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post #41 of 76
Originally Posted by shelley4
has anyone tried the Tofurky before? our Canadian thanksgiving is already done, but i'm thinking about this for christmas?

also, i think i need a soymilk maker too!! my ds alone drinks gallons of this, and my dd loves her rice milk too!
I have. I couldn't stand it. It's so dense. UGH
post #42 of 76
Originally Posted by dready*mama
Do you guys do TV? There's this awful (well, really WEIRD, I guess) show that we just watched for the 1st time last night called Trading Spouses. I think it was on Fox. Two families switch wives for X amount of time ( I think a week or so). They try to match up two complete opposites (the one we watched was a born-again Christian and a relaxed Jew). The preview for next week is a mom who's vegan and really into animal rights and such, gets switched with a hunter from the bayou! ACK! I'm not sure if I want to watch or not. Sounds really insulting, but will probably watch out of curiosity! Just wanted to share
Ack! I could never sign up for that show. I wouldn't want them feeding my kids meat.
post #43 of 76


I tried the tofurkey last year and could not eat it! It had the same texture and taste as Turkey-too realistic for me. I buy it for my husband who likes the meat tasting stuff, having quit meat not because he didn't love the taste, but for animal issues. I have only tried Turkey once when I was a little kid and my mom made me taste it (I spit it out!) but by what I remember, the Tofurkey is the same as Turkey in every way exept appearance. Personally, I stick to the mashed potatoes, yams, veggies, rolls, cranberry sauce and pies.
post #44 of 76

I am really enjoying all the ideas for thanksgiving. We are going to a family get together where we will be the only vegetarians. We are thinking about making a lentil loaf...does anyone have a good recipe?
Another yummy vegan dish that everyone seems to like:
Potato kugel- you boil and mash a bunch of potatoes. Saute lots of onion and some garlic in olive oil (you don't have to be too stingy with the oil...it's a holiday!!!) add some salt, pepper and paprika. Mash the potatoes with the sauteed onion and garlic mixture and put it into a baking dish and bake it until it is browned on top. It tastes like the inside of a knish!
post #45 of 76

Vegan Pumpkin Cheesecake

Someone somewhere asked for this. I haven't had any trouble with pieces of tofu or it not tasting pumpkin enough. non-veg didn't know this was vegan!!!

1 1 /3 c. graham cracker crumbs (about 10 double crackers)
4 tbsp. soft canola margarine

1 lb. soft tofu, drained (extra-firm silken tofu works well)
15-oz can solid packed pumpkin
4 oz. soy cream cheese (1/2 c), at room temp.
1 c. sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
3/4 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
1/2 tsp. allspice
1/4 tsp. cloves

pre-heat oven to 350. grease 8 1/2" springform pan.
make crust: can use a food processor to pulse the graham cracker with margarine until it is all moistened. then press into bottom of pan and about 1/2 in. up the sides. bake for about 10 mins. let cool completely but keep oven on for cheesecake.
cheesecake: in food processor, puree tofu until it is smooth. add pumpkin and process until blended. add soy cheese, sugar, vanilla, spices, and process until smooth and well blended. pour mixture onto the cooled crust and bake on center rack for 45 mins.
turn oven off and let cheesecake cool in the oven for 1 hr. without opening the door. then let it cool completely on a wire rack. cover loosely and put in the fridge for at least 8 hrs or overnight. it may seem soft but will firm up once it is chilled.
post #46 of 76

Kale recipe

here's a good kale recipe I tried a few years ago. it makes at least 6 servings.

1-2 tbsp. olive oil
3 apples, peeled, thinly sliced
5 med. shallots, chopped
3 -4 bunches of kale
1 tsp. salt and pepper
cup of veggie broth

this is great to do in a wok, otherwise you can use a large skillet. depending on the size of the wok or skillet, you may have to do this in half or in thirds, and then combine it all together to serve.
heat the oil, add half the apples and shallots and cook until softened and lightly browned, about 5 mins. stir on half of the kale and season with salt and pepper and then add the broth and cook until the kale is tender, 3-4 mins. repeat with the other half of ingredients.

can serve with a cranberry vinaigrette: add in a blender: 1-2 c. fresh cranberries, 1 c. apple cider, 1/3 c. maple syrup, 1/3 c. olive oil, tbsp. dijon mustard, 1-2 tsp. cider vinegar, and salt and pepper to taste.
post #47 of 76
Originally Posted by giarose

can serve with a cranberry vinaigrette: add in a blender: 1-2 c. fresh cranberries, 1 c. apple cider, 1/3 c. maple syrup, 1/3 c. olive oil, tbsp. dijon mustard, 1-2 tsp. cider vinegar, and salt and pepper to taste.
mmm i'm going to try that this year
post #48 of 76

This has nothing to do with Thanksgiving, but I need some help!

I would like to ask if anyone has suggestion for alternatives to formulas. I want to wean my son off the formula but I'm not sure what to give him so he can have all the nutrition he needs. He's nine months old and I exclusively breastfed him until he was 6 months old. I still occassionally breastfed at night, but now he's biting me more than feeding. My milk supply is dwindling and since I now work part time I am not making enough milk to feed him, hence the formula. I really didn't want to use it to begin with, but now I really want to get him off of it asap. I want to keep it dairy free if possible. I started feeding him vegetables and fruits. Is it safe to take him off the formula altogether?

