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Old 03-26-2012, 07:10 PM   #29
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Jeeze......everything is big in TX.....even the shrimp! I could go for a couple of those - hold the cheeseburger - although I love the "Cheeseburger in Paradise" plate.

One thing that I am dying to try are those deep-fried pickles. I know they are served just about everythwere in the Southern states, but unheard of here in Canada.

Anyway, canned soup is loaded with sodium; you can make some soup from scratch in the same amount of time it takes to open a can and heat it up.

When I lived in the city, I used to go to the Farmer's Market every Saturday. There was a potato stand and cafe with the biggest taters. You picked out your freshly-baked potato and they had a self-serve "bar" with all the fixings. I always topped mine with bacon, steamed broccoli, and cheddar cheese. Today I was craving one of those potatoes, but I did not have any potatoes. So, decided to make cream of potato soup with the same toppings. No potatoes? How do you make potato soup w/o potatoes?

This is how it's done (serves one).

- Fry one strip of bacon in a non-stick saucepan (I know....I know....not truly vegetarian but as I told you, I am not giving up bacon!)
- Drain fat
- Add 1T of butter or margarine to saucepan
- Add milk - about 1 cup (I used skim) and a handful of finely-chopped broccoli florets
- Stir over medium heat until florests are not raw, but are still firm and nice and green
- Add 3 - 4T of instant potato flakes. You can make a cream sauce/soup w/o using flour. If you are gluten intolerant, instant potato flakes work great
- Stir until thickened
- Pour into bowl and top with sharp cheddar and freshly-ground pepper. No need to add more salt - the bacon makes it salty enough
Done!
Fresh, fast, and sure tastes better than anything from a can


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Jeeze......everything is big in TX.....even the shrimp! I could go for a couple of those - hold the cheeseburger - although I love the "Cheeseburger in Paradise" plate.

One thing that I am dying to try are those deep-fried pickles. I know they are served just about everythwere in the Southern states, but unheard of here in Canada.

Anyway, canned soup is loaded with sodium; you can make some soup from scratch in the same amount of time it takes to open a can and heat it up.

When I lived in the city, I used to go to the Farmer's Market every Saturday. There was a potato stand and cafe with the biggest taters. You picked out your freshly-baked potato and they had a self-serve "bar" with all the fixings. I always topped mine with bacon, steamed broccoli, and cheddar cheese. Today I was craving one of those potatoes, but I did not have any potatoes. So, decided to make cream of potato soup with the same toppings. No potatoes? How do you make potato soup w/o potatoes?

This is how it's done (serves one).

- Fry one strip of bacon in a non-stick saucepan (I know....I know....not truly vegetarian but as I told you, I am not giving up bacon!)
- Drain fat
- Add 1T of butter or margarine to saucepan
- Add milk - about 1 cup (I used skim) and a handful of finely-chopped broccoli florets
- Stir over medium heat until florests are not raw, but are still firm and nice and green
- Add 3 - 4T of instant potato flakes. You can make a cream sauce/soup w/o using flour. If you are gluten intolerant, instant potato flakes work great
- Stir until thickened
- Pour into bowl and top with sharp cheddar and freshly-ground pepper. No need to add more salt - the bacon makes it salty enough
Done!
Fresh, fast, and sure tastes better than anything from a can


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Sounds awesome..if we were closer..I'd fix you dinner and you could do the same for us.



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Old 03-26-2012, 10:18 PM   #31
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Some people can eat anything and have low cholesterol and some eat what I consider healthy and have high cholesterol. Most of us are in between. Mine runs from 130-180 over the years—back and forth. The hardest thing now is eating less as my metabolism slows down (and so do I).

I don't usually care for fake meat. It was what I left behind. But pre-made vegie foods are tastier now than they were years ago and more restaurants have vegie options. Even in Alaska I was able to find salads and other healthy foods. Texas is a challenge, but Mexican and Italian restaurants have some options.

When I started this journey doctors were still looking at vegetarianism as a disease. Times have changed.

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I have bought those a number of times (I am vegetarian), and recently I've been disappointed. The last couple of times I have bought my favourite item from Amy's (the veggie pot pie) they have been sluggish to cook all the way to the centre, and tasted somewhat bland.

