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I have recently decided to become a vegetarian. The only problem is I live in such a small town, we don't have too many vegetarian food choices. I can't even find vegetable broth at my Wal mart! So, I was going to see if you all had any ideas or awesome, simple recipes for me? We do have the frozen foods, like the morning star and those things. Even the meatless crumbles which I was shocked about. Also, how many of you still eat cheese? And does anyone live close to Evansville In? Do you know and good places to shop for this kind of food?
 

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Well your town has a WalMart so you're ahead of me regarding size. We do have a Safeway and a real small (5 aisles) IGA. However my kids are away to college, one 3 hours away and one 2 hours away the third one lives in a smaller town with no Costco but it does have a Walmart. Both of the bigger towns have a Costco's and both towns have a food coop/good food store type places.<br><br>
What I've done to cope.<br><br>
- 90% of fruits/veggies are bought locally.<br>
- When I visit my kids, I always go to Costco to buy items not stocked at Safeway... especially bulk items.<br>
- Also I visit the bulk food stores and stock up on a huge variety of dried goods... beans, rice, odd flours, lentils, peas, nuts, spices etc.<br>
- For really hard to find items or other bulk dry goods that I want a lot of, Amazon is my friend. I've gotten great veggie broth bullion, organic hulled barley, seasonings etc.<br><br>
I eat virtually no convenience foods (I have the time and I really like to cook) and the great thing about dried goods is they last quite a while so my infrequent shopping trips are not a problem.
 

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Keep in mind you don't need to replace animal meat with faux meats like morningstar. They can be convenient and taste good, even familiar... but they're processed foods with low nutritional values.<br><br>
Most grocery stores carry all sorts of vegetarian and vegan foods.... beans, fruits, vegetables, greens, grains, nuts, seeds, herbs, spices.
 

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I'm new to vegetarianism too!<br><br>
You can make your own vegetable broth which I swear is phenomenal! We usually just use whatever vegetables need to be used. Once we made an amazing mushroom broth! You can really taste the difference in your food, plus its a great way to control your sodium intake!<br>
Here is one recipe: <a href="http://vegetarian.about.com/od/soupsstewsandchili/r/veggiebroth.htm" target="_blank">http://vegetarian.about.com/od/soups...eggiebroth.htm</a> You might also want to save the water you've cooked/steamed vegetables in, freeze it and save it for future broth making.<br><br>
As for cheese, I still eat it. As of right now, I can't give it up. I love it way too much.
 

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I'm new to making a real commitment but I've been trying for years to eat 'less' meat. A few years back we went on a month long road trip all over the US and I had this idea that I would try to be totally vegetarian for the month (since all meals would be in restaurants and I wouldn't have to compromise with my husband's food choices). In the midwest especially I found it very hard to get vegetarian meals or even veggies (we mainly stayed in smaller towns for cheaper motels). I live in a big city so it's easier here, but I don't like most fake meats or convenience foods anyway, it is possible to have a good diet without them.
 

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I'm new too <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> Right now I'm just tweaking recipes/meals I'm used to eating making and making them vegetarian. Examples-homemade fried rice minus the chicken (and up the veggies, which can be in frozen form), baked potato bar without the bacon, salads with extra veggies instead of chicken etc. Last night I made french toast with cinnamon and vanilla extract-soooo good! But, I had a banana on the side instead of the sausage links my family ate. I'm discovering that being a vegetarian doesn't have to mean complicated recipes-just little tweaks <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> And frozen veggies are a great alternative to fresh-they're frozen right after they're picked so depending on your growing season they may actually be fresher then 'fresh' stuff that's brought in from other states (or countries yuck!). Our growing season is over for the year so I'm buying many of my veggies in frozen form right now.
 

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There is zero need for convenience foods in the vegan diet. I live in a small town, too. I find that many small towns have a variety of farmer's markets and vegetable stands. Those can become your best friend in the right seasons. Frozen is indeed a great thing after the growing season is over, though. Also, making your own vegetable broths is a great idea, particularly if you have the freezer space to store extra for later.<br>
Soups can be a great way to get vegetables and nutrients in your diet. If you don't really like vegetables sitting on a plate, I can give you plenty of recipes via private message for one pot dinners and dishes you wouldn't really think of as a plate of veg.
 

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I live in a small town also but, we have good grocery stores and there's bigger towns both East and West which have Both Earth Fare and Whole Foods. It's always easy to stock up on potatoes, rice, dried beans, canned veggies like peas and corn, frozen veggies and fresh like carrots, greens and fruits. Walmart does seem to completely lack any selection of meatless options. I usually mix it up. If I'm near the super walmart I'll grab some stuff there because it's good prices. I have found that the veggies are quite good at Save-a-lot. Yea, it was a surprise to me too and very cheap. When I'm looking for some pretend meat I usually go to Harris Teeter. The farmers market here is awesome. Next spring I'm growing my own garden. I haven't had my own garden in years. I'm looking forward to that.<br><br>
I don't eat much of the pretend meat stuff. I usually get some tofu sausages and use it for a quick, warm meal when I'm on the run. I'll nuke one in the microwave, toss it on a slice of 12 grain bread, squirt on some mustard and call it dinner.<br><br>
Pastas are good too. I love pasta.<br><br>
I'm not big on the sugar based foods like cakes and pies and the like. So, I find that I can pretty much eat as much as I want, whenever I want, of whatever I want that's vegetarian and my pants don't get tight. When I was a meat eater it was a constant battle. I mean, who doesn't love a ripe mango?
 

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Agreed. Become a master of spices
 
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