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#121 of 154 Old 04-23-2005, 03:59 PM
 
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xenabyte, your meal sounds tasty! I've been branching out a lot more since we gave up gluten almost 2 months ago. I've always been concerned about the "processed fake meats" we ate, and since they all contain gluten, we're not eating them now (too bad my freezer is stocked ) - heck, maybe that's why I feel so much better! :LOL As for what grains I can eat, I'm eating brown rice, corn, quinoa, amaranth, millet, and buckwheat (no gluten despite the wheat in the name). My 5yo loves kasha and I've been eating buckwheat sprouts. Oh yes, the gf recipes I've used also use tapioca flour, cornstarch, garfava flour - with the exception of the garfava, the rest has virtually no nutritional value, so I don't do much baking. I'm not eating any gluten-containing grains like wheat, rye, barley, spelt, kamut (probably others). Oh yes, and oats - the jury is still out on that one at the moment! Adventures in cooking! Or not, as your case may be! I'm actually reading RAWSOME! right now and determined to get more raw foods into our diet. What's your take on juicing greens/other veggies?
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I have a raw foods question. My BIL is a rawfoodist. He's usually vegan because he doesn't have access to a goat or a cow for dairy and coming across fresh, raw meat is even rarer. He does have a neighbor who makes goat cheese and he eats that sometimes. But anyway, my problem is that I get serious gas whenever I eat the meals he prepares. Do any raw foodists have this problem? Or am I just a werido?
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I bought the Moosewood cooks at home cookbook and I love it. I have the whole week planned. I'm loving the money saving too. This was the first month I have not gone over my budget by $200! I bought everything I needed to feed us for the week and only spent $120 (usually it's $200-$300 a week). I promised dh I would still cook meat, but so far his meat eating nights fall when he's/we are eating at relatives or friends. We eat a lot of fruit and vegies. I have decided to give up trying to keep soy out. I'm really not convinced it's as bad as all the hype. I bought some temeh (sp?) and some pressed soy. We are on VERY limited dairy and I made spinach manicotti last night with soy. It really does a great job standing in for riccotta cheese, it was so good even dh said he'd eat it again (he does not know it had soy in it though, shhhhh). I love how this book suggests sides and condiments to complete the meal.

callmemama - thanks so much for saying that. I am always worried about the kids diet. This morning I made my 6yo drink her "green" smoothie. She loved the taste but had issues with the green. My youngest dd loves our new eating and even the baby can't get enough of my salad smoothies. I tell dd that if daddy will eat it then it's a keeper because he's even pickier than she is. However, I didn't make her eat any vegetables at the healthfood store when we went for lunch. I told her because she drank her smoothie she already had her salad. She was quite pleased and that seemed to make up for the smoothie.

Does anyone have a recipie for saitan? I can't find it anywhere. Also, could I make it withe spelt, ds has issues with wheat?
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cjr, would love your green smoothie recipe! I'm always looking for ways to get greens into ds!! Last night, after much cajoling, he tried a pureed broccoli/potato/onion/celery soup on a cracker ... and he liked it! The trouble is he ate more cracker than soup! :LOL
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Hi,
Getting a lot out of this thread, ladies. WAY back redsocks (???) asked for a veg "irish" stew recipe and I posted it, but I think I inadvertently posted it on the March thread.
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Kava-Oh, I am not a rawfoodist, but I have heard that the gas is pretty intense. I don't know what the antidote would be. Maybe Cathe has an idea?

I know around here, we get lots of gas from lots of veggies. And they are usually cooked, not raw. We just grin and bear it! Especially after last night's roated veggie pizza! (I had to literally stay away from my older son for a while!). Squash, eggplant, zucchini, onions can do that.
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I can't say for sure what a good remedy for gas is, but you might try beano. I know that works for some people pretty well. Of course, they usually use it for when they plan to eat cooked beans, so I'm not sure that it's exactly the right thing, but you never know.

Also for flatulence which might (should?) be the end result of gas, you might try using fennel, licorice, or some of those other herbs which are good for gas. I can't think of the other ones which have been recommended, but I think you can find out pretty easily. Maybe someone else on the list can think of some of the other dietary herbs which are good for gas.
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So I'm guessing raw foodists live with gas or take something to get rid of it. Or is this just something I experience because I'm not used to eating that way? Broccoli always gives me gas though and I've been eating it all my life. heh
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callmemama - I pretty much just add whatever raw greens I have in the fridge into whatever type of smoothie I'm making. I have a regular blender with a liquify button and it blends it up nice and smooth. I have been to the healthfood store twice this week so we have had swiss chard in the smoothies for the past couple of days. I also just add a little splenda to cut the tang of the overall smoothie. The tang isn't from the greens it's just that natural sweet-tart you get when you don't add sugar. I have been decreasing it gradually so I only use a tsp in a blender full. This morning we had rainbow chard smoothies which made for a pretty lime green color. We are not big on salads, so this is a great way to get those raw greens in every day. I have also used parsley, romaine, leafy green lettuce and spinach. I add a lot of fruit, usually strawberries or peaches, and you really don't taste much of the greens at all. This is my basic recipie...

