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My mother got out of the hospital not too long ago. She was having difficulty breathing and they thought it could be heart disease. The tests came back okay, but she was strongly cautioned about her weight. My mother has an absolutely horrid diet. She'll wake up in the middle of the night, go to the kitchen and grab some greasy potato chips, eat half the bag, then groggily go back to sleep. Fried foods are her absolute favorite.<br><br>
Anyway, I'm trying to get her to start eating better, but she is very picky and I live many states away. I had her email me about what she will not eat and am going to try to make up a meal plan for her. I will not give her non-vegan recipes, but I would be more than happy to give her recipes that simulate meats and cheeses. Here is what she told me:<br><br><i>i absolutely will not eat mayo, butter, margarine or any substitutions of anything like that. i do not like gravy or stuff like that...i do like chicken, white fish (not salmon, lobster, clams or any shellfish.......i like turkey and ham....i am not a big pasta eater...i like most veggies but carrots or peas.....i like fruit.....pleaseeeeee help me</i><br><br>
I'd really appreciate any ideas, tips, recipes, or whatever you can offer.<br><br>
Thanks.
 

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If she likes chicken, maybe she would like ("chicken" flavored) baked tofu?<br><br>
And since she likes most veggies, how about lots of green salads?<br><br><br><br>
Also, instead of ground beef try this:<br><br><a href="http://www.soy7.com/entree_mixes/" target="_blank">http://www.soy7.com/entree_mixes/</a><br><br><br><br>
And about her eating chips in the middle of the night...are you sure she is awake because some people sleep eat.<br><br><br><br>
Remember your mother has to be willing to change...you can not do it all for her. Good-luck, Erin.
 

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Wow, Erin, that's tough...I feel for you and your family...<br><br><br><br>
If she likes fruit and most veggies, I'd recommend she eat an apple or a banana or some baby carrots or something about 15 minutes before each meal. It should fill her up a little and maybe then she won't eat so much of the bad stuff. I think depriving her of EVERYTHING isn't going to do much good b/c she'll just end up bingeing anyway. Plus, even if she still ends up eating a lot of fried crap, she's already got the fiber and vitamins and stuff from the fruits and veggies.<br><br><br><br>
As for the chips in the middle of the night, I agree with mushroom--could be sleep-eating.
 

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Well.....so far, I'm not seeing that she has no adversion to rice. Good. Rice is one of the first things I leaned on while in transition and I used it in many things. I still do. Brown rice (my fav, even in omni days) takes 45 minutes, but the quick cook kind takes 10. Nice. Put that rice with frozen veggies (heated, of course) and you've got great stuff, there. A nice fried rice without the "fry" involved. I get the frozen veggies that have yellow squash and asparagus (Flav-r-pak I think is the brand name) and it's fab with a bit of tofu and soy sauce overtop but delish-o with just rice and veggies. She could even use the "rice and veggies" mix for stuffed bell-peppers if she wanted to. Great stuff and you don't know you're missing the bad stuff!<br><br><br><br>
Also, I didn't see any problems with potatoes. Double-good, I'd say. I do a shepherd's pie "knock off" that has frozen veggies (I use the stuff that I mentioned before, but anything she likes will work) with some peas (sub beans or corn for that) and some whipped potatoes on top that have veg broth in place of the butter. Serious yummy there! Since everything is cooked (and even better, raw), I only heat it for about 30-45 minutes, depending on my oven. If she wants just baked 'taters, she could do baked with veggies and a bit of Italian dressing overtop. It doesn't sound like a lot but it's really good and easy!<br><br><br><br>
I'm noticing that she likes ham. Does she like bacon as well? If so, you can turn her on to the veg bacon as a fabo alternative. If not, try turning her on to the "cold cuts" stuff. The veg bacon is great for that baked potato thing and awesome everywhere else.<br><br><br><br>
It seems that there's also no problem with grains. COOL! There's oodles of recipes that have quinoa, bulgar and things like that as the main ingredient. If she likes rice, she may love quinoa and it's so versatile, weather it's sweet, savory or somewhere in between. Loki is the "master of all things quinoa" and if he shows up on this thread, he may give more suggestions than you know what to do with. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D"><br><br><br><br>
Other things that could possibly work:<br><br>
*Chili with beans in place of the meat. If she's ultra-adventerious, you can turn her on to TVP, but that may be later down the line. the beans may be more "in the reach" since more people like beans more than like tvp.<br><br>
*Veggie soup (simmer it extra-slo so that things can retain crunch but yet be "done").<br><br>
*Beans and rice. Great stuff!<br><br>
*anything that she cooks normally that can be easily "veg'd".<br><br><br><br>
I wish I were better about giving a "menu plan" but I'm not wise that way. Maybe Kristadb or someone like that can help more than I.<br><br><br><br>
And good luck to you and "Mamma S2S". We all know that she has to <i>want</i> the change, but it sounds like she's already making tracks in the right direction.
