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Old 03-25-2012, 09:56 PM   #1
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The Vegetarian and Special Dietary-Lifestyle Thread

Are you vegetarian, vegan, gluten intolerant, diabetic, watching your calories and sodium intake....or just want to eat healthier? Let's post our favourite recipes.

I am going the vegetarian route. This was tonight's dinner: Roasted Beets in a Hazelnut/Raspberry/Rosemary Reduction with Tofu Courtons. It was delicous. The meld of fresh rosemary with raspberries - fantastic!

This is a quick, simple recipe. I tend not to give amounts because I figure you can add as much or as little as you want, depending on tastes.

Quarter fresh beets and cover with EVV (extra virgin olive oil). Roast in 400F oven until tender. Remove. Cool to room temperature.

Dice extra-firm tofu and saute in frying pan with oil until firm.

Take about 2 Tablespoons of raspberry jam (I used the no-added sugar version), add about a Tablespoon of balsamic vinegar, a shake of Worchestershire sauce, and some threads of fresh rosemary. Pour the oil from roasted beets into saucepan and add the jam/balsamic/Worchestershire/rosemary mixture. If mixture is too thick, add a bit more oil. Throw in a handful of raw hazelnuts (or walnuts/almonds) and saute until nuts are slightly carmelized.

Put roasted beets on a bed of your favourite greens and pour warm reduction sauce on top. Crown with tofu croutons and a sprig of fresh rosemary.

Bon appetit~!

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Vegetarian Tacos.

1 can black beans drained and rinsed
1 can garbanzo beans drained
roasted corn
1 onion diced
Fresh garlic (to taste)
1/2 green pepper diced
1/2 red pepper diced
2 carrots thinly sliced
1 packet of taco seasoning.

On medium heat put the garlic and onion in a large skillet (with a small amount of olive oil) then add the carrots, peppers, roasted corn, black beans and garbanzo beans. Mix together and add the taco seasoning, water (not too much but enough to simmer and you may have to add more) let simmer for 1/2 hour or until the sauce thickens. Take an old fashioned potato masher and mash the contents and stir together. Fill the taco shells and add lettuce, diced tomatoes, cheese and sour cream (optional). They are easy and it's a great alternative to meat. Yummy.

Sorry no picture but very good.
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Old 03-25-2012, 10:47 PM   #3
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FIORELLI PASTA TOSS - serves 4

3 1/2 cups P.C. Black Label Fiorelli Pasta (half a 500 g. pkg.)
2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
2 tbsp. P.C. Black Label #5 Umami Paste*
1/2 tsp. chili flakes (optional)
2 cups packed baby spinach, roughly chopped
1 cup grape tomatoes, halved
2 green onions, thinly sliced on the diagonal
Freshly grated Parmesan cheese

In a large saucepan of boiling, salted water, cook pasta for 8-10 mins. or until tender but firm. Drain. Set aside.

In the same saucepan, heat oil over low heat. Stir in Umami paste and chili flakes (If using). Add spinach, tomatoes, pasta and half the green onions; toss until spinach wilts.

Divide among 4 bowls. Sprinkle with remaining green onions and cheese.

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I’d recommend buying the P.C. pasta as it makes a big difference. The first time I made this I just used fusilli and, although we enjoyed it, it wasn’t nearly as good.

Hope you try this as, not only is it good, it’s vegetarian and, more importantly, it’s really quick and easy to make!

*Umami paste can be purchased here in Canada, or here is a recipe to make it. Not strictly vegetarian due to the 2-3 anchovy fillets, not sure if that's in the stuff we get at Loblaw's. P.C. is President's Choice brand.
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OOPs, I had a cheeseburger today ...and clam chowder at the Black Pearl in Newport RI!
Actually, my wife has introduce me to a healthier way of eating much of the time but I refuse to give up some of my old favorites, just nowhere near as often. I find that if I try to deny myself all of the old cravings, I am much more likely to "revert" at some point. I think the difference for me is that I am actually liking my new healthier eating habits and the food. I don't have the recipe but Dorsey does a black bean, sweet potato burrito that is fairly healthy if not low in calories....
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Old 03-26-2012, 06:46 AM   #5
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Hopefully Lili will stop in on this thread. I believe they used to run a vegetarian catering business and I bet she has a ton of suggestions. Thanks for starting this thread, I can't wait to try some of them even though I eat most anything that isn't moving too fast.
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Old 03-26-2012, 08:07 AM   #6
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We are not vegetarian and actually, Doug is a carnivore.

We do try to have a few vegetarian dinners each week, and I have some good recipes I will post when I have a bit more time.

