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#31 Old 06-06-2016, 10:00 AM
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I once went to a Christmas party that had tacos. Nothing was vegetarian except maybe the tortillas (didn't want to risk it). The beans had lard, the rice had chicken stock, and there was no salad or anything. I always prepare for these moments and keep a snack in my purse when going to a place like that. I've learned my lesson in the past. One time a family friend of my ex (who I love dearly) had us over for dinner. They said they were making a special rice dish and it was vegetarian. Turns out, they were using chicken stock. They didn't realize until they were cooking it. I had bread and butter for dinner. Honestly, I'd rather go hungry for one meal than eat meat (obviously), so I didn't get too upset. Mistakes happen. I've also had plain salad before. I avoid social events, so it's safer now



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I haven't had that many bad vegan meals (I eat out maybe a half dozen times per year and am very picky about where I eat out), though I have had some boring or bland ones, especially restaurant tofu loaded with oil.

However, when I first started making seitan from vital wheat gluten, I used the simmer on stovetop method, and my seitan would always puff way out and be waterlogged and mushy. I really disliked it that way. Later I discovered baking my seitan cutluts (I think I got my first idea for baking it from the blog Vegan Dad) and I love that so much! It comes out more firm, crispy on the outside, chewy on the inside, and more flavorful.
Thanks for the tip! I haven't made seitan yet, but I really want to try! ^_^
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I once went to a Christmas party that had tacos. Nothing was vegetarian except maybe the tortillas (didn't want to risk it). The beans had lard, the rice had chicken stock, and there was no salad or anything. I always prepare for these moments and keep a snack in my purse when going to a place like that. I've learned my lesson in the past. One time a family friend of my ex (who I love dearly) had us over for dinner. They said they were making a special rice dish and it was vegetarian. Turns out, they were using chicken stock. They didn't realize until they were cooking it. I had bread and butter for dinner. Honestly, I'd rather go hungry for one meal than eat meat (obviously), so I didn't get too upset. Mistakes happen. I've also had plain salad before. I avoid social events, so it's safer now
One day it would be nice to live in a world where animal products aren't so prevalent! I have never been more keenly aware of how few foods are free of them until I became vegan. Totally with you that I'd rather have plain dry bread or a salad with some vinegar on it than eat meat (one meal is no biggie - after a disappointing one, I just go home and snarf a bunch of my own food LOL)... I carry nuts and dried fruit in my purse, too, and have definitely had to use them on several occasions! I wonder how many veg*ns have sat in a bathroom stall eating trail mix? LOLOL!! ^_^
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One day it would be nice to live in a world where animal products aren't so prevalent! I have never been more keenly aware of how few foods are free of them until I became vegan. Totally with you that I'd rather have plain dry bread or a salad with some vinegar on it than eat meat (one meal is no biggie - after a disappointing one, I just go home and snarf a bunch of my own food LOL)... I carry nuts and dried fruit in my purse, too, and have definitely had to use them on several occasions! I wonder how many veg*ns have sat in a bathroom stall eating trail mix? LOLOL!! ^_^
At the last wedding I went to, I gave my purse banana to my (adult) niece and nephew who have celiac. They also shared my trail mix.
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Recently, my dad was trying so hard to accommodate me. He literally cut up tofu into strips, and without pressing it, or seasoning it, or anything threw it on a grill. Then he served it to me while making everyone else's ribs. I also had a baked potato, with no vegan ingredients to throw on it, so ate it with salt. I didn't complain even though the tofu was disgusting. I know he was going out of his comfort zone! :P
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Recently, my dad was trying so hard to accommodate me. He literally cut up tofu into strips, and without pressing it, or seasoning it, or anything threw it on a grill. Then he served it to me while making everyone else's ribs. I also had a baked potato, with no vegan ingredients to throw on it, so ate it with salt. I didn't complain even though the tofu was disgusting. I know he was going out of his comfort zone! :P
Not too appetizing for sure, but how sweet of him to try!! ^_^
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At the last wedding I went to, I gave my purse banana to my (adult) niece and nephew who have celiac. They also shared my trail mix.
"Purse Banana" should be an entry in the Vegan Wiki - if there is one
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However, when I first started making seitan from vital wheat gluten, I used the simmer on stovetop method, and my seitan would always puff way out and be waterlogged and mushy. I really disliked it that way. Later I discovered baking my seitan cutluts (I think I got my first idea for baking it from the blog Vegan Dad) and I love that so much! It comes out more firm, crispy on the outside, chewy on the inside, and more flavorful.
I've had a similar experience with seitan. Simmered doesn't turn out well. Steaming turns out dry (which isn't really what I expected), baking is best. I've also baked it in a bread machine, which is cool cuz it comes out looking like a holiday ham.
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Now I've done seitan many times,many ways, and I have found simmering to be the best for breaded cutlets. I add LOTS of seasoning to the seitan dough, place it in cold water then gently simmer. When done, I slice into cutlets, or nuggets, dredge in seasoned flour, then lightly fry

I've also made slices and dredged directly in flour and simmered in a frying pan with broth just covering them, adding water as neccessary, and letting it all absorb then crisp. I wish I could explain this better, I've never seen a recipe for it, but it comes out great.
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Now I've done seitan many times,many ways, and I have found simmering to be the best for breaded cutlets. I add LOTS of seasoning to the seitan dough, place it in cold water then gently simmer. When done, I slice into cutlets, or nuggets, dredge in seasoned flour, then lightly fry

I've also made slices and dredged directly in flour and simmered in a frying pan with broth just covering them, adding water as neccessary, and letting it all absorb then crisp. I wish I could explain this better, I've never seen a recipe for it, but it comes out great.
I think I'd like to come over to your place for dinner
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I've had a similar experience with seitan. Simmered doesn't turn out well. Steaming turns out dry (which isn't really what I expected), baking is best. I've also baked it in a bread machine, which is cool cuz it comes out looking like a holiday ham.
I've only ever steamed it. But I love the idea of baking in a bread maker. I wonder if a slow cooker would yield similar results (roast ham like)?
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I wonder if a slow cooker would yield similar results
The way slow cookers distribute heat would probably work against you. But people have pulled off cakes with tinfoil to moderate the really problem spots, so ... maybe?

