One of the things I notice on VB
is folks asking what to eat. I can empathize with someone who is used to having a piece of meat at every meal not knowing how to do it without feeling bloated and starving at the same time.
In my opinion -and remember, it's just one opinion among many, the best way to actually enjoy vegetarian (or vegan for that matter) foods to their maximum potential is basic planning
If you rely on canned beans and white rice, or some similar stereotypical notion of veg*n food, you will not only fail, but you will feel like crap.
The key to success is diversity.
The key to achieving diversity is planning.
Some of the best dishes and ingredients used in a diverse veg*n diet require planning and preparation.
Beans, lentils, rice, etc, all require some degree of prep time. Chopping, fermenting, cooking, all require some planning.
Making a veggie sandwich for every lunch just won't cut it if you are in it for the long haul and until there is a McVeg*n on every street corner this is the way it is.
Oh, I know there are various quick-fix eating solutions for snacking, lunch and diner, but I am really talking to the folks who are looking at the same half dozen or so meals every week.
You have to break out of that tasteless rut and plan some real meals. I know you're busy. Everybody is busy.
There are countless recipes available to experiment with, but you have to actually do it. Get the pots and pans out. Go shopping and buy that stuff you have been meaning to try out.
Both my wife and I plan and cook meals every day. Some meals take a day or two to prepare (like when we make dosa). Make it part of your routine like brushing your teeth. At first you will suck and many of your dishes will not turn out right. Don't stop now! This is how you get good at it!
Learn how to use all of those funky veggies in your produce dept.
Visit an Indian market or some other ethnic food store. They will have things you can use!
When you get tired of potatoes, try out cassava roots -or bake a couple of plantain bananas. You won't be sorry. And you will have a new item to add to the menu rotation.
Please don't think you have to prepare fancy, gourmet foods. Some of the tastiest dishes I've ever had could be considered 'peasant food.'
You might have to start out writing down menus and recipes, but before long you will have enough experience to whip something together in a pinch without even looking at your recipe cards.