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Yes I am new to the board, but thought I would make this my first post anyway.<br><br><br><br>
This weekend I am flying down to stay with my grandparents in "the deep deep south" for about 3-4 weeks. My grandparents and other relatives are big on beef and other meat, and do NOT approve of my fairly recent choice to follow a vegetarian lifestyle. These folks don't go a meal without their meat.<br><br><br><br>
Myself, on another hand, am 16 and have finicky and picky taste buds, but have recently been experimenting with certain veggies and veg. products.<br><br><br><br>
I know that my grandmother will be very disappointed and troubled to find something that we can all eat, so I would like to cook some meals or at least healthy side dishes for us.<br><br><br><br>
One thing I should point out, (after just reading the post dedicated to this topic) is that my parents, as long as I am living with them, make me eat seafood. And being from the coast, find it very hard to resist against my parents on this issue, although I would eventually like to give seafood the boot.<br><br><br><br>
So, any help? I'd really appreciate some suggestions for easy recipes, that dont include a lot of exotic/hard to find herbs or foods.<br><br><br><br>
Ive got less than a week to experiment with new recipes to see how they work.<br><br><br><br>
Thank you for all your help.<br><br><br><br>
I am sorry if I posted this in the wrong section, I am fairly new to the board.
 

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<a href="http://fatfree.com" target="_blank">Here's</a> a great site. Lots of yummy recipes! A lot of them are fairly easy too! Good luck! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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Also, have your parents check out <a href="http://www.animalaid.org.uk/campaign/vegan/fish01.htm" target="_blank">this article</a> .
 

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Collards. Real locally grown southern yams, sweet potatoes.<br><br><br><br>
Now what to put in the collards instead of animal fat. Let's give 'em lots and lots of some kind of plant-origin oil so your grand parents won't feel like a fish outta water. And a dash of tobasco. Then what, I don't know.<br><br><br><br>
Sweet corn on the cob, steamed, then slathered in -- add a tiny amount of sesame tahini to make light olive oil a little thicker and stickier, and then spoon or brush it on the corn.<br><br><br><br>
Gritz with....? I don't know.<br><br><br><br>
Real lemonade.<br><br><br><br>
Okra -- I don't like okra very much so sorry, I don't have any recipes.
 

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is it possible to let us know what foods you would have normally had with your grandparents.. that would help steer us in the right direction.
 

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I came up with a recipe for vegan sweet potato pie recipe last week.<br><br><br><br>
2 sweet potatos<br><br>
1/2 cup soy milk<br><br>
1/4 cup soy flour<br><br>
1/3 cup margarine<br><br>
1/3 cup turbinado sugar<br><br>
1/2 tsp cinamon<br><br>
1/2 tsp nutmeg<br><br><br><br>
Boil the potatos for 45 minuts or so. Then peel off the skin and mash them up. Mix all the ingredients together well. Pour into a pie shell and bake at 350 for an hour.<br><br><br><br>
If it's 2:00 am and you are too lazy to make a traditional pie crust try this.<br><br><br><br><br><br>
1/2 cup vegetable oil<br><br>
1 T margarine<br><br>
1/2 cup boiling water<br><br>
2 cups flour<br><br>
1 tsp baking powder<br><br>
pinch salt<br><br><br><br>
mix the dry ingredinets together. Add the boiling water to the shortening. Then mis the two and knead for a minute. Chill the dough for a little while and then press into a pie pan.
 

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thanks for all the help so far<br><br><br><br>
things we'd normally eat include: chicken or shrimp gumbo, red beans & rice (with sausage), pot roast, spaghetti with ground beef, pork chops, fried catfish or chicken, okra stew or black-eyed peas (made with bacon)<br><br><br><br>
although most do, some of the meals do not center around meat, but include it "essentially" for flavor, and i dont think I will be able to convince her to leave it out of the recipe<br><br><br><br>
some ideas I have come up with so far as alternatives to the above-mentioned meals are... vegge lasagna, "chicken" burgers, broccoli-cheese casserole, garlic pasta, and homemade pizza<br><br><br><br>
my gpa doesnt like spicy foods, so they arent big on mexican or much italian food<br><br><br><br>
yep. hehe. thanks all!!!
 

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still make the spahghetti but use the TVP ground beef instead. I've converted quite a few omnis that i work with (including the hubby) to chili made with it as well. has the same texture as ground beef
 

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i don't know if you want southern style food or not.. but i did a small search and found these:<br><br><br><br><a href="http://starburst.cbl.cees.edu/~tara/stofu.html" target="_blank">http://starburst.cbl.cees.edu/~tara/stofu.html</a><br><br><a href="http://www.nikibone.com/recipe/vegan/southernfriedokra.htm" target="_blank">http://www.nikibone.com/recipe/vegan...nfriedokra.htm</a><br><br><a href="http://www.nikibone.com/recipe/vegan/savorysouthernturnipsandcollardgreens.htm" target="_blank">http://www.nikibone.com/recipe/vegan...lardgreens.htm</a><br><br><a href="http://www.nikibone.com/recipe/vegan/neworleansstylevegetarianjambalaya.htm" target="_blank">http://www.nikibone.com/recipe/vegan...njambalaya.htm</a><br><br><br><br>
also veganfood.net has some good recipes, too...!<br><br><br><br>
good luck...!
 

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I have made black eyes peas with tomatoes and green peppers. Add a little "Liquid Smoke" and no one would know there isn't bacon/sausage in there. I have served it over rice...it's quite yummy.
 

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where can i find liquid smoke? is it in your general grocery store? if so, what section? baking/spices?
 

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Liquid Smoke is sold in most grocery stores. I think it would be, either with the baking/spice area or with the condiments like BBQ sauce, vinegars, marinades, etc. It basically adds a smoky flavor to foods and it replaces the flavor that ham, bacon, or sausage would give. One caution...a little bit goes a long, long way!
 
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