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Okay, so I'm at this moral crossroads, where I have been a vegetarian for 4 years, but I feel like I really should be vegan. After learning more and more about the meat/dairy/egg industry(ies?) I feel like it would be immoral for me to not be vegan. I've got a veggie fiance, and he would be willing to switch (he's been vegan before), so that's not a problem. The problems are these:<br><br>
1. I live with my parents until I graduate from college in december, and they pay for my food. They put up with the veggie thing, but I'm not sure how they'd handle vegan.<br><br>
2. I LOVE cheese, milk, ice cream, etc., and I HATE soy cheeze, soy milk (except on cereal), soy ice cream, etc.<br><br>
3. What the hell do you do when you go out to eat with friends or family, or when you're invited to dinner, or when you stay with family on vacations? Do you ask them to cater to you? Do you refuse their food?<br><br>
4. I'm in the middle of planning a wedding for next June. It will be veggie, because I can't stand the idea of serving meat. However, if I go vegan, I'll still have to have a veggie wedding, because there's no way my meat-and-potatoes family is going to handle a vegan reception well. Not to mention, the place we're getting married probably has NO idea what a vegan menu would look like.<br><br>
5. Isn't it just expensive as hell to be vegan? I mean, can you really get everything you need at a regular grocery store, or do you have to go buy the expensive health food store stuff?<br><br>
6. I can't cook worth a damn, and every vegan recipe I see that sound like it would taste good has some kind of freaky ingredient like nutritional yeast flakes or brown rice syrup. I can't even cook tofu! Can I be vegan without spending an hour in the kitchen every night? Oh yeah, and I'm trying to lose weight too, so PB&J is out.<br><br><br><br>
So, I guess the whole point of my long winded e-mail is that being vegan is morally right (imho) but sounds like a very difficult, expensive way to live. PLEASE somebody prove me wrong! Any suggestions and/or criticisms are WELCOME. What would you do if you were me?
 

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I can totally sympathize with you Kalapingka. I'm kinda in the same boat especially with regards to #2,3 & 5. Although I do love to cook and can be quite good at it, time and money are nill. I get food stamps that last me through the first half of the month if I really watch the budget, but up here (Alaska) things are SO expensive anyway it gets really tough. I have managed to stick to a mainly vegan diet in the house by whipping together some good quick and cheap recipes that my kids will also eat, but my biggest obstacle is once I leave. If I go out for pizza, I want the cheese on it. If my friend has made cookies, I want to eat them. I also like half & half in my coffee. I opt for organic whenever I can, but honestly, I can barely afford to pay attention I'm so piss poor broke! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/wink3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=";)"> I have weaned myself off the ice cream some, but I know for me it's going to take baby steps. I've started making myself aware of what pizza places use cheese with rennet and who does not, I let my friends know what I would prefer to eat and offer to cook for them when I can. I slowly cut back a little more each passing day. Don't be too hard on yourself. You're ethically aware with a desire to try, which is more than most people can say. I'd be happy to share some of my super quick and easy recipes if you like. I call it my veggie welfare grub! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D"> I cook for 4 people, so if its just you, you could easily make a bunch of things, freeze leftovers and eat for a wole month!<br><br>
Good luck to you! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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Recipes would be much appreciated Terrafae! I just wish I had more time and more cooking ability. Thanks bunches!
 

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You can be vegan for cheap and from regular grocery stores. All grocery stores have breakfast cereal, pasta, rice, beans, hummus probably, veggie soups and stews.<br><br><br><br>
If you're a lousy cook (as am I), I recommend picking up some of those boxed rice or pilaf meals. Most are vegan, yummy, quick and cheap.<br><br><br><br>
Don't bother with insane gourmet recipes. If I had brown rice syrup... I'd just stare at it cross-eyed.<br><br><br><br>
Once you get into the hang of things, you'll find that going out to dinner with friends and family is pretty doable. I've been known to complain about "another darned baked potato!" But.. well, it is a good standby. Pretty much any restaurant can bring you a baked potato, steamed veggies or a pasta dish without any hassle. When I'm at someone's house for dinner, I just eat around what I can't have. My family knows I'm vegan and will usually provide some options for me. (My gramma always has some baked beans and sweet potatoes. Mmm.) Or you can always bring a dish. I brought a rice pilaf to Christmas dinner last year. It wasn't an intrusion, since it could be a nice side dish to complement the meal, and it was hearty enough that I could eat that and some vegetables and not starve.<br><br><br><br>
I hope you'll find being vegan is easy and fulfilling! Any more questions, feel free to ask.
 