 

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Thanks everyone! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br>
My mother has always been the type of person who likes quick fixes. Trips to Tijuana always include shopping at the pharmacies. She's tried lots of the fad diet pills too, but never sticks to any of it. Diets and exercise have all been laughable to her until now. Since she got out of the hospital, she has actually asked for my help. But unless someone helps her she just wont do it. Good news about the chips already, she has switched to bake! She is aware that she's eating them. I think that when she wakes in the night, her stomach is growling out of discomfort and she just mistakes it for hunger.<br><br>
I know that she wont follow the plan I give her strictly, but atleast it is a start.<br><br>
Wow DeeYahMK! Your post really hit the nail on the head! Have you had lunch with my mother? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D"><br><br>
She likes rice quite a bit, but I'll have to turn her on to the brown. She also fries bacon up atleast once a week. She has baked potatoes for lunch almost daily. Actually, she was just complaining the other day about how boring they have been. So your ideas were a great help. I also remember her doing chili and stuffed peppers sometimes. I think I'll just email her your whole post.<br><br>
Thanks again everyone! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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Hi Erin,<br><br>
I hope your mom is able to enjoy all the great suggestions everyone is posting. My mom has type two diabetes and I'm always trying to get her to change her eating habits-she likes those onion ring things-anyway here are somethings that she enjoys that your mom might like too.<br><br>
So I made her tofu-dipped in tamari and breaded with nutritional yeast friend in a little bit of oil-she thinks it tastes like eggs but loves it. Also I made a shepards pie with red lentils and tomatoes and carrots and oregano on the bottom and mashed potatoes with garlic for the topping. She loves a good chili and its easy to make ahead and then divide into potions to freeze. I also found soups are a great way to get more veggies into her-she likes my spicy ginger carrot soup! But there are tons of great vegan soup recipes-hey one of the easiest is veg broth, onions and a whole lot of cauliflower let it cook until soft and then puree it with a blender-it makes it really creamy in texture. Anyway I'm sure I can think of a ton more but hopefully she will find something that she likes. Hey does she like portabello mushrooms-they are my favourite and I marinate and grill them up and eat them in place of meat and many family events and they have impressed everyone who tries them.
 

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Hey Erin,<br><br>
For the chip fix she might try the baked chips...lots less fat, or tell her to try instead to drink a glass of water, it will help her to get over the feeling that she is hungry and then get back to sleep. Would she like meat analogs...morningstar makes some good ones..chik patties, buffalo wings, their bacon is good too, Ooo but not vegan. Gardenburger's riblets are awesome, I here they also now make a bbq chick, but I havn't seen it yet. I would also recomend Veat fillets...it's supposed to replicate salmon...not to worry it tastes nothing like salmon...but it is good, but they do have whey protien.<br><br>
I'm trying to do the same thing for my dad, as I think of things I'll pass them along to you<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D">
 

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Thank you Slynny. Please do. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br><br><br>