This in a pot pie that is $4.29 for a single serving is not acceptable; they are off my list.
I will admit to favorites like the enchilada verde and some i have not liked at all. As for the price it still cheaper than feeding a family if four at a restaurant
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Old 03-27-2012, 11:09 AM   #33
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A couple of favorites

Spinach Orzo Salad with Feta Vinaigrette

1 cup dry orzo pasta, cooked/drained/rinsed
2 cups baby spinach, roughly chopped
1/2 cup oil pack sun dried tomatoes, chopped
3 tablespoons, each, diced red onion and Kalamata olives
1/2 teaspoon ground pepper, 1/4 teaspoon salt
1 6 ounce jar marinated artichoke hearts, undrained, cut up
3 ounces feta cheese, crumbled

Toss artichoke hearts and marinade with pasta while still warm. Add remaining ingredients, toss well.

Black Beans & Vegetables with Vinaigrette

1 pound dry black beans, cooked
1 1/2 cups frozen corn
1 1/2 cups chopped tomato (I like to use halved cherry tomatoes)
3/4 cup thinly sliced scallions
3-4 cloves fresh garlic, chopped
1/3 cup fresh coriander or cilantro, chopped
1/2 cup olive oil
1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
2 teaspoon salt

Toss cooked black beans with frozen corn, then remaining ingredients. Let stand an hour or two before serving at room temperature, stirring occasionally.


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Old 03-29-2012, 01:10 PM   #34
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Sounds awesome..if we were closer..I'd fix you dinner and you could do the same for us.



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Shane, that is very kind of you; I think I might even break down and have one of those Texas-sized Cheeseburgers in Paradise!

Meanwhile, back at the vegetarian ranch, I have been fooling around with tofu. I know that white brick you see at the supermarket looks about as appetizing as a block of lard, but it is a versatile foodstuff because it is so bland and works best with spicy sauces.

Chinese take-out is loaded with fat and sodium. Here is a healthier version of sweet and sour "pork." Perfect for that blandish tofu.

Cube extra firm tofu. If you want it crispy and golden (or company's coming style as I call it) coat with cornstarch and fry in oil until crispy.

In saucepan combine 3 TBSP cornstarch, 1/2 cup sugar or Splenda, 1/2 tsp. pepper, and 1/2 tsp. ground ginger. Stir. Add 1/3 cup water, 1/3 cup lemon juice, 1/2 cup unsweetened pineapple juice, and 1/4 cup light soya sauce. Add grated carrot, diced green, yellow, orange or red pepper, and drained pineapple chunks. Pineapple is optional. Stir over medium heat until slightly thick.

Add raw or fried tofu chunks. Stir until heated through. Serve over rice.


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Old 03-29-2012, 01:15 PM   #35
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I made a similar pasta to Doug and Maggie with gluten free pasta, dry, grated Asiago, lemon zest, olive oil, chopped fresh spinach and goat cheese. Make the pasta, heat the oil with lemon zest and pepper, quickly blanch the spinach in the pasta water, toss it all together. yum.
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Old 03-29-2012, 02:44 PM   #36
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Potato soup w/out potato

The late, great Justin Wilson has a recipe for potato salad without potatos. Basicalll the same as regular, but with saltine crackers instead of potatoes. Sal.
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Old 04-04-2012, 02:41 PM   #37
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Cheeseburger from the Garden of Eden

The early frozen vegetarian patties were awful, but the industry has come a long way. The Sol brand is one I really like, and gluten free.

I like to serve it between two crisp lettuce leaves with pea sprouts, a grainy mustard, tomato, onion, and a sharp slice of Canadian cheddar.

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I have found many omnivores think vegetarians want food that tastes like meat; some do, not me. I admit that sometimes the thought of a cheeseburger passes momentarily, but I have no desire for fake (or real) meat. We have some here because my wife is an omnivore and she makes dinners with it sometimes. I think of a veggie burger as emergency food. I haven't seen the Sol brand, maybe it is only sold in Canada.

