Welcome westielove! How exciting to see someone so young wanting to try vegetarianism! It gives me hope for the world. That is great that your parents are being supportive of you at least on some level. I wish you the best with your journey.
I am vegan but doing that has opened worlds for me as far as trying new foods and ways of cooking/eating. Some foods I discovered as a vegan...mangos, medjool dates, nutritional yeast, sunflower butter, nut cheese, sprouted tofu, tempeh, besan (chickpea) flour for making veg omelets which are savory and eggy, tubes of ready made polenta slices (great for adding vegetarian canned baked beans over), Fantastic Foods commercial bean and falafal mixes, arugula, collard greens, jicama. Some veg versions of stuff I have made include homemade mayonnaise (there are literally tons of recipes for eggless mayo and even soy free on the web), creamy bean and squash soups, bean and veggie burgers, pizzas, "parm" cheese with nutritional yeast and almonds ground in blender, tofu chocolate pudding, avocado/cocoa powder/maple syrup frosting, veg tacos with fat free refried beans, tempeh, or bulgur wheat and taco seasonings. Oh, and frozen bananas make an awesome treat. Even better is to melt some dark chocolate, pour it over a banana, and put it in a container in the freezer for a few hours.
I highly recommend exploring Vegweb as they have a huge database of recipes under a variety of categories...breakfast, snacks, soups, brunch, etc. Print off some recipes and show your family and maybe you could all make them together.
In the end, only kindness matters. - Jewel
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