Post # 1
I was a vegetarian for 4 years, then returned to eating meat for another 4 years until this past January. I began to slowly eliminate meat from my diet and have been without it for a few months now. I’m also interested in cutting back on my dairy consumption (especially cheese… its my weakness), but my biggest problem with “returning” to this vegetarian lifestyle is eating healthy, complete meals. I’m also trying to eliminate refined flours and sugars from my diet and cut back on processed carbs, so that is presenting another issue when coming up with meals.
So, provide me with some of your favorite easy, relatively inexpensive vegetarian/vegan recipes! I’m excited to add more variety (especially when it comes to my lunches.)
Post # 2
Stir fry and curry are your friends. You can couple them with wild rice, brown rice or quinoa or eat them on their own. I would suggest looking at some website and blogs from cooks/chefs from India, Malaysia, Thailand, Sri Lanka as the flavours are all different and bring variety.
We also eat a lot of stews and casseroles. Instead of potatoes or mash we have pumpkin, squash, sweet potatoe, zucchini mash instead.
you can also get some really good vegan cheeses now days so if you love cheese definately look into it.
Post # 3
I swear by Isa Does It by Isa Chandra Moskowitz. Probably the best vegan cookbook I’ve ever owned. Really easy to follow directions, lots of photos, and minimal mess (many of the recipes use only 1-2 pots/pans). I’ve made well over a dozen recipes out of this cookbook and they have all been delicious, savory and very flavourful! You can usually find this cookbook in most mainstream book retailers or on amazon. Also, http://www.vegweb.com is pretty good; I stick to recipes with lots of rating and lots of comments.
Post # 4
I’m not vegan, but I don’t eat meat or dairy (allergic). I eat eggs.
I swear by cooking large pots of soups; they’re healthy and freeze well if you don’t finish them all. For easy lunches I usually cook rice (or quinoa or cous cous) and beans (or lentils) with steamed veggies (healthy and heats up well)
I also make a lot of quiche (almond milk and usually using no or vegan cheese) with veggies.
Post # 5
I second anything and everything by Isa Chandra Moskowitz. Her website is http://www.theppk.com/.