Well, this is what I've thought of so far. A few things might not be quite what she wanted, but I think she can swing it. I still need to add snack ideas and want to give her nutritional information. What do you think? How can I improve it? Thanks again everyone.<br><br><br><br>
Sunday<br><br>
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Breakfast:<br><br>
"Cinnamon and Potato Pancakes"<br><br>
(makes 4 pancakes)<br><br>
Veggie oil spray<br><br>
2 c frozen hash brown potatoes, thawed (or cooked leftover hash browns)<br><br>
2 tsp cinnamon<br><br>
2 c prepared pancake batter<br><br><br><br>
Spray a large frying pan with oil. Add hash browns and cook until crisp. Sprinkle with cinnamon. Divide potatoes into 6 separate stacks in the pan and pour 1/2 cup batter onto each stack. Mix each stack with the batter, right in the pan. Cook until each side is golden brown. Serve with syrup and sliced bananas, if desired.<br><br>
source: source: Vegan Meals for One or Two; by Chef Nancy Berkoff, R.D.<br><br><br><br>
Lunch:<br><br>
Veggie hotdogs (I use Light Life Smart dogs or Tofu Pups) and Bush's Vegetarian baked beans. Serve hot.<br><br><br><br>
Dinner:<br><br>
"Tortilla-Black Bean Casserole"<br><br>
makes a lot<br><br>
2 c. chopped onion<br><br>
1 1/3 c. chopped green pepper<br><br>
14 oz can stewed tomatoes<br><br>
3/4 c. salsa<br><br>
1/2 t. garlic<br><br>
2 t. cumin<br><br>
2 15-oz cans black beans, drained<br><br>
8 corn tortillas<br><br>
1 1/2 c. shredded vegan cheese (opt but suggested)<br><br>
In a large skillet over medium heat, combine first 6 ingredients, bringing the mixture to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer uncovered for 5 minutes. Stir in beans. Spread 1/3 of the bean mixture over the bottom of a 13x9 pan. Top that with half of the tortillas, overlapping as necessary and half of the cheese. Add another 1/3 of the bean mixture, then remaining tortillas and bean mixture. Cover and bake at 350 for 30 minutes or until heated through. Sprinkle with remaining cheese and let stand for 10 minutes. Garnish with shredded lettuce and chopped tomatoes. For more of a Mexican flair, add slices of avocado on top or your favorite guacamole.<br><br>
This is wonderful if you're in a south-of-the-border mood. Add a little spanish rice and a glass of your favorite sangria for a complete and tasty meal.<br><br>
source: <a href="http://vegweb.com/food/casseroles/3391.shtml" target="_blank">http://vegweb.com/food/casseroles/3391.shtml</a><br><br>
I love this recipe. It's really versatile. I change it every time I make it. Tim and I use Tofutti cheese and top it with vegan sour cream (Tofutti Sour Supreme is our favorite). Next time, I think I'll add enchilada sauce, & corn kernels and top with olives just to experiment.<br><br><br><br>
Dessert:<br><br>
"Fried Bananas with Cashews"<br><br>
2 tbsp canola oil<br><br>
3-4 ripe bananas, peeled, sliced diagonally<br><br>
Cinnamon<br><br>
4 tbsp chopped cashews<br><br>
Heat oil in non stick skillet over med-heat and gently saute bananas. Sprinkle with dash of cinnamon and cook until bananas are soft and starting to brownat the edges. Sprinkle with cashew pieces at last minute. Serve. Top with vanilla soy ice cream if desired. Serves 3-4 (one banana per person).<br><br>
source: Recipes from a Vegetarian Goddess; by Karri Allrich<br><br><br><br>
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Monday<br><br>
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Breakfast:<br><br>
Microwave instant hot cereal, slice some fruit or sprinkle some berries on top, and add nutritional yeast or ground flax and nuts.<br><br><br><br>
Lunch: (make night before)<br><br>
"Cool-As-A-Cucumber Soup"<br><br>
makes 2 servings<br><br>
1 c peeled, chopped cucumber<br><br>
1/2 c cold vegetable broth<br><br>
1/4 c silken tofu<br><br>
