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Hi, I have a question for all you wise vegetarians.<br><br>
My family is soy-free, gluten-free, dairy free, bean-free (but can do lentils once a week), egg free, and largely nut-free (can do almond butter and some nuts in rotation).<br><br>
I cared for a child who was vegan over a yr ago (60 hrs a week), and at that point we could eat beans and soy so my family ended up largely vegan as well. I enjoyed the diet, but after we moved I found out my son and I are both allergic to beans and soy and a lot of nuts.<br><br>
My dh is in the army now and so has high protein requirements, then there's my 3 yr old son, 7 mo old daughter, and me nursing.<br><br>
Is a veggie or vegan diet even an option for us? I would really like to go that direction but haven't known how to do it right.<br><br>
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I'm soy free (aside from a little soy sauce every now and then), largely dairy free (although I do okay with it), pretty much egg free, bean free (except maybe once a month or so) and I have to be careful with fructose too (waiting on some testing for that one).<br><br>
It can be hard but it's doable. I eat a fair few lentils, a LOT of pasta dishes and a lot of veggie dishes. Gluten free I guess rules out seitan which I rely on on the odd occasion to give me something different. I eat a lot of burger patties too, lentil one's and plain veggie one's with a side of veggies or grains. I think it's doable, as long as you eat a wide variety of veggies and grains and keep the lentils to as high a limit as you can.
 

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I think it is do-able.. here are some things you could try:<br><br>
rice milk, oat milk, coconut milk for cooking, lentil-loaf, quinoa noodles, spaghetti squash (I eat it just like spaghetti), lentils in place of ground beef, hemp seeds, flax seeds, pumpkin seeds (can you do seeds?), you can do a lot of asian dishes with those requirements- like stir-fry veggies in coconut milk over brown rice or rice noodles... HTH
 

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Think we'd get enough protein? That's my big worry- we already eat a ton of veggies, fruits, and grains (rice, corn, millet), and drink rice milk. But what of protein?<br><br>
How do I cook quinoa and lentils? Those are my big what-do-I-do-with-it things.<br><br>
Thanks for the replies!
 

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How do I cook quinoa and lentils? Those are my big what-do-I-do-with-it things.<br><br>
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I think you can get enough protein for sure! quinoa, lentils, split peas, grains, etc are packed with protein.<br><br>
quinoa cooks just like rice, 2c water to 1 c grain. and lentils i think require a bit more water, but i could be wrong.
 

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can you eat peas? green beans? have you ever tried the grains Teff or Millet? All those are fantastically high in protein and can be used in a variety of ways.
 
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