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#1 Old 04-01-2017, 09:25 AM
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Today marks 30 days of no meat!

Baby steps, right?

I'll preface by saying I'm not overly religious, but this diet originally started by giving something up for Lent that I truly enjoyed. It has gone much deeper; perhaps That was God's plan.

30 days of no meat in a family of meat-and-potatoes people. My husband and kids have been very supportive. (Kids range from 6-12 years old) To be honest, I haven't told many others to avoid confrontation. Im not *there* yet.

Pinterest recipes have saved me. Who knew cutting out meat could be so flavorful? And the fact that I'm obese, and at last year's physical, had borderline high triglycerides and LDL, is giving me even more motivation. I have my physical in 6 weeks and am looking forward to seeing a small change in labs. I've also lost 12 pounds and can honestly say I haven't been hungry (that's a first!)

I thought I'd try some "fake meat" in my spaghetti sauce. Morningstar crumbles. Thought I was going to vomit. Never again.

I've only had 1 instance of "I need to eat this meat NOW" and it was when my husband was grilling a steak. The feeling passed quickly.

I'm in nursing school, doing 12 hour shifts at the hospital. After lunch I feel hydrated and energized; everyone else is ready for a nap. That may be the best part of this journey yet.

Thanks for reading and letting me share my baby step in this lifestyle change.
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#2 Old 04-01-2017, 11:40 AM
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Great work Michele. You've already found satisfying recipes, which can be one of the big hurtles to becoming vegetarian. Congratulations on the healthy changes you've seen, also.
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Welcome! (And as a health care professional-in-training, you'll have an even better handle on the health aspects of diet.)

12-hour shifts??!! There oughtta be a law against that! Sounds like "nurse abuse" to me!
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Baby steps, right?

I'll preface by saying I'm not overly religious, but this diet originally started by giving something up for Lent that I truly enjoyed. It has gone much deeper; perhaps That was God's plan.

30 days of no meat in a family of meat-and-potatoes people. My husband and kids have been very supportive. (Kids range from 6-12 years old) To be honest, I haven't told many others to avoid confrontation. Im not *there* yet.

Pinterest recipes have saved me. Who knew cutting out meat could be so flavorful? And the fact that I'm obese, and at last year's physical, had borderline high triglycerides and LDL, is giving me even more motivation. I have my physical in 6 weeks and am looking forward to seeing a small change in labs. I've also lost 12 pounds and can honestly say I haven't been hungry (that's a first!)

I thought I'd try some "fake meat" in my spaghetti sauce. Morningstar crumbles. Thought I was going to vomit. Never again.

I've only had 1 instance of "I need to eat this meat NOW" and it was when my husband was grilling a steak. The feeling passed quickly.

I'm in nursing school, doing 12 hour shifts at the hospital. After lunch I feel hydrated and energized; everyone else is ready for a nap. That may be the best part of this journey yet.

Thanks for reading and letting me share my baby step in this lifestyle change.
Congratulations!! I, for one, am proud of you. Cookbooks from the library (641 area) were a big help to me. Keep going, and best of luck to you on this journey.
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Fantastic. I am so pleased for you. May you have many more happy, fulfilled and meat-free days.
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It'll be exciting to see your results, I hope they inspire you.

Some alternative products are better than others; there are so many milks out there that I can't imagine someone not finding one they like. Cheese is another matter - I've only found one I enjoy like I used to enjoy cheese on crackers (but I've finally found it and it's inexpensive and easy to source here in the UK - yay!). I'm still seeking out a mayonnaise that tastes remotely like the real thing it's not like I eat a tonne of the stuff but I like to use it in recipes (it's always in recipes for chickpea 'tuna' salad and artichoke 'crab' cakes). Meat subs are a really mixed bag - I have found wheat/soya-based mince (crumbles) that works for my 'spag bol' and Quorn chunks make a really easy curry. There's no doubt that subs are a great convenience if you just want fast food like hot dogs, sausage and mash or whatever else is your go-to instant after work meal.

