07 June 2010 @ 01:09 pm
1. Fake Chicken Breakthrough? -- I'm not necessarily a fan of fake meats but I own that they're very handy for a vegetarian who is trying to feed veggie-phobic omnivores. Though how anyone can not love brussels sprouts and eggplant and squash? I don't know because they are all super-delicious.

I tend to stick with crumbles or veggie sausage because they do a good job of approximating ground meats but I'm all for any product that reduces the number of animals killed in our farming industry. Even if it's highly processed. A word of caution, there's some verbiage in the article towards the bottom of the first page that might be upsetting if you're squeamish about meat coming from organic bodies.

2. Ancient cemetery in York could be Roman gladiators -- Sweet! And potentially a treasure trove of information. I hope I'll get to see some articles about this find.

3. Worst kept secret: Apple has a new generation of the iPhone. I stopped listening when they brought up the guy to announce that Farmville will now be an App. *rolls eyes* Steve Jobs is looking mighty thin. I hope he's continuing to do well; pancreatic cancer is a wicked nasty cancer.

4. Look for sign-ups for [livejournal.com profile] sg1_lims to open up tomorrow evening!!!!!!
11 February 2006 @ 12:28 pm
[livejournal.com profile] moonshayde asked for suggestions on moving towards a more vegetarian lifestyle with a focus on healthy. This isn't the first time this has come up amongst people I've corresponded with...and being the lazy sort who doesn't want to type out the same thing over and over...I thought I'd put it here in a post that I can reference. I know I have several other vegetarians on my f-list as well as omnivores who have an appreciation for good food whether it has meat or not so I'm hoping to get lots of good ideas here. Recipes, tips, your own experiences, whatever you're motivated to share.

Becoming a vegetarian was most difficult for me in the "well, how do I organize a meal without the meat?" department. I'd always complemented whatever the meat dish was with, "sides." Yanno what? A collection of vegetable piles on my plate just didn't feel like a meal. It might be nutritionally sound but it was...lacking. I had to learn to rethink everything I knew about eating and how I related to my food. But, philosophy of food will have to wait for another day.

Recommended Recipe Books )

I listed the books first because they helped me to arrive at my new shopping lists. I'm not certain I want to put whole recipes here because I don't really follow them anyway but I do have foods that became my staples; those I'll list.

Recommended Staples )

I'm sure I've missed some obvious ones but these are my staples that changed the most on becoming a vegetarian. I still have bread and though my milk is now hormone-free and my eggs come from free-range hens, those foods were staples before I went vegetarian. These are the foods that moved from "sides" to "staples." I'm sure others will have different ones.

A word on eating out. I have found that there are very few restaurants in which I cannot eat. My choices might be too limited for my tastes or their version of vegetarian might not appeal to me, but there's normally something I can down. When I first became a vegetarian, it was damned hard to find "road food." As one going to school in Houston and working my summers in Wyoming, that was a lot of time on the road downing french fries and iced tea from drive-thrus. These days, Subways are everywhere and it's damned easy to find a healthy vegetarian meal in even the smallest po-dunk town. YAY for progress!!!
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