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Ok, so I was talking about my stroganoff on another thread, so I'll give you that right now. You'll need:<br><br>
1 pkg "Smart Ground" (or the like)<br><br>
1 tub Tofutti's "Better Than Sour Cream"<br><br>
1 veg boullion cube<br><br>
1 medium onion cut up<br><br>
8 oz. pkg. sliced mushrooms<br><br><br><br>
Put the smart ground, mushrooms and onions in a large skillet with the boullion cube and a couple tablespoons of waterwhen the boullion cube is dissolved and the onions tender as you like them, stir in the "sour cream" adding just a little water or soy milk if necessary (make it as thick or thin as you like) heat through, pepper to taste and serve over noodles, rice, toast, whatever! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D"> You can whip this up in like 10 minutes!<br><br>
Another one is goulash or "hot dish" (it's a MN thing) <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br>
1 pkg "ground" again<br><br>
1 can diced tomatoes (not drained) or condensed tomato soup<br><br>
1 can corn drained<br><br>
1 onion chopped (optional)<br><br>
2 tablespoons each ketchup and mustard (REALLY! It's not the same without them, I promise!)<br><br>
1/2 or 1 lb (I don't remember sorry)cooked pasta (rotini or macaroni works great)<br><br>
cook the onion in a skillet add the rest, heat through, season as desired and your done! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D">
 

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I think I'm going to gradually wean myself off dairy. What would really help is for me to find Soymilk that I can actually stand. Does anyone have any suggestions?
 

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I am lucky because I liked soy milk the first time that I tasted it, yet there are many brands that taste very different from each other...have you tried many?<br><br><br><br>
What kept me from going vegan for a long time was cheese and butter. Cheese, I just miss...but not that much. Butter - well, I was VERY happy to find Earth Balance margarine!<br><br><br><br>
I think it helps to go without the "real thing" for sometime before eating the vegan one. I went without butter for about a year before finding Earth Balance...<br><br><br><br>
You can eat cheap as a vegan or expensive. When I shop, I buy the produce that is cheap and then go home and make things out of that. Practically any veg is good in stir fry.<br><br><br><br>
Here is a very easy recipe for you:<br><br><br><br>
Cook 2 cups of brown rice.<br><br><br><br>
Pour 2 Tablespoons oil in a large frying pan<br><br>
Slice 1 lb tofu thin and brown on both sides<br><br>
remove tofu<br><br>
put in a lot sliced veggies and 2 cloves chopped garlic and cook 3 - 5 min. on high, while stirring. Remove from heat.<br><br>
add cooked tofu, stir and add about 4 T soy sauce.<br><br><br><br>
Serve over rice.
 

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Hmm, I actually found that when I went from lacto-ovo to vegan, I spent a LOT less on food. Well, I got a LOT more for what I spent normally. I limited myself to $20/week as a lacto-ovo-veg.. I got packages of morning star items, some produce, tofu. I basicially had the same thing week after week. But when I went vegan, I found that I can't have those pre-packaged things (except a few) so I ventured out and found cheaper, delicious items. (And I didn't think I'd like soy ice cream, but I love it! Soy dream vanilla is yummy! I guess you have to just try different brands) Now I eat lots of stir-fry, noodles, falafel, tofu scramble, cheeseless pizza, etc. And I get way more for my $20 a week.<br><br><br><br>
I was addicted to cheese before, and I still love it, though I abstain from it. I am hoping to try Vegan Gourmet someday, once I get the cash. And I do miss being able to just get some ice cream, but then I think about the animals, and what it is- I forget about it. They're expensive, so I save those vegan "dairy" items as treats. Except soymilk, I always need my Silk! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> Funny thing is, I never drank milk before veganism. heh.<br><br><br><br>
THe point is- I miss cheese and real ice cream, but I think it's completely worth it. And believe me, I LONG for that cheesy pizza, or a snickers bar, or mint chocolate chip ice cream... But I just abstain because of my beliefs.<br><br><br><br>
Eh, there's my 2 cents... (doesn't someone else on this board say that? Is it this board or another one I go to! I don't remember...)
 

