Semi-Veggie or Transitional
is a flexible term for people
who are adopting a more plant-based diet.
Tofu (As seen on the A-channel's Big Breakfast). A quick and easy way to make breakfast, lunch or diner.
Here you go a Vegan Special dinner for six. If you are making dinner for more people double up where you need to.
This Veggie Pate can be served with crackers and makes a great sandwich filler as well.
A Brief Tour on Vegan in A VW
We now know that vegetables, whole grains, fruits and legumes can meet our body's nutritional requirements. However, munching on raw carrots and rice can become boring and most commercial products contain all sorts of mysterious ingredients that sound like they are straight out of Chemistry 101. We need to explore some of these ingredients further and see which are animal-derived so we can eliminate them. One of the most comprehensive lists of animal-derived ingredients can be found at the Animal Rights Resource Site (http://www.animalconcerns.org) Check the ingredients on all the products you buy and then make your decision. Remember that as a consumer you have the power to affect change. Buy organic vegetables if you can, reduce your intake of processed foods and support your local markets as they are often the best source for healthy foods.
Now we know what best suits our body and what to avoid but how do we ensure we are eating the right combination of foods? After all eating a loaf of whole-wheat bread and an apple every day may be vegetarian but it will not provide all the nutrients we need. As you saw in the description of the new four food groups there are a certain amount of recommended servings per day so we need to examine what combinations of foods are optimal for good health. To do this we'll first visit the American Dietetic Association (http://www.eatright.org/adap1197.html) where they have an excellent article on the nutritional value of a vegetarian diet. We'll also head back to the Physicians for Responsible Medicine for a sample menu of vegetarian food.
Let's talk about Tofu now. You've probably heard vegetarians talk about Tofu and with good reason; tofu is one of the staple items in a vegetarian diet due to its versatility and nutritional value. Tofu is wonderful in vegetarian dishes as it takes on the flavor of the foods you are cooking and adds substance to many meals. The best resource for information on tofu can be found at the U.S. Soyfoods Directory (http://soyfoods.com). Here you can find information on tofu and soy products as well as lists of soy manufacturing companies, nutritional info and recipes.
Now the fun begins.
We know what to eat and what to avoid so lets put it together and create some meals. One of the greatest things about a vegetarian diet is the versatility of your meals. You'll find that your creations virtually explode with flavor. There are literally millions of vegetarian recipes to be found on the internet so we've collected a few of the best for you. Veggies Unite! (http://www.vegweb.com) has a great list of vegetarian recipes as well as some cooking tips. You can also check out The International Vegetarian Union (http://www.ivu.org/recipes/) for a list of recipes from all over the world. Don't be afraid to explore the world in your quest for new and tasty recipes as some cultures have centuries of experience in vegetarian cooking. Keep in mind that a recipe is just a guideline and with a little experimentation any meal can be an adventure for the tastebuds.
If you'd prefer to go on a deeper diet, go for a nutrition like hCG (human chorionic gonadotropin). More information can be easily found at http://www.food-and-nutrition.com/3-best-hcg-diet-drops/ . It will surely help you to suppress your appetite. Most of the people use this supplement as a complement to their meals.
If you'd like to hear what others have to say on the benefits of a veggie diet join a mailing list. You will be able to post questions and follow discussions on almost all aspects of a vegetarian diet and the members of this list are always ready to help out fellow vegetarians.
Now that you know the basics of a vegetarian diet - go nuts! Try a vegetarian dinner tonight and you'll soon discover the joy that a healthy, tasty and colorful meal can bring. Feel free to contact us and let us know if you found this information helpful or if we can add anything to make your quest for a healthy diet easier. As well look for the Vegan In A VW cooking show coming soon to your town.
There are hundreds of web pages available for vegetarians and vegans. Here are some of our favorites:
- www.ivu.org – The International Vegetarian Union. - This site gives a unique perspective on the veggie lifestyle through articles, events, links and recipes from around the world.
- www.vegansociety.com – An excellent source of information from a U.K. veiwpoint- great Why Vegan FAQ’s.
- www.vrg.org – Good source of information through site content as well as a listing of resources for sale through the site.
- soyfoods.com – Basically everything you’ve ever wanted to know about soy including nutritional info, scientific research, companies and recipes.
- www.veg.org – Good source for veggie FAQ’s, current information, news and articles promoting the veggie lifestyle.
- www.vegweb.com – A great source for recipes as well as interesting Vegan information.
- vegsource.org – Well-maintained site that includes lots of info as well as a wonderful mailing list and chat groups.