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321  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Re: Vegetarian Cookbook Recommendations on: October 19, 2011 02:54:17 AM
I get Vegetarian Times, I'm still undecided on whether it's worth the price or not. You should check out their website though (http://www.vegetariantimes.com/), they have lots of recipes on there.

A while back I compiled a list of "veg sources" for a friend, and saved it for future reference when others asked, so I'll share that with you here:
- http://vegweb.com/
All variety of vegan recipes (you can always swap out vegan ingredients for "normal" ones if you want).
- http://simplyrecipes.com/recipes/vegetarian/
Not entirely veg site but has a nice vegetarian section.
- http://www.thedragonskitchen.com/
A cooking blog that's non-veg but has a number of veg-friendly things.
- http://bittersweetblog.wordpress.com/
Vegan cooking blog.
- http://ourchocolateshavings.blogspot.com/search/label/Vegetarian
Another non-veg cooking blog, who marks veg stuff for easy finding (all under the "vegetarian" label).
- http://www.mydiversekitchen.com/
Veg cooking blog by a woman in India, so most of her stuff is oriented as such.
- http://www.verybestbaking.com/
Not a veg resource, but it's by Nestle and there's tons & tons of recipes contributed by people, so there's a number of them that are non-meat, or that you can substitute in meat-substitutes instead.

The book Vegetarian by Nicola Graimes is filled with all sorts of nutritional info about all the fruits, veg, legumes, etc - what nutrients they give us and such, along with tons of recipes, highly recommended!! And Vegetarian: 3 Books in 1 is full of simple, tasty recipes. It's also not a bad idea to go to your library and check out some books, and if they have just a few recipes you like, copy them, or if you think there's a lot you like, then you could try some out and buy it if they turn out well!  Smiley
322  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Re: My alternative to eggs!! A delicious chickpea scrambled omelet on: October 19, 2011 02:31:37 AM
Wow, that looks really interesting. I'll have to see if I can find that flour anywhere.

I'm curious, since you mentioned it - what do you use in place of milk? That's one of the reasons I can't/won't go vegan. I don't actually *drink* milk but I use it for cooking, and I've yet to come across any of the soy/oat/etc ones that are both a) non-sweetened and b) not gross. lol. And what about eggs for other stuff? Like, do you make any sort of pancakes? If so, what do you use?
323  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Re: Why are you Vegetarian/Vegan? on: October 19, 2011 02:23:59 AM
I'm veg for many reasons! But to start, my history: I've never eaten seafood, it smells disgusting, it looks disgusting, why would I put it in my body?! lol. I've also never eaten veal, lamb, rabbit, etc, as those are cute furry things and when I was young I used to beg & plead with my mother not to eat them as it was just so cruel and nasty! Sometimes it worked, sometimes not (we never had them in our house, only restaurants/my one aunt's house). I stopped eating red meat when I was around 10yrs old or so. My dad had grilled burgers and in the middle of the meal I just suddenly got this image of -dead cow- in my head and it wouldn't leave and it kinda made me want to puke. I pushed my plate away and that was that. ...Okay I did still eat the occasional all-beef hotdog every once in a blue moon for a few yrs but, rarely. I still ate chicken & turkey for the next 15 yrs or so, mostly because I was (still am, but not nearly to the same extent) a very picky eater, and not eating them would pretty much have meant I would have lived on pizza and mac & cheese, heh. But finally, around spring of 2006, I realized that my palate had expanded enough to allow me enough options to give up the poultry as well and still be taking in enough things my body needed, so I did! I don't think I could ever bring myself to go vegan, as I adore cheese. Plus I have yet to find any plant-based milk product that is unsweetened and not gross. I don't actually drink milk (I actually find it pretty nasty, I've only ever been able to drink it alongside chocolate), but I do use it a little bit in cooking/baking. Eggs are pretty much the same, I dislike plain eggs but sometimes use them in other things. (As an aside, I read through a few of the early comments but there's tons of pages here so I didn't read too many and don't know if it was addressed, but I saw one that said something inaccurate about this - the eggs you get are not fertilized and are therefore not the same thing as eating an animal, there was never any embryo in them!)

As for my actual reasoning, there's several, like I said above. For one, I do not! believe that the human body was made for consuming meat. We have none of the features/qualities that make us able to do so, aside of brains that gave us technology to kill. No flesh tearing teeth or claws, no speed to run down prey or strength to take down most of the things people eat, we can't eat it raw, the GI tract is not suitable for it, etc etc. For two, I believe all life should be cherished. The only bugs that I kill are mosquitoes in my home and occasional flies that get in (their disgusting bacteria-filled bodies kind of terrify me!), but if my husband is around he'll normally get the flies out the window even. I would prefer not to kill any, but I'm not about to offer myself as host food, nor do I want to chance diseases they can carry. Three, meat eating, in such excessive quantities as it is now done, is destroying this planet. It takes too much to feed them, they produce too much gas, etc. Four, factory farming is one of the most horrendous things ever. It is cruel and disgusting how they treat the animals, and it is highly disturbing all the things they feed & inject them with, that people are then also ingesting. And five, I simply think it's wrong. In the same way that I have always known the fur industry and animal testing are wrong. Just because they have no voices that people can understand, does not make them any less of sentient beings, or any more just things for human use.  Cry

So, well, there ya go, that's me! heh.
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