1 c. orange juice
1 c. kefir, soy yogurt, soy milk or rice milk
2-3 c. frozen fruit
2 scoops hemp protein powder, or tbsp. flax seed oil, or 2 scoops ground flaxseeds
4-5 good sized green leafs
water to thin if needed
a little splenda to cut the tart, or other prefered sweetener
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Gotta admit that I don't usually do veggies in my smoothies. I need to do more of that. Mostly I add fruits, soy milk and or soy yogurt, protein powder, sometimes fruit juice, and then frozen fruits to make it all cold.

They're really more like healthy milkshakes than anything else.

I bought some carrots this week and they are supposed to be pretty sweet, as well as good for you. So I'm going to try adding them in.

I using a Vita-Mix to make my smoothies and I love it.
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cjr - A friend of mine who started making my creamy greens smoothie had the problem with one of her kids not wanting it because it was green. She now adds blueberries or blackberries which turns it purple and her son loves it.

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Hi everyone-

I haven't been on this thread all month! I can see I've missed quite a bit!

I"m currently pregnant, so the thought of veggies makes me ill, unfortunately! Oh well, I guess that's what multivitamins are for. I'm still eating a lot of fresh and dried fruit though, and whole grain toast, bagels, and cereal are my staples- so not too unhealthy! I had just really gotten into the swing of planning and cooking all kinds of great meals (using lots of recipes from this thread!) and now I can't stand to cook, and we're back to eating out a lot and eating breakfast foods for dinner. : So much for saving $!

Cathe- those recipes you posted earlier in the thread look terrific- I can't wait till I can make the lentil dal and sietan chicken and cashews! Maybe in a few weeks when I'm feeling better...I think I'm going to ask for your book for a Mother's Day gift.

A Burmese restaurant opened up near us, and let me tell you, it is FANTASTIC!! So, incredibly delish!! It's a cross between Thai and Indian, with tons of veggie choices. I had this basil cilantro tofu, samosas, and a veg soup that were so, so, so good!! I can't stop thinking about that food!

And ditto on the toddler eating the same few foods- my ds only eats veggie bacon and sausage, waffles (homemade w/ flaxseed), veggie lunchmeat, quorn, rice, broccoli (but he's sick of it now and won't eat it anymore!), sometimes yogurt, and he mainly exists on those Whole Kids cereal bars. I think back fondly to those nice days when he was a baby and I made him all kinds of great baby foods- avocado, sweet potato, mango, wheat germ and nutritional yeast in everything...sigh...
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cjr, thanks for the green smoothie info!

cathe, I made your everything smoothie today with a carrot (instead of a sweet potato) and it went over well! I still need to get some coconut milk (not a staple here ... yet? :LOL ) to try your creamy greens smoothie!

Today for lunch (in an effort to feed ds a more varied diet), I made a pot of millet which he likes, a beautiful orange pureed carrot soup which he didn't like, and a sweet kidney bean soup - also a thumbs down. I guess if I try enough things we'll stumble across more that he likes - hopefully!
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Hi Mary
When I was at the ill pregnant stage, I loved thinly sliced cucumbers with soy sauce and rice vinegar. I could down a whole platter of veggie tempura and steamed edamame too. Hope those veggie suggestions helped
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I'm with you on the not wanting veggies while I was pg. When I was pg with dd just the thought of cooked veggies made me ill, (except for french fries, of course) but it went away when the morning sickness did.
Methinks I've got to try these smoothies.

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Cathe, that's an excellent idea. I will pick some blueberries up today.
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Got some coconut milk! The creamy greens smoothie is great, Cathe! But I have a question. I have some really huge kale leaves - when you say 2-3 kale leaves, are you talking about all the kale on one big stalk/rib? I got worried that I was going to overpower the smoothie with green, so I only put in 1 1/2 of my big kale leaves (in a double recipe)!
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Beware - Beano isn't vegetarian! I take Peaceful Digestion combination vegan enzymes from the 100% vegan line VegLife.

