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Old 01-07-2006, 08:36 PM   #1
 
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Default Favorite Low Fat Vegetarian Meal?

I've been a vegetarian much of my life, but I generally eat the SAME things. I want to try some new vegetarian meals, but I don't like meat substitutes. Anybody have any good ones...or good sites for LOW CALORIES/LOW FAT vegetarian MEALS?
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I've got boatloads!! what sort of dishes are you after?
You may already have these, but I recommend 3 cookbooks- 'How it All Vegan' , and 'The Garden of Vegan' by Sarah Kramer and Tanya Barnard. Also, 'The Everyday Vegan' by Dreena Burton (this one in particular has lots of yummy low fat recipes, all of which have nutritional information so you know exactly how much fat & calories etc are in them). They're all vegan recipes, obviously, but you can use non-vegan stuff in them if you like cheese & dairy. I was a vegan for 2 years and have now gone back to being a vegetarian, but I still find these recipes delicious
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I'm looking for really easy, fast dishes. ...But something that keeps me full. That's the thing...I don't get full so I snack which isn't good.
I don't have much time and a tiny kitchen.

I'm lacto-ovo---just for extra info.

Thanks for the cookbook suggestions.
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Old 01-13-2006, 08:59 PM   #4
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soba noodle salad

cooked soba noodles

raw stuff
sliced green peppers
sliced snow peas
sliced carrots
sliced green onion
bean sprouts
cilantro

sauce:
equal parts soy sauce & mirin.
1/2 of rice wine vinegar
sesame oil & nam pla (fish sauce) to taste
finely chopped fresh ginger to taste

optional: sliced chilies or hot chili oil
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homemade scrambled tofu is my fave!

if you have firm tofu make about 4 thin slices from end (1/4-inch thick)-but you can use more if you want bigger breakfast or snack, and then chop and throw in blender with a teensy bit of water just so it will make good batter,but you don't want it runny-won't scramble right.

then use non-stick spray or butter like you would in making scrambled eggs and pour in tofu batter (add seasoning if desired) allow to pulp up then scramble and turn over for even cooking and when done, you're all set!

Also, you can make open face tofu melt by adding slice of toasted whole grain bread and place tofu on top and throw on slice of fat-free cheese or soy cheese (prob 1-2 grma fat) and then allow to melt or nuke in microwave for 5 seconds to speed melting and whallaa! the best tofu-melt ever!

If you take thinly sliced tofu about 4 (1/4 thick) pieces and instead of blending them place them in buttered skillet and brown on both sides, (season of desired) you can make a great tofu-cutlet sandwich!

also fat-free pancakes are the best! you can have a nice stack of 3 with 'lite' syrup (fewer calories and fat-free) and you will definitely be full and satisfied. this usually mixes with water to make batter.
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Old 01-16-2006, 07:03 PM   #6
 
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here is quick, easy and delicious one:
Chop 1 onion, 1 small red chilli (you can omit this if you like), and crush about 2-3 cloves of garlic. Heat some sesame oil in a pan. (you can use whatver type of oil you like but I love sesame!). Fry onion, chilli and garlic til onion is kind of translucent. Drain 2 cans of brown or green lentils, and about 1/2 a can of red kidney beans. Add lentils and beans to onion mixture with 2 tablespoons of soy sauce and 1 teaspoon of cumin. Stir well and cook for about 5-10 min, stirring occasionally. You can add more or less soy sauce to taste!
In the meantime, cook about 3-4 cups of rice (basmati rice is delicious in this recipe!). Once lentil mixture is cooked, stir in the rice.
at this point I usually add a few drops of Maggi seasoning (which is basically MSG) but you don't have to if you don't like MSG.
SErve topped with plain yoghurt.
Makes heaps, is very cheap and delicious!!
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My new favorite pasta sauce: (serves 2-3)

Sautee a 10-oz container of mushrooms in a little olive oil until they are fairly well done. Add a 6-oz bag of baby spinach. (I usually chop it up some, but you don't have to), let that cook for a couple of minutes. Add two chopped tomatoes, half a cup of cottage cheese, and half a cup of crumbled feta cheese. Let it all simmer for a few minutes over medium low heat until the cheeses have melted to make a nice creamy sauce. Serve over whole wheat pasta.