I'm vegetarian and I'm going to raise him vegetarian. He's my first, so I don't really know what to do about this whole formula thing.

Thanks for any help you can offer.

PS He's developing a bad rash on his lower face. Does anyone know what I can do to help clear it up?

Krishmaa in Meriwether County, Georgia!!!
post #49 of 76
If he's only eating fruits and vegetables, he's too young to wean off formula yet. I didn't formula-feed, but Dr. Sears (very AP pediatrician/author) says:

"If your toddler is a picky eater and not yet skilled in cup drinking, allow daytime bottles of milk or formula ( a maximum of four 8-oz bottles, about one liter) to ensure enough nutrition. When he is cup skilled and consistently eating a balanced diet of solids, gradually wean from bottle to cup."

You just can't live on fruits/veggies alone, kwim? There's still lots of nutrients a 9mo needs.

Rereading your post, you were asking if it's okay to stop formula altogether and if there's an alternative. The only healthy alternatives I can think of would be goat's milk. Do you consider this dairy? It doesn't have all the same neg. effects of cow's milk. Much easier to digest, etc.
post #50 of 76
Don't take your baby off formula until he's one years old. A baby needs breastmilk or formula until he's one. In fact, as it turns out, failure to give your baby formula or breastmilk for the first year could land you in jail (long story, for another time).

the rash could be from drooling. Is he teething? My daughter always got this red rash under her lips from letting the drool sort of hang there at night when she was snuggling her animal.
post #51 of 76

I second what Erin said

Babies of that age need lots of fats for their developing brains, and many other nutrients! They just simply cannot get enough fat and nutrients from regular food. If you want the formula to be dairy free, there are always rice or soy formulas, and there are plenty of organic ones to choose from both in commercial stores and health food stores.
post #52 of 76
I wouldn't give up formula either till at least 1 yr.

I make a lentil loaf thats pretty good and simple. Cook 1 1/2 cups lentils, then mash them. Put in 1 onion that has been fried in oil, add 2 cups cooked rice. Add some spices- I use sage and majoram, garlic, onion powder. Mix it all up and put in an oiled loaf pan bake about 45 min to 1 hr. If you bake it too long I notice the edges come out crispy and I don't like that. Before you put it in oven I pour some bbq sauce over it but you don't have to or put catsup or pur some veggie gravy over afterwords.

Does anyone know if prepackaged bagged beans expire? I was cleaning my pantry and I found a bag of black beans but I think it's been awhile.
post #53 of 76
The only legumes I've found to expire are split peas. They just don't break down if they've been in my pantry too long. I've never had a problem with any others, though
post #54 of 76
This isn't a lentil loaf but thought you might be interested anyway. It's our favorite loaf.

Bean and Nut Loaf
My children love this with oven fries. They dip both the loaf and the fries in ketchup. It's also delicious with gravy.

2 tablespoons flaxseeds
1/4 cup water
1 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
2 cups cooked pinto or kidney beans, drained
2 carrots, shredded or minced
2 tablespoons minced parsley
1 1/2 tablespoons minced fresh herbs or 1 1/2 teaspoons dried (thyme, oregano, basil, etc.)
3/4 cup breadcrumbs (about 1 1/2 slices of bread)
1/2 cup tomato sauce
1 1/4 teaspoons sea salt

Preheat oven to 375ºF. Oil a loaf pan. Grind flaxseeds in coffee grinder or blender. Mix with water. Combine all ingredients (including flax mixture) together, mashing the beans as you mix. (A food processor works really well.) Press mixture into loaf pan. Bake for 70 minutes, or until dry and firm.

Makes 8 servings
post #55 of 76
My family actually REALLY enjoyed the tofurky.....
make sure not to overcook-as that will dry it out horribly...

I am making a homeade one with-
crumble/mash 2 containers of tofu into large bowl
mix with braggs, sage, rosemary, garlic, onion , nut yeast etc (anything goes)
mash half of this into a casserole dish- packing it in
add any stuffing of your choice (moist) i use a wild rice one
pack the remaining tofu on top
bake for 30ish at 350
serve with gravy and all the trimmings!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
yummy and affordable- really simple-let me know if anyone needs more specifics
post #56 of 76
Just a questions to you all.
I have been a vegetarian my whole life. I do eat dairy. But do any of you know or eat the vegetarian products by Morning star, Loma Linda, Worthington. I am unsure if these are considered vegen. Just wondering.
post #57 of 76
Kimmysue, those companies don't make vegan products. And worse, I think they use GMO ingredients, though I am not certain. Just what I've heard.
post #58 of 76
Yeah I thought they werent vegen. What GMO? Do I want to know?
post #59 of 76
hi all -

getting geared up for thursday and scurrying around trying to find a harvest feast - inspired bean dish.

Anyway, could someone tell me what liquid aminos are? You guys mention it but I have no idea how you use them and for what purpose.

post #60 of 76
I'm not familiar with the other products you mentioned, but Morning*farms is NOT vegan. Not healthy either, although we do buy their hot dogs to get my salt/overly-processed food fix :

GMO= Genetically Modified Organism
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