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Does this mean you are motivated based on your morals to be vegan - or are you saying you are suffering from guilt? Something you might want to think about because one (motivation) makes being vegan easy - the other is going to cause you to have a lot of issues down the road.<br><br><br><br><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
<div class="quote-block">I live with my parents until I graduate from college in december, and they pay for my food. They put up with the veggie thing, but I'm not sure how they'd handle vegan.<br></div>
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Maybe you could talk with them about it first. If you explain your reasons, ask for their help (usually parents love it when you ask for their help - makes them feel needed - at least it does me <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">) So many young people have this conern. Man, if my daughter (the Anti-Vegan) came to me and said "Mom, I want to be a Veggie - can you help?" - I'd be jumping up and down and turning cartwheels!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br><br><br><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
<div class="quote-block">I LOVE cheese, milk, ice cream, etc., and I HATE soy cheeze, soy milk (except on cereal), soy ice cream, etc.<br></div>
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That's a hard one.<br><br>
I would spend some quiet time coming to terms with this (maybe in meditation if you do that). If you feel these contribute to animal suffering - linking the two (dairy=suffering) in your mind through contemplation / meditation may help change this LOVE feeling you have towards these products.<br><br><br><br>
...... if you hate soy milk, maybe you could try nut milks or rice milk. Sorbets could be an acceptable substitute for ice cream (it's all in your personal outlook), etc.<br><br><br><br><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
<div class="quote-block">What the hell do you do when you go out to eat with friends or family, or when you're invited to dinner, or when you stay with family on vacations? Do you ask them to cater to you? Do you refuse their food?</div>
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You make modifications. Once you've been veggie for awhile you learn. You made mods as a lacto-ovo right?<br><br><br><br>
You educate your family about your way of eating, and you ask them to support you (or you bring your own food).<br><br><br><br>
This is really up to you - if, when you are visiting you decide you will consume dairy - then do so. Nobody is keeping score - this is your journey.....you get to decide how it proceeds.<br><br><br><br>
Same goes for you wedding. Why not just have both options available for the sake of everyone (or make it lacto/ovo only) - whatever you decide....it's your wedding so you make the rules (there is no Vegan deity handing out punishment for lapses.....no matter what anyone tells you!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">)<br><br><br><br><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
<div class="quote-block">Isn't it just expensive as hell to be vegan? I mean, can you really get everything you need at a regular grocery store, or do you have to go buy the expensive health food store stuff?<br></div>
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I found it much less expensive to be veggie, but that's my experience. Not all health food store stuff is expensive, but you can also try ethnic grocery stores (tahini, chick peas, all sorts of lentils, tempeh, etc.), farmers markets/co-ops, etc. Large grocery stores have a suprising amount of veggie friendly foods.<br><br><br><br><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
<div class="quote-block">I can't cook worth a damn, and every vegan recipe I see that sound like it would taste good has some kind of freaky ingredient like nutritional yeast flakes or brown rice syrup.</div>
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Take it slow.<br><br><br><br>
A lot of veggie friendly ingredients are new to us, and we need to get used to them (nutritional yeast, tahini, quinoa.....). Try to look at it in a positive way; these freaky ingredients assist us in having variety in our menus (and they taste good too!). Maybe you could try one new thing a week.<br><br><br><br>
You certainly don't have to add these weird foods to your diet - but you might be missing out of some real treats. Try to look at it as an adventure (and a blessing - every new veggie recipe or food you master that helps you to maintain a veggie way of life matters to the suffering of animals - big picture wise).<br><br><br><br>
You don't have to spend an hour in the kitchen every night if you don't want to - really. Most of my cooking is on the go because of my schedule (though I'd LOVE to spend an entire evening just goofing in the kitchen - that's entertainment to me) <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br><br><br>
You can eat PB & J if you are controlling your weight (just control your portion - count the calories)<br><br><br><br><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
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I would spend time with myself looking within - come up with a plan that works for me - then go with that. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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Everyone has given great advice! I'll just throw in my two cents...<br><br><br><br><br><br>
I understand where you're coming from! A vegan diet is defintely more cruel-free than ovo-lacto, but it definitely takes effort and dedication. If you ask me, being a o-l-vegetarian is a piece of cake!! Giving up dairy is what I'm struggling with. That stuff is hard to part with. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":("> I given up my glass of milk every morning, and let me tell ya, I miss it. But, the key is, just keep telling yourself what 'milk' is - It's COW breast milk. It's for calves. It wasn't intended for humans. Cheese - HARDENED cow's breast milk. That doesn't sound too appetizing, lol. Eggs - *warning, this may be a bit crude* straight from a hen's private to your mouth. Yuck. Just try to think of it like that. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/wink3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=";)"><br><br><br><br>
Btw, I'm not trying to become vegan, I just try as hard as I can to avoid the obvious animal products. I still eat products with honey (I know it's bee vomit =P) and non-vegan veggie burgers. But, I do try hard to avoid as many animal products as I can. It may not make as much of an impact as being a complete vegan, but hey, it's still one heck of an effort! My advice to you is, just try to avoid as many animal products as you can, and see how you do with that. You may become completely vegan in the future, you never know. Just take it one step at a time. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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I don't have much problem with the egg and dairy thing; I've always thought eggs were gross, and dairy becomes easier over time. I used to love cheesy pizzas and such, and now they seem so greasy and rubbery that they nauseate me. Plus, I think about how grossed out I'd be by drinking HUMAN breast milk, which is MUCH more natural than drinking the milk of another species. And I notice how now that I consume less dairy, even a little makes me feel urky.<br><br><br><br>
No, my problem, ironically enough, is with actual meat. It's supposed to be the easiest thing to give up, but for me it's the hardest. No matter how much protein, iron, calcium, and b12 I consume, the cravings still become more intense over time and I have no idea why. But I just take it one meal at a time. I don't worry about being perfect; every meal that doesn't rely on animals is another meal that saved some lives.
 

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Reading these threads always makes me feel better. Knowing that there are others out there struggling is comforting.<br><br><br><br>
I tried one brand of soymilk (can't remember which) and it tasted too thick and weird to me. I guess I'm going to have to experiment and see what taste I like best.
 

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1. I live with my parents until I graduate from college in december, and they pay for my food. They put up with the veggie thing, but I'm not sure how they'd handle vegan.<br><br><br><br>
talk to them beforehand and make sure they know it's important to you that they support your beliefs. if they don't want to shop for vegan stuff for you, go grocery shopping together, find out how much you can spend on your stuff, split up and get your food and meet back at the checkout. works for my bf and i.<br><br><br><br>
2. I LOVE cheese, milk, ice cream, etc., and I HATE soy cheeze, soy milk (except on cereal), soy ice cream, etc.<br><br><br><br>
i felt the same, but after you make a conscious and informed decision to stop eating dairy, it's not that hard. and as for soy milk, i had to try several brands before i found one i liked. shop around. same goes for cheeze and ice cream.<br><br><br><br>
3. What the hell do you do when you go out to eat with friends or family, or when you're invited to dinner, or when you stay with family on vacations? Do you ask them to cater to you? Do you refuse their food?<br><br><br><br>
make and bring your own food to gatherings. if you have a say in the planning, suggest a potluck so you can bring enough for others to try. restaurants can be easy depending on the restaurant. not much luck at a steakhouse but others will usually gladly make substitutions and special requests. i usually get a stir fry and make sure they know i don't want chicken broth or oyster sauce etc in it, i just tell them i'm a strict vegetarian and they're usually accomodating. if it's noodles just remember to ask if they're made with egg. if so order it with rice. easy enough.<br><br><br><br>
4. I'm in the middle of planning a wedding for next June. It will be veggie, because I can't stand the idea of serving meat. However, if I go vegan, I'll still have to have a veggie wedding, because there's no way my meat-and-potatoes family is going to handle a vegan reception well. Not to mention, the place we're getting married probably has NO idea what a vegan menu would look like.<br><br><br><br>
i'd stick to a veggie menu then if that's what you think will go over best with the family. you can just make sure there are a few dishes that are vegan and if you decide you want to try the ones that aren't, hey it's your wedding, it only happens once so what the heck.<br><br><br><br>
5. Isn't it just expensive as hell to be vegan? I mean, can you really get everything you need at a regular grocery store, or do you have to go buy the expensive health food store stuff?<br><br><br><br>
uh no. i'm in no way in a position where i can afford to buy expensive health food store stuff. i buy rice, pastas, fresh veggies, and other common things like that, at the grocery store, and my bills are lower than they were when i was omni. less tendency to buy expensive premade microwavable junk.<br><br><br><br>
6. I can't cook worth a damn, and every vegan recipe I see that sound like it would taste good has some kind of freaky ingredient like nutritional yeast flakes or brown rice syrup. I can't even cook tofu! Can I be vegan without spending an hour in the kitchen every night? Oh yeah, and I'm trying to lose weight too, so PB&J is out.<br><br><br><br>
pb&j is not gonna make you fat. the fats in nuts are good for you, if you don't eat it 12 times a day it shouldn't do anything. i can't cook that well either, and i don't use nutrition yeast or brown rice syrup (what's that) and i've bought tofu maybe twice in my life. you don't have to eat that kind of stuff to be vegan and healthy. some people get that stuff cause they like it and it's fun to try new things, but you certainly don't have to. i don't use cookbooks, i just make what i'm hungry for. i make stir fries a lot (ok i like stir fry), i make perogies often cause they're cheap, easy and yummy, veggie sandwiches or stuffed pitas, heck there are a ton of easy quick things that don't take much skill or time.
 