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You did the right thing callmemama- the 2-3 leaves are for medium size so if they're really big, definitely use less. Glad you liked it.

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I made a wonderful Caribean Black bean dish with brown rice and a mango salsa, last night. DH worked late. I was going to make chicken then figured since dh wasn't going to be home for dinner and I won't eat it, I would try this dish. The girls loved it and gobbled it all up. I put some leftovers in the fridge for dh. He came home and looked at it and put it back in the fridge. "I'm not hungry and I don't feel like having beans every night". : He hasn't had beans everynight. I made chicken fingers last Thursday, Friday was spinach manicotti, Saturday he had steak at his parents, Sunday we had roasted vegetables on orzo, and last night was caribean black bean. I said you didn't even try it and worse yet, instead of making himself something else he just pouts and goes without. That man is driving me crazy.

He's on me about our grochery budget because it's through the roof. At one point I was spending $40/month on cheese, $25/month on black forest ham, $150/month on meat, and another $70/month of milk and other dairy. My god, I think about it now and it's insane. For the first time ever, I have been the closest to my budgeted weekly amount. I keep reminding him that we don't HAVE to eat meat twice a day or even once a day. That there are some wonderful meatless meals out there if he would only give it a chance. He's even loosing his little "belt overhang". So he gets mad when we don't have any extra cash at the end of the month, but he fights me with the food budget...which is the only place I can cut.

Thanks, I needed that.
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I made your kale recipe, Heather, except I used green chard. YUM
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Beware - Beano isn't vegetarian! I take Peaceful Digestion combination vegan enzymes from the 100% vegan line VegLife.
I've never taken it, but what's in Beano?
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cjr: It sounds like your husband was hungry and grumpy. His loss. Food is such an emotionally loaded issue with so many people. I love mango salsa! Do you have a recipe? I also love papaya salsa. I use ginger, diced papayas, cilantro, finely diced serrano pepper, chopped cilantro, lime juice, and salt.
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Beano is enzymes that are meant to help you digest the sugars in beans that normally cause gas.

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But what makes it non vegetarian?
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But what makes it non vegetarian?
I think there use to be geletin in that too... but I think it's now vegetarian. Check their site
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Hey Mamas...another poster suggested I check out this thread to get some support. I've been vegetarian for 12 years, and being newly Mommied I am trying for the first time in my life to be a *healthy* vegetarian (rather than what my friend deemed me - a "carboterian"). I'm having a lot of difficulty because I'm apparently a very picky eater, and I can't break out of my pasta rut.

Goin to the library today to get some vegetarian cookbooks (I have a couple but don't like most of the recipes in them :LOL ) and such. Good to join you all!

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here is something I'm making today as we have 1 very ripe pineapple. just thought I'd share it here!


~Fresh Pineapple Salsa~

2 cups fresh pineapple, chopped in small chunks
1/2 cup chopped red bell pepper
3 or 4 fresh jalapeno peppers, minced
1/2 white onion, chopped
2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
1 teaspoon sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt


Toss pineapple, bell pepper, jalapeno pepper and onion in a bowl. Mix (seperatley) vinegar, sugar and salt together, then pour over pineapple mixture. Mix well. Refrigerate before serving.

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Hi Swimmin_mama. Welcome to the list. I'd start by trying to change over to whole grain pasta–whole wheat pasta, brown rice pasta, etc. The other thing is, you can add stuff so that they are really healthy meals. I know where you are coming from. I like pasta too much, and if I let my son (a teenager) he would have pasta every day of the week, although he might only have it for one meal a day. For awhile I actually stopped buying pasta because I couldn't control his eating it!

I have this "Uncheese Cookbook" and one of the meals in it is an imitation Fettucine Alfredo which uses white beans mashed up with some other ingredients in a blender or food processor to make the sauce. Since beans are a great protein source, the meal is really healthy.

I think it's easy to get hooked on pasta because 1) it tastes good 2) you can order it when you go out pretty easily and 3) you can serve it to non-vegetarians without people turning up their noses and making comments about your weird food.

Anyway, what are some other things you like? I bet there are lots of other vegetarian foods, but you haven't focused on them as much. If you can give us some ideas of some of your other favorite ingredients, I bet a lot of us could give you some great ideas about meals.
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Hi there,

Haven't posted this month, have just been lurking.

Can anyone tell me where they buy nutritional yeast? A Canadian source would be best, but anything will do. I haven't looked hard yet, just in the natural food section of the grocery store. I was planning on looking at the health food store this weekend.
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