2 tbsp chopped green onions<br><br>
White pepper to taste (about 1/2 tsp)<br><br>
1/8 c shredded carrots<br><br>
1tbsp chopped fresh parsley<br><br><br><br>
Place cucumber, broth, tofu, onions, and pepper in blender. Process until just smooth. Pour into serving bowls and top with carrots and parsley. Chill for atleast 30 minutes before serving.<br><br>
This will last up to 2 days in the refrigerator.<br><br><br><br>
total calories per serving: 36 total fat as % of daily value: 2% protein: 3 gm fat: 1 gm Carbs: 5 gm calcium: 28 mg iron: 1 mg sodium: 257 mg dietary fiber: 1 gm<br><br>
source: Vegan Meals for One or Two; by Chef Nancy Berkoff, R.D.<br><br><br><br><br><br>
Dinner:<br><br><br><br>
"Fettuccini Alfonso"<br><br>
Yield: 6 servings<br><br>
Serve with a crisp, tossed salad and fresh italian bread, and your meal is complete.<br><br><br><br>
1.5 C frozen corn kernels<br><br>
1.5 C plain low fat, non-dairy milk (soy, rice, almond)<br><br>
2 Tbsp tahini (optional)<br><br>
1 tbsp onion granules<br><br>
1 tsp salt<br><br>
1 (15.5 oz) can Great Northern Beans, rinsed and well drained<br><br>
1 lb fettuccini<br><br>
cracked black pepper<br><br><br><br>
Thaw corn by transferring to mesh strainer and placing under hot, running tap water. Stir carefully until completely thawed, drain well and measure.<br><br>
Place corn, milk, tahini and seasonings in blender and process until completely smooth. It may take several minutes to pulverize corn.<br><br>
Pour mixture into a medium saucepan and stir in beans. Warm over med-low heat until beans are heated through, stirring often.<br><br>
While Sauce is heating, cook fettucini in a large pot of boiling water until al dente. Drain well and return to pot. Add the hot sauce and toss until evenly coated. Serve immediately, topping each portion with a generous amount of the pepper.<br><br><br><br>
Per serving: calories: 251, protein: 11 gm., carbs: 50gm. fat: 1 gm<br><br>
source: The Uncheese Cookbook; by Joanne Stepaniak<br><br><br><br>
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Tuesday<br><br>
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Breakfast:<br><br>
Breakfast Shake and whole grain bagel topped with peanut butter or fruit<br><br><br><br>
Lunch:<br><br>
"Cheesey Potato Boats"<br><br>
Serves 4 Eat a salad of fresh greens with italian dressing along with this<br><br>
4 large baking potatoes<br><br>
1/2 small butternut squash<br><br>
1/2 cup soy margarine (Earth Balance, Willow Run, etc)<br><br>
sea salt<br><br>
pepper<br><br>
Place baked potatoes in preheated 450* oven. Do not wrap in foil, you want the skin to be tough. Bake for one hour.<br><br>
While potatoes are cooking, steam or boil the butternut squash until tender (steamed is better). Drain the squash.<br><br>
Remove the spuds from the oven and cut in half. Scoop the guts out and put into a big bowl. Make sure that you leave about a 1/4" of potato attached to the skin. Add the cooked squash and margarine and a little sea salt, if you like. Mash it all together until you get the consistency of lumpy mashed potatoes.<br><br>
Place skin halves on baking sheet and scoop mixture back inside each skin. Place bake in oven for 10 minutes. For crispy tops, coat top with melted soy margarine and place under broiler for 3-5 minutes. Good eating!!!!!<br><br>
source: <a href="http://vegweb.com/food/vegetables/3811.shtml" target="_blank">http://vegweb.com/food/vegetables/3811.shtml</a><br><br><br><br>
I like topping these with Bac-os. Bet you didn't know Bac-os were vegan, did ya?!<br><br><br><br>
Dinner:<br><br>
"Sante Fe Stuffed Peppers"<br><br>
1 pouch (1 cup) frozen BOCA Meatless Original Ground Burger<br><br>
1/2 cup frozen corn<br><br>
1 cup salsa, divided<br><br>
3/4 cup cooked brown or white rice<br><br>
1/2 cup shredded tofutti or other soy cheese<br><br>
