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post #21 of 78
Just made some good vegan pancakes for the kids. I got it off the web at some point.

Mix together 1 c mango puree (I just used frozen mango pureed with water in my blender), 1/2 c coconut milk, 4 T shredded coconut, and 3/4 c flour. Cook like pancakes.
post #22 of 78
For lunches on the go we do a lot of leftovers wrapped in a tortilla or pita. This works great for beans and rice type, stirfries, and even hearty salads. Most of that stuff tastes good cold the next day and the wrap or tortilla makes it portable.
post #23 of 78
Originally Posted by clovergirl
new here and asking for help!
i'm looking for a healthy cookie or bar recipes to use as a filling snack for my 5 and 1yr olds... anyone have suggestions? they have been eating way too many tings and snap pea crisps these days. : i'm thinking something with nut butter for protein and maybe some dried fruit, vegan would be a plus.
i've searched my cookbooks and can't find anything to fit the bill...
Have you heard of Powerballs? The original recipe comesfrom Crescent Dragonmoon's cookbook, but I've modified it quite a bit.

1 cup nut butters (I recommend 2 or more varieties)
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla flavoring/extract
2/3 - 1 cup liquid sweetener
1 - 1 1/4 cups dry soymilk powder or protein powder or a combination of the 2.

Mix the liquid ingredients together and slowly add the dry ingredien(s). Roll into walnut-sized balls. Stick into a container and keep in the refrigerator. You may need to refrigerate before you can roll the mix into balls.
post #24 of 78
subscribing here. Thanks for this thread, ladies.
post #25 of 78
Kids were not so crazy about the pancakes yesterday, I thought they were good.
But I made some really really good cookies this morning. And they're vegan!

Carob Drop Cookies (adapted for MDC from Feeding the Healthy Vegetarian Family)
Mix together 3/4 c maple syrup, 1/4 c molasses, 1/2 c vegetable oil, and 1 1/2 t vanilla.
Separately sift together 2 c ww flour, 2 T unsweetened cocoa or carob, 1 t baking powder, and 1/2 t salt.
Mix the dry into the wet.
Fold in 1 c coconut, 1 c chopped walnuts, and 1/2 c raisins.
Cook at 350 for 12-15 minutes. Cool on a rack.
post #26 of 78
Isosmom - I love that book - his baked stuff especially. I haven't tried those but now I will . . . .
post #27 of 78
Hey Cathe, I've got a question for you. I just ground up a bunch of sea veggies, arame, wakame, kombu, etc to use in my cooking for the extra good stuff just like you've suggested in your books. So my question is, how much of the sea veg should I add to my cooking. Most likely I'll be adding it to beans and soups. Thanks.
post #28 of 78
I usually use 1 teaspoon to 1 tablespoon depending on what I am making and how much of an impact I want the sea veggies to have. For soup, its usually a tablespoon.
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post #30 of 78
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post #31 of 78

I made the sweet potato lentil burritos last night for dinner, and they were great! The only changes I made was to add sauteed mushrooms with the onions and to make a avocado salsa which I poured over the burritos while they cooked. Even my meat eating husband loved them! Thanks for the recipe.

post #32 of 78
Gee I had to dig to find this group. It was buried all the way on page 5!

Anyway I have a question for all of you veggie moms. I had switched to a lacto/ovo veggie diet. I was doing fine until I became pregnant and was nursing at the same time. So I added some chicken and fish back into my diet for the time being. Anyway, I am wanting to switch back to the lacto/ovo veggie diet. My question is whether I should cut out the meat slowly or jump back in. My problem was that I was during my pregnancy I was always starving and eating some meat each day was the only way that I would feel satisfied for more than 10 minutes. I was also having cravings for the meat. I was thinking that it would be helpful for me to slowly cut out the meat...what do you think? Please give me any advice on going through this transition again. thanks!
post #33 of 78
I dont think it matters that much whether you just stop meat or transition slowly but when you cut out the meat, make sure your meals and snacks have some good protein and fat in them to keep you satisfied for a while. Don't eat plain fruit, veggies or carbs alone - they won't fill you up.

For example, hummus and pita bread
hard boiled eggs
trail mix
burritos with rice, beans, and avocado's
Toast with almond butter
smoothies with fruit, yogurt, and a little flax or hemp oil
Soups with beans and whole grains with buttered toast
apples and cheese
post #34 of 78
thanks Cathe, I will keep that in mind!
post #35 of 78
Not sure I've ever been part of this thread before. What is its point?

Is it for recipes? Questions? Thoughts?

I've been veggie for absolute ages, you'd think I'd have already thought things through, but DS is eating more and more solid foods and I'm finding myself realizing how pitiful DH and my diet is.

I also have questions about what other veggies think about meat-cravings during pregnancy? I'm not currently pregnant, but when pg with DS I had hard-core cravings for (quite specifically) hard salami and McD's hamburgers. There was NO WAY at all I was going to McD's, but also no way I would be able to make hamburgers at home (from the organic beef I'd need to get), so that craving was impossible. The salami thing I sort of worked around by increasing my intake of fat, protein, and salt. The craving slowly went away.

But it was really hard at the time. I still find it impossible to think that the baby would actually "want" salami; I feel that cravings are the body's way of telling us something is lacking, and it's up to our brains to figure out the best way to get it...but still, that salami craving was huge. I *still* salivate over it if we walk past the deli section of Whole Foods...

Any thoughts?
post #36 of 78
MMmmm. What a yummy thread! Does anyone have a vegan recipe for alu saag? I LOVE that stuff but can't afford to go to the Indian restaurant at every craving. Thanks!
post #37 of 78
I had cravings for tuna during my first pregnancy and found that if I just ate alot of protein and iron- the craving passed- without me needing to consume animals! I think you are right about it being vitamins or minerals or protein that you are craving, rather than salami!
post #38 of 78
I used to think that cravings meant that my body needed that food, but have since changed my thinking on that a bit. It still might mean that our bodies are wanting something, but we really only crave what we know, right? When I was pregnant with DD2 I was craving ground beef type meat, and I hadn't eaten meat in 5 years or so. I did actually speak to a nutrionalist who told me to go ahead and try it, which I did not do. For a while the craving was intense, and I really did think about if I should try some, but I just couldn't quite bring myself to do it. I try to be vegan, but don't have such a mental block to cheating on cheese or eggs, but meat seems huge to me, personally. And my comfort foods tend to be bready type things, and I know that my body is really not needing that, but it is what I have programed my body to want in certain situations. I am trying to change that. It can be an uphill battle, but I have made progress.

Many many years ago I used to eat a lot of tuna. It is one of the things that I occassionally miss since being veg. I recently found a hummus quite by accident that tastes remarkedly like tuna. Probably higher in salt than I would like, but it is yummy!
post #39 of 78
I also craved meat during both of my pregnancy's. I did stray a bit but not too much. I had a few italian subs during my 2nd one and chicken salad. Then when I wasn't pregnant no more cravings went away.
post #40 of 78
Hi, I'm new here and just wanted to join this thread.
My daughter is 11.5 months old, still breastfeeding fully and is totally veggie. She's never had meat (except through breastmilk early on). We went veggie about 4 months ago when she started solids. I'm always looking for good recipes and help.

One of our favorites is spaghetti squash. We grew them in our garden this year and Braylynne absolutely loves it.

Looking forward to sharing and finding yummy recipes!

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