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Vegetarian, vegan and fish recipes.

I have found that I am unable to digest red meat, chicken, and pork, so I am now eating a mostly vegetarian diet with fish two or three times a week. So I am coming to you guys looking for advice and recipes. I have never eaten a meatless diet and so I am worried I will eat too much of one thing and not enough of another.

Foods I can eat and digest successfully include, lactose free milk, organic yogurts, cheeses and eggs as well as white fish and salmon.

My biggest concern now is getting enough protein. I am borderline anemic most of the time and red meat was the best way for me to keep my hemoglobin over 10. So any suggestions or advice you guys have will be great!


FyreGarnett 17 years ago
probably one of the best things to help with the iron levels are dark green veggies and cooking anything you can manage in cast iron skillets. also, grits are a great source of iron. check the box, because it varies, but if i remember correctly, the single serving pouches had the highest levels.

let me dig around my veg recipe collection, see what i can come up with to help!
Calimaryn 17 years ago
IM me anytime, I love to talk food. haha But heres some stuff off the top of my head. Good luck!!

Resources: www.vegweb.com, www.ppk.com, www.goveg.com, www.vegfamily.com, www.vegsource.com

Easy things I like to make:

Quick Kale
1 bunch Kale
1/2 Onion
1t Olive Oil
1 clove garlic
1/2c Water
1 Bullion cube (Knor Veggie is goood)

Dice Onion and add with oil to medium size pot. Saute 5 minutes. Wash Destem and dice Kale. Add to pot and stir. Add minced garlic. Saute about 5 min. Add Water and Bullion cube. Cook till kale is as tender as you like.

VLB inspired Sesame Tofu
2T Sesