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Hello<br><br>
After putting it off and putting it off I have decided to take the plunge and go vegan as of today. Aside from the temptations of avoiding the foods I would normally eat, I need some help coming up with 3-5 items to eat when I am hungry.<br>
I am 39 years old married and a father of two children. My wife and children are total omnivores and will not be participating in this undertaking with me. What I would like is a few very simple items I can use for dinner and lunch. I have a rice cooker so one of the things I planned to make was rice and bean burritos. I just need to find a recipe for spanish rice in the rice cooker!<br>
Aside from the burritos and veggie sandwiches I am at a loss for staple meals. I work long hours and I am a complete neophite in the kitchen things with little or no cooking and prep will work best. I do not mind eating the same meal multiple times a week in case that helps.<br>
So aside from PBJ and Bean and rice burritos...what suggestions do you have?<br>
Thanks in advance for the help!
 

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Welcome to VeggieBoards!<br><br>
Here are some of my favorite easy and quick meal fallbacks:<br>
Veggie wrap: Wrap shell, hummus, carrot, cucumber, celery, and collards/kale<br>
Pita Pizza: Pitta shell, sauce, spinach, mushroom, onion, bell pepper, garlic and any other toppings that you like<br>
Grilled Mushroom Sandwich: Spinach, portobello mushrooms, onion, garlic, veganaise, vegan cheese. Cooke up the mushrooms, onion, garlic, and season them as you like. Make your sandwich and add the veganaise and vegan cheese. Cook it nice and toasty in a sandwich grill.<br><br>
You could also consider getting a small crock pot (if you don't already have one) and making a simple veggie soup, chili, or stew. Leftovers can be put in tupperware or gladware containers and frozen to be reheated and eaten later. If you don't have much time during the week, you could make a batch on your day off and use the leftovers throughout the week.<br>
Here are some easy soup recipes:<br><a href="http://www.savvyvegetarian.com/vegetarian-recipes/soup-recipes.php" target="_blank">http://www.savvyvegetarian.com/veget...up-recipes.php</a>
 

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Spaghetti is easy to prepare.
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Bright Bird</strong> <a href="/forum/post/3038171"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
Welcome to VeggieBoards!<br><br>
Here are some of my favorite easy and quick meal fallbacks:<br>
Veggie wrap: Wrap shell, hummus, carrot, cucumber, celery, and collards/kale<br>
Pita Pizza: Pitta shell, sauce, spinach, mushroom, onion, bell pepper, garlic and any other toppings that you like<br>
Grilled Mushroom Sandwich: Spinach, portobello mushrooms, onion, garlic, veganaise, vegan cheese. Cooke up the mushrooms, onion, garlic, and season them as you like. Make your sandwich and add the veganaise and vegan cheese. Cook it nice and toasty in a sandwich grill.<br><br>
You could also consider getting a small crock pot (if you don't already have one) and making a simple veggie soup, chili, or stew. Leftovers can be put in tupperware or gladware containers and frozen to be reheated and eaten later. If you don't have much time during the week, you could make a batch on your day off and use the leftovers throughout the week.<br>
Here are some easy soup recipes:<br><a href="http://www.savvyvegetarian.com/vegetarian-recipes/soup-recipes.php" target="_blank">http://www.savvyvegetarian.com/veget...up-recipes.php</a></div>
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Thanks for the link and suggestions. I do have a crock pot, veggie steamer, and rice cooker to assist in helping me get accustomed to not eating out. Soups would work great to go along with the veggie sandwiches!
 

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it's a great time of year for squash and sweet potato soups. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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you can get a lot of variety of meals with simply beans, rice, and a veggie or 2. use different rice (or grains, grains can be cooked in the rice cooker just like rice) like basmati, brown rice, black rice, wild rice, jasmine, short grain and combine with a different bean like pinto, black bean, chickpea, red bean, etc. if you don't want to cook beans (its really easy to cook a big batch of beans to use for the week) just use them from a can.<br><br>
you can cook rice and lentils in the rice cooker at the same time, just add a little extra water than normal. i add peas and carrots to lentils and rice with some cumin seeds and veggie broth. eat this as it is, wrap in a tortilla and add some fresh veg like cabbage and tomatoes, or use as a side dish to other things.<br><br>
hummus is my number one go to food, its also really easy to make, but can be bought for pretty cheap now too (trader joes has a good selection), eat it with toasted pita bread, crackers, chips, raw veggies like celery and carrots.
 

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I just wrote a blog post that may be useful to you:<br><a href="http://www.vegansoapbox.com/advice-for-busy-vegans/" target="_blank">http://www.vegansoapbox.com/advice-for-busy-vegans/</a>
 

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you can get a lot of variety of meals with simply beans, rice, and a veggie or 2. use different rice (or grains, grains can be cooked in the rice cooker just like rice) like basmati, brown rice, black rice, wild rice, jasmine, short grain and combine with a different bean like pinto, black bean, chickpea, red bean, etc. if you don't want to cook beans (its really easy to cook a big batch of beans to use for the week) just use them from a can.<br><br>
you can cook rice and lentils in the rice cooker at the same time, just add a little extra water than normal. i add peas and carrots to lentils and rice with some cumin seeds and veggie broth. eat this as it is, wrap in a tortilla and add some fresh veg like cabbage and tomatoes, or use as a side dish to other things.<br><br>
hummus is my number one go to food, its also really easy to make, but can be bought for pretty cheap now too (trader joes has a good selection), eat it with toasted pita bread, crackers, chips, raw veggies like celery and carrots.</div>
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Can I add dry lentils to the rice cooker with the rice, or are you talking about a canned version? The rice cooker is a life saver and anything I can make in it will help a lot.<br>
Thanks for the other suggestions as well!
 

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Can I add dry lentils to the rice cooker with the rice, or are you talking about a canned version? The rice cooker is a life saver and anything I can make in it will help a lot.<br>
Thanks for the other suggestions as well!</div>
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Yes, dry lentils in the rice cooker with the rice. all kind works (red, yellow, brown) well, with any rice. brown rice needs more water and longer cooking time as usual.<br><br>
You can also cook grains like quinoa, barley, millet and oatmeal in the rice cooker.
 
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