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Hello all - another new vegetarian here<br><br>
It's been almost two months now since I made the move from omni to veggie. Currently my diet is ovo/lacto vegetarian but I'm considering moving over to a predominantly vegan diet. I am still a work in progress ...<br><br>
As I made the switch without much planning, I just stopped the meat eating, I had been expecting some massive cravings or at least to be missing it a bit but so far it's been very easy. I've been doing a lot of (belated) research in to vegetarian nutrition and cooking (I made seitan today, it looks a bit terrifying). Any tips for cooking books/writers gratefully accepted!<br><br>
I had a final clearing out session in my cupboards and freezer today and removed the last few meat items. So now need to start restocking it properly. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br>
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Welcome aboard <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D"> You'll learn a great deal around here, provided you want to, and if you ever need help, just ask!<br><br>
As for recipes, I always recommend the Post Punk Kitchen. Their homepage as well as cookbooks (Veganomicon!) are chockfull of great stuff. Vegweb.com is also amazing, there's very little you can't find there. (It's all vegan but even during my vegetarian days I used the recipes all the time because they're just so good.)
 

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Welcome to veggie boards!<br><br>
One of my favourite recipe sites is Finding Vegan - <a href="http://www.findingvegan.com" target="_blank">www.findingvegan.com</a> - they update the recipes daily - if you are on Facebook, find and like their page and you will get a daily update.
 

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Welcome to veggie boards!<br><br>
One of my favourite recipe sites is Finding Vegan - <a href="http://www.findingvegan.com" target="_blank">www.findingvegan.com</a> - they update the recipes daily - if you are on Facebook, find and like their page and you will get a daily update.</div>
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I will check this out also and I am still midst of converting since I have some health and personal life issues.
 

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Congrats for making that change in your lifestyle! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D"><br><br>
And I don't know any Veggie cookbooks as I'm Vegan, but I must say I ADORE "the happy herbivore".
 

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Hello all - another new vegetarian here<br><br>
It's been almost two months now since I made the move from omni to veggie. Currently my diet is ovo/lacto vegetarian but I'm considering moving over to a predominantly vegan diet. I am still a work in progress ...<br><br>
As I made the switch without much planning, I just stopped the meat eating, I had been expecting some massive cravings or at least to be missing it a bit but so far it's been very easy. I've been doing a lot of (belated) research in to vegetarian nutrition and cooking (I made seitan today, it looks a bit terrifying). Any tips for cooking books/writers gratefully accepted!<br><br>
I had a final clearing out session in my cupboards and freezer today and removed the last few meat items. So now need to start restocking it properly. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br>
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Way to go!!<br><br>
This will sound silly, but I love shopping SO much more as a veggie. I try all kinds of different things that I never would have on my old 'chicken nugget and onion rings' diet :p.<br><br>
Incidentally, Shallots are something I tried after I went veggie, and I LOVE them.
 

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My best advice is to not stop eating your favorite foods - find vegetarian versions of them instead. It's much easier to ease into unfamiliar territory if you can make it seem slightly less unfamiliar. I always liked hotdogs and hamburgers, so I didn't go straight to hummus and indian food. I started with veggie dogs and burgers. Simple things like that. Just sort of veganize stuff you already know. It's a lot easier than you might think, and you'll be amazed by your own ability to adapt things without needing a recipe or guidebook at all. Google is also a great research tool. Most of the best advice I've learned, I've learned for free online.
 

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Welcome to VB, and congrats! I agree with River, grocery shopping as a vegan is much more fun!<br><br>
If you're looking for meat substitutes, I recommend the brand Gardein. Everything they make is delicious<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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Welcome to VB, and congrats! I agree with River, grocery shopping as a vegan is much more fun!<br><br>
If you're looking for meat substitutes, <b>I recommend the brand Gardein. Everything they make is delicious<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"></b></div>
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They totally do!
 

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That's nice but don't eat to much of the mock meat it's not that necessary on nutrients. And since i'm a vegan i don't eat marshmallows or jello which you shouldn't ether because it's not vegetarian. And if you want recipes go to yummly.com
 

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Well done on your new found veggie-almost-veganess. <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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That's nice but don't eat to much of the mock meat it's not that necessary on nutrients.</div>
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Depending on brand, some mock meat is big-time necessary on nutrients. LOL.
 

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Thanks for all the kind words and suggestions! I'm a bit of a cook book junkie and love trying out new things, so it's always fun to go shopping for more. I'll be checking out the other websites for inspiration as well.<br><br>
I've not tried any of the mock meat things yet and was not brave enough to do anything with the seitan I made. But tonight it's burgers and I've got some mushroom burgers and some bean burgers to test and I am very suspicious of them to be fair. I'd prefer to make things myself to buying them so if it all goes terribly badly I may have to fry up my seitan blob. :-D Or just eat the cake I made earlier today.
 

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Thanks for all the kind words and suggestions! I'm a bit of a cook book junkie and love trying out new things, so it's always fun to go shopping for more. I'll be checking out the other websites for inspiration as well.<br><br>
I've not tried any of the mock meat things yet and was not brave enough to do anything with the seitan I made. But tonight it's burgers and I've got some mushroom burgers and some bean burgers to test and I am very suspicious of them to be fair. I'd prefer to make things myself to buying them so if it all goes terribly badly I may have to fry up my seitan blob. :-D Or just eat the cake I made earlier today.</div>
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Cake! Cake! Cake!
 

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The veggie burgers were alright ... I wasn't brave enough to try the seitan (it's in my fridge still) - cake was all good <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> Thank goodness cake is still vegetarian!
 

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The veggie burgers were alright ... I wasn't brave enough to try the seitan (it's in my fridge still) - cake was all good <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> Thank goodness cake is still vegetarian!</div>
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Seitan is fantastic!!! Don't let it scare you <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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Seitan is fantastic!!! Don't let it scare you <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"></div>
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It still scares me.
 

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Take that seitan and smother it in some barbecue sauce. Not so scary then. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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We are making seitan teterazzini (sp???) this weekend. LOL all I can think of is the soup on E! when I look at the recipe.
 
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