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Old 01-02-2010, 11:07 PM
 
Location: Minneapolis
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Default going veg in 2010... any recommendations

My sister and I have committed to eating vegetarian for the month of January (initially... hopefully it will turn into a permanent commitment). Can anyone recommend a resource for veggie meal planning and recipes? Went to a site called UncleVeggie but only found malicious links to porn there. Looking for meal planning guides, shopping recommendations, recipes, etc. Any help or advice is appreciated.
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Old 01-03-2010, 12:00 AM
 
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Wow, there are so many books & recipes out there.

You might try checking this site out to give you some good ideas as to where to start.

The authors are hilarious and have put out some excellent (and funny)books. It's all vegan stuff, but easy to change up to whatever you wish to add. Thet have a television show, but you can watch episodes on Google Video (there's a link on the site) - and cook up a storm!

I especially like their first book: Vegan With a Vengeance: Cheap Recipes that Rock.

Check the recipes section, tons of delicious soups, stews, etc. Here's the site:
The Post Punk Kitchen: Vegetarian cooking & vegan baking with no attitude

Good luck to you folks!
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Old 01-03-2010, 12:42 AM
 
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thanks, wicked!
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Old 01-03-2010, 12:47 AM
 
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No problem! There's so much good stuff out there it's hard to pick just one avenue to check out ~
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Old 01-03-2010, 06:48 AM
 
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vegetariantimes.com
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Old 01-03-2010, 09:04 AM
 
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Look into the 21 vegan kick start. Although I'm already vegan, I've found some great recipe ideas from the daily emails.

21-Day Vegan Kickstart / a Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) site (http://tinyurl.com/yky6cuk - broken link)
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Old 01-03-2010, 04:54 PM
 
Location: The OC to NOVA
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I got my daughter a teen vegetarian book last year...I can not for the life of me think of the name...but it was at Borders. I liked it because it was simple to follow and had simple recipes which is Essential for a new vegetarian.
There is also the Essential Vegetarian which gives shopping lists and such.
I would first look into the factors like: how to get a perfect protein each day. I leaned long ago that black beans and corn make a perfect protein, when strapped for time or for a good lunch I will do whole wheat pasta with corn, black beans, and salsa. I then learned that whole wheat and black beans make a perfect protein so kinda lucked out there.

Be patient with yourselves!!!!! It seems so easy but can be so difficult!!! Remember that it is really easy to be an unhealthy veg. Nothing like going to IN-n-Out and getting a grilled cheese and an order of fries! Yum! Some people will just eat cereal or mac and cheese since it is easy.
For lunches it is easy to get Amy's brand or CedarLane microwave meals (they also have good ones at Trader Joe's for less).
If you are going to eat a lot of pasta consider whole wheat or brown rice pasta. Depending on how you like the texture, you may like one more than the other, and they are both better for you than white pasta.

Good luck!!
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Old 01-04-2010, 11:42 AM
 
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thank you JJ, Lilybeans, treebw for the great recomendations and advice. today is the first day, we're on our way to shop at TJ's, Whole (Paycheck) Foods Market and our local green grocer. then it's home to cook our first vegan meal.
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Old 01-04-2010, 12:54 PM
 
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thank you JJ, Lilybeans, treebw for the great recomendations and advice. today is the first day, we're on our way to shop at TJ's, Whole (Paycheck) Foods Market and our local green grocer. then it's home to cook our first vegan meal.
Yeah! Please post back with what you decided to make.
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Old 01-04-2010, 03:38 PM
 
Location: The OC to NOVA
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You know, I was looking at my Mediterranean Diet cookbook today and while looking at the Mediterranean pyramid I reaized how many other areas really just do not eat a lot of meat.

In short, google the Med diet and you will probably get a lot of great ideas.
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