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Hey guys,<br><br><br><br>
I'm looking for some suggestions for food - I'm kind of stuck. I'm dealing with a complete lack of energy (related to chronic health conditions), and carrying too much on my plate with university, work, research, being a bridesmaid, etc.. I need some help! I'm not eating very often or well - I don't have the energy (from health conditions) many days to get out of bed, so I need foods I can make in large portions and freeze that are quick and healthy to reheat, and things that take very little time to make, and very little cleanup.<br><br><br><br>
I'm lacto/ovo, but everything veggie is fairgame <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> Any suggestions that you could offer up would be great.<br><br><br><br>
Thanks <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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You could make:<br><br><br><br>
Chillis<br><br>
Soups<br><br>
Stews<br><br>
Curries (e.g. chickpea and spinach)<br><br>
Pasta sauces (tomato sauce and loads of veg, with or without tvp or beans)<br><br>
Make a batch of veggie burgers, bake em in the oven and freeze the extra (great to pop in microwave when you need them)<br><br><br><br>
That's all I can think of at the moment. We usually make one or two 'serves 4-6' recipes a week, and eat the leftovers the following day(s) for lunch and/or dinner, and/or freeze some.<br><br><br><br>
Hope that helps!
 

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I like the idea of this thread. I too need quick ideas for healthy meals.<br><br><br><br>
Does anyone here make their own veggie burgers? Is it hard? I'd rather make "fresh" stuff instead of the prepackaged burgers all of the time. Although I love the Boco burgers. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D">
 

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It's easy to make veggie burgers. It's somewhat harder to make them stay together <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/wink3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=";)"><br><br><br><br>
I don't have a recipe, but I mix up a grain (e.g. brown rice or breadcrumbs) with some lightly mashed beans (e.g. kidney beans) and some sauteed finely chopped veggies (well seasoned) and some flax 'eggs' - enough of each to make a mixture that can be easily moulded into burger shapes. Then bake in a medium oven until done.<br><br><br><br>
Erm, that's probably no help. I'm sure someone else can give you a better idea!!!
 

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I make a <b><span style="text-decoration:underline;">chili</span></b> every once in a while and then eat it for a few days and also have enough to share with others. You can use almost any ingredients, can't cook it too long, don't need exact amounts of anything, it's fool proof:<br><br><br><br>
tomato chunks or puree (fresh or canned)<br><br>
whatever beans you want (kidney, black, lima, pinto, etc.)<br><br>
I also add lentils (red, yellow, green, or not)<br><br>
saute some veggies (carrots, broc, celery, always onion and garlic, whatever else is around, even corn, peas, etc.)<br><br>
I also add TVP (dehydrated soy) and some oats<br><br>
you can toss in some rice or not<br><br>
curry powder<br><br>
chili powder<br><br>
salt and pepper<br><br>
other spices if you want<br><br><br><br>
Prep time will take a bit, but it's not so bad and can feel good doing it. Cook for a while, stir periodically, and you'll be set with lots of food to eat, freeze, and share.<br><br><br><br><br><br>
I also drain, slice, and marinate tofu, then bake for a while and make into easy and tasty sandwiches! Yum!
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>meatless</strong> <a href="/forum/post/0"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
The ultimate veggie burger recipe from vegan planet is very good.<br></div>
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Ahhh. I'll have to look that up this afternoon. I have that book out from the library but it is due today!<br><br><br><br>
I wish I had enough money to build my own vegan library.
 

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I make fajitas all the time. They are so easy, and take no time at all. I make rice with beans a lot too, and veggie stews. :) Beans are really the way to go. Make a big batch, they freeze great, and reheat deliciously. Burritos are really great for travelling too. MMmmmmmm *burrito cravings*
 

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I love leftovers of simple dirty or brown rice mixed with beans, I'll even eat it cold. & fiber + protein = awesome <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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Aimra, the best way I've found to cook brown rice is this:<br><br><br><br>
At least 8 hours before you need it, boil water and dump in the rice with a little salt. Leave it to cool. When you come back to the rice, dump off the soaking water, refill with the right amount of water to get soaked up, bring to a boil and simmer for about 30 minutes. The rice is softer and not as chewy this way.<br><br><br><br>
Otherwise, brown rice can take an hour to cook and it's still chewy as all get out.
 