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I will be posting recipes almost every day here, and a lot of them are vegan or, with a few substitutions, very close to vegan. They are very easy and dont take a lot of time, so check them out and maybe you can get a few ideas. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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My answers to your questions (fwiw):<br><br><br><br><b>1. I live with my parents until I graduate from college in december, and they pay for my food. They put up with the veggie thing, but I'm not sure how they'd handle vegan.</b> If you can't talk to your parents about it (like mariedv recommended) then, stock up on the veggie foods that are more vegan and try not to stock up so much on the non-vegan things. As your non-v's run out, replace them with vegan foods.<br><br><br><br><b>2. I LOVE cheese, milk, ice cream, etc., and I HATE soy cheeze, soy milk (except on cereal), soy ice cream, etc.</b> Hate milk, can't stand cheese, love SoyDream. The pecan almond flavor is my fav. Tastes just like the pralenes and cream I used to eat in my omni days. Put some frozen berries with this (unthawed) and you're on your way to yumsville. Soy milk varies between brand so if you don't like one brand, try another.<br><br><br><br><b>3. What the hell do you do when you go out to eat with friends or family, or when you're invited to dinner, or when you stay with family on vacations? Do you ask them to cater to you? Do you refuse their food?</b> We rarely socialize, so I've not had this problem too many times. What few times we have socialized, it's been in a buffet situation so I fill up on what I can have and bypass the rest. In a dinner situation (with family), I tell them I can have anything that doesn't have milk or meat in it. Usually, they can handle that.<br><br><br><br><b>4. I'm in the middle of planning a wedding for next June. It will be veggie, because I can't stand the idea of serving meat. However, if I go vegan, I'll still have to have a veggie wedding, because there's no way my meat-and-potatoes family is going to handle a vegan reception well. Not to mention, the place we're getting married probably has NO idea what a vegan menu would look like.</b> LadyFaile has the best answer about that one.<br><br><br><br><b>5. Isn't it just expensive as hell to be vegan? I mean, can you really get everything you need at a regular grocery store, or do you have to go buy the expensive health food store stuff?</b> My HFS is a good 40 miles away and there's no way I'm going to drive all that way for special ingredients. My logic: if I can't get it at my grocery store, I don't need to have it. Like others have said, there are good options at the groc as well as co-ops, farmer's markets, ethnic shops. I've even found good veggie food at swapmeets. And since going veg, I spend less. Much less<br><br><br><br><b>6. I can't cook worth a damn, and every vegan recipe I see that sound like it would taste good has some kind of freaky ingredient like nutritional yeast flakes or brown rice syrup. I can't even cook tofu! Can I be vegan without spending an hour in the kitchen every night? Oh yeah, and I'm trying to lose weight too, so PB&J is out.</b> I can't cook that well, either but I do have some good standbys. Stirfry, veggie soup, chili, veg tacos, veggie potatoes....these are my best friends and most go off in less than a half hour. I also keep quick cook rice on hand (along with some quick cook grains) because I can boil water and if I can boil water, I can at least make something palatable.
 