What really keeps me on track is making my own 'fast food', the freezer is my saviour. I make up my menu plans in advance and cook in bulk at the weekend. Tubs of chilli or whatever, come out the night before to defrost. It's more time consuming in the short term but very time saving in the long term. If you have some great recipes that you trust, try it. Needless to say it's not worth trying unless you're confident in your recipe!
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Welcome Michele! Congratulations on going meat free! And doing it while living with a meat/potato family to boot!
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Spudulika--they're from US, I checked another post (Spudlikas from UK). Big difference in products

If you want a cheese sub- I'm in love with Daiya BLOCK cheeses, the cheddar and jalepano havarit. To me they do taste just like dairy cheese, both cold and melted. There are pricier ones that I haven't tried, but I've gotten the Daiya blocks on sale at $3.50, which is fine, cause they're a treat.

I don't exactly batch cook, but I do cook a big pot of beans and plan my week on them, as well as cook some grains and do veg prep. It's easy to do soup, sandwich filling, salads, etc
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Hi Michele, Great progress, keep it up, always interesting to hear people's experiences.
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Way to go!!! One of my favorite meat alternatives is a walnut meat made with smoked paprika. It's a perfect replacement for recipes that used to have ground beef as the main ingredient. One of my favorite ways to eat it is on romaine leaves with other goodies served as tacos, or, served as a taco salad. Rock on!!
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"Meat and potatoes" is the least innovative, least flavorful way of eating I know! Thank goodness it's behind you!

What exactly did you not like in the Morningstar Farms meatless crumbles? It's a popular brand, and most people can hardly tell the difference between it and meat. Perhaps you're used to Italian sausage in your tomato sauce? If so, you may want to try Tofurky brand Italian sausage.
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I hated Morningstar crumbles! I do like Tofurky Italian sausage, and Trader Joes soy chorizo

I also use walnuts in a lot of things. One easy and super cheap thing is cook up some red lentils with spices, then add bulgar and chopped walnuts. I use walnuts in pesto too
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Way to go!!! One of my favorite meat alternatives is a walnut meat made with smoked paprika. It's a perfect replacement for recipes that used to have ground beef as the main ingredient. One of my favorite ways to eat it is on romaine leaves with other goodies served as tacos, or, served as a taco salad. Rock on!!
May I have a recipe, please?

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May I have a recipe, please?
Gladly.

I got it from onegreenplanet.org:

http://www.onegreenplanet.org/vegan-...nut-taco-meat/

Copied and pasted below with my added commentary:


  • 1 cup walnuts - I always soak them for at least 4 hours before using in a recipe - be sure to drain before adding
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil - or I've read you can use an equal amount of raw zucchini if you wish to eliminate oil
  • 1 Tbsp tamari or soy sauce- I use Bragg brand Liquid Amino
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp cayenne
  • I always add at least a tsp of smoked paprika in addition to the seasonings they suggest - it kicks the flavor up to a whole new level of YUM for me - first place I heard of the smoked paprika was while watching Lissa's Raw Food Romance on you tube. My taste buds are thrilled that I caught that. lol




Combine all of the ingredients in a food processor and process until desired consistency. Do not blend too long, or it will become like paste. I prefer a crumbly texture, which doesn't take very long to achieve. Hope you enjoy!!!
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Gladly.

I got it from onegreenplanet.org:

http://www.onegreenplanet.org/vegan-...nut-taco-meat/

Copied and pasted below with my added commentary:


  • 1 cup walnuts - I always soak them for at least 4 hours before using in a recipe - be sure to drain before adding
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil - or I've read you can use an equal amount of raw zucchini if you wish to eliminate oil
  • 1 Tbsp tamari or soy sauce- I use Bragg brand Liquid Amino
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp cayenne
  • I always add at least a tsp of smoked paprika in addition to the seasonings they suggest - it kicks the flavor up to a whole new level of YUM for me - first place I heard of the smoked paprika was while watching Lissa's Raw Food Romance on you tube. My taste buds are thrilled that I caught that. lol




Combine all of the ingredients in a food processor and process until desired consistency. Do not blend too long, or it will become like paste. I prefer a crumbly texture, which doesn't take very long to achieve. Hope you enjoy!!!
Oh, I will. Thank you for that recipe.

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Congratulations on your 30 days!

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Congratulations on your 30 day "fast".

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