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I recognized health benefits of vegetarian lifestyle when my BF was ordered by the doctor to change his diet for a few weeks. And we did it together, and it was wonderful!<br><br>
I want to go back and stick to it this time. Three problems though...<br><br>
#1. I like meat. I mean.. I really really like meat. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/bag.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Bag">:<br>
#2. It seemed that meal planning became more time-consuming (we both work, and it is a lot easier to reach for unhealthy snack than to bake stuffed mushrooms).<br>
#3. More expensive. (My bf is a big guy, and it takes A LOT of salad to fill him up heh).<br><br>
I really want to change...<br>
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OK let's see,<br><br>
1. Well I use to really like meat too. However after a few months my tastes really did change and I no longer have a craving for meat at all (granted the fact that it's first an ethical issue for me and second a health issue probably made it easier for me to give up though). When I first went veg I would try things like tempeh and seitan as meat substitutes in recipes and I thought "this is not cutting it!" but now I eat them and I'm like "wow, this is soooo delicious!" <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> It's funny how tastes change, give yourself some time and see what happens.<br><br>
2. I hear you on this one, it took me awhile to really get together some quick meals that I could put together that were vegan - I think a lot of that had to do with what I was get use to it though ya know? Once you do a lot more veg cooking it will become the norm and you'll know what goes together quick and what takes a long time.<br><br>
3. I would suggest finding some good hearty veg recipes - onces that contain potatoes or veggie pot pies, things like that. Those can be extremely filling. One of my favorite cook books is the Fresh from the Vegetarian Slow Cooker - it will help you with problem 2 and 3 actually! - lots of very hearty and filling recipes in there. There's another one called The Vegetarian Meat and Potatoes Cookbook, that has a lot of really hearty recipes.
 

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My best cookbook rec is Deborah Madison's <i>Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone</i>. turtle swears by Crescent Dragonwagon's <i>Passionate Vegetarian.</i><br><br>
Ginny Callan writes really great soup recipes. And check out your library for cookbooks you can test drive.
 

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*picking up car-keys to go to the library*
 

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A book I like is "Almost Vegetarian". Ok, it's not actually a 100% veg book, as you might surmise by the title <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/duck.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Duck">: But, most of the recipes are entirely vegetarian. More importantly, I think they really suited the style of non-veg cooking, which makes them very accessible to people who are just making the transition.<br><br>
Pizza! Homemade pizza is awesome and very filling. You can make up a huge batch of crust dough, break it into balls the size needed for single pizzas, and freeze them. Then you can pull one out for everybody in the morning, let it thaw, and in the evening roll it out and top it. You can either use canned sauce, or make a big batch of homemade and freeze it in portions too. Top with tons of veggies. My homemade pizza has to be a fork and knife ordeal, because it's way too heavy with toppings to pick up! Red pepper, onion, mushroom, artichoke hearts, whole milk mozzarella (you generally want to use the part-skim stuff for pizza because whole milk stuff is too greasy, but a few bits of whole milk mozz sprinkled on are awesome), pineapple, broccoli, you name it.<br><br>
I like to stir fry red peppers and sugar snap peas with garlic and fresh ginger in olive oil, then serve that over pasta or brown rice. Lotsa ginger and garlic! Maybe a sprinkling of red pepper flakes, too.<br><br>
Hearty bean-ful and veggie full chilis freeze well. You can serve it over quinoa or brown rice. Or fill a baked potato with it.<br><br>
One of my favorite cheater dishes is to get two bags of frozen vegetables and a jar of an Indian or Thai style curry sauce (Trader Joe's has a good selection of each) and cook the veggies in that sauce. Then I serve that over brown rice. You can even get frozen pre-made brown rice at TJs... but that's too cheater for me <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"><br><br><br><br>
I am a serious gourmet/gourmand. But, after going veg as a teen, I really developed an appreciation for truly simple foods. Even now that I eat meat again, that has stayed with me. Veggies simply chopped and steamed, eaten plain or with butter. Simple pasta. I'm not easily bored by food prepared without a lot of to-do, as much as I like the more complicated dishes. The key, of course, is not overcooking - not steaming broccoli until it falls apart, or spinach until it's a slimy glop.
 

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the Moosewood cookbook by Mollie Katzen turned being veg around for me. it's the best, IMO.
 

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Vegweb.com has great recipes. ALthough I don't generally reccommend it, go to the PETA site. Some of the blood and gore that they show on there is enough to make you never go back to meat. And surprisingly, now days, some of the fake meats are actually pretty good. I got some morningstar farms corndogs that taste just like the real thing. I don't normally eat junk food like this but it's good for once in a while. As long as you're not filling up on veggie junk food you should be able to eat a bit cheaper than you are now.<br><br>
I've always had a hard time giving up cheese. Last week I took my son to a sheep farm to see the baby sheep. Then I saw those little four and five day old babies that had already been taken away from their mothers so we could drink the mother's milk, it made me think twice about eating cheese. I don't drink milk and have pretty much quit using yogurt, cheese has been a problem for me.<br><br>
Good luck as you journey on to new and exciting things.<br><br>
Kathi
 

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I just wanted to second the taste changing thing. I liked meat alot too. I NEVER crave it now, and I mean NEVER. I haven't had meat in...oh, I lost track...but MANY months. Bah, gross! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
Now if I could just kick the dairy...*sigh*...
 

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I think something that helps with veg motiviation is to really focus on the rewards you are getting, whether that is greater health, supporting less cruelty, or helping the planet (meat production produces more greenhouse gases than all transportation combined!).
 

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That's a really good point, and if you find you are having a hard time read some stuff or watch some stuff that reminds you of the rewards to keep yourself motivated.
 
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