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I'm trying to go lacto-vegetarian (organic milk). I eaten meat everyday for as long as I can remember, and I'm definitely not a vegetable liking person. The most veggies I eat would be a Publix American salad with chicken, little cheese and ham.<br><br>
I do like the veggie chicken, and I just bought some veggie "burger patties" to see if I can handle the taste.<br><br>
So I was wondering what do you guys recommend to make the transition possible for someone that can barely eat veggies.<br><br>
I don't really have many places to buy vegetarian/vegan food around, the closest organic market is fairly far (30+ miles)<br><br>
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Hey, Welcome!<br><br>
I am sure you can do it. I didn't like vegetables much too and was chicken obsessed. But it changed very well<br><br>
I used Licks veggie burgers, they are my favorites. and besides that I would also recommend getting some vegetarian cookbooks and experiment a little. you will discover that if prepared right (not just as a side to meat) you will find lots of great veggie dishes that you will like <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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Try fresh veggies different ways - raw, steamed, sauteed, roasted - and with different sauces or condiments. Don't over cook your veggies! You want them to stay a little crisp. My husband didn't like a lot of veggies when we started dating. It turned out he just always had them either out of a can or a freezer, or they were overcooked and unseasoned. Light treatment and a bit of seasoning goes a long way.<br><br>
Try Gardein stuff for faux meats. I buy it at the regular supermarket either where tofu is or in the freezer (different varieties are kept in different places). I like the frozen chicken style stuff. My husband loves the beefless tips.
 

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I am a vegan who is not too fond of vegetables. There are plenty of things to eat. Though, I'm not really a cooking person so I'm not one to answer your question. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/tongue3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":p">
 

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Do you enjoy pasta? Since you'll be lacto, and if you can find organic cheeses, you can cook dishes like mac n cheese, lasagna, alfredo, stuffed shells, and can whip up all kinds of pasta salads as well. My meat eating daughter loves the Morning Star Farms "chicken" nuggets. When you cook the veggie burger patties, I suggest a bit of oil and seasoned salt, and lightly pan fry. They make a tasty burger when you toast the bun.<br>
If you like grilled cheese sammies, you can butter your bread on both sides, sprinkle a little garlic powder on top, add dices tomatoes, sliced avocado and cheese of your choice before grilling- my daughter loves to have this with tomato soup.<br>
These are only a few suggestions. Your best bet would be to search the recipe section here on vb, and there are tons of great recipe sites on the internet as well. I betcha you'll be cooking up some delicious veg food in no time!<br>
Congratulations , and welcome to peaceful eating!
 

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Do you love tacos? Everyone loves tacos! They're a great way to get a few veggies in. Just replace the meat with refried beans and add lettuce, tomato, salsa, etc.<br><br>
Meatless spaghetti is fab. Sautee some peppers, onion, garlic, and mushrooms. Maybe even add some zucchini and/or yellow squash. Pour your sauce in with some seasonings and simmer it a little while. Ladle it over pasta and eat. Easy and good.<br><br>
Bean and cheese burritos are easy. Put refried beans, cheese, and salsa in a tortilla, roll it up and bake until lightly browned around edges or nuke until cheese is melty.<br><br>
I recommend vegweb.com and theppk.com for recipes.
 

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I like to make this recipe, but I use small red lentils, they are better in my opinion. I also add a couple of bayleaves to the pot. It is a great way to have spaghetti bolognaise...<br><br><a href="http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Pasta-with-Lentil-Bolognese-239172" target="_blank">http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/fo...lognese-239172</a><br><br>
Also, try making bean and mushroom burgers. There are even recipes for bean sausages around.<br><br>
If you want to eat vegetables you can make asian stir fries. Or make vegetable curries and serve with naan bread and rice.<br><br>
You could also try making Snobby Joes:<br><br><a href="http://www.theppk.com/2009/11/snobby-joes/" target="_blank">http://www.theppk.com/2009/11/snobby-joes/</a>
 

