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It was so good to see so many of fab40 making comments, advising, sharing ideas all on behalf of one of our members who is just beginning to make her way through the maze of diabetes!

Thank you all and let’s keep the momentum going!

On Father’s Day, my husband (you all may have seen his picture in the photos from our son’s wedding!)the carnivore, decided we should go out to a vegan restaurant.  We entertained the multitudes of family on Saturday evening-so it was just the two of us and our 2for1 coupon.

Personally-as you know-I love my veggies in any form, so I was thrilled that he wanted to go there on Father’s Day!  We had a yummy Vegan cheeseburger with caramelized onions, jalapenos, lettuce and tomatoes.  He had a side of vegan chili-I went for the purple coleslaw with an oil/vinegar based dressing.

We had it with some organic peach tea sweetened with agave syrup.

Now I try to sneak in a vegan meal at least once a week-hubby’s favorite seems to be either the vegan lasagna or the “eggless” fried rice.  

Cooking vegan-style is so much easier nowadays than it was years ago, when all it meant was brown rice and tofu with steamed broccoli, served with the ubiquitous soy sauce!

A few years ago I took a couple of vegan cooking classes which were truly inspiring-not so much because I didn’t think of doing the various dishes myself-but because the teacher gave me some clues as to how to get my meat-loving husband to at least give them a try!

Vegan cooking can be gourmet, delicious and interesting.

With this in mind-if you wanted to switch a recipe and make it vegan-what would the dish be?

Bring it on everyone-because this week, we‘re talking vegan cooking!

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      Max0125 wrote Jun 21, 2010
    • It’s funny that you started this topic as I am working towards a more vegan/plant based diet. I just ordered a Vegan Fusion cookbook that looks very intersting. The evidence on a plant based diet in preventing disease and promoting wellness is impressive. When I have eaten vegan in the past, I am amazed on how healthy I feel.

      If anyone has any other cookbook suggestions or recipes, post them, I would love to see them.

      Mary



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      Carine Nadel wrote Jun 21, 2010
    • Mary-
      I bought David Raabe’s “The Pure Vegetarian cookbook“-he was the instructor of the classes I took.  They‘re easy and really good.

      I obviously bought in the class, this was several years ago.  At the time he had 3 books I believe and said they were available on Amazon.  Now I bought this one because it was his newest at the time and he said he more or less combined the best of his recipes into this one book.



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      Suzann wrote Jun 21, 2010
    • Incredible timing, Carine. I’ve been a vegetarian for about 30 years, maybe more, and am just now starting to go vegan. For me, switching from meat to vegetarian was MUCH easier than switching from vegetarian to vegan. And as Mary said in her comment, I too feel better eating vegan.  

      Carine, I must admit I’m still back in the days of rice and tofu with soy sauce! And I’ve discovered Whole Foods brand (their 365 brand) granola with almond milk. You can see what you‘re dealing with here. I’m the one that burns toast.  

      My goal, though, is to do what you‘re doing. Cook a vegan meal that even carnivores would enjoy. So I look forward to the other comments that are coming, since my meager contribution of granola with almond milk is not going to get me into the winner’s circle!worried



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      Trudy S wrote Jun 22, 2010
    • You ladies are inspiring!



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      Carine Nadel wrote Jun 22, 2010
    • tofu is always going to be a main source of protein when you eat vegan-but get creative w/ various herbs and spices w/ beans and rice.  Also complete grains such as quinoa-fast, easy and very versitile!

      tonight-I’ve got some ready to go into the pot w/ some veggie broth, chopped sun-dried tomatoes and some of the evoo it was packaged in, sliced kalamata olives and I’ll be adding some chopped cucumber, fresh mint and some fat-free Italian dressing to it.  It will be terrific warm tonight and great tomorrow cold.  I’ll be adding chopped spinach to it tomorrow and serving it with some whole wheat/high fiber tortillas and hummus too-hubby loves both and then you can make a great wrap out of it!  Serve w/ some nice cold watermelon and the meal is colorful, healthy, hearty and lite.



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      Carine Nadel wrote Jun 22, 2010
    • vegetarians will eat eggs and dairy products-cheese, milk, etc

      vegans will not eat either one.

      some “vegetarians” say they will eat fish-but then that defeats the idea that you won’t eat anything with a heart

      happy



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      Wookiemom09 wrote Jun 22, 2010
    • Wow - I have  been trying for a vegetarian day and husband is my current goal.  I haven’t tried for vegan yet.  Thanks for the inspiration.  

      Termagsea - from what I understand - vegetararian is meatless but vegan is no dairy or eggs- totally plant based.



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      Kyah wrote Jun 23, 2010
    • some “vegetarians” say they will eat fish-but then that defeats the idea that you won’t eat anything with a heart....

      Hmmm, interesting notion technically speaking. Since the heart is central to life, certain plants have hearts as well, like heart of palm or artichoke hearts.

      I agree Suzann, it’s easier to go from carnivore to vegetarian, and my cousin is in her 80s, now a vegan who went to PR for a Dr. Ann Wigmore thing on living foods. I tend to eat plant based diet mainly when it’s hot like it is now, but I am not giving up eggs, cheese or meat any time soon. Those who are embarking on the vegan diet, good luck with that.



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      Suzann wrote Jun 24, 2010
    • Carine, the way you describe food makes it sound not only delicious, but fun to make. This concept of “cooking” being fun is new to me, but I’m moving in a few weeks, and my new kitchen will be much bigger than the kitchen I have now. So maybe cooking will become fun again! You‘re very inspiring.

      I’m an odd one, vegetarian-vegan-wise. My “thing” is to try not to eat anything that was treated badly by the “food machine” industry, and also not to eat anything that was killed.  

      So in going vegan, I’m really going to be in-between worlds. If I can find eggs that come from cage-free, “happy” chickens, then I’ll buy some eggs. But I have gone off milk and cheese completely - at first because I was aghast at some things I found out about the dairy industry, but then (I wrote to Whole Foods and they assured me that the brands they sell are from dairy cows that are not mistreated, and that do indeed lead nice lives) I realized I actually felt better physically when I didn’t have all that milk and cheese in my system.

      Who knew?



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      Carine Nadel wrote Jun 24, 2010
    • I hear you Suzann,
      for years i kept having my eyelids swell up, broncytis and asthma and my skin had constant breakouts (still have a bit of that!) but I had a stomach virus and stopped eating dairy and voila, I found that a lot of what I had been feeling sick from was from dairy!  I stopped immediately and never went back.  If I happen to eat something dairy from a cow, believe me I know about it really fast!  I have found that I can eat very small amounts of goat or sheep’s milk products-but I even keep that to very teensy amounts!



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      Suzann wrote Jun 24, 2010
    • Wow, Carine, that’s fascinating. I was thinking of trying some goat cheese and seeing what happens.



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