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Hey everybody! My name is Gina. I'm new here. I found this forum, because I just became a vegetarian about a month ago, & looked up vegetarian forums. I wanted to find a forum where people can help me. Like I said, I'm new to this & would like to know some of the recipes people would suggest, & what kinds of foods not to eat. First, I thought all cheese was ok for vegetarians. Now, I'm reading that an animal does have to die for certain kinds of cheeses? Is that true? If so, what kinds are vegetarian friendly? What's the best foods for vegetarians? Is butter ok? Because I've been eating a lot of mashed potatoes with butter recently. Is milk ok for vegetarians to drink?<br><br>
I've decided to become vegetarian, after seeing a VERY horrific video of what really goes on. How people hurt these animals & treat them so that people can eat. It's terrible! Besides, I never even really liked much meat before that video, so this is an easy decision.<br><br>
Any help & recipe suggestions would be greatly appreciated!
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/hi.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":hi:"> and welcome! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sunny.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":sunny:"><br><br>
If you check out the link to this forum <a href="http://www.veggieboards.com/newvb/forumdisplay.php?57-New-to-Vegetarianism" target="_blank">http://www.veggieboards.com/newvb/fo...-Vegetarianism</a> you'll find a lot of helpful information there! There is also a recipe forum with tons of delicious tried and true recipes! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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Welcome to Veggieboards! It can all be a little overwhelming at first, but once you get into the swing of things it gets a lot easier. The New to Vegetarianism section and the recipe section are both fantastic!<br><br><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
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It's true that not all cheeses are vegetarian, but there are still options. My brother buys a brand called VeggieShreds (vegetarian friendly <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> ) that he puts on pizza, salads and baked potatoes.<br><br><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
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There's lots of great foods! Don't be afraid to try new things and make sure you're eating a good variety. You'll want to eat plenty of grains, beans, fruits and veggies. You can easily make vegetarian versions of your favorite foods (like pizza, pasta, soup etc).
 

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Welcome to the VB! KLS up there pretty much summed things up pretty nicely. Listen to her! That one is smart. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/tongue3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":p"><br><br><br>
I'm sure you'll fit right in though, so please, make yourself at home! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D"><br><br><br>
The cheese thing is true, unfortunately. There's cheese that uses rennet from a cow's stomach lining, but then, there is also microbial rennet, and other vegetarian friendly varieties. Unfortunately, while one or two big name cheese distributors will specify the rennet, many will not(instead just listing whatever they're using as "enzymes" in the ingredient list), so you'll either have to contact the manufacturer, or just try to find some easy answers. I'm vegan, so unfortunately, I'm no longer familiar with the cheese-vine, but this site might help a bit:<br><br><a href="http://cheese.joyousliving.com/" target="_blank">http://cheese.joyousliving.com/</a><br><br>
Butter and milk are okay for the average(ovo-lacto) vegetarian diet. So don't worry about those unless you start feeling the itch to cut out dairy entirely.
 

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Thanks for the help everyone! I've been eating cheese since being a vegetarian because I thought that was okay. I didn't know any animals were harmed while making it. I guess I should've done my research before I became a vegetarian. Recently, I've been eating a lot of broccoli, baked potatoes, mashed potatoes, salads and oatmeal. I've been wanting to try new things for dinner, so I'll be looking at the link Karen sent me. Thank you again for the help!:)
 
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