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« on: November 10, 2009, 10:49:58 PM »

I didn't want to take the thread by Fr. Anastasios off topic, I unfortunately do that too much as it is. So I figured I'd start this new thread to ask, out of curiosity, what vegans eat? I tried to be vegan for a couple weeks, just to have that experience and see what it was like. However, I had a hard time finding many foods that were ok to eat outside beans and the vegetable/fruit section. Even most of the soy-based products by Boca and Morning Star and such had eggs or dairy used in making them. Do vegans eat pasta 5 days a week or something?
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« Reply #1 on: November 10, 2009, 11:01:26 PM »

Buy that cookbook and you'll see haha

There is a brand by Boca that is vegan in Target.  Indian food is often vegan, and it is becoming more and more available in grocery stores.  Lentil soup by Progresso is vegan I believe. etc etc
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« Reply #2 on: November 10, 2009, 11:05:20 PM »

There are more and more vegan prodicts available. You just have to read labels. Some brands are have vegan selections. Also anything marked kosher-parve would be free of any meat or dairy products.
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« Reply #3 on: November 10, 2009, 11:07:11 PM »

Lots of vegetables, of course!  Those who are good at cooking know the value of a good vegetable broth which can be just as tasty as any meat-based broth, and I say this as someone who absolutely struggles with the vegan diet during fast periods.  I am a carnivore and I just plain love to eat meat, period.  Grill it, fry it, bake it, sautee it, pass it through a warm room (mmm...ceviche!)...I'll eat it!

You noted beans.  One thing to try to remember is that the bean is not relegated to just the kidney and the lentil.  There are so many different beans out there with unique flavors.  YEs, flavor.

Fr Anastasios mentioned Indian food.  There is a great line of pre-packaged vegan meals under the Kitchens of India label that I came across just last week in the grocery store near my house that I've fallen in love with.  They actually taste good, at least to my palate.  Most pre-packaged Indian food I've eaten tends to overdo the cumin; these do not.  YUM!

Of course, plain old green vegetables (and their more colorful cousins in the root family) are a mainstay of a vegan diet.  

During fast periods, I do tend to eat alot of pasta as, in addition to meat, I'm a bit of a carb fiend.  

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« Reply #4 on: November 10, 2009, 11:12:16 PM »

Thanks, definitely some things I hadn't thought of. I know when I tried to keep the fast(s), my diet was very unimaginitive. Usually I'd eat potatoes of some type every night, and supplement it with whatever I could get by with, heh. I'll try the vegan thing again, though, with some of the suggestions in this thread. The last time I found it very enlightening, because even though I didn't stay vegan (and hadn't intended to), it really made me think about what I do normally eat, and how my diet could use a lot of improvement (especially since I have diabetes and other health issues).
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« Reply #5 on: November 10, 2009, 11:59:05 PM »

I thought this was a V thread...
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« Reply #6 on: November 11, 2009, 12:04:21 AM »

What do you mean, Jakub? Smiley
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« Reply #7 on: November 11, 2009, 12:24:22 PM »

Vegans eat food of my food.
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« Reply #8 on: November 11, 2009, 12:52:28 PM »

I have to give credit to Indian Cuisine here, the only vegan meals I've ever enjoyed, even in the slightest, were Indian. In certain regions of India, I'm confident I could go months without missing meat too much, Ethiopian cuisine also has some really good dishes that I believe fit the vegan mold. Other than that, it tastes like crap...it all comes down to the sauce.
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« Reply #9 on: November 11, 2009, 01:04:55 PM »

I have to give credit to Indian Cuisine here, the only vegan meals I've ever enjoyed, even in the slightest, were Indian. In certain regions of India, I'm confident I could go months without missing meat too much, Ethiopian cuisine also has some really good dishes that I believe fit the vegan mold. Other than that, it tastes like crap...it all comes down to the sauce.

That's interesting. Of all the cuisine's in the world (and I love almost all of them), I cannot stomach Indian Cuisine.

Personally speaking, I find during Lent I eat a lot of Japanese, Thai, and Chinese cuisine. I love the spices -- especially the ginger, and it's fantastic when freshly prepared.

Mexican and Italian cuisine are easily also adaptable to Vegan/Lenten standards (one in the same in my mind), and are quite filling and tastey.

For quick, tastey Vegan meals on the go, Amy's brand foods create a lot of great frozen vegan meals that are good to grab and go.