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Hey, Welcome!<br><br>
I am sure you can do it. I didn't like vegetables much too and was chicken obsessed. But it changed very well<br><br>
I used Licks veggie burgers, they are my favorites. and besides that I would also recommend getting some vegetarian cookbooks and experiment a little. you will discover that if prepared right (not just as a side to meat) you will find lots of great veggie dishes that you will like <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"></div>
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Licks burgers are not here in S.FL but the ones I tried today are pretty good.<br><br>
I'm just checking the meals first before I start the whole process<br><br>
Thanks<br><br><br><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>rabid_child</strong> <a href="/forum/post/2962277"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
Try fresh veggies different ways - raw, steamed, sauteed, roasted - and with different sauces or condiments. Don't over cook your veggies! You want them to stay a little crisp. My husband didn't like a lot of veggies when we started dating. It turned out he just always had them either out of a can or a freezer, or they were overcooked and unseasoned. Light treatment and a bit of seasoning goes a long way.<br><br>
Try Gardein stuff for faux meats. I buy it at the regular supermarket either where tofu is or in the freezer (different varieties are kept in different places). I like the frozen chicken style stuff. My husband loves the beefless tips.</div>
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I just started buying the veggie foods right now, some chicken nuggets and veggie patties, they were actually pretty good<br><br>
I'm just going to try out different meals and veggies before I start. I'm going to need lots of meat/chicken flavored stuff <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D"><br><br><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>vegkid</strong> <a href="/forum/post/2962310"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
I am a vegan who is not too fond of vegetables. There are plenty of things to eat. Though, I'm not really a cooking person so I'm not one to answer your question. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/tongue3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":p"></div>
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Vegan? How do you get all the nutrients you need mainly the essential proteins? Because as far as I read, vegans buy nothing made from animals right?<br><br>
What food you buy that is chicken/meat flavored?<br><br><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>sallyomally</strong> <a href="/forum/post/2962379"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
Do you enjoy pasta? Since you'll be lacto, and if you can find organic cheeses, you can cook dishes like mac n cheese, lasagna, alfredo, stuffed shells, and can whip up all kinds of pasta salads as well. My meat eating daughter loves the Morning Star Farms "chicken" nuggets. When you cook the veggie burger patties, I suggest a bit of oil and seasoned salt, and lightly pan fry. They make a tasty burger when you toast the bun.<br>
If you like grilled cheese sammies, you can butter your bread on both sides, sprinkle a little garlic powder on top, add dices tomatoes, sliced avocado and cheese of your choice before grilling- my daughter loves to have this with tomato soup.<br>
These are only a few suggestions. Your best bet would be to search the recipe section here on vb, and there are tons of great recipe sites on the internet as well. I betcha you'll be cooking up some delicious veg food in no time!<br>
Congratulations , and welcome to peaceful eating!</div>
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Lasagna with no meat is going to be hard for me though. Pasta salads? Never heard of those. For me pasta needs meat <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br>
I think the hardest thing will be to eat tomatoes, I really can't stand them.<br><br>
I have a friend that is a vegetarian, been for years, might ask her even though she might think she is the one that convinced me<br><br><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
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Do you love tacos? Everyone loves tacos! They're a great way to get a few veggies in. Just replace the meat with refried beans and add lettuce, tomato, salsa, etc.<br><br>
Meatless spaghetti is fab. Sautee some peppers, onion, garlic, and mushrooms. Maybe even add some zucchini and/or yellow squash. Pour your sauce in with some seasonings and simmer it a little while. Ladle it over pasta and eat. Easy and good.<br><br>
Bean and cheese burritos are easy. Put refried beans, cheese, and salsa in a tortilla, roll it up and bake until lightly browned around edges or nuke until cheese is melty.<br><br>
I recommend vegweb.com and theppk.com for recipes.</div>
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Tacos, I prefer burritos which are pretty much the same to me. The hardest thing would be to give up Chipotle<br><br>
Reading your post is making me want Chipotle now <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Freesia</strong> <a href="/forum/post/2962443"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
I like to make this recipe, but I use small red lentils, they are better in my opinion. I also add a couple of bayleaves to the pot. It is a great way to have spaghetti bolognaise...<br><br><a href="http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Pasta-with-Lentil-Bolognese-239172" target="_blank">http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/fo...lognese-239172</a><br><br>
Also, try making bean and mushroom burgers. There are even recipes for bean sausages around.<br><br>
If you want to eat vegetables you can make asian stir fries. Or make vegetable curries and serve with naan bread and rice.<br><br>
You could also try making Snobby Joes:<br><br><a href="http://www.theppk.com/2009/11/snobby-joes/" target="_blank">http://www.theppk.com/2009/11/snobby-joes/</a></div>
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I love beans which I think is going to make it easier on me.<br><br>
Thanks for the links
 

