(3) Food Preparation
For anyone committed on the path of vegetarianism, it is important to learn about food preparation. We are not talking about restaurant dishes, but everyday homemade dishes that can be prepared in ten to fifteen minutes, that are not just nutritious but palatable as well. All it takes is your willingness to explore the wide variety of plant food and food preparation techniques. The possibilities are virtually unlimited. You can try preparing your vegetarian meals the Chinese way, the Indian way, the western way, the Italian way, or even the raw way. Experiment with herbs and spices like basil, rosemary, cinnamon and turmeric. Food preparation is indeed a lot of fun when you follow your own heart instead of following recipes to the very amount of seasonings used. Listen to yourself as different people often have different preferences for taste at different times. A general introduction to food preparation is given below. For more direct assistance, you can attend the food preparation classes organised by the society, where we will show you the way to healthy and delicious vegan food. Check out the recipes over the net.
Anyone can dish up a salad. The endless possibilities are up to you to explore. Your vegetables can either be cooked or raw. Some common salad vegetables are broccoli, lettuce, alfalfa, tomato, carrot, cucumber, bell pepper, celery, avocado, etc. Nuts and seeds can also be added. Put some raisins for that touch of sweetness. Try experimenting with fruits as well. If dressing is desired, try lemon juice, vinegar, or soy mayonnaise. This is definitely a quick, easy and nutritious meal, and can be combined with potatoes or tofu for the carbohydrates.
There is a wide variety of vegetables and cooking methods. You can steam, stir-fry, bake, boil or grill them. Experiment with how vegetables go with nuts and seeds. Broccoli and pine nuts make a good combination, and so are Brussels sprouts and almonds. Mix your vegetables and see how they complement one another. Briefly cooked your vegetables, if necessary at all, to minimise loss of nutrients.
Grains are not just all rice. There is a wide variety of grains such as barley, millet, quinoa, bran, oats, and many forms of wheat like spaghetti, lasagna, couscous, etc. Even for rice alone, we have brown rice, basmati rice, Japanese rice etc. You can toss up your grains with nut-based sauce, vegetable-based sauce or even olive oil.
Other than bread, preferably whole meal, there is also bagel, pita, flour tortilla, etc. There are endless possibilities as to what you can put inside. Try vegetables like lettuce, alfalfa, tomato, and spread like olive oil spread, nut and seed butters. You can also mash up your beans like kidney beans and baked beans to stuff inside. Veggie meat analogs are also easily available in the market.
Cereals are often well fortified with minerals and vitamins, and are a good nutritional boost to your day. And they are far from boring! It is up to your creativity to create your special cereal. Pour in some soymilk and mix in some fruits like bananas, blueberries or even nuts like almonds for a truly delicious and nutritious meal. By experimenting with the endless possibilities, you will never be having the same cereal meal everyday.
This is another interesting dish with many possibilities. The main ingredient is rolled oats. Soak them for hours in soymilk and you are ready. You can put in raisins, nuts, seeds, and fruits like bananas and blueberries or anything you can imagine.
(4) Handle your Relationships
Always remember that what you choose to eat plays only a minor role in your relationships with people, but a BIG role in your own health and the well being of the world. This is your life and you should live it the way you believe. Your attitude towards objections from others should be firm but not aggressive. Even if initial arguments are inevitable, they will eventually reach a new balance where things begin to fall in place. Some people just need more time to adjust to changes. No one is going to fall out with you forever just because you refuse to put something into your mouth. You have to make your statement before others can come to understand and accept it. But before you can handle objections, you need to convince yourself on the path of vegetarianism. Get yourself informed. When you have the conviction, you will find a way to make other people understand, and likely even be a positive influence on them. There are numerous restaurants you can visit with family and friends that serve both a good selection of vegetarian and non-vegetarian foods, if they insist on eating their way. Most non-vegetarians however, are happy to have a vegetarian meal. In the case of mealtime in the family, offering to cook up some quick and nutritious vegetarian dishes for all to share is an excellent way to show your conviction and smoothen their initial displeasure at the same time. Seeing you eating and thriving happily on a vegetarian diet is the best motivation for them to take a second look at vegetarianism. Seeing the interesting and innovative vegetarian meals you prepared is the best way to dispel the belief that vegetarian meals are boring.
(5) Get Support
Most of us need some sort of support to sustain our beliefs or interests, be it religion, sports, or a vegetarian diet. By joining a vegetarian group, you will reinforce your decision on vegetarianism. Interaction with like-minded individuals is also possible through our very own forum.FROM:http://pov.chinavegan.com/bbs/viewth...extra=page%3D2