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#1 Old 02-29-2016, 01:29 PM
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Advice on what to eat threads.

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.

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#2 Old 02-29-2016, 06:17 PM
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What inspiring advice, Lipps! I really needed that kick in the butt to do exactly that. Planning. Prep. Diversity.
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Great post, @Lipps ! Agree! Oh, and learn how to chop foods up fast with a knife. It's fun and impressive
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Couldn't agree more. For a lot of dishes, you have the same basic ingredients, like potatoes, tomatoes, carrots, beans, lentils, pasta, rice and so on. The key is in the seasonings and the sauces, as well as some decent recipes to work with them. Then it all comes easy I guess.
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Vegan diet is a new lifestyle experience...especially I you've been eating meat all your life. You might need to ease into it. My advice get a good vegan cookbook. I bought one recently and the meals are delicious. They provide what foods to use that are substitute meat so your body can sustain itself.
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Vegan diet is a new lifestyle experience...especially I you've been eating meat all your life. You might need to ease into it. My advice get a good vegan cookbook. I bought one recently and the meals are delicious. They provide what foods to use that are substitute meat so your body can sustain itself.
Which cookbook did you get?

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We have favourite meals that we regularly eat. Often every week. I find the key to keeping us happy, is getting a recipe down pat so I know exactly the way to prepare it and can get to it as soon as I walk in the door from work without even thinking. The most important thing for me is that I know that I'm really going to enjoy that meal once it's done. That means tweaking the recipe until it's spot on and I don't have to worry about it being bland or runny or overcooked.

Variety to me, principally means a having variety of international style cuisines during the week, so one day it'll be Indian (usually a veggie curry with rice), another day it'll be traditional British ('meat' and potatoes style), another it'll be a US style dish like Hopping Jane or Succotash with rice, another it'll be Italian (usually a pasta dish of some kind) and another it'll be Oriental (usually involving tofu and noodles or rice). I still keep it simple though.
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It can be challenging to cook for vegetarians and omnivores at the same time, but if you manage to, it can be quite rewarding. We had self-made Fajitas a few days ago, and instead of the chicken meat, we had smoked tofu to put in them. Two of my friends were like "Oh, tofu, tehehe" at the beginning, but having eaten some they changed it to "This is bloody good". So I totally agree with the statement that the key is to keep everybody happy. I found that a few months into the relationship with the love of my life (who happens to be a vegetarian), we had cooked a lot together, some of it was , well.. , but most was quite good actually and already I did not have the "craving" for meat anymore.

And of course, there are always dishes similar to those everybody loves. Take spaghetti bolognese for example (tomato sauce with minced meat), you can either replace the meat by soy flakes soaked in vegetable stock, or you might just switch to spaghetti all'arrabiata (tomato sauce with chillies and no meat). You just have to make the effort and look around a bit to find these recipes, it's as easy as that
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