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High-class products here, people Aug. 19th, 2005 @ 10:30 am
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Target-brand flavored water is vegan. This does not change the fact that it is nasty as all get out, but I thought you might want to know. Also, Target-brand "Eye-Openers" strong cinnamon mints are vegan.

Clearly, I have been to Target recently.

Alberto's ravioli + Middle Earth Organics tomato-eggplant sauce Jul. 3rd, 2005 @ 10:22 am
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For dinner last night, we had Alberto's tofu and mushroom ravioli, which tastes almost exactly like four-cheese ravioli. It's vegan and 100% organic (New York), and I highly recommend it. The only problem I had with it was that it was a little tough, but I think that was just due to not enough time boiling.

Over it, we used Middle Earth Organics tomato and eggplant sauce, plus some Parmesan "cheese" sprinkled on top.

All in all, very good. The cost reflected the prepackaged nature of the ravioli ($3.79 [USD] a bag!), but it was a nice Saturday night treat. I'd recommend either product, especially the ravioli.

Help with a meat-eater? Jun. 27th, 2005 @ 09:34 pm
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Here's the problem: My father is obese. He has been a meat-and-potatoes man his entire life. He drinks about 2-3 glasses of milk a day, will eat an entire bag of potato chips in one sitting if you let him, and generally doesn't care about what he puts in his body as long as it tastes good.

He went to the doctor today and was given the final "you need to lose weight" warning. He was also put on glucophage because he's now developed diabetes. He has been all but banned from meat and dairy, which are the two things he mainly lives off.

Whenever I cook my vegetarian food, he gripes about it. He hates tofu, he hates rice noodles, he hates soy, he hates fake chicken, he hates...well, everything. He does like vegetables, so I give him credit there, but getting him to eat anything that isn't bathed in rich sauce and fat is next to impossible.

My question is, what foods can I possibly feed him that he'll tolerate? Anything "odd" is out. No tofu, no soy, no miso, no ethnic foods. He wants good, old-fashioned American staples, done veggie-style. They need to be very easy to make, and the ingredients need to be found in your average American pantry.

Help me out. I'm desperate, and I don't know what to do for him anymore. He's finally willing to work with me — he's actually downstairs reading his new food pyramid info from his doctor right now — but I need to make this as easy as possible for him.
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May. 8th, 2005 @ 09:32 pm
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I have been a vegetarian since about 1986. Vegetarianism was a piece of cake for me. No issue whatsoever. Becoming Vegan has been a never-ending challenge. I don't drink milk or eat eggs straight out, but if they are an ingredient, I usually will. (whereas I don't do that with meat at all)

Here are some of my issues, any suggestions or advice would be appreciated as I am finally at the point of being disgusted with myself for not being able to go vegan by now.

Cheese, god help me I love cheese. I have yet to find a good vegan alternative.

Eating out. I eat out a LOT. I do not cook and have no intentions of cooking. I do not eat fast food but what are some favorite vegan meals at other chain restaurants?

Convenience. Again I don't cook so ease is a must. I need to be able to grab something and go. Frozen, prepackaged, whatever. I love PBJ but there is only so much I can eat of it.

Pizza. My husband is NOT a vegetarian we order Pizza a lot. What major chains have vegan crust?

I know Peta has a nice list of easy vegan shopping items on their site but is there another sire that has a similar list or even a list for restaurants? I used to have a guide, by the vegetarian society I think, but I can't find it anymore.

Chick'n nuggets May. 6th, 2005 @ 10:06 pm
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Does anyone know of cheap fake chicken nuggets? There's a brand my local health food stores, but they're almost $7 a box! I can't spend that much on what basically ends up being one meal, maybe two. Any ideas? Extra points if you know how to actually make them.
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(I can't recall if I've posted anything here or not, but if this is a repeat, you can just ignore it, because this won't take long.)

One of my favorite things:
As you may already know, Progresso Lentil soup is vegan, not to mention pretty tasty(Score!). But, it tends to be a little pricey on my budget. So I stretch out that can of lentil soup for all its worth, my trick is Cous Cous.
I fix a 1 1/2 - 2 cups of cous cous, mix in the can of soup. zap some of it in a microwave to eat right then, put the rest in a tupperwear to save for even faster food later.
The beauty of this is that it can all be done in a microwave. So its fast, cheap and filling.

Also, Glory Foods makes a Black Beans and Rice that is vegan and pretty good (needs salt and pepper). I got a few cans of that on sale at Mars the other day. I believe the Red beans and rice has pork in it.
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» Know what saves my butt?
1. My rice steamer. Put the stuff in there and forget about it for an hour while you do laundry or watch TV.

2. Fantastic Foods Vegetarian Chili Mix. Boil 3.5 cups of water, add a cup of chili mix, a couple of cans of beans (I also add corn and canned diced tomatoes, but that's just me), a little cilantro... and let it simmer for 25 minutes while you finish your laundry or watch more TV.

I serve this stuff over the rice and it is super-yummy. Not to mention the protein boost from the TVP and beans/rice combo. Sometimes I even make the rice the night before and then put the steaming basket in the microwave to heat it up. Shhh... don't tell.

I usually buy the chili mix in bulk because I use it so often, but you can also get it in a box.

Oh... I'm Regan, by the way. New to the club. *huggles, squishies, kissies, etc.*
» Vegan Cheese Crackers
Has anyone come across a vegan version of cheese crackers, like cheez-its? I really want to add them into my chex mix.
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