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#1 Old 06-16-2004, 05:17 PM
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I'm going to Costa Rica for the summer on an exchange. i'm going to stay with a host family, and I was wondering if anyone has any vegetarian food suggestions for me. I need EASY to make recipes with ingredients that aren't hard to find. Any ideas? I don't want to put too much pressure on my family to make me special meals, so I'll try to eat what they have, but I was hoping for some easy ideas that I could use once in a while during my stay.

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#2 Old 06-19-2004, 08:10 AM
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try looking on the this site at the recipes
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#3 Old 06-19-2004, 09:44 AM
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hey, yea i'm on study abroad in melbourne, australia, right now, and i will save you a lot of trouble...you should buy a rice cooker once u get to costa rica and you can put rice and dry beans or frozen vegetables, etc., of your choice and add oil, salt, and whatever you want, and it will be really cheap, tasty, healthy, and easy to make. you just put it in the rice cooker and it cooks everything for you!
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#4 Old 06-19-2004, 02:23 PM
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I've gone away for community service programs abroad and lived with host families many times, i'll be leaving for ghana in two weeks actually---your best bet is bringing some organic fruit leather with you (www.stretchisland.com,) clif bars, peanut butter and multivitamins! It will probably feel awkward to cook food for yourself as they cook meals, and I've found that its more respectful to just have a late night dinner alone in your room after eating the small helpings of grain that they make for you. Just make sure you explain your dietary restrictions to them right away so they don't feel bad when you don't eat the fresh chicken that they want to make for you. If you have any questions feel free to email me!
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#5 Old 06-19-2004, 11:28 PM
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There is a good Spanish-language site that has some recipes here:


There's always rice, beans and tortillas! They also have a lot of fruit native to Costa Rica, so it should be easy to pick up.

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