Any Vegetarian/Pescetarian Bees Out There?

posted 3 years ago in Cooking
Post # 3
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845 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@maloussii: I’ve been vegetarian for my whole adult life and my DH was raised in a vegetarian home. The key for us to eat great meals is to use cookbooks. I realize it’s not so popular in the Pinterest-era, but it really helps us with menu planning and has made us awesome cooks.

 

http://www.amazon.com/Plenty-Vibrant-Recipes-Londons-Ottolenghi/dp/1452101248

 

Post # 4
welliesMember
1425 posts
Bumble bee

I’ve been a vegetarian for 15 years. Starting out, vegetarian brands like MorningStar Farms, Lightlife, and Boca are lifesavers. They’re a great way to get protein and have a variety of meal options. I would also look online for vegetarian recipes: Pinterest, Vegetarian Times, and Skinnytaste are some of my favorites. Good luck! 🙂

Post # 5
welliesMember
1425 posts
Bumble bee

@remijp:  I love the Moosewood Cookbook! Such a great selection of recipes.

Post # 7
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714 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@maloussii:  Hey I’ve been vegetarian my whole life, I’ve never eaten fish/seafood but I can tell you that the best cookbook I own is “the clueless vegetarian”, there are no pictures but the book is about 15$ and the recipes are AMAZING and easy! Good luck!!

Post # 9
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686 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

Yes, I’m vegetarian! Not even seafood. I don’t use recipes for a lot of my cooking (except for yummy things I see on Pinterest, and even then I’m always modifying). I think the key is to make sure your food has a lot of FLAVOR! That way, the food will be so delicious you won’t even realize you’re missing out on the meat. Experiment with new sauces, new broths, and new spices to help you start out.

If you like Asian food (VERY easy to cook vegetarian), get some sauces like these:

http://www.amazon.com/Lee-Kum-Kee-Vegetarian-Stir-fry/dp/B001FB6BE2/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1386959374&sr=8-2&keywords=lee+kum+kee+vegetarian+stir+fry+sauce (just fry up some garlic, onions, veggies and maybe tofu if you don’t mind and add this and some chili!)

http://www.amazon.com/Golden-Curry-Sauce-Medium-8-4-Ounce/dp/B0011ULFVG/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1386959400&sr=8-2&keywords=japanese+curry (Makes a great stew with carrots, potatoes, onions, peas, cabbage, etc.)

http://www.amazon.com/ABC-Indonesian-Sweet-Soy-Sauce/dp/B000249E6A/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1386959688&sr=8-1&keywords=abc+sweet+soy+sauce (also good for stirfry, noodles, etc.)

 

+1 to Miss Wellies on the Morning Star products! They’re pretty good, but don’t fool yourself into thinking the vegetarian version is allways going to taste like the meat version. I’ve heard the chicken nuggets are pretty close, though.

I’m not sure if these are available in your area, but I love the Worthington and Loma Linda brands of foods, too. I think you can buy them on Amazon.

I get asked a lot what I eat for holiday dinners (“How can you NOT eat TURKEY? Do you just eat vegetables??”), too. Since you’re starting after New Year’s, you might not have to worry about this until much later, but let me just say that I can’t stand Tofurkey. lol. It was the driest, most tasteless… no wonder people hate on veggie substitutes. 🙂 Let me instead recommend another protein. Dinner Roast! 

http://www.amazon.com/Kelloggs-Worthington-Vegetarian-Dinner-Roast/dp/B00CHU0L78/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1386959633&sr=8-1&keywords=worthington+dinner+roast 

It’s not available on Amazon right now, but might be other places. If you ever see one, GRAB IT. I love it! 

Post # 10
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4825 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I am a pescatarian and have been for a while. I eat fish maybe once/week and lots of beans and tofu otherwise. It’s sort of a myth that vegetarians don’t eat enough protein and most people actually eat more protein than they need. I don’t really use recipes often, but a typical dinner might be salmon, broccoli and quinoa or black bean quesadillas and roasted brussels sprouts. 

Post # 11
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

I’m flexitarian (99% vegetarian with meat maybe once a year).

I’ve found that pretty much any recipe can be altered to be more “veggie friendly” if you replace white meat with fish and red meat with beans!

And meals are less time-consuming and generally cheaper if you cheat and use frozen veggies!

Post # 12
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3084 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

@maloussii:  two peas and their pod is a great site for vegetarian main meals. I’ve cooked a bunch of her recipes and they all turned out great. I love the tortellini soup on there. 

Post # 13
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3625 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@maloussii:  I am… sort of. I am cheap and react horribly to non-humane meat  (I love it, but it needs corn or grass fed and free range/antibiotic free or I break out). I also am gluten free. I only splurge once a month, so I cook mostly vegetarian. I cook without recipes, but would be happy to walk you through anything that sounds good to you. This week we are having:

 

– masa cakes (masa de harina with water into pancakes) with black beans, cheese, and guac

 

– paprika potatoes (potatoes sliced thinly with an onion and lots of paprika), broiled tomatoes (olive oil and medium tomatoes in a toaster oven), and cheese

 

– Spinach lasanga (my filling is 1/2 bag of frozen spinach, 15 oz fat free ricotta, 1/2 back shreded parm with the other half on top).

 

– hummus (I make my own– it is so much better and takes 5 minutes– tahinni, lemon, chickpeas, warm water, and garlic in a food processor).

 

– sweet potato and craisin risotto

 

– eggplant lasanga (use eggplant instead of noodles)

 

– broccoli pesto pizza

 

 

 

Feel free to PM me for recipes anytime.

 

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