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The hardest thing would be to give up Chipotle<br><br>
Reading your post is making me want Chipotle now <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br></div>
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Is that a mexican restaurant? Im sure they will make you bean tacos and have a range of vegetarian options. Mexican places are good like that. The place at the mall where I am does a bean burrito though I havent tried it yet.<br><br>
Also, if you like having tacos and burritos at home you can make up some chilli beans etc and then top up with green salsa, guac, corn, and salad and anything else you want. I have made this before, yum....
 

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Vegan? How do you get all the nutrients you need mainly the essential proteins? Because as far as I read, vegans buy nothing made from animals right?</div>
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Another vegan on board here, and you're right, vegans avoid animal products in general. It's not rocket science to be healthy on a vegan diet, the essential amino acids the body needs to synthesise all proteins can be found in a variety of plant foods. The only thing that's not in plants is B12, and that's made from bacteria anyway, not animals. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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Tacos, I prefer burritos which are pretty much the same to me. The hardest thing would be to give up Chipotle<br><br>
Reading your post is making me want Chipotle now <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"></div>
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I eat vegetarian at Chipotle's all the time! No need to give it up. Just load it up with beans, cilantro-lime rice, guacamole, roasted veggies, sour cream, salsa etc etc. It comes out <i>really</i> tasty. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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Lasagna with no meat is going to be hard for me though. Pasta salads? Never heard of those. For me pasta needs meat <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"></div>
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I've found that ground beef is actually one of the easiest kinds of meat to mimic. Give it a try! If you have Yves in your area I highly recommend their Italian ground round in lasagna or pasta, it's delicious.<br><br>
I once fed some spaghetti with ground round to a hardcore meat lover friend of mine, and after she finished eating she asked me why I wasn't vegetarian anymore since I had served her meat :p
 

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No pasta salad? Go make one. NOW. You have not lived until you've eaten pasta salad!
 

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Another vegan on board here, and you're right, vegans avoid animal products in general. It's not rocket science to be healthy on a vegan diet, the essential amino acids the body needs to synthesise all proteins can be found in a variety of plant foods. The only thing that's not in plants is B12, and that's made from bacteria anyway, not animals. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"></div>
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<br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/yes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":yes:"> B12 can easily be gained through soy products, such as the fake meat you said you liked. I personally take a vitamin to be on the safe side, but I took a vitamin before I went vegan, too. I honestly think everyone who doesn't have a diet planned out carefully should take a multivitamin.<br><br>
As for chicken replacements - have you tried Seitan? If prepared the right way, it tastes very similar to chicken. It's also a great source of B12 and protein.
 

