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Friday, July 17th, 2015
10:27 am
What are Good Vegan Sources of Lysine?
I've been looking for good vegan sources of lysine but sometimes I get conflicting information or lacto-ovo oriented information. Can you help me?
Friday, April 27th, 2012
10:12 am
Carl's Jr Needs to Get with it
Last evening my mom brought home some dinner from Carl's Jr. She ordered two veggie burgers and we didn't know it was too late that their concept of veggie burgers were iceburg lettese and a tomato between two buns! I ended up getting a Gardenburger out of the freezer to correct Carl's Jr's screw up! Have you had this problem even in this day and age?
Saturday, October 9th, 2010
9:24 pm
Hi, I've been a partial vegetarian for several years. Meaning that I primarily eat white meat and fish. Just recently I have been wanting to get very serious about incorporating a full vegetarian lifestyle into my diet. I want to try the ovo lacto vegetarian diet first and see how I do with that. I've done a lot of research. However, I have a few questions I was hoping that someone could help answer. Thank you so much!

•Are there any vegetarian alternatives to marshmallows out there? I just discovered that they have gelatin in them. So, whenever I eat s'mores I'm not quite sure what to do other than to eat the chocolate and the ghram crackers.

•I'm very much a soup, sandwhich and salad person when it comes to lunch and I brown bag when go to work. What are some quick easy soup, sandwhich and salad recipes or variations that I can try through my work week so I don't get bored?

•Is there a good vegetarian vitamin brand that does not have gelatin or animal by products in it?

•I'm the only veggie in my family. Which means that either I eat what they are eating, pick around the meat (boring and pointless), or cook for myself. I've offered to cook two nights a week which my dad groans at, because he knows it will be some kind of vegetarian entree'. What are some vegetarian dishes that I can cook (aside from the occasional pasta, veggie burger, taco) that my meat eating parents will enjoy too?

I think that's it for now. I've been reading through this group and found some very insightful information to help me with this lifestyle change!
Thursday, July 15th, 2010
5:53 pm
Slow cooker question
Hi all - has anyone ever used fake ground beef (of the soy variety) in a slow cooker before? I'm just wondering if it's going to get funky and gross if I leave it in there for 8-10 hours =P

Wednesday, May 12th, 2010
11:49 am
Veggie Nurtisystem For Women Only?
Have you seen Nutrisystem's vegetarian program on their website? Is it just for women?
http://www.nutrisystem.com/jsps_hmr/catalog/women/vegetarian.jsp You mean there aren't male vegetarians?

Current Mood: annoyed
Thursday, December 24th, 2009
10:30 am
Friday, December 4th, 2009
3:21 pm
Warm Up To Winter Workouts

Outside its frosty and frigid and let’s face it, the last thing on your mind is fitness. However maintaining a healthy and active lifestyle is imperative year round, not just during swimsuit season. “Keeping active during the winter keeps you 5 steps (not to mention 5 months) ahead of everyone else,” Lifestyle Fitness Personal Trainer Michael Price explains.

ven a blizzard shouldn’t be a big enough road block to deter you on the path to becoming a work-out warrior. Price proposes investing in the Wii Fit console as it can be used for exercise within the home and something active for the whole family to partake in together. He also suggests getting creative by attacking full body workouts using your own body weight (IE: push-ups, sit-ups and chair dips). Another cost-efficient mechanism for an at home sweat secessions is the internet. YouTube, Shape, Fitness for Her and Fitness websites all offer free workout videos and workout advice,” explains Dolce.

Wednesday, October 7th, 2009
10:21 am
Mom Got Angry About My Oatmeal Veggie Loaves
Monday afternoon my mom criticized me for using up the oatmeal to make my veggie loaves, the next day she criticized me for "using up ALL the 1.25 qt bottle of soy sauce in two weeks". Then she went on a rant about high blood pressure "from pouring soy sauce into (the oatmeal loaves) and "I've been noticing you--you use oatmeal to make THOSE THINGS OVER AND OVER AGAIN--you're going to end with health problems!

Health problems from oatmeal? Mom didn't buy the soy sauce just two weeks ago, it was over a month ago before she left for a visit to her family. She insists she had the soy sauce two weeks.
When ever I use the soy sauce I try to use as little as I can, not just because of the sodium containt , I live with others in the house.

Mom said she "wasn't placing blame on me", but what else can I think?

The oatmeal is the only high fiber grain in the house so there is very little I can really make. Are there any veggie loaf recipes using no soy sauce?