1 Tbsp. Chopped fresh cilantro<br><br>
1 large bell pepper, cut in half lengthwise, seeds removed<br><br><br><br>
HEAT and stir ground burger, corn and 1/2 cup of the salsa in nonstick skillet on medium heat 5 minutes or until thawed. Remove from heat. Stir in rice, cheese and cilantro.<br><br>
MIX remaining 1/2 cup salsa and 2 Tbsp. water in bottom of 8-inch glass baking dish. Spoon burger mixture firmly into pepper halves; place in dish. Cover with foil.<br><br>
BAKE at 400°F for 30 minutes. Spoon sauce from bottom of dish over peppers before serving. Makes 2 servings.<br><br>
source: <a href="http://bocaburger.com/main.aspx?m=boca_recipes" target="_blank">http://bocaburger.com/main.aspx?m=boca_recipes</a><br><br>
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Wednesday<br><br>
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Breakfast:<br><br>
Cold cereal (the healthy kind!) topped with soymilk.<br><br>
Lunch:<br><br>
"Italian Eggplant Sandwiches"<br><br>
1 eggplant<br><br>
1/2 cup soy milk<br><br>
Egg replacer, equivalent to 1 egg (I use Ener-G brand)<br><br>
Salt to taste<br><br>
1/2 cup flour<br><br>
1 cup Italian-style bread crumbs<br><br>
4 sub rolls, sliced<br><br>
1/2-1 cup marinara sauce<br><br>
Preparation:<br><br><br><br>
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Peel and cut the eggplant into 1/4-inch slices and set aside.<br><br><br><br>
Combine the soy milk and egg replacer and a pinch of salt (if desired) and mix well. Set up a breading station with one bowl for each: flour, egg replacer mixture, and bread crumbs. Dredge the eggplant in flour and shake off the excess. Submerge the eggplant in the egg replacer mixture, shake off the excess, then coat evenly with bread crumbs. Place the eggplant in a single layer on a lightly greased baking sheet. Bake, uncovered, for 15 to 20 minutes, or until the eggplant is crisp on the outside and tender inside.<br><br><br><br>
Place the eggplant slices on the sub rolls, top with marinara sauce, and serve immediately.<br><br><br><br>
Makes 4 servings<br><br>
source: <a href="http://www.goveg.com/l-recipes.html" target="_blank">http://www.goveg.com/l-recipes.html</a><br><br>
Dinner:<br><br>
"Lucky Luau Kebobs"<br><br>
Pineapple and pork are commonly paired in Hawaiian fare, but you can enjoy the taste of the islands with these pig-friendly kebabs. Aloha!<br><br><br><br>
Ingredients:<br><br>
Tempeh<br><br>
Teriyaki sauce<br><br>
Button mushrooms<br><br>
Sweet potatoes<br><br>
Walla Walla onions (or other sweet onions)<br><br>
Fresh pineapple, cut into 1-inch chunks<br><br>
Red and green bell peppers, cut into 1-inch squares<br><br>
Cooked brown rice<br><br>
Preparation:<br><br><br><br>
Steam the tempeh for 15 minutes, then let it cool. Cut the tempeh in half lengthwise, then cut it into 1 1/2-inch pieces. Pour teriyaki sauce into a shallow container and add the tempeh slices. Marinate in the refrigerator, stirring occasionally, for at least 1 hour.<br><br><br><br>
Meanwhile, trim any rough ends from the stems of the mushrooms. Steam the sweet potatoes until just done, let cool, then cut into 1-inch chunks. Parboil the onions, then cut into quarters.<br><br><br><br>
Alternately thread the tempeh, mushrooms, sweet potatoes, onions, pineapple and peppers on skewers. Brush with teriyaki sauce and grill for about 10 minutes, turning several times to cook evenly. Serve over brown rice.<br><br><br><br>
TOP TIP: Colorful kebabs served over pasta or rice make any get-together more festive. Grill at least four or five different vegetables, along with tempeh, tofu, or another "mock meat," and allow two full skewers per guest.<br><br>
source: <a href="http://www.goveg.com/l-recipes.html" target="_blank">http://www.goveg.com/l-recipes.html</a><br><br>
Dessert:<br><br>
Marie Callendar frozen fruit pie.
