Help a veggie wannabe out, please! Couple questions from a newbie…

posted 1 year ago in The Lounge
Post # 2
7765 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

I’m a former veggie who fell off the wagon while pregnant but hope to go-veg again after this is over! I don’t have a ton of advice cause I never really researched it much or felt any different physically when I gave up meat, but I did eat a lot of beans/lentils during my meatless days. I didn’t take any supplements other than a multivitamin.

The absolute BEST imitation meat product I’ve ever encountered are the “Beyond Meat” burgers at Whole Foods, which don’t contain soy either…I think the main ingredient is actually peas (don’t worry they dont taste like peas)! I actually just discovered them like a week ago and have been eating them nonstop (I still don’t eat beef but I miss itttt). OMg they taste exactly like beef, and I am not someone who raves about imitation meat products. I’ve never once had a fake meat product that actually tasted like the real thing, but this does! The texture, the flavor, everything…it’s incredible. 

Post # 3
1589 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2019

ButternutPoppy :  hi there! sorry I dont have a book or website per say I would say follow a bunch of ‘vegetarianlunch’ ‘vegetariandinner’ ‘veggiedinner’ hashtags on instagram to get meal ideas. Also Allrecipes has a bunch of really good easy to make/find recipes. 

I personally don’t take B12 b/c I eat a pretty round diet. I also still consume salmon and shrimp scallops — so technically pescaterian. 

One of my favorite meals that I make is Vegan Shephards Pie w/Gardein veggie crumbles. 

The Gardein verggie crumbles are also really good to use for chillis and tacos! (both easy). 

Make sure you’re eating complete proteins; example: rice and beans make a complete matrix of the protein profile. 

I also eat spinach, kale, brocolli, tomatoes, yam, potatoes, bananas, apples, pineapple, salads…basically anything and everything. I also take a vegan protein as a shake with almond milk for extra protein. 

I eat hard boiled eggs and also take an amino complex by Scivation Xtend which can help round out a protein deficit in a vegetarian diet. 

Make sure you take good complexes and proteins ones that don’t have a ‘proprietary blend’ because you won’t know the quality over what you’re getting. 

Good luck Bee! ๐Ÿ™‚ Welcome to the team ;P 

Post # 4
70 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

Beyond meat ANYTHING and gardein anything (especially the chick’n and fishless filets) are my favorite meat subs.  The beyond meat burgers really give me life, as someone who used to love the taste of meat.  I also eat a ton of jackfruit as a super healthy meat replacement.  

I wouldn’t worry about soy, I’ve done a fair bit of research on it and don’t think there’s a real issue, so long as you eat organic, non-GMO stuff.  I eat tofu and tempeh probably 4-5x a week, and have never had an issue with it.

I used to take b12, but found it unnecessary since I eat a lot of nutritional yeast (which is delicious), and that has like 100% of your RDA of b12.  One of my favorite snacks is Bjorn corn (vegan cheesy popcorn), and it’s packed with b12.



Post # 5
11612 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2015

ButternutPoppy :  hey veggie! So I try to avoid too much soy, but I’m not a health expert, so grain of salt. I get protein from beans, lentils, seeds, nuts, and I do eat eggs and cheese (organic and I try to buy locally, from those with good farming practices).

Black bean burgers are good, the gardein PP mentioned are amazing when you want a replacement, especially as a transition food, they are excellent. 

i do a lot of vegetables with seeds and nuts combined with quinoa or couscous for a good balance. I take a prenatal vitamin because my iron levels have always been low. 

Here’s just one source of ideas: 



Post # 6
1361 posts
Bumble bee

There is really no reason to eat meat substitutes as a vegetarian. Most of the time they don’t even taste that great and aren’t really healthy for you. Start with eating foods you like, but just don’t add meat. Dishes that you probably eat currenlty like lasagna, pasta, stir fry’s, soups, sandwiches, eggs, etc are all super easy to leave out the meat or add in extra veggies without needing complicated vegetarian recipes. Good luck!