Great. Now I'm hungry.  laugh
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« Reply #10 on: November 11, 2009, 01:27:45 PM »

Amy's does have great vegan meals.
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« Reply #11 on: November 11, 2009, 01:51:33 PM »

I have to admit, the one thing vegan meals lack tend to be decent desserts.  The lack of eggs always show.
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« Reply #12 on: November 11, 2009, 01:55:55 PM »

I didn't want to take the thread by Fr. Anastasios off topic, I unfortunately do that too much as it is. So I figured I'd start this new thread to ask, out of curiosity, what vegans eat? I tried to be vegan for a couple weeks, just to have that experience and see what it was like. However, I had a hard time finding many foods that were ok to eat outside beans and the vegetable/fruit section. Even most of the soy-based products by Boca and Morning Star and such had eggs or dairy used in making them. Do vegans eat pasta 5 days a week or something?
Depends. Are you talking about level five vegans? They don't eat anything that casts a shadow.
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« Reply #13 on: November 11, 2009, 02:20:01 PM »

I have to admit, the one thing vegan meals lack tend to be decent desserts.  The lack of eggs always show.

two words: dark chocloate
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« Reply #14 on: November 11, 2009, 02:25:19 PM »

I have to admit, the one thing vegan meals lack tend to be decent desserts.  The lack of eggs always show.

two words: dark chocloate

I'll agree, dark chocolate is good.  But after I tried a vegan tiramisu, I knew the vegan diet was not for me.  Tongue
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« Reply #15 on: November 11, 2009, 02:36:21 PM »

I have no problem figuring out what to eat if I can have oil; I'm happy with a vegan diet otherwise, though I love my meat and dairy. The main struggle is making something appetizing without oil. Does this cookbook have recipes along those lines?

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I have to admit, the one thing vegan meals lack tend to be decent desserts.  The lack of eggs always show.

two words: dark chocloate

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« Reply #17 on: November 11, 2009, 07:53:31 PM »

What do you mean, Jakub? Smiley

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« Reply #18 on: November 11, 2009, 07:56:18 PM »

Ohhh, ok, got ya now Smiley
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« Reply #19 on: November 11, 2009, 08:50:00 PM »

A vegetarian friend of mine tried to go vegan. She read all the books and surfed the web. All she ended up finding out was that certain cheeses and most wines (which she'd happily consumed as a vegetarian) were actually made with animal/fish products.

She was very sad  Sad

Now she eats everything.  Smiley
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« Reply #20 on: November 11, 2009, 09:30:42 PM »

A vegetarian friend of mine tried to go vegan. She read all the books and surfed the web. All she ended up finding out was that certain cheeses and most wines (which she'd happily consumed as a vegetarian) were actually made with animal/fish products.

She was very sad  Sad

Now she eats everything.  Smiley

Hehe awesome!
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A vegetarian friend of mine tried to go vegan. She read all the books and surfed the web. All she ended up finding out was that certain cheeses and most wines (which she'd happily consumed as a vegetarian) were actually made with animal/fish products.

She was very sad  Sad

Now she eats everything.  Smiley

Hehe awesome!

I know, I always want to grin when people stop being veggie.

Lots of vegan cooking is all the better for some herby salsa. Even plain cooked potatoes taste better with plenty of chopped mint and dill and maybe a squeeze of lemon. Lentils are very good with basil and halved cherry tomato and lots of parsley chopped in. If I'm cooking vegan, I think I spend almost as much on herbs to make it taste good as I would have done on meat in the first place! But that's partly because herbs are such a rip-off ...
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« Reply #22 on: November 12, 2009, 10:19:42 AM »


Filth.
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« Reply #23 on: November 12, 2009, 10:56:50 AM »

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They eat filth? Well that's not nice.
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« Reply #24 on: November 12, 2009, 04:58:34 PM »

As soon as the presence of life-forms on a planet orbiting Vega is confirmed, we should be able to deduce what the Vegans eat.
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« Reply #25 on: November 12, 2009, 05:14:59 PM »

As soon as the presence of life-forms on a planet orbiting Vega is confirmed, we should be able to deduce what the Vegans eat.

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« Reply #26 on: November 12, 2009, 05:21:58 PM »

As soon as the presence of life-forms on a planet orbiting Vega is confirmed, we should be able to deduce what the Vegans eat.

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« Reply #27 on: November 12, 2009, 05:25:31 PM »

Not enough meat.
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« Reply #28 on: November 12, 2009, 07:38:37 PM »

As soon as the presence of life-forms on a planet orbiting Vega is confirmed, we should be able to deduce what the Vegans eat.
I think you've just out-nerded us all. Grin
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