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Hey Guys!<br>
I'm Aaron, 18, and a transitioning vegetarian. Lately, i have just been avoiding meat. Simple enough, i know, but i don't think it's entirely healthy.<br><br>
So I plan to purchase my first set of vegetarian groceries tomorrow. I can cook pretty well, but here's the problem: i barely have time to cook at all.<br><br>
I still attend high school, and I work at Subway most afternoons. On those days, I bring home a garden sandwich for dinner, although It's still not enough food.<br><br>
So i guess I'm looking for quick and healthy meals and snacks that I can fit in my schedule without dying of hunger in between. Also, keep cost in mind -- remember: I work at Subway.<br><br>
Thanks guys
 

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stirfries. with beans. wicked fast, and wicked cheap - especially if you get frozen veggies on sale, or if you find a really good manager's special on produce.
 

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red lentils are pretty cheap- just boil them in a decent amount of water for half an hour, add whatever veggies you have, onion, peppers, baked beans whatever, and give another few mins to cook. Can have it with any kind of bread or other veg, should work out to be economical.
 

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Okay, thanks for the help. i think that when i raid the grocery store, i'll just make sure to stock up on frozen veggie burgers and things like that also. I mean, I'm coming from eating TV dinners and cereal as a meat eater, which is one reason I've decided to go vegetarian.<br><br>
Do they make decent Vegetarianism TV Dinners? Or some kind of substitute?
 

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It's definitely cheaper to cook your own food - can you make a big batch of something on a Saturday, freeze it and defrost small portions throughout the week?<br><br>
If not, the Amy's Kitchen brand has some nice vegetarian frozen meals. You can find them in most grocery stores. I like the bean and rice burritos, but they have some decent canned soups, frozen pizzas, enchilada bowls, etc.
 

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It's definitely cheaper to cook your own food - can you make a big batch of something on a Saturday, freeze it and defrost small portions throughout the week?<br><br>
If not, the Amy's Kitchen brand has some nice vegetarian frozen meals. You can find them in most grocery stores. I like the bean and rice burritos, but they have some decent canned soups, frozen pizzas, enchilada bowls, etc.</div>
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Great idea. Which foods do you suggest for freezing and reheating?
 

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Chili and soups usually freeze well. You can make a huge pot of soup and divide it up into individual Ziploc containers (they make bowls with screw on lids). Refrigerate them first to cool them down and then freeze them. The Ziploc containers stack really well.<br><br>
I also recommend Amy's Kitchen meals...yum. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> You could also get some Tofurky slices to add to your veggie subs that you bring home from work to increase their protein (and thus increase your fullness). They aren't typically hard to find. Whole Foods would definitely have them, but around here Kroger has them too, in their Nature's Market section. If you can't find the Tofurky, Lightlife also makes some lunch "meats" that are really good. Walmart carries Yves mock bologna too.
 

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I agree about trying to do batch cooking and freezing leftovers. Also, try to meal plan for a few days or a week at a time, so you don't have to worry about what you'll have available to eat after working all day.<br><br>
Click around the internet or grab some cookbooks from a library or bookstore. There are tons of cookbooks out there with a "quick and easy" premise that can have your dinner on the table in a half hour or less.
 

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I like to freeze bean chili, all kinds of soups, marinara sauce, and homemade veggie burger patties (you can make them with things like rice and beans...all kinds of recipes all over the web).
 

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Everyone's given great suggestions already. If you're ever desperate or lazy though, peanut butter & jelly sandwiches can be your best friends.
 

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"<i>I'm looking for quick and healthy meals and snacks</i>"<br><br>
One of my favourite late night snacking is eating some nuts and seeds while watching TV or socializing with family.<br><br>
Make a cocktail of nuts and seeds in a container: Ground nuts, pistachio, sunflower seeds, almond nut, chickpeas, raisins... etc.
 

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Hmmm...I wrote something out and then it didn't reply. Hope this doesn't double it up.<br><br>
Quorn do really good TV dinners (they have egg in them though)<br>
Herbert Addams Spinnach and cheese rolls, and cauliflower and cheese (which I haven't tried yet, but assume they will be amazing)<br>
Tinned vegetable soup is quite good, check the ingredients but it should be okay.<br><br><br>
Also, Tasty Bite are a range of quick meals that range from Vegan to Vegetarian.<br><br><a href="http://www.tastybite.com.au/" target="_blank">http://www.tastybite.com.au/</a><br><br>
I found them in the Asian/Mexican aisle of my supermarket, near where the microwave rice is. So simple to cook and pretty filling.
 
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