Post # 7
1271 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2019

I went vegetarian 9 years ago, and added seafood back into my diet about 4 years ago. I don’t eat a lot of meat substitutes, but I do like Beyond Meat’s ground beef sub for things like tacos and spaghetti. Seitan is really tasty, too. I like Morning Star’s sausage patties, they’re quick to grab in the morning and have a lot of protein.

I eat a lot of salads. I’ll usually add quinoa, avocado, tomato, artichokes, chickpeas, red onion. I like to make a huge batch of quinoa at the beginning of the week and keep it in the fridge. This is one of my favorite salads: Also, quinoa with black beans, avocado, and salsa is a quick and easy lunch/dinner. You can add a meat sub, cheese, sour cream or anything you want to make it a burrito bowl.

I try to have one low-cal high-protein shake a day, as well, to make sure I’m getting enough protein. String cheese is like crack to me.

One of the biggest mistakes I made when I went veg was overloading on carbs — I was eating so much bread & baked goods and I was hungry all the time. When I started paying more attention to my macros, I started feeling a ton better (and I lost weight!).

Post # 8
600 posts
Busy bee

Just be sure to eat lots of whole foods, such as vegetables, fruit, legumes, grains, nuts, spice herbs and you’ll be fine. 

Post # 10
997 posts
Busy bee

You need b12 supplements as it is only found in meat. 

Post # 11
11612 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2015

ButternutPoppy :  I use black beans on my sweet potatoes with an egg on top a lot, but when I want BBQ I just buy a black bean burger. I am trying two new brands right now, but Trader Joe’s and Whole Paycheck have tons of good options. 

Seeds and nuts- I mix toasted sesame seeds with toasted pumpkin seeds and toasted almond slivers and add that on my veggies. I also toss in some black sesame shake from Eden called Eden Shake which has  shiso in it. Yuuum!

Post # 12
5882 posts
Bee Keeper

I’m not a vegetarian myself but I have several family members who are so I cook a lot of vegetarian. And probably eat vegetarian about 3 days out of the week. 

I love Yves line of veggie burgers, veggie dogs, veggie sausage, even a veggie ‘ground beef’ version. 

I also love portobello mushroom burgers on the BBQ (I make them with a marinade of balsamic vinegar, olive oil, mustard & spices)

Other go to veggie meals: black bean and salsa quesadillas, eggplant parmesan, zucchini parmesan, enchiladas verde, spinach lasagna, spanakopita and white pizza (olive oil instead of pizza sauce) with grilled veggies. 

And of course grilled cheese, the queen of all comfort foods, is vegetarian ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 14
1256 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

Lots of eggs, quinioa, beans, roasted chickpeas, fruits and veggies…

Mexican night (look out for vegetarian refried beans), chinese bowls/stir fries, home made pizzas, pasta…

My DH’s and I’s favorite guilty pleasure hangover meal….mac and dogs! Mac and cheese with Morningstar hotdogs cut up inside/

Post # 15
2798 posts
Sugar bee

I’m not a vegetarian anymore, but I was for 10+ years. 

Try not to get too much of your protein from all the overprocessed soy products. I think there are better options now than there were when I was a veg, but look for substitutes with real foods in them – legumes, rice, cheese etc. And then of course just actually cooking with lots of legumes

Don’t try to go low carb/low grain. Stick to whole grains etc. when you can, but getting COMPLETE protein is much more difficult when you’re a vegetarian and you often need to do food combining in order for your body to process plant based proteins. When in doubt – rice and beans! One of the best combos for vegetarians

Nutritional Yeast! Random tip, but nutritional yeast is a delicious, and super easy way to get a ton of the vitamins and nutrients you miss with cutting out meat. I put it on popcorn, in salad dressing, would randomly sprinkle it into sandwiches and quesadillas lol. 

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