Current Mood: stressed
Thursday, August 27th, 2009
8:42 pm
Hi there, new member.
Hey, my name is Diana. I'm not a vegetarian, yet. But I'll be doing this master cleanse that includes water, cayenne pepper (<3), lemon juice, and maple syrup. Once that's over, my entire diet will change completely...and that includes taking out meat. I will be consuming dairy products though (don't know what that'd be considered). Just wanted to introduce myself. =)
Wednesday, August 26th, 2009
9:29 pm
Sweet potato and roasted vegetable burgers

Sweet potato and roasted vegetable burgers


  • 2 small sweet potatoes, about 500g
  • 500g potatoes
  • 1 roasted red pepper
  • ½tsp chillies, chopped
  • 2tbsp coriander, chopped
  • 140g tub ciabatta
  • breadcrumbs
  • 1 carrot, coarsely grated
  • 25g savoury seed mix
  • 3tbsp vegetable oil for frying
  • 10 burger buns
  • 1 bag salad leaves
  • 5tbsp tomato relish
  • 200g cherry tomatoes (optional)

What to do

  • Peel sweet potato and the potatoes. Cut them into chunks and boil until just tender. Drain well and mash.
  • Chop the red pepper and add to the mashed potato with the chillies and coriander, seasoning well. Stir in about half the breadcrumbs, carrot and the seeds to make a soft dough. Mix well and then shape into 10 burgers.
  • Lightly whizz the remaining breadcrumbs in a food processor to make finer crumbs (but not a powder). Then coat each burger.
  • Heat the oil in a frying pan. Fry the burgers 2-3 at a time, for 2-3 minutes on each side, until golden.
  • Serve in burger buns with lettuce and relish, and cherry tomatoes if desired.

Current Mood: calm
Sunday, August 23rd, 2009
9:49 pm
A Taste of Cornwall - Vegetarian Cornish Pasties


Pasties started out in the lunch boxes of Cornish tin miners. Make these smaller, daintier pasties as a lighter lunch option.

For the pastry:
125g (4oz) Flora light margarine
250g (8oz) Plain Flour
1/2 egg beaten

For filling:
50g (2oz) Caerphilly Cheese
2 celery sticks diced
1 tbsp capers, diced
75g (3oz) potatoes, diced

Heat the oven to Gas 7, 220C. Rub together margarine and flour until it resembles breadcrumbs. Blend in 1 tablespoon cold water to make pastry dough. Cut into 4 equal pieces and put in the fridge for 10 minutes.
Mix together all the diced and other ingredients of your filling. Roll out the pastry into 14cm (51/2 inch) rounds and brush the edge with egg. Place the prepared filling in one half of the pastry round. Fold pastry in half making a moon shape and firmly squeeze the edges together, crimping the pastry with your fingertips.
Repeat until all are done, place on a baking sheet lined with baking parchment and brush pastries all over with egg.
Bake in oven for 10 mins then reduce the heat to gas 4, 180C, fan 160C and cook for a further 35 mins.

Saturday, August 22nd, 2009
11:58 am
Smart Balance isn't Vegetarian, isn't it?
Smart Balance isn't vegetarian, isn't it?

I finally read the ingredients which include fish oil!
Why doesn't it say so upfront?

Do you know anything about Earth Balance?

Current Mood: annoyed
Thursday, August 13th, 2009
4:39 pm
lentils; zucchinis
anyone have any good lentil recipes?

how about zucchini recipes? i'm getting sorta sick of zucchini bread, plan ol' raw zucchini, and zucchini sauteed with garlic, olive oil, and ginger.

Tuesday, July 28th, 2009
1:21 am
recipe ideas?
Hey there, ladies and gents!

So, long story short, the mystery peppers I planted this spring are indeed very prolific little jalepenos!  But, I do not do super spicy food.  The other day I made a big crockpot of chili and put four sliced jalepenos in it, which is about the max spice I would want.  So, keeping that in mind, what are some fabulous and easy recipes for my happy jalepenos?

*x-posted like whoa*
Sunday, July 5th, 2009
2:11 pm
Staying Fly with Chef Magdiale Wolmark & DragonFly Neo-V

Bucking trends and avoiding conformity is nothing new for Magdiale Wolmark, co-owner and head chef of Dragonfly Neo-V. Far from what one thinks of as a typical chef or artist, the idea that he’s creating his own way, and a new path for his business and his craft, suits him just fine. Read our Exclusive In-depth interview on LifeEpicurean.com's Editorial Director Chris Spinato, and be sure to check out Chef Wolmark's Shiitake Pine Nut Tartare recipe, exclusively for LifeEpicurean.com! READ MORE HERE.
Saturday, June 13th, 2009
2:57 pm
any good suggestions?
Hello there!

Last night I made an awesome vegan pad thai and thai coconut soup. However, I have lots of leftover fresh ingredients and want to use them before they go bad. Among the ingredients I have plenty of the following:

Fresh Ginger
Shiitake mushrooms
Shredded carrots
Fresh garlic
1 jalapeno pepper

I have the basics as well, like soy sauce, mirin, coconut oil, chilli sauce, vegetable bouilion cubes, lime and lemon juice, etc.

