Post # 1
Made the mistake of watching Earthlings… or maybe it was a blessing in disguise? Anyway, I have been contemplating vegetarianism for several years now but found it somewhat intimidating. Earthlings has settled it for me though. I plan on continuing to consume chicken and fish although I may cut those out later on once I get the pork and beef eliminated. Fortunately, I don’t crave meat very often 🙂
Do any of you have suggestions for good websites out there? I am looking for support, information and easy recipes. I live in a small town where a lot of things aren’t available like quinoa or TVP. It’s just in the last couple of years that they carry tofu or more ethnic types of foods and spices. I can’t always travel the 30 km to a larger center but FI will bring me things from the city where he lives if I ask him nicely enough.
Any help you can offer would be very much appreciated!
Post # 3
I’m in sort of the same transitional space as you are and have found that beans and lentils are the cheapest and easiest staples to find.
Spices can be ordered of the interwebs, and add variety when you’re working with lots of the same materials day after day.
Post # 4
I’m a new vegetarian (3 weeks and going strong, woot!) and I also don’t eat any dairy. I’ve found my favorite blog to get recipes from is ohsheglows.com. I also really like skinnytaste.com. Skinnytaste isn’t vegetarian but a lot of the recipes have a vegetarian option. FI still eats meat and dairy and I’ve found that the recipes that I’ve found on those websites have still been satisfying to him!
I also make garbanzo bean “quesadillas”….I cook the beans, put them in a food processor with chopped red bell pepper and a tsp of lemon juice and blend. I cook that mixture between 2 corn tortillas and top with salsa and guacamole! FI likes these too! Good luck! Feel free to PM me if you want, I’ve been searching like a crazy woman for recipes so I have a bunch!
Post # 5
I have been for about 3 months now and before that I had a period of no meat for a year. I do eat dairy though but hardly ever eggs.
I dont know about any support community or anything. I started a thread a while ago where people posted some great sites for veggie recipes. Vegetarian Recipes thread
Post # 6
Congrats! The animals thank you 🙂 I have been veg for 11 years now. I don’t have any specific places for you too look but there are all kinds of great cook books out there.
Post # 7
I am no longer a vegetarian, but I was lacto-ovo for 10 years and we still try to eat vegetarian some of the time (healthy for us and for the budget!). Things like rice & beans are very easy, and crockpot dal (lentils and spices, basically, cooked in the crockpot and served over rice or bulgur). We have those types of foods a lot.
A couple of my favorite veggie-friendly blogs are 101cookbooks.com and veganyumyum.com; both have excellent recipes, good writing, and fab photos!
Cheaphealthygood is another blog I read all the time–it’s not fully vegetarian but there is a once/week veg post.
Post # 8
I have been a vegetarian (still eat dairy) for nearly 12 years now. Although I live in an urban area where you can find most unusual ingredients, I am not really a fan of complicated recipes. I generally take a regular recipe that may include meat, and eliminate the meat. For pasta dishes and casseroles, it doesn’t make much difference (at least not that I’ve noticed) in consistency. Also look a side dish recipes–you can easily double them to make it a main course.
Some current go-to dinners I make:
Baked sweet potato (whole), with roasted brussel sprouts
Veggie frittata (eggs, milk, spinach, tomatoes, cheese)
Veggie stir-fry with General Tso’s sauce over rice
Pesto green beans with pasta & marinara sauce, with fresh fruit salad on the side
Post # 9
I’ve been a vegetarian for 6 years now and although I don’t have any particular recipes/websites for you, a tip I’ve learned is to read all food labels. You’d be surprised what animal products food manufacters use in products that don’t seem to contain any actual meat. I’m a person now who constantly reads all the labels in the grocery store isle to make sure I’m not ingesting any animal products. good luck!
Post # 10
i’ve been a vegetarian since i was 4! i was a super stubborn kid 😛 i worry most about getting enough protein–i eat a lot of beans (white, black, and garbanzo beans mostly, and lentils), and also a lot of greek yogurt, and eggs occassionally. oh and tofu, though i eat that less often. i’m a huge pasta fan, and we mostly eat the barilla plus brand because they fortify it with protein–score!
Post # 11
DH and I have been going vegetarian for a while now – officially we only eat meat outside of our house – parties etc. I read a few blogs – just search and borrow a few books from the library sometimes. Mainly we dont do things like ‘meat alternatives’ TVP, tofu, etc we just do more veggies! I’d start there. Eat more pastas with veggies, casserols, bigger salads, pizzas etc. Make veggies the main course! If there’s something you want with meat – look at beans, grains or veggies.
Post # 12
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I have been a vegetarian for just about 15 years – decided when I was 11 that I was just going to do it because I felt it was right, and I have never looked back. I do eat a lot of dairy, and some eggs, but I never feel like I can’t find something to eat. It can be challenging to not eat JUST pasta, but it’s really not so hard. It’s best to always look at what is available TO eat, not what you CAN’T eat. There are tons of resources (I love me some old fashioned printed-version cookbooks – “Vegetarian Family Cookbook” by Nava Atlas is a favorite of mine). Good luck!
Post # 13
We’re vegetarian 3 days a week. I do a lot of stir fries with tofu instead of meat. There are also a lot of great quinoa recipes out there – I’m really loving that. Edamame are a healthy, high-protein snack. We also eat Morning Star burger patties when we’re pressed for time. Those are quick and tasty.
Post # 14
I did eat vegatarian for about 2 years but went back to eating meat. I’d love to do it again someday.
One of my favourite books (that I still use actually!) is “Foods that don’t bite back”. There’s a great lime rice recipe in there that I love!
I also enjoyed Vegweb.com and http://veganlunchbox.blogspot.com/
Post # 15
Yup. I suggest browsing your local bookstores, especially the clearance and sale racks for veggie cookbooks. I can’t tell you how many huge cookbooks I’ve gotten that way!
Post # 16
One of my favorite veggie recipes is stuffed peppers with rice, mushrooms and cheese. You just make the rice then you mix in some marinara sauce and whatever veggies you like and then stick them in the oven for about 30 mins on 375 – they are delicious and healthy!