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Hi, I'm Mia.<br><br>
I've always felt an affinity with animals, however like many I was raised on a meat-heavy diet. I've always wanted to go vegetarian, but was in the dark about nutrition untill recently, and didn't really have any support, so my first few attempts at going veg didn't work out. It's been just over a month this time, and I've found myself going vegan almost overnight. I'm lactose intolerant anyway, so dairy was always out unless I happened to have pills on me, and after finding out the truth about the egg industry that one has been easy to ditch, especially as eggs have never been something I was particularly fond of anyway.<br><br>
Must be said though, this time is going to be a challenge, as I live in Georgia right now, where fried chicken and barbecued ribs seem to be the staple food. I was inspired to go off the meat for good as there's a chicken slaughterhouse near me, and I've heard countless horror stories from people who used to or still do work there. And I'm not getting that much support from people around me either, my only friend who is vegetarian lives in the Netherlands, and most people around me roll their eyes when I bring up the topic. Still though, I'm holding out hope that maybe I can lead by example, and people around me are noticing how I'm fitter, healthier, and glowing more than I ever have in my life.<br><br>
I'm really glad I found this board. It looks awesome, and hoping to learn a lot from all of you!
 

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Welcome to the forums <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> We have quite a few southern vegans and vegetarians on here, so they can probably shed some light on how best to deal with the ever-pervasive bbq and fried chicken.
 

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Why thank you so much. Thanks to the internet, this transition has already been a lot easier! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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Welcome, Mia! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br>
Mmm, know what? If you can't beat 'em, join 'em, but in your own way. How about BBQ seitan or fried tofu "chicken" strips?<br><br>
I looove this recipe, and lately whenever I make it I tear up the tofu in chunks instead of slicing it in strips, follow recipe directions until the end, where instead of putting it in the oven I deep-fry it. Sooo... goood... there are no words!<br><br><a href="http:" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FjH9lgvZRco</a>
 

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Mmmmm, that does look tasty, thank you! It's only very occasionally that I eat fried foods, although this could be good to serve when I have people over.
 

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They're awesome baked, too! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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Oh definitely. The good news is that I'm moving to New York this October as well as investigating a few options abroad for grad school, so I just have to stick it out untill I'm in better company.
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Mia82</strong> <a href="/forum/post/2878876"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
Oh definitely. The good news is that I'm moving to New York this October as well as investigating a few options abroad for grad school, so I just have to stick it out untill I'm in better company.</div>
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If you're moving to Manhattan you'll be in vegan heaven. And I'll be jealous.
 

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Well, I'll probably be looking right outside of Manhattan in places such as Brooklyn or Jersey City for cheaper rent, but more than likely working in Manhattan as my field is accounting. It'll be nice to have more options when I'm on the run, that's for sure <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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When I'm invited to a BBQ I bring sausages, patties or vegan "chicken" breast / strips... and veggies (potatoes are the best!) wrapped in aluminium paper =)<br><br>
It's a great way of joining people and showing them you can eat vegan stuff that looks tastier than a plain salad, even tastier than their food ^^
 

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Hell yeah, cooking for people is a nice way to disarm and maybe inspire them about my lifestyle. I make a very nice chili sin carne!
 

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Hell yeah, cooking for people is a nice way to disarm and maybe inspire them about my lifestyle. I make a very nice chili sin carne!</div>
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Oooh, sounds nummy. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br>
I love getting people to try my vegan meals. I don't think I've ever had any negative reviews. Sometimes people shy away from certain ingredients, they aren't sure, so they'll only have small amounts. Actually, the only thing I remember people acting this way with is tofu. Not tofu that they can't see (like silken tofu in my vegan fettucine alfredo) but the stir-fried chunks... they just have their preconceived notions that it's going to be gross, you know? But it's fun to get them to see that it's not, that it's very delicious. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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Haha I make some delicious fried "general tao" tofu... People that tasted it, loved it... Changed their views on tofu...<br>
At the end people realize when this strange white thing is flavored, cooked, and presented decently, it tastes good actually XD
 

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I was never that fond of BBQ or fried chicken either. Maybe when I was a kid, but by the time I reached 18, overly greasy food made me sick.<br><br>
Kim, vegan alfredo sounds awesome! I've made some very good fake bacon that's fooled a few meat-eaters by soaking say bacon strips in a mixture of olive oil, basil paste, and garlic paste, then frying. It would probably be yummy as part of a pasta carbonara.
 

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Haha I make some delicious fried "general tao" tofu... People that tasted it, loved it... Changed their views on tofu...<br>
At the end people realize when this strange white thing is flavored, cooked, and presented decently, it tastes good actually XD</div>
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Exactly! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br>
Mmm, General Tao tofu... Had that at a restaurant in Montreal once, it was sooo good. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
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Kim, vegan alfredo sounds awesome! I've made some very good fake bacon that's fooled a few meat-eaters by soaking say bacon strips in a mixture of olive oil, basil paste, and garlic paste, then frying. It would probably be yummy as part of a pasta carbonara.</div>
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There's two recipes for it (vegan alfredo) in Quick & Easy Vegan Comfort Food, by Alicia Simpson. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> I always make the easiest of the two, the first one. I was really surprised by how good it was the first time, I wasn't expecting it to be so much like the real thing. It's not identical, of course, but it's awesome.<br><br>
Now I modify it slightly from the original: I stir-fry some broccoli and onion, then add the sauce to the pan to heat it up. Sometimes I throw garlic in with the veggies, too. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> Looove it. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D"><br><br>
That fake bacon sounds really yummy, too. I love Yves Veggie Cuisine soy bacon. I fry it until it's partly crispy, then drizzle the leftover hot oil onto the strips on the plate. Sooo good. Haha, it's possible I eat too many fried foods. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/tongue3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":p"> I guess I'm all about the delicious. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D">
 

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True, but plant based plants are beneficial, so people shouldn't be afraid of them. I'm not much of a broccoli fan, so I'd probably do everything you did except substitute lots of spinach, which is something I can't get enough of!
 

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I'm not much of a broccoli fan, so I'd probably do everything you did except substitute lots of spinach, which is something I can't get enough of!</div>
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Mmm, bet that would be awesome, too. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> I've had vegan mac and cheese recipes that called for spinach, also great. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> But this vegan fettucine alfredo is much yummier than the vegan mac and cheeses I've had. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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Mmm, bet that would be awesome, too. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> I've had vegan mac and cheese recipes that called for spinach, also great. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> But this vegan fettucine alfredo is much yummier than the vegan mac and cheeses I've had. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"></div>
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Yeah, I was never too much of a mac and cheese person anyway. The pasta is yummy, and I'm also on the lookout for vegan sushi recipes. Unlike the other kind, that kind would store in the fridge easily for days and be great for brown bagged lunches.
 

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Hi folks. i am new here and i hope i can say that i am a vegetarian but that wouldn't be truthful. Although i am seriously considering being one. I agree with what Mia said that it is really not easy. Everyday, I see meat dishes everywhere. Anyway I really want to be a vegetarian but i am doing it one step at a time. Hope joining this forum would help me achieve my goal.
 
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