Join Date: Aug 2014
Most of the time your'e probably going to have to prepare your own food. There just aren't many restaurants that can be trusted to understand/know what is/serve actual vegetarian foods; especially the big chain restaurants. You will also have to become a compulsive label reader to make sure that the items you buy at the market don't contain any animal based ingredients.
Fortunately there are now a lot of vegetarian products available at the more progressive stores that were not around when I became a veg*n. Next time you go shopping for food check out the frozen and canned goods for some Amy's products they make a lot of vegan and vegetarian frozen and canned stuff. Plus there are Kashi and Organic Valley brand cereals and snacks to name a few. And I believe that Chex, Grape Nuts and some Ritz crackers are also vegetarian. New things are coming out all the time. I just found a vegan mac-n-cheese mix at Whole Foods.
Really punchy vegetarian flavors...
I think I mentioned the lemon/lime/cumin combo. Add cilantro for even more taste.
Cilantro lime vinaigrette
Whole Foods brand has this green roasted veggie salsa. Medium heat but lots of flavor. It lasts about 2-3 days in our house... and I'm the only one who eats it
Rosemary packs a punch
Radishes- quite tangy, raw or roasted
Sauerkraut (with apples, with field roast sausages, apples and onions, in dumplings, on sandwiches)
Tangy hummus - blend your own with jalapeno
Mint & red onion (add to salads, green or quinoa)
I've found tofu dishes to regularly be awful at restaurants. Quinoa salads I adore. Addicted to the Zesty Quinoa Salad and Mint Cucumber Quinoa Salad this summer.
Any chance you have a Pain Quotedein near you? They have lots of vegan options that are very tasty (quinoa cake is awesome there).
Do you have a Trader Joes? They have delicious frozen foods that are less expensive than most.
Like this sprouted red rice curry. It may be sprouted rice but far from anything diety. It's decadent!
And their Japanese fried rice. Better than what I make
Let us know what stores and what foods you like! We love food talk...
Hey everybody. I'm not exactly sure where to post this, I'm new to the forums... But the problem I'm having after I've recently become vegetarian (Its been a few weeks): I cannot find anything that I like to eat... Besides Pesto Pasta. But thats it!
I'm not the best chef in the world (I'm pretty bad.) , and I every restaurant in my area is just meat, meat, and more meat. I never noticed how unbalanced the types of food they serve is. Some places have vegetarian options.... but they just taste bad most of the time (Take Chipotle tofu or whatever that new thing is.. It is HORRIBLE.) And I don't like salads too much either.
I went to a food court at a place i was working temp... USA Today HQ. They had pretty good looking food. I got the vegetarian options, Quinoa some kind of Tofu mix and some other stuff... I couldn't finish it, It tasted so bad to me. It seemed like "bland diet food". I was also very hungry.
How can I cook quick and easy vegetarian meals that don't feel like "diet food"? I also hate bland.
Thanks alot for reading.
The American pallet has been totally demolished by the food industry. Everything is way too salty, and people are used to a combination of chemicles and fake food flavors. This probably goes for any one who is on the standard American diet. Veggies and grains and beans have very distinct flavors. People who are used to loud industrial chemical tastes see them as bland and flavorless.
The good news is that through cellular turn over, each person grows a whole new set of tastebuds every 10 to 14 days.
What you are describing is a very biochemicle process. Your dopamine receptors are not being triggered by the new foods because they see the old foods as safe and natural. Cheetos and steak are neither safe nor natural.
Just stick with it. Use a favorite salad dressing or condiment that your brain likes. Allow your newer more subtle vegetarian tastebuds to grow, and allow your neural biiochemistry to naturally transition.
Taste is just biochemistry. Whether you "like" it or not is very complicated. Some people enjoy eating pigs entrails or monkey brains. Do they really taste good. No, it is just what some people are used to.
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