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41  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Re: What to do with tofu? on: January 07, 2008 05:26:09 PM
Shoot, double post.

Anyway, I make something like a honey mustard glaze and brush it on slices of tofu then bake it for a bit in the oven.  What tofu lacks in texture, the glaze, since there's honey in it, gives it a little crunch.  I suppose you could use stuff like agave nectar or maple syrup if you're vegan.  I add soy sauce so there's this salty, sweet thing going on.  It's really good.

I really don't have much of a recipe to give you, but these are some of the ingredients.  I experiment with this all the time.

Dijion mustard
Soy sauce
Chili pepper or cayenne
maybe a little water to thin it out

I mix this together and it shouldn't be too watery, but it needs to be spreadable. 

42  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Re: What to do with tofu? on: January 07, 2008 05:08:34 PM
my dad used to put tofu into my smoothies that i had for breakfast, but he hasn't made them in awhile.  i'd tell people this and they'd go "ewwwww!" but you can't taste it with the strawberries, bananas, soy milk, and vanillia (because it gives a little bit of a kick, and it hides the taste of the plain soy milk better).  and it adds good protine.

Um yes, tofu smoothies basically are the awesomest smoothies in the world. I may fight someone over this, because that's how much I believe in tofu smoothies.  If any of you get those big boxes of fruit in the fall or winter, and have peaches that are getting too soft, throw a couple in a blender, a chunk of silken tofu, a little water, maybe ice, and a teensy bit of almond extract and OMG! Wonderful.  Same goes with mangoes, except maybe leave out the almond extract.

Speaking of tofu scrambles, does anyone have a homemade version that they really like?

43  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Re: How to get a picky guy to try vegetarian dishes? on: January 07, 2008 04:42:38 PM
Well, if he eats black, kidney or smaller beans make a vegetarian chili.  It's tasty and very filling and there are loads of recipes out there.  Chickpea dishes are also really filling too.

Ok, do you do all the cooking?  Or does he do some too?  Because if he relies on you to cook, maybe just make what you want and if he's anything like my boyfriend or dad, he'll eat it anyway even if there isn't meat.  There might be a little complaining but they won't make the effort to make anything else.  I'm not sure if you think that's underhanded though.

Also, maybe you could move the meat from being a main dish to a smaller side dish more often too.  Also, you could probably bring home some vegetarian take out like a chickpea Indian dish or some vegetarian Chinese.

Maybe remind him that there are some amazing athletes, (like Carl Lewis, who was an Olympic track star) that are not only vegetarian but vegan.  And hey, there are overweight vegetarians too!

44  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Re: what do you wish people told you before you became a vegetarian/vegan on: January 07, 2008 04:28:57 PM
I've been vegetarian for 4 years and have been trying to have a lot more vegan days.

Anyway, I wish I would have been told that health problems like asthma, migraines and terrible cramps would magically clear up.

...that as a vegetarian, you almost always have the best looking dish when you're at a restaurant/wedding/other catered thing.  Greasy meat dishes with some starchy side ALWAYS look so tired and bland.  The boyfriend, and mother always make comments about how they wished that they ordered what I had and neither are vegetarian. 

... you'll meet just as many, if not more, self righteous omnivores as you do vegans/vegetarians.  I've even been berated in the grocery store by strangers for buying tofu and soymilk!  Anyway, I've pretty much started to say to people who give me grief that it isn't any of their f'in business what I eat and leave it at that.  Depending on who I'm talking too, I leave out the f'in part.

...however, a lot of people I know are super cool about it.  My mom's been very supportive and when I'm home, even if she's making a meat dish, like a soup, she'll make it with veggie stock and ask if I wanna take out some into a separate pot before she adds meat.  She'll go with me to vegetarian restaurants or split meals with me that are vegetarian.

...to get people interested in your food choices, you have to talk more about how awesome everything tastes and how beautiful it all looks instead of focusing on what you don't eat.  Also, it helps too when people ask about tofu to describe it sort of like cheese, it made it a lot less scary for my cousins to hear it described like that.

...have a few responses memorized for often asked questions and statements from omnis about how it's natural to eat meat, food chain stuff, and all that jazz.  When you know this stuff off the top of your head, it makes it easier to deal with.

...cooking becomes a lot easier and fun and less scary when you're vegetarian (once you get used to the idea of not having a meat main dish).  There are so many different products in the grocery store that I wanna try and it's so fun looking for recipes.

...it's way less expensive, which was an awesome side benefit. 

... vegetarian/health food store/ vegan junk food is a amazing.  It's probably just as bad for you as the regular stuff but omg, does it taste good.

So becoming vegetarian is such a positive ongoing experience for me and it wasn't that hard at all actually and I grew up in Fargo, ND.  So if I could do it there, just about anyone anywhere can do it.

45  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Re: What to do with tofu? on: December 11, 2007 04:15:30 PM
Make a tofu scramble!  Fantastic Foods (its a brand) has pre-mixed spices for it and it's usually pretty easy to find either in the health food section of your grocery store or your LHFS.  Anyway, I just took some firm tofu (drained of course) mixed in the spice mix and then in a pan with some veg oil, fried it up.  It's one of my favorite meals.  If you have a lot of spices in your kitchen, you can also look up loads of tofu scramble recipes online.  Here's a link to the Fantastic Foods website so you get an idea what to look for.  http://www.fantasticfoods.com/catalog/tofu-scrambler-p-61.html

Also, every time I introduce someone to how awesome tofu is, I take them to an Asian restaurant to try it, .  It definitely took me a while before I could cook with tofu and it was edible so keep trying!
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