Anyone have any good recipe suggestions? I'm willing to go by the store to pick up a few other ingredients if needed as well. Any hints or ideas will be greatly appreciated.

Current Mood: good
Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009
12:01 pm
Burger recipe?

I've got one of those hand-press burger makers from a cookshop, but my attempts at making bean or soy burgers so far have been less than impressive. Even the brands like Burgamix seem to fall apart when I make them using it and cook from frozen.

When I make burgers for myself and family, I do prefer the more "meaty" textures - does anyone have a good recipe for a home-made (pref. vegan) burger that doesn't fall apart when cooking?
Wednesday, May 27th, 2009
12:36 pm
Why Vegetarianism is Wrong

Vegetarianism is morally wrong. I want to set aside the ‘usual’ arguments for/against vegetarianism. This will not cover health, environmental impact, animal intelligence or self-awareness. These points do not effect where the bigger moral quandary lies.

Let us explore the possibility that a difference can be made. Vegetarians who do not eat meat say that demand can be decreased, and thus can production. This results in lower loss of animal life.

Before fewer cattle are slaughtered, it is likely that the mortality rate would increase instead. Farmers who do not have the revenue to support their livestock will slaughter what they cannot continue to support. Even repurposing a percentage of livestock to production of methane or dairy would not compensate for the loss. With this fresh slaughter, supply for meat will go up and prices will go down.

Let us not think of the loss of animal life if the industry collapsed altogether and meat fell out of favor. Without the industry to supply money to buy feed or grazing land, livestock will not be fed. If this industry collapsed overnight, livestock would starve to death.

Decreasing demand, even gradually, means you are preventing the birth of countless livestock. Let’s focus on that. They will never be born. Is it morally right to decide that something in particular should never exist because you don’t agree with its life cycle? Is not being allowed to experience life at all any better than having your life ended by another species preying on you?

To be clear, these creatures have been serving in this function for literally thousands of years. This is a symbiotic relationship. In so many ways, their strength is our strength. We have depended on them and they depend on us. If things were different, we’d need to morally accept the lack of proliferation of the species or even their very existence as we know them today. If those that are left are released into the wild, the impact they would have on the ecosystem would also be profound. It would be horrible to attempt to correct a mistake and only make things much worse in the process.

Animal cruelty is a terrible thing. I agree that our livestock—as with all life—should be treated respectfully, and not be abused. It is my opinion that those who express their passion over being vegetarian should repurpose their energy to that end. They are boasting the morality of doing something that would lead to the destruction of these species. All the while, millions of animals are being abused. Even if you have health, religious, spiritual or simple dietary preference (ie flavor/texture) concerns, please consider the moral implications of what happens to our livestock.

Current Mood: morose
Tuesday, April 7th, 2009
5:09 am
Hi there everyone! I come to you to ask for your help, and thought this would probably be one of the best places.

First things first, my name is Jenifer, and I'm a 21-year-old student. While I am an avid animal-lover, I've always been raised eating meat. For me, making the transition to veganism isn't about animal rights, its about my health. There are plenty of other protein sources out there that are much healthier for me and don't have the drawbacks that meat does. To me, the animal rights part is a bonus, not the primary reason I'm doing it.

I know that, when it comes to gelatin, milk, and eggs, there are replacements out there that taste almost identical with no problems. I know because I've tried them and love them.

However, the only replacements I've found for meat itself are tofu, seitan, and tempeh. The only one I've really ever seen is tofu, and I do use it. My problem is that tofu is, in my opinion, only a good replacement for meats when you're cooking something where you don't actually get the flavor of the meat. Something cooked in the slow-cooker is fine, it works great in curry, its pretty decent with most marinated things.

But what if you're cooking something that is still supposed to taste like meat? The best examples I can think of are steak and pork chops. While I have been scouring the internet and found that most recipes can easily be veganized, I haven't found an answer to the basic taste of meat. The only exception to this is pre-made stuff; tofu hot dogs, meatless burgers, etc. But things like that don't help me much, not unless I'm trying to make burgers or hot dogs.

Does anyone have any suggestions as to how to make your meat replacement actually taste like meat? I'm open to anything here really. The only thing I have to ask (and I feel like a jerk for asking it) is for people not to judge my question based on my reasons. If you became vegan for animal rights, more power to you, but please don't say I'm not good enough to be a vegan simply because I still want the taste of meat. I'm ultimately still contributing to the same cause as you are, my path just has other menu options.

Cross posted to chicagoveggie and starting_vegan so sorry for any f-list spam ;.;
Sunday, March 29th, 2009
11:14 am
detoxing from meat?
Considering all of the chemicals, steroids and antibiotics they feed the animals, do you think that when you give up meat, there is a detox period?
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