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What do vegetarians eat?

  1. Jun 4, 2005 #1

    honestrosewater

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    What do vegetarians eat??

    I'm a vegetarian now, and I don't know what to eat! :blushing: I haven't eaten meat for a long time; I had been eating poultry and seafood. But no more. I'm still eating dairy products and eggs.
    What are some staples in a vegetarian's diet? Once I get familiar with some of the basics, I can experiment. I'm mostly concerned about nutrition.
    Any favorite dishes? I'm up for just about anything.
     
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  3. Jun 4, 2005 #2

    Mk

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    Well, the simple answer is this:

    Go back to eating meat.
     
  4. Jun 4, 2005 #3

    brewnog

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    Eat chicken and fish. They don't count.
     
  5. Jun 4, 2005 #4
    You can try and eat algae o:)
     
  6. Jun 4, 2005 #5

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    I don't like seeeeweeed much. :yuck: Bleh!
     
  7. Jun 4, 2005 #6
    I don't know what you this in ze english but I'll try to explain... There's this grinded soy bean stuff that you soak in water and then can use it just like you'd use minced meat. I'm not a vegetarian but I still use it a lot since it's cheap as dirt.

    Here's one good recipe:

    Teh most awesomest mushroom dish

    1. Slice up some mushrooms and zucchini and give them some colour on the frying pan
    2. Dump creme fraiche and pesto sauce on top of the mushrooms and zucchini and mix the ingredients
    3. Serve with pasta.

    Simple and yet extremely tasty.
     
  8. Jun 4, 2005 #7

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    Mmmm sounds good, if I liked that kind of food... or knew what creme fraiche was.
     
  9. Jun 4, 2005 #8

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    Creme fraiche sounds like a french pastry doesn't it?
     
  10. Jun 4, 2005 #9
    It's kind of like cooking cream but nothing like it. My vocabulary and dictionary are lacking in cooking terms..
     
  11. Jun 4, 2005 #10
    I don't know what vegetarian food is available in your region, but here in India people of my community are usually vegetarians. So I can tell you what we eat:

    Bread, butter(OR jam, etc) and milk serve as a good breakfast. Honey is also eaten, but I don't like it so much. Of course, then there is the roti(or chapati). [For the ignorant, this is somewhat like flour wetted, shaped into a circle and cooked]. Parathas also do[this is flour shaped into triangles, usually also stuffed with potatoes, onions, etc]
    For vegetables, we have potatoes, ladyfinger, brinjal, etc. Fruits, also find a place.
    I hope this was helpful
     
  12. Jun 4, 2005 #11

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    Tofu? Or miso? I don't even know what the difference is.
    Mmm, that does sound good- I looove mushrooms. Thanks.
     
  13. Jun 4, 2005 #12

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    You can eat anything that is not meat! :confused: o:)

    To get your proteins you should include beans in your diet, I love chickpeas. Cook those with tomatoes, onion and indian spices such as coriander and cumin. Finish with freshly cut coriander.

    Also include tofu and tempeh, I just fry those with/out spices.

    Don't try to replace the meat!! I don't like it when people try to use meat-substitutes. A meal can be wholly complete without it, I haven't missed it a day. The only time I have a craving, is when I see those chefs on t.v. cook up some succulent meat.

    If you really don't know what to do, buy some Indian cookbook. They have an excellent vegetarian kitchen.
     
  14. Jun 4, 2005 #13

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    Yes, thank you. Fortunately, just about everything that can enter the US is available to me. How do you cook your breads? I think I could handle flatbreads on a regular basis. It takes all day- and a lot of kneading- to make my grandmother's bread.
     
  15. Jun 4, 2005 #14

    Monique

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    Why would you have to cook your own bread as a vegetarian? I love parathas, they are a side-dish with dinners, I use them instead of a fork. Just fry them in a little oil until crispy.
     
  16. Jun 4, 2005 #15

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    Yeah, just joking.
    Okay, chickpeas, tofu, and Indian cookbooks are on the list. I'm used to eating lots of fruits, veggies, and grains; It's the beans, legumes, and such that I'm not familiar with. I've tried some things with soy products without much success (except for soy milk in my coffee). I won't try to replace meat. Thanks :smile:
     
  17. Jun 4, 2005 #16

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    I wouldn't- I just enjoy cooking and think I could have fun experimenting with breads.
     
  18. Jun 4, 2005 #17

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    Look to the culture of a country where vegetarianism is a very popular, even predominant part of the lifestyle. India is probably not the only one, but it's the one I'd recommend, being the most familiar with it. There're a *lot* of vegetarian recipes originating from India, both the South and the North, and many others from other geographical regions as well. I'm Indian, 30 years of age, and I've been lactovegetarian my whole life. No malnutrition to show for it either, I'm 6' 1" and umm...pretty overweight to boot. ;)

    Try these sites, there are others, and when you're done with the recipes there, I'll recommend others :

    http://www.syvum.com/recipes/ivrindex.html

    http://www.recipedelights.com/indianvegdishes.htm

    Good luck, and you have my wholehearted support. :)
     
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  19. Jun 4, 2005 #18

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    Oh! lentils are really good too, you will find lot of recipes in Indian cookbooks.

    I can recommend you some books: the following is just absolutely wonderful, beautiful pictures, background information and recipes: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/t...102-4276838-7104133?v=glance&s=books&n=507846

    This book is cheaper, most recipes of the previous on are also in here http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/t...102-4276838-7104133?v=glance&s=books&n=507846

    This book contains recipes from Asian kitchens, thus not only Indian http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/t...102-4276838-7104133?v=glance&s=books&n=507846

    I bought them at Barnes and Nobles for a bargain of $6, I'm not sure if you'll still find them there :)
     
  20. Jun 4, 2005 #19

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    Wow, this all sounds delicious. I can't believe I was worried about not having enough variety! Those will keep me busy for a long time, thank you. Mm, I'm getting hungry now. :tongue2:
     
  21. Jun 4, 2005 #20

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    Yeah, just go to an Indian store and get a collection of spices. Cumin, coriander, garam masala, jeera, mustard seeds, curry, cinnamon, cardamom. I like to add yoghurt (the thick variety) to my dishes, it makes a wonderful sauce. Add some sugar if it is too tangy.

    I think you will do fine, you'll find that much more variety is possible without meat! :biggrin:
     
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