Restaurants for the most part offer one or two veggie dishes. But they really have no idea what they are doing a lot of time. I like pasta primavera, but I don't want it every day. There can be very limited choices and more than one waitress has said when I said "I am a vegetarian and what do you have?" "We have fish". Some Mexican restaurants have servers who don't understand me and I have no idea what I'm going to get. Even if they, do I wonder what is in those refried beans (I probably know). Same thing happens in Chinese restaurants.

Janet, sorry you haven't found as many good restaurants in Canada as we have. We've found them in remote places like Whitehorse, Yukon, and many small villages. The exception may be Newfoundland (except for St. John's) where the locals eating choices are more unhealthy than anywhere in N. America.

I have had to learn not to ask certain questions. So many restaurants use lard and chicken broth that if I ask the questions, there will be nothing left to eat. I have also not gone the vegan route. We have a friend who is vegan and she has a terrible time finding something to eat in restaurants.

And what was the best vegetarian restaurant you've been to? Before it closed about a decade ago, the Horn of the Moon in Montpelier was excellent. When I lived in Buffalo, there was one called the Green St. Cafe, but that's 34 years ago and I'm sure it is very long gone. We found a vegetarian chain in 2004 in Quebec City and Montreal—can't remember the name, but it was all buffet style and very good.

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Gene, I have found certain ethnic restaurants to be more adapted to the vegetarian lifestyle than the traditional N. American: Indian, Caribbean, Lebanese, and there is one vegetarian Chinese restaurant here which is exceptional.
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You are right about other ethnic restaurants and sometimes, when we see them (none around here) we eat there. We have been going to Thai and "Pan Asian" restaurants a lot in recent years.

Another very good vegetarian restaurant we went to, also 10 years ago, was in Bar Harbor (pron.: Ba Ha-Ba), Maine. I have no idea of the name or whether it is still there.

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Hi all! I've been a flexitarian for years... last year I went vegan for 9 months. It wasn't as tough as I thought it would be because there are so many great products. It was however hard on my friends/family who worried about what to serve me or where we could go out to eat. So I added seafood to my diet and social eating was much easier. After moving to Reno, I threw in the towel and dove head-first into meat. Now that I've been off the wagon for 6 months, I'm ready to take a step back again. I may not go hardcore vegan (both too costly and difficult to find my favorite products in rural NV) but I will do vegetarian. For breakfast I had a stand-by:

Pasta Pancake:
- left over pasta (plain or with sauce)
- enough egg to cover pasta
- 1 c chopped spinach
- 1/4 c parmesan cheese
- sprinkle garlic, salt & pepper
- anything else you want to add

Mix all above. Heat skillet, add oil and add mixture. Cook on medium until bottom is browned, turn and heat other side. Turn pancake/omelet onto plate, slice and serve. Yum. Today I used leftover rigatoni in garlic wine sauce and a handful of sun-dried tomatoes. I wanted to eat it all but I'm having some friends up for happy hour this evening and use the leftover as a tapa.

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Hi all! I've been a flexitarian for years... last year I went vegan for 9 months. It wasn't as tough as I thought it would be because there are so many great products. It was however hard on my friends/family who worried about what to serve me or where we could go out to eat. So I added seafood to my diet and social eating was much easier. After moving to Reno, I threw in the towel and dove head-first into meat. Now that I've been off the wagon for 6 months, I'm ready to take a step back again. I may not go hardcore vegan (both too costly and difficult to find my favorite products in rural NV) but I will do vegetarian. For breakfast I had a stand-by:

Pasta Pancake:
- left over pasta (plain or with sauce)
- enough egg to cover pasta
- 1 c chopped spinach
- 1/4 c parmesan cheese
- sprinkle garlic, salt & pepper
- anything else you want to add

Mix all above. Heat skillet, add oil and add mixture. Cook on medium until bottom is browned, turn and heat other side. Turn pancake/omelet onto plate, slice and serve. Yum. Today I used leftover rigatoni in garlic wine sauce and a handful of sun-dried tomatoes. I wanted to eat it all but I'm having some friends up for happy hour this evening and use the leftover as a tapa.

Laura
I used to make a Spaghetti Frittata for my children that was similar to this, but with lots of fresh chopped parsley instead of the spinach and a good handful of parmesan cheese. Brown on one side, flip to brown on the other or put under the broiler to cook the top. Slice in wedges to serve.

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