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Boston Pizzas veggie burger is the worst I have had, its like this super thick Styrofoamy texture and the flavor is bland af. Thankfully they have lots of tasty pizza options.
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Boston Pizzas veggie burger is the worst I have had, its like this super thick Styrofoamy texture and the flavor is bland af. Thankfully they have lots of tasty pizza options.
LOL thanks for the heads-up... it's particularly disappointing when you get excited to see "veggie burger" as an option on a menu and then it turns out to be horrid :P LOL
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Probably a tie between the time I tried to make a lentil loaf and the time my roomate and I tried to make vegan AND gluten-free biscuits and gravy.

I powered through the biscuits, they didn't taste terrible but it was honestly like eating rocks. And the lentil loaf, well... The trash can was well-fed at least. Luckily every time I've ordered a veggie dish while out and about, it has been delicious (when they get my order correct, anyway).
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my roomate and I tried to make vegan AND gluten-free biscuits and gravy.
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Boston Pizzas veggie burger is the worst I have had, its like this super thick Styrofoamy texture and the flavor is bland af. Thankfully they have lots of tasty pizza options.
That reminded me: Cheesecake Factory's veggie burger. My husband ordered it once and it was really mushy and fell apart. Texture was awful, flavor wasn't great either.

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That reminded me: Cheesecake Factory's veggie burger. My husband ordered it once and it was really mushy and fell apart. Texture was awful, flavor wasn't great either.

Can't go wrong with pizza
Also good to know!... we don't have Cheesecake Factory here but I'll be in Seattle end of August and now I know to avoid them LOL. Luckily there's a Veggie Grill nearby where we're staying so I'm guessing a large portion of my meals will be coming from there LOL
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I once tried a boiled veggie dog mainly out of curiosity - I didn't even want to swallow it was that bad
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Mushy steamed vegetables w no salt no seasoning no oil no nothing </3
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I almost bought this one today, but saw it had tofu. What was wrong with it?



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A recipe I saw online. I remember you were supposed to put tofu in a food processor along with some seasonings, and then put in the oven with onions. I guess some sort of crustless quiche?
1. It just didn't seem to cook on the inside no matter for how long I left it in.
2. The taste was horrible. I think I hate turmeric (which the recipe required).
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A recipe I saw online. I remember you were supposed to put tofu in a food processor along with some seasonings, and then put in the oven with onions. I guess some sort of crustless quiche?
1. It just didn't seem to cook on the inside no matter for how long I left it in.
2. The taste was horrible. I think I hate turmeric (which the recipe required).
I love turmeric but you can definitely overdo it, which can make it very overpowering and not as nice... it's also much much better when combined with a little salt and other seasonings ^_^ Prior to becoming vegan, I'd always put it in my chicken soups - now I put it in vegan cheese sauces and veggie broths! ^_^
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I love turmeric but you can definitely overdo it, which can make it very overpowering and not as nice... it's also much much better when combined with a little salt and other seasonings ^_^ Prior to becoming vegan, I'd always put it in my chicken soups - now I put it in vegan cheese sauces and veggie broths! ^_^
I didn't put much at all; just what the recipe required, or even less, and it was mixed with other seasonings. I think I just really hate it. Needless to say I have never tried any tofu scramble lol.
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I almost bought this one today, but saw it had tofu. What was wrong with it?
It was like a melted lime flavored candy smoothie.

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I didn't put much at all; just what the recipe required, or even less, and it was mixed with other seasonings. I think I just really hate it. Needless to say I have never tried any tofu scramble lol.
LOL you can probably do a tofu scramble without it and just pretend it's an egg white scramble! ^_^
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A recipe I saw online. I remember you were supposed to put tofu in a food processor along with some seasonings, and then put in the oven with onions. I guess some sort of crustless quiche?
1. It just didn't seem to cook on the inside no matter for how long I left it in.
2. The taste was horrible. I think I hate turmeric (which the recipe required).


I'm so happy to hear this...misery loves company and all. I've been trying to add turmeric to some of my dishes. I definitely am not a fan, especially in my tofu scramble. I don't think I used a lot at all. Maybe 1/4 tsp., if that, in the entire batch. Blech.


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I didn't put much at all; just what the recipe required, or even less, and it was mixed with other seasonings. I think I just really hate it. Needless to say I have never tried any tofu scramble lol.
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I'm so happy to hear this...misery loves company and all. I've been trying to add turmeric to some of my dishes. I definitely am not a fan, especially in my tofu scramble. I don't think I used a lot at all. Maybe 1/4 tsp., if that, in the entire batch. Blech.


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Would you describe it as tasted like dirt, or stale?
I'm okay with tumeric, in fact have been drinking warm soy milk with it and ginger, but others have just hated it.
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