    Another site with awesome recipes is www.101cookbooks.com

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    Another vote for the post-punk kitchen and associated cookbooks. I have the Vegan with a Vengeance cookbooks and the recipes are really great--I love that they are fairly simple/easy to put together, but still a little more "exotic" than something I would throw together without a cookbook. So I think it's a good everyday book. Also, there are a fair number of recipes using seitan, tempeh, and tofu for protein.


 

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