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Discussion in 'Veggie Vapers' started by Mary Kay, Oct 15, 2009.

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  1. Mary Kay

    Mary Kay ECF Guru ECF Veteran

    Apr 3, 2009
    West Tampa Fl.
    Non veggie person here, but willing to give it a go!
    Have you all got some beginner's tips? Something easy ok?
    I have a problem with yeast, when I was a baker I found out that I have a sensitivity to it. It took a while for my hands to unswell.
    My hubby won't eat too many dinners without a meat base..but I need to sneak a few in to help with out cholesterol. (it's good but I need to keep it that way!)
    So go easy on me and suggest something to try for dinner.:)
     
  2. Dredbull

    Dredbull Ultra Member ECF Veteran

    I sent you the hummus and bean soup idea.

    Did you get another other suggestions?
     
  3. Mary Kay

    Mary Kay ECF Guru ECF Veteran

    Apr 3, 2009
    West Tampa Fl.
    I am going to try that..but it's a harder one for a new comer! Besides I thought it was for the holidays! Sorry! I was thinking of maybe easing into it with a breakfast or lunch! Mike is going to have a fit..but oh well..:)

    I didn't know hummus was used for anything but a topper on a cracker. Live and learn!
     
  4. mischiefgrrl

    mischiefgrrl Senior Member ECF Veteran

    Aug 16, 2009
    Los Angeles
    I made tacos tonight. Morningstar has "crumbles" that are kinda like ground beef. I sauteed that with some olive oil, garlic and pepper sauce, then added some pinto beans. Stuffed it into taco shells with some julienne sliced bell peppers and avocado slices and topped with olives.

    Just one word: YUM!

    Fairly low on the calorie scale, very filling, low cholesterol and a good amount of fiber. My daughter can't get enough of these tacos.
     
  5. Mary Kay

    Mary Kay ECF Guru ECF Veteran

    Apr 3, 2009
    West Tampa Fl.
    The crumbles sound like something I would use in a morning taco wrap! I wonder if they have a sausage flavored one. I might also be able to use it in a chili. Thanks, I will look for that when I go to the store.
    My daughter sautes scallions and potatos with a few slices of green peppers and puts those in wraps.
     
  6. mischiefgrrl

    mischiefgrrl Senior Member ECF Veteran

    Aug 16, 2009
    Los Angeles
    Morningstar has excellent faux sausages. Patties and links! They can get a little spendy though so you don't want the faux meats to be too much of your diet. The crumbles come in a pretty decent sized bag so you get more for your money. I find them at Target in the freezer section (oddly enough, next to the frozen meat) and they are usually $2.99 each.

    I've also just finely chopped portabella mushrooms and sauteed them with good spices and sauce and used them in place of ground beef. They have a meaty texture and take on flavor pretty well. I've used both the mushrooms and crumbles in soups and chilli - made in a crockpot with fresh cornbread.

    I just had three tacos and I'm hungry again. Darn.
     
  7. Dredbull

    Dredbull Ultra Member ECF Veteran

    Woo will have to go hit up target then!
    I suggested the hummus since it is one of the most filling things I could think of.
    I toss a handful of pine nuts and roasted garlic into mine, Light on the tahinni tho.

    Morning star veggiemax patty subs at subway are my all time fav. Toasted with sweet onion sauce, it freaks my co workers out that I eat as healthy as I do.

    I recently woofed down a double order of Buddhist delight, a local Chinese place does this steamed veggie mix with this creamy sweet veggie sauce.
    If I could get that sauce recipe from them I would be set.

    Thanks for the target tip, will have to ninja pick some up and sneak them into the dishes I am making.
     
  8. mischiefgrrl

    mischiefgrrl Senior Member ECF Veteran

    Aug 16, 2009
    Los Angeles
    Yea, I was pretty surprised to find them there and so cheap! They have quite a good selection of Boca and Morning Star brands too. Chick'n patties, nuggets, burgers, bacon, etc. My daughter was pretty happy to see the Chick'n patties!
     
  9. Jessa

    Jessa Senior Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Oct 16, 2009
    Dallas, TX
    Target definitely has great Morningstar & Boca prices.

    I much prefer Morningstar's sausage patties over their links. A breakfast burrito would be a great & easy way to try the "fake meats". Or a BLT- I think Morningstar's bacon make for a great BLT. Mmmm!

    Honestly, I don't think the Morningstar products are that expensive when you think about it. If one package of crumbles = a lb of meat...

    I'm all for convenience meals- you can use crumbles for chili & tacos, chik'n strips for stir fry, or chik'n broccoli alfredo. My favorite brand is Quorn, although they are pricey. We have their turk'y every Thanksgiving, and their gruyere chicken cutlets are simply amazing.

    My 1 week menu looks something like this:

    Spinach Artichoke Lasagna

    Taco Chili

    Portobello Penne Pasta

    Potato Soup

    Lentil Tacos

    Escarole & Beans

    Zucchini 'Crab' Cakes

    Being a "new" vegetarian (almost 3 years) I've found that my life is so much easier if I plan my meals in advance. I'm sure that's true for meat eaters too, but I'm able to be a healthier vegetarian when I do meal plans 2x a month.
     
  10. Jessa

    Jessa Senior Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Oct 16, 2009
    Dallas, TX
    Just wanted to add, good for you for giving this a try! I hope you love it!
     
  11. gatsby

    gatsby Super Member ECF Veteran

    Apr 16, 2009
    Albuquerque, NM
    For a morning taco wrap try to find some veggie chorizo. Soooooo very good.
     
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