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Is that a mexican restaurant? Im sure they will make you bean tacos and have a range of vegetarian options. Mexican places are good like that. The place at the mall where I am does a bean burrito though I havent tried it yet.<br><br>
Also, if you like having tacos and burritos at home you can make up some chilli beans etc and then top up with green salsa, guac, corn, and salad and anything else you want. I have made this before, yum....</div>
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I love the half and half Carnitas and Barbacoa. Is there any good fake pork and shredded beef?<br><br>
I'll probably just start making them at home
 

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I eat vegetarian at Chipotle's all the time! No need to give it up. Just load it up with beans, cilantro-lime rice, guacamole, roasted veggies, sour cream, salsa etc etc. It comes out <i>really</i> tasty. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"></div>
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The thing is that I love the carnitas and barbacoa burrito. I got to find some fake shredded beef and pork. Any ideas?<br><br><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
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I've found that ground beef is actually one of the easiest kinds of meat to mimic. Give it a try! If you have Yves in your area I highly recommend their Italian ground round in lasagna or pasta, it's delicious.<br><br>
I once fed some spaghetti with ground round to a hardcore meat lover friend of mine, and after she finished eating she asked me why I wasn't vegetarian anymore since I had served her meat :p</div>
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I just bought some fake frozen ground beef (brand name Boca), and a bunch of other veggie meats at the supermarket. I'm trying out what there is out there before I start.<br><br>
There are places that sell Yves but they are kind of far, but I can go and get a bunch to try.<br><br>
To be honest the veggie fake meats are pretty good. I'm very impressed. Mainly the first time I tried it by mistake looking for healthier food at my college's food court, I ate it, it tasted odd but was pretty good. I didn't know that it was a veggie chicken until the next day<br><br><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Kjesta</strong> <a href="/forum/post/2962737"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
No pasta salad? Go make one. NOW. You have not lived until you've eaten pasta salad!</div>
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So you just through some pasta on a salad and eat it?<br><br><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>vegkid</strong> <a href="/forum/post/2962743"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/yes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":yes:"> B12 can easily be gained through soy products, such as the fake meat you said you liked. I personally take a vitamin to be on the safe side, but I took a vitamin before I went vegan, too. I honestly think everyone who doesn't have a diet planned out carefully should take a multivitamin.<br><br>
As for chicken replacements - have you tried Seitan? If prepared the right way, it tastes very similar to chicken. It's also a great source of B12 and protein.</div>
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Slice of Life is the best multivitamin there is IMO, they also have a vegetarian one<br><br>
I haven't but I just google it and found this on wiki<br><br>
"It is made by washing wheat flour dough with water until all the starch dissolves, leaving insoluble gluten as an elastic mass"<br><br>
Not that appetizing. But I think some of the fake meats I bought are made with that.<br><br>
Actually I just checked and soy protein concentrate and wheat gluten
 

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Slice of Life is the best multivitamin there is IMO, they also have a vegetarian one<br><br>
I haven't but I just google it and found this on wiki<br><br>
"It is made by washing wheat flour dough with water until all the starch dissolves, leaving insoluble gluten as an elastic mass"<br><br>
Not that appetizing. But I think some of the fake meats I bought are made with that.<br><br>
Actually I just checked and soy protein concentrate and wheat gluten</div>
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Much more appetizing than ground up cow hooves, if you ask me. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/wink3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=";)">
 

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So you just through some pasta on a salad and eat it?</div>
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Cook your favorite pasta (there are eggless pastas out there that are quite good), get whatever fresh vegetables you enjoy, chop them up and toss into the salad. Eat and enjoy. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/drool.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":drool:"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/lick.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":lick:">
 

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I always make pasta salad by mixing cooked pasta with mayo (homemade soy mayo in my case), pickles, peas, baby carrots, silver onions and tomatoes. Yummmmm.
 

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It's great to go lacto-vegetarian and a wonderful organic lifestyle choice. However, it's worth thinking about what you will be missing out from a nutrient perspective. That doesn't mean don't do it. It just means chat to a dietician or join a healthy eating plan designed for <a href="http://www.spoonfedsuppers.com/healthy-eating/healthy-diet/lacto_vegetarian" target="_blank">lacto vegetarians</a>. That way you know that your body is getting all it needs on the protein, B12, etc front.
 
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