 

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Thursday<br><br>
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Breakfast:<br><br>
"Vegan Tofu Scramble"<br><br><br><br>
Ingredients: Per Person<br><br>
1 tsp veggie oil<br><br>
¼ chopped onion<br><br>
½ packet silken tofu- firm<br><br>
¼ tsp turmeric powder<br><br>
¼ tsp seasoned salt<br><br><br><br>
Instructions:<br><br>
In a non-stick skillet heat oil and sauté onions. Crumble the tofu while it is still in the box, cut open and add tofu to the pan. Brown for two minutes. Now add the turmeric and seasoned salt. Continue to stir and brown for another minute or so. You may also add some veggies like tomato, mushrooms, peppers and the like. If you want, you can substitute the turmeric for curry powder.<br><br>
source: <a href="http://www.lanierbb.com/recipes/data/bk1077.html" target="_blank">http://www.lanierbb.com/recipes/data/bk1077.html</a><br><br>
Lunch:<br><br>
Hormel vegetarian Chili with crusty french or italian bread<br><br>
Dinner:<br><br>
"Grilled Portabello Mushroom and Veggie Fajitas"<br><br>
3 T. balsamic vinegar<br><br>
3 T. olive oil<br><br>
2 T. freshly chopped parsley<br><br>
1 T. garlic, minced<br><br>
1/4 t. salt<br><br>
1/8 t. freshly ground black pepper<br><br>
4 medium portobello mushrooms, washed well, and patted dry<br><br>
2 red onions, sliced<br><br>
2 red or orange peppers, destemmed, deseeded, and cut into quarters lengthwise<br><br>
2 green peppers, destemmed, deseeded, and cut into quarters lengthwise<br><br>
2 jalapeno peppers, destemmed, deseeded, and cut in half lengthwise<br><br>
4 - 8-inch flour tortillas<br><br>
In a large bowl, place the vinegar, olive oil, parsley, garlic, salt, and pepper, and whisk well to combine. Add all of the vegetables and toss well to thoroughly coat the vegetables with the marinade. Set the vegetables aside and allow them to marinate for 15 minutes. Place the vegetables on a hot grill and grill for 3-5 minutes per side or until tender. Transfer the grilled vegetables to a cutting board and cut them into strips. The tortillas can be warmed on the grill, if desired. Transfer the vegetables to a platter for service. Allow guests to build their own fajitas by filling tortillas with the grilled vegetables. *Note: the vegetables can also be cooked under the broiler for 3-5 minutes per side or until tender. Serves 4<br><br>
source: <a href="http://www.veganchef.com/" target="_blank">http://www.veganchef.com/</a><br><br>
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Friday<br><br>
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Breakfast:<br><br>
Toaster waffle with peanut butter and fruit preserves or raisin bran with soymilk<br><br><br><br>
Lunch:<br><br>
Make up a package of rice and beans. Add some veggie burger crumbles or a broken up veggie burger patty. I recommend Boca.<br><br><br><br>
Dinner:<br><br>
"Super Easy Stir Fry"<br><br>
I'm really bad about measuring, so just use as much as you're comfortable with.<br><br>
Drain some extra firm tofu (probably about a half pound). To drain, empty water from package, place tofu on paper towels, place more paper towels on top, then gently press out liquid.Saute for a few minutes in about a tbsp veggie oil. Add some frozen stir fry veggies. Stir for a few more minutes. Add sweet and sour sauce. Stir a couple minutes longer. Serve over Brown rice (I use instant). Fortune cookies are a good after dinner treat.<br><br><br><br>
Dessert:<br><br>
"Peanut Butter rice Crispy Treats"<br><br>
1 cup light corn syrup<br><br>
1 cup sugar<br><br>
1 cup smooth peanut butter<br><br>
