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#61 of 76 Old 11-19-2004, 02:53 PM
 
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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.
I don't eat Morning Star because they use egg whites and I don't eat eggs. I don't know of Worthington. I do sometimes use Loma Linda because I just LOVE the Big Franks. They aren't tasteless and rubbery like Not Dogs or Tofu Pups, etc. They also aren't totally soy and my daughter gets seriously constipated from 100% soy fake meat products. So we buy them every now and then. But I don't really like much of the other Loma Linda stuff.
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Greetings!!!

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?

Thanks
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I'm not sure why you don't want to give formula? You can use organic, non GMO formula if you are concerned. http://www.naturesone.com/ and http://horizonorganicbaby.com/cgi-bin/index.cgi are two of your options.
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Yes, Morningstar, etc. which are not vegan (and Lightlife, which is vegan) use genetically modified soy and corn. I will NOT eat that stuff.

We will get, on occasion, the boca organic vegan burger, or the Gardenburger Riblets or Chicken Patties, which are also organic.

If something is organic, it can't have any GMOs.

Yeah, they're not super healthy but if you only have them once in a while, I think it's fine. We do eat the Fakin' Bacon tempeh more regularly and also Tofurky's slices - which are not as much soy-laden as other products, and we use Seitan as a meat substitute in many of our recipes.

Bragg's Liquid Aminos are liquid amino acids, which are very healthy for you, kind of like a healthy version of soy sauce. You can buy them at the health food store.

Yes, don't give up formula until at least a year - lots of amino acids, fatty acids, and things like that that will help your son develop a healthy brain and body.

We're going to have a small tofurky - I keep it moist and good by basting it often while it heats up. And we make extra stuffing and gravy, and all of the usual Thanksgiving side dishes. Yum!

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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.

thanks!
I often use it instead of soy sauce. But I don't usually apply too much heat as I think that cooking it takes away from the nutrition
http://www.bragg.com/products/liquidaminos.html
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thanks for all the great recepies mammas i'm looking forward to a yummy thanksgiving.

i cheated and bought the canned pumpkin with sugar and spices alrrady in it and a premade pie crust ( surprisingly vegan, but not exactly healthy) other than that I'm doing it all from scratch. :

can't wait to hear more about your plans, menus ideas!
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Stupid MDC! I was being my regular procrastinating self, and was going to log onto MDC to get one of those mock-tofurky recipes y'all posted to make. I was going to log on, on Thanksgiving Day. Well, MDC was down, adn I was out of luck! So I googled until my eyes hurt and finally decided to just have southern-fried tofu. Not terribly exciting, but it went great with gravy and stuffing!
How was everyone's Thanksgiving? We had a blast. Other than my stupid mistake of thinking I could just substitute extra baking soda for the absent baking powder in biscits! oops! Everyone smiled and pretended to like them, at least, and then they all went in the compost :LOL

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I don't know why I didn't find you guys sooner. My dh and I are raising our two year-old-son and our dogs to be vegetarian. We don't really get a lot of support even from open minded friends. But who cares ,right. We are doing the morally right thing!

So how do you guys make sure your kids are getting enough protien. Ds loves soysage and fake lunch meat but after reading the article on the down falls of soy a couple of issues back. I am freaked out about giving him to much soy. He is such a picky eater and I have such a hard time getting him to eat anything. It is a daily struggle. Plus he sees his friends eating real meat and wants it. How do you guys deal with issue? :
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I was just wondering, has anyone tried "Quorn's" products?
DH and I got two independent recommendations for their fake turkey roast the Tuesday before Thanksgiving, but out CoOp was out.
We do occasionally eat Morning Star Farms : , but I was intrigued because this Quorn's stuff isn't soy and both meat eating and veg friends thought it was great. Thanks for any info
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ISo how do you guys make sure your kids are getting enough protien. Ds loves soysage and fake lunch meat but after reading the article on the down falls of soy a couple of issues back. I am freaked out about giving him to much soy. He is such a picky eater and I have such a hard time getting him to eat anything. It is a daily struggle. Plus he sees his friends eating real meat and wants it. How do you guys deal with issue? :
I've never been a fan of "fake" meats - first of all they are highly processed and usually contain MSG and other chemicals - also, if kids are used to eating things that look and taste like meat - well, they'll probably end up eating real meat at some point.