I did see someone on the Today show last week make a risotto out of steel-cut oats. Had to try it, and it was scrumptious! Sauteed a good bit of garlic and some chopped onion in a bit of butter and olive oil, added the oats and toasted them a bit and then cooked them through in chicken broth. Added a good handful of shredded Asiago cheese. We ate this as a side dish, leftovers with veggies as an entree. Really yummy.

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We are not vegetarian either. Shawn calls us omnivores but we do eat vegetarian often. If you are looking for a quick meal fix (microwavable) for vegetarian, some of them are even vegan, look for Amy's frozen dinners. Walmart and Target usually carry a limited amount of them but check out some health food stores too.
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Steak and salad here.

I actually crave meat. If someone chooses to not eat meat,..well then you will get no beef from me.



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Hundreds of well-organized vegan recipes on this site:

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If your the book type or need some help with switching from a carnivore to Vegan/vegetarian I found this site very helpful, they will help you plan a diet or give you lots of advise. http://www.herbivoreclothing.com/ The owners are friends of mine and they are Vegan ( I'm not) and they are very nice and non judgemental. I bought several cookbooks from them.
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Shane, there was a time I craved meat too, but for 38 years I have been a vegetarian. It was hard at first, but I didn't want to go down the same road my parents went with all their surgeries and diseases. My father's family all die of cardiovascular disease and my mother suffered from poor health most of her adult life. I am far healthier than them and lead a very active life for a 71 year old. They also avoided exercise, another important component of a good life and both of us exercise regularly.

In 26 years together, I have moved my wife closer to vegetarianism, but not all the way. She is an excellent vegetarian cook and is careful what she buys (except for certain meat products).

Before we had the Airstream, eating on the road was hard. We had to drag a big cooler with us in and out of motels and ate in ours rooms a lot. Restaurants add sugar and salt to everything and a few days of restaurant food leaves us feeling bad. The Airstream was great for traveling as we stock our trailer with healthy foods. In certain parts of the US it is difficult to find a good restaurant or a market with healthy foods, so we bring a lot with us. Traveling in Canada is easier because the restaurants there are better than in many parts of the US. While traveling we look for really good restaurants because we love eating out too, but in some places, none are to be found.

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Spinach, tomato and rosemary personal-pan beakfast "pizza."



Base: 1/2 cup cottage cheese, 2T oat bran, 1/2 cup thawed spinach, 1 egg. Mix and form pancake. Saute in pan until both sides golden. Add sliced tomato, mozarella and fresh rosemary. Place under broiler until cheese is melted.

Other vegetarian toppings which are my favourite: roasted peppers, mushrooms, or vegetarian "pepperoni." (can be purchased in health food stores or larger supermarkets). In Canada, Yves is a popular maker of veggie "meat" products.
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Shane, there was a time I craved meat too, but for 38 years I have been a vegetarian. It was hard at first, but I didn't want to go down the same road my parents went with all their surgeries and diseases. My father's family all die of cardiovascular disease and my mother suffered from poor health most of her adult life. I am far healthier than them and lead a very active life for a 71 year old. They also avoided exercise, another important component of a good life and both of us exercise regularly.

In 26 years together, I have moved my wife closer to vegetarianism, but not all the way. She is an excellent vegetarian cook and is careful what she buys (except for certain meat products).

Before we had the Airstream, eating on the road was hard. We had to drag a big cooler with us in and out of motels and ate in ours rooms a lot. Restaurants add sugar and salt to everything and a few days of restaurant food leaves us feeling bad. The Airstream was great for traveling as we stock our trailer with healthy foods. In certain parts of the US it is difficult to find a good restaurant or a market with healthy foods, so we bring a lot with us. Traveling in Canada is easier because the restaurants there are better than in many parts of the US. While traveling we look for really good restaurants because we love eating out too, but in some places, none are to be found.

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Hi Gene!

Thanks for sharing that interesting odyssey. At one time vegetarians were considered to be kinda kooky. Vancouver is the "California" of Canada. There are many vegetarian-oriented markets and restaurants. One of my favourite restaurants is vegetarian Chinese. Their sweet and sour "pork" is better than the real thing! There's also a sushi place on every street corner - all offering vegetarian rolls like avocado and mango - yummy! Many Indian restaurants have vegetarian alternatives. Alberta, the neighbouring province, is Canada's "Texas." Steak houses as far as the eye can see.....although Calgary is more diversive.

Good for you - you took the initiative years ago.
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We also increasingly eat vegetarian. I've decided that I wanted to make eating meat a conscious choice. So I eat high-quality tasty meat as a treat rather than going for bland, generic/industrial-sourced, less tasty meat as a frequent default choice. We're eating a lot more chickpeas and tofu and grains now.

My wife made rissoto with farro last night - very nice. It did have a bit of local-sourced bacon in it though...

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