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"And since going veg, I spend less. Much less"<br><br><br><br>
How? Please tell me because I think I spend a lot more than I used to. The only places I have found to shop so far are Walmart and Kroger which have very limited selection.<br><br><br><br>
I think there is a health food store sorta near me, but I haven't had the nerve to try it out yet. I'm not sure I could drag my husband there. Boy, do I wish I had a vegetarian friend in town!
 

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Yeah, I know that when I went veggie I spent more than before I was veggie. Fafafrappy, I don't know how you can get by spending $20 per week! That's barely anything! I'd love to see a sample grocery list!
 

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I spend more money on food now, also. But I think part of that reason is that I buy some things for convenience, such as bagged salads, frozen chopped vegetables, pre-made tofu salads, frozen dinners, etc. If I wasn't so lazy and was willing to spend more time preparing food (and learning to cook in general <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/wink3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=";)">), I would save money I'm sure.
 

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Okie, here's my sample smatter! Not really a list. heh.<br><br><br><br>
I usually save a LOT on produce by going to a hispanic oriented store. The produce is always better, and cheaper!<br><br><br><br>
I usually buy staple produce- a lot of what I use to cook is already on hand, and I usually have a lot of it. I always have potatoes, broccoli, celery, carrots. Usually we have bananas in my house, and oranges. Sometimes I'll buy red bell peppers, and random berries. I always get what's on sale. I usually buy 2 packs of tofu. I eat a lot of whole, and raw foods, because I like it that way. Plus, it's cheaper. I love having soymilk in the house, so that's a must! It's hard to go without it.. (it's funny though, I never drank real milk very much.) Every other week or so I buy leafy greens.<br><br><br><br>
I always have noodles, rice, tomato sauce, and canned beans in the house. Bags of dried beans and rice are very good for saving money! Plus, fresh pinto beans taste sooo good when simmered with cilantro and onions! So I don't have to worry about those often. Also because I don't eat them often. I eat a lot of fruit and salads.<br><br><br><br>
I usually eat pretty well with all this stuff that I buy. This past week.. Let me see what I bought.<br><br><br><br>
A BIG can of baked beans. Good for about 4 meals.<br><br>
Whole wheat bread<br><br>
Rice noodles (lasts for about 3 meals)<br><br>
1 can coconut milk (smoothies, and meals!)<br><br>
spinach<br><br>
romaine lettuce<br><br>
carrots<br><br>
broccoli<br><br>
mushrooms<br><br>
tofu dogs<br><br><br><br>
There may have been more, but that's what I can remember right off the top of my head. See, the week before I had bought a box of falafel, and tofu scrambler. I still had cans of refried beans, tomato soup, soy milk, rice, red bell peppers, potatoes, I had some baked tofu for sandwiches, I have lots of breakfast foods (Oatmeal, malt-o-meal). Things like that. So I base my shopping on things I have. I'm spending my Mom's money right now. I'm getting a job soon to support my own diet, so I have a feeling that I'll be splurging a lot more. hehehe...<br><br><br><br>
But to assure you, I eat a lot more than what my lists say I probably do. heh. Today, for example, I ate a baked tofu sandwich, a spinach salad w/ raspberry vinaigrette, 2 oranges, 2 bananas, lots of strawberries and blueberries, soy pudding, a big berry smoothie, baked beans, toast, and even a bowl of cereal. hehe. I love fruit! Can't you tell? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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As for the cheese etc. addictions, maybe it would be worthwile to check out the book I wrote about in Product Reviews a few hours ago.<br><br><br><br>
Otherwise, you're asking too many questions. Let things develop naturally, listen to your body and your mind too. You can't expect to find out all these things in one day...!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D">
 
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