It is so delicious, and really fast. If you don't have to chop anything up, (besides the tomatoes), it takes about the same amount of time as it takes to cook the pasta. Unfortunately it doesn't reheat very well, so it doesn't make very good leftovers.
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egg white omlette
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Old 02-24-2006, 06:51 AM   #9
 
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another fave is black bean chili. self explanatory.
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Old 03-08-2006, 07:32 PM   #10
 
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three bean salad

add three cans of your favorite beans into a bowl. add one bunch of green onions, a chopped bell pepper of your choice, some fresh parsley, salt and pepper to taste. dress with your favorite vinegrette.
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Old 03-11-2006, 07:34 PM   #11
 
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well, we are just starting to go vegeterian and one of the meals i converted was curried chicken to curried vegetables.

take one whole onion, three or four potatoes, two carrots and chop them up (i like my carrots sliced)

take a couple of tablespoons of curry powder and sautee in 1 tbs of olive oil (or 2 tbs of water to cut down on the fat) for about a minute or two. use low heat or your clothes will smell like curry for a week.

add the chopped up veggies and coat. add water to not quite cover the veggies. put on a lid and cook for about 45 min (stir some) or until taters are tender. serve over brown rice or eat plain like a stew.

you can season it with seasoning salt, pepper, and thyme as it cooks or hot sauce after it is done.

you can add portabella mushrooms, celery, or bell peppers to give it a different flavor.

it is so good, its easy cheap and makes about a couple of nights worth.

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I am veggie but mainly cook vegan meals. I tend to eat lots of carbs though (although I did lose 80lbs doing that - so don't always discount good ole potatoes rice and pasta )

Tonight I had potato wedges with veggie topping.

I cut several medium potatoes (with their skins on) into wedges (this was for me and hubby) and put them in a pre-heated oven with a little salt and a drizzle of olive oil over the top. I left them to bake for about an hour.

Meanwhile, I boiled some green beans and grilled a long sweet red pepper. Then I added them to a large flat pan with loads of garlic and 1 chopped red onion and some chunky-chopped mushrooms, oh, and some cherry tomatoes, halved, then added a mere drizzle of olive oil and fried them down to a lovely topping. I added freshy crushed sea salt and freshly ground black pepper and a little ground coriander while cooking, and added a sprinkle of garam masala at the end.

Then I put the topping over the baked potato wedges and we stuffed our faces.

It was lovely!

A really really quick pasta-based meal when you just don't have the time or inclination:

Boil a pan of wholewheat pasta.
After draining add a couple of spoons of organic tomato puree, some chopped garlic, basil and a spoon or two of vegan mayonaisse. Stir vigorously and serve. So simple but really good.



While I do eat a lot of carbs I stick to wholewheat pasta, brown rice, brown bread, and potatoes with their skins on. The only 'bad' carb I have is noodles, but we have those so rarely I don't mind.
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What is black bean chili. I have never heard of it. It sound great. Where can I get the recipe.
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A mediterranean-themed pita sandwich with hummus. Hummus seems like it's very rich, but it's typically 25 calories a tablespoon. It's a bit high in fat, but you can go easy on it because it has a vibrant flavor. Falafel is heavenly, if you want to cook.
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Papri Chaat -- it's an Indian street food you can get at Indian restaurants -- crispy fried wheat chips, boiled cubed potatos, chick peas topped with plain yogurt and a tangy tamarind sauce and mint sauce and drizzled with cumin. Warning -- addictive
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Originally Posted by snap cat
I am veggie but mainly cook vegan meals. I tend to eat lots of carbs though (although I did lose 80lbs doing that - so don't always discount good ole potatoes rice and pasta )

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While I do eat a lot of carbs I stick to wholewheat pasta, brown rice, brown bread, and potatoes with their skins on. The only 'bad' carb I have is noodles, but we have those so rarely I don't mind.
Wow. I am impressed at your weight loss results eating carbs, even "good carbs." I lost a bunch of weight by eating more lean protein, eliminating bad carbs and drastically reducing good carb intake. But now that I'm happy with my weight, I'm adding back in more good carbs here and there. Do you exercise a lot? And do you mainly get your protein from beans and tofu? Just curious is all. Also, I really like your hair - it's a very pretty 3B with great color too.

Suburbanbushbabe -

You are so right that chaat is amazing and addictive

Jersey8 -

Madhur Jaffrey's cookbooks are excellent for indian style dishes, and she has a pan asian cook book too. Andrew Weil's The Healthy Kitchen also has great recipes and information.
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another fave is black bean chili. self explanatory.
That sounds goood. I've never had it before. Has anyone made vegetarian chilis with the fake ground beef (crumbles I think it's called)? DL, if you don't mind me asking, what do you put in your black bean chili (the seasonings)?
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