We eat a lot of beans and legumes - my kids love soups like split pea, minestrone, and tortilla soup. Also we love burrittos, tamale pie, tempeh burgers, and tofu stir-fries. I don't think my kids feel like their missing anything.

Other good protein sources: nutritional yeast flakes, nut and seed butters, seitan, tofu, tempeh and if you eat them - yogurt, cottage cheese, eggs.

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As far as dealing with your DS wanting to eat meat like his friends...
If he's wanting what his friends are eating and telling you this, he's old enough to simply tell what it is, and that your family doesn't eat it. At that young age, no need to go into any soapbox on animal cruelty or health issues. Just simply say your family does not eat dead animals. When DS was about that age and I'd tell him that, he'd say, 'Why do other people eat it, then?" I'd just shrug and say something non-offensive about the other person, like... that's just what they do I guess, crazy!... you don't want him thinking his friends are 'bad" or anything

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if you tell my son (3 yrs old), that something has meat or milk in it, he'll absolutely refuse to eat it. he might be a bit disappointed, and he'll ask "can we go to the store and buy a vegan one?" ... he also recently became interested in who eats meat, and who doesn't. he really wants to know! he asked once *why* they eat meat, and i just told him that some people think it's okay to eat it. (can't give too much of a bad answer, my hubby eats meat, we don't want him thinking daddy is bad or something, he just makes different choices)

we do occasionally do "fake meats", mostly veggie dogs, but try to rely on legumes/nuts/seeds/tofu

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Our feast was a blast! We cooked for our married friends, one vegan, one veggie, and they LOVED it!

We made:

-Cranberry relish with orange (not sauce, it was raw and refreshing!)
-Green beans with slivered almonds and shallots
-Candied sweet potatoes baked with brown sugar
-Mashed potatoes with scallions and garlic, heated in a pan on the stovetop so the edges got crispy - mashed with one of those metal mesh onion/potato hanging things because our friends had no potato masher
-Stuffing with chestnuts, celery and onions
-Tofurky
-Tofurky gravy with mushrooms added (wow!)
-I made a vegan pumpkin pie using a premade vegan crust and canned pumpkin (but not filling - I spiced it myself, etc.) and we served this with Double Rainbow Soy Cream Egg Nog ice cream

I am very proud of myself! I made up a schedule so that everything would be done exactly on time, sharing pots, oven, etc. It worked out perfectly.

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ahhh.. life w/o kids ... I was lucky to get, like, 4 things made, and the other mama we ate with made 2 things (with 4 kids) :LOL oh well... one day, I can dream of the ultimate feast

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We had a great dinner here. I had some non-veggie people over.

We had:

The yummiest yams: I whipped them & added brown sugar & cinnamon---they are so good (no marshamallows for us--I think that's overkill)

Dirty mashed potatoes w/ cheese

The obligatory green bean casserole (I don't know why, but I love it!)

Stuffing w/ homemade herb/cheese bread, carmelized onions, celery & soysage (I wanted hazelnuts, but my dh ate 'em all before we could put em in)

I heated up some deli turkey slices with the stuffing---

Sparkling apple grape cider & wine glasses from the thrift store for the kids (3 yo broke hers of course )

We went to our friends for pie & cookies for dessert.

It was nice to have thanksgiving at our house, since most years I spent watching my MIL cook dead birds. It was so awesome to not have to watch anyone eat flesh this year! I'm so thankful!
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It was just the 4 of us here so I didn't go crazy. We had:

Spinach lasagna with veggies, salad, rolls

but for dessert, the girls helped me make:

Apple crisp and homemade cinammon ice cream

It was kind of relaxing to not have to travel or clean for company. We had plenty of time to spend taking walks and playing games and even had a singalong.

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For the holiday, I made green beans with pecans and mashed potatoes. We had cranberry sauce, I brought a pumpking pie and espresso gingerbread poundcake from work I also made a yoghurt dill sauce for dipping veggies.
Dh made really good cornbread stuffing (and a turkey breast for the meat eaters) and gravy.
Sis brought a salad, bil brought squash. We had good bread. Bro brought the .
We had a really nice time. It was small and relaxing
Oh, I almost forgot, I made a wheat berry and apricot salad I got from one of you veg mamas and everyone sang it's praises.

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