6 cups puffed rice cereal<br><br>
Mix the corn syrup, sugar, and pb in a container that can be microwaved or heated on the stove. Heat slowly until the sugar dissolves-and stir a lot. Remove from heat and stir Rice Krispies in right away. Spread into a greased pan, and chill until firm. Cut and eat!<br><br>
source: <a href="http://www.peta2.com/stuff/s-recipesweets.html" target="_blank">http://www.peta2.com/stuff/s-recipesweets.html</a><br><br>
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Saturday:<br><br>
Breakfast:<br><br>
"French Toast"<br><br>
1/2 cup soy milk<br><br>
3 Tbsp. flour<br><br>
1/4 tsp. cinnamon<br><br>
1 tsp. vanilla extract<br><br>
4 slices thickly sliced French bread<br><br>
Margarine<br><br>
Fresh fruit or maple syrup, for serving<br><br>
Whisk together the soy milk, flour, cinnamon, and vanilla. Dip the bread in the batter, turning it to coat both sides, then cook it until golden brown in a little bit of margarine. Serve with the fresh fruit or maple syrup. (Adapted from Dr. Neal Barnards Eat Right, Live Longer )<br><br>
Lunch:<br><br>
Lentil Salad<br><br>
Makes about 8 cups<br><br>
This hearty salad that can be a complete meal if you serve it on a bed of crisp romaine lettuce.<br><br>
1 cup lentils<br><br>
3 cups boiling water<br><br>
3 cups cooked brown rice<br><br>
½ cup thinly sliced red onion<br><br>
2 tomatoes, diced<br><br>
½ cup finely chopped parsley<br><br>
2 lemons, juiced (? to ½ cup)<br><br>
1 tablespoon olive oil<br><br>
1 tablespoon apple juice concentrate<br><br>
1 garlic clove, pressed or minced<br><br>
1 teaspoon paprika<br><br>
½ teaspoon dry mustard<br><br>
¾ teaspoon salt<br><br>
Rinse lentils then add to a pan with boiling water. Cover loosely and simmer until just tender, about 25 minutes. Drain and transfer to a salad bowl. Cool.<br><br>
When lentils are cool, add cooked rice, onion, cucumber, tomato, and parsley.<br><br>
Mix lemon juice, olive oil, apple juice concentrate, garlic, dry mustard, paprika, and salt. Pour over salad and toss to mix.<br><br>
Per ½-cup serving: 103 calories; 5 g protein; 19 g carbohydrate; 1 g fat; 2 g fiber; 105 mg sodium; calories from protein: 18%; calories from carbohydrates: 70%; calories from fats: 12%<br><br>
source: Healthy Eating for Life for Women: by Kris Kieswer. <a href="http://www.pcrm.org/health/Recipes/recipe021216.html" target="_blank">http://www.pcrm.org/health/Recipes/recipe021216.html</a><br><br>
Dinner:<br><br>
"Spicy Sesame Noodles"<br><br>
2/3 cup (150 g) peanut butter<br><br>
4 Tbsp. soy sauce<br><br>
2 cloves garlic, minced<br><br>
1 green onion, chopped<br><br>
2 Tbsp. sesame oil<br><br>
1 tsp. cayenne pepper<br><br>
1/2 lb. (225 g) linguine<br><br>
2 Tbsp. toasted sesame seeds<br><br>
In a saucepan, combine the peanut butter, soy sauce, garlic, and green onion and mix well. Add the sesame oil and cayenne pepper. Heat slowly, whisking until smooth.<br><br>
Meanwhile, cook the linguine according to the package directions. Drain. Place the linguine in a large bowl, add the peanut sauce, and toss to coat. Garnish with the toasted sesame seeds. Serve hot or cold.<br><br><br><br>
Makes 4 servings.
 

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Erin,<br><br>
You did a great job that all sounds fantastic. I like that it has so many different types of flavours. That is what I found most omni's are missing-experimenting with foods and flavours from other parts of the world so they are not just looking for fat to make everything taste good. I may just have to follow your mom's meal plan-yum. By the way anytime you want me to cook for you-I'm there!