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Stupid chewy rice!<br><br><br><br>
Thanks for the advice Skylark. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D">
 

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Ooooh! Quick easy meals.. The incredible HUMMUS is always good. Spread it on a baked potato, bread, veggies... (precut all your veggies too!)<br><br><br><br>
I made a good 2 quarts of lentil soup just yesterday, and after 2 people eating their share.. I got 8 two ladle servings freezing in seperate bags. Easy reheater.<br><br><br><br>
I like the pizza dough idea, I have some yeast. I think I'll try that.<br><br><br><br>
If you have time in the morning, cook up noodles, drain them, and put a little oil on them. Then place them in tupperware and stick them in the fridge. All you gotta do is add the sauce later and microwave!<br><br><br><br>
Of course, salads and oatmeal are quick meals too. Keep your supplies like "Mise en Place" Get everything ready in the morning or before bed. I do that so I can eat a delicious vegan meal at school.<br><br><br><br>
Fruit is easy to prepare, add yogurt and almonds and you got a delicious salad.<br><br><br><br>
Thats my ramble. I hope it helps.
 

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I admit to eating vegan prepackaged meals quite often. I like to make tofu burritos. Just lightly fry the tofu, place on torilla, cover in spicyness of choice, and add some vegan sour cream. Ta DA! I eat a lot of those... Beans kick butt when in a hurry, just soak over night and put them in a slow cooker in the morning with chosen seasoning. When you get home supper is done. I like to eat my beans with a grain like toast or Barley. If you keep the water from the previous soaking and then soak the next batch in it... well it should decrease the gas factor of your next pot or beans. I read that you are a bridesmaid and that will come in handy I am sure. lol Good luck!
 

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Best way to cook beans: Slow cooker or pressure cooker.<br><br><br><br>
Best way to cook rice (white or brown): Rice cooker.<br><br><br><br>
Both a slow cooker and a rice cooker can be purchased for very little. I got a 10$ rice cooker for a friend from WALGREENS (drugstore type place) and it works great. My slow cooker (crock pot) came from Goodwill for 4$ and 5 years later it's still cooking away...<br><br><br><br>
If your rice is chewy, use jasmine rice - it usually cooks up soft. If your beans (or rice) cook up crunchy you may have hard (heavy mineralized) water and need to use bottled water or treated water to cook with.<br><br><br><br>
I make a huge pot of rice, a huge pot of beans (or sometimes two types) and we eat well for the week.
 

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We have a rice cooker............somewhere. I'll have to search for that.<br><br><br><br>
I do have a crock pot. Actually I have three (getting married gave us extras). I have a large, medium and small one. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/tongue3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":p"><br><br><br><br>
I will have to work with these. What spices do you use.<br><br><br><br>
Sorry, I hope I'm not hijacking the thread here!
 

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TNS, does jasmine rice have the same good fiber content that brown rice does? That's why I eat it, you know? All other things being equal (which they aren't) I prefer the taste of white rice. When I'm the one cooking, I make brown rice 'cause it's healthier and all that.
 

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Hmmm... Skylark, interesting question. I'm not sure if it has as much fiber or not. Brown Jasmine rice is fairly hard to find, I order it bulk in a 10# bag. I think I'll look it up online....<br><br><br><br>
Seasonings...if I'm doing pinto, little red beans or black beans, I cook the beans with several garlic cloves and when they're done, drain like...80% of the liquid, add salt, cumin, maybe some oregano and if I feel like it, about 2 Tb. of tomato paste.
 

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From what I could find online (bunch of different sites) Brown Jasmine Rice has 2.5 g fiber per cup and regular brown rice has 3.5 g per cup (cooked).<br><br><br><br>
Eh, a difference but not significant enough for me to worry about.
 
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