 

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>>. I think that when she wakes in the night, her stomach is growling out of discomfort and she just mistakes it for hunger.<br><br>
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This happens to me too. I either notice how friggn' drowsy I am and go back to sleep or eat a slice of whole wheat bread. I have never been able to eat chips to the point of any sort of "fullness". I don't think chips do that to me. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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<div class="quote-block"><i>Originally posted by muppetcow</i><br><br><b>Ooh, Erin--will you please come be my personal chef?</b></div>
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Only if you plan on eating lots of popcorn Muppet! I don't do much "real" cooking while Tim is away. I will share Portabella with you though. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/wink3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=";)"><br><br>
Alright, I added the following, then emailed it to her. We'll see what she thinks.<br><br><br><br>
Extra stuff:<br><br><br><br>
Snack ideas:<br><br>
Snacks<br><br>
Fresh or dried fruit, wholegrain crackers with peanut or other nut butter, avocado or yeast extract spread, smoothies, popcorn, soy yogurt, applesauce, fruit cups without added sugars, raw veggies, raisins, nuts, seeds, trail mix, fresh berries, sorbet without added sugars, etc.<br><br><br><br>
Substitutes:<br><br>
1 c ricotta cheese 1 c mashed firm tofu<br><br>
1 c milk 1 c soy, rice, grain or almond milk<br><br>
1 large egg Ener-g egg replacer or 2 tbsp pureed firm tofu<br><br>
1 c yogurt 1 c soy yogurt or 1 c pureed silken tofu with 1 tbsp<br><br>
lemon juice<br><br>
1 c sour cream 1 c Tofutti sour supreme or other soy sour cream<br><br>
1 oz milk chocolate for baking 6tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder with 1tbsp veg oil<br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br>
Use ground flax seed (flax seed meal). It is flavorless and very healthy. Add it to your salads, sandwiches, cereals, whatever. It is a good source of Omega-3 which can help lower the risk for heart disease, boost the immune system and protect against arrhythmias. Flax seed contains both soluble and insoluble fiber. Soluble fiber has been known to have positive cholesterol lowering effects. Flaxseed can also be used in breads or muffins, either as whole seeds or ground and used in place of some of the flour. It can also be found in stuff at the grocery store. Breads, cereals, energy bars, pancake and waffle mixes are a few of the options available.<br><br><br><br>
Cut back on sugar to get rid of cellulite.<br><br><br><br>
Drink lots and lots of water.<br><br><br><br>
EXERCISE!!!<br><br>
Reduce your chance of dying from coronary heart disease: Physically inactive people are almost twice as likely to develop heart disease as those who are regularly active.<br><br>
Prevent or reduce high blood pressure: Exercise can lower blood pressure.<br><br>
Reduce your chance of getting colon cancer: Active people are less likely to get colon cancer and other cancers.<br><br>
Prevent or control diabetes: Exercise can reduce the level of your blood sugar (glucose) if you have diabetes and can prevent development of the disease.<br><br>
Develop healthier bones, muscles and joints: Exercise helps prevent osteoporosis by slowing bone loss and makes injury less likely by strengthening muscles and joints.<br><br>
Look better: Exercise burns up calories and helps you control your weight.<br><br>
Feel better: Exercise reduces symptoms of anxiety and depression. Youll be in a better mood and feel like a kid again.<br><br><br><br>
I think that the AM PM Yoga set would be really good for you. I bought mine at WalMart. It's really mellow and leaves my body feeling great afterward. Try not to laugh too hard at the guy in his tiny undies.<br><br>
I also really like Bellydance Fitness for Beginners. It's another one that I think would be easy enough for you and Kelly would probably like it too. It cost me ten bucks at Walmart. Kelly would probably agree with me that the two chicks look a lot like Bianca.<br><br><br><br>
I know you think that you get enough exercise walking around the casino, but that just isn't enough. You could do butt clenches at the slots! I bet nobody would want to sit there after you though.<br><br>
Park further away from the store, so you have to walk a little more<br><br>
Pick atleast 2 days a week to walk around the high school. Whiskey and Sonny would love you for it! Take one one day and the other the next. They need exercise too.<br><br>
Instead of going to the casino with Mickey, go miniature golfing or something occassionally. That will get you outdoors and walking around.<br><br><br><br>
Remember, to have permanent results, you have to change your lifestyle, not just go on a diet.
 

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instead of chips stock her cupboards with rice crackers. they're pretty much nothin but rice, the nutrition info always amazes me, there's nothing to these things. my mom adores them and always has 2 or 3 packs scattered around the house. keep lots of fruit around for snacking too, and juice instead of pop and coffee obviously plus lots of water (add fresh lemon juice to water to help flush out garbage quicker and keep from retaining water)
 

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Genisoy also makes these really yummy soy crisps that I chow down on when I'm having a chip craving. Mmmm...think I'll have to go get some over lunch now...
 

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Hey<br><br>
I am definately happy to be shared. I love to cook all the time-I wish I could do that for a living. Anyway all the things you have prepared for your mom are wonderful I am really tempted to copy it out and send it to my mom! Although she needs to ready to change things before she will listen to me. I wish your mom luck and if she wants support while she is trying to make the change she should visit us on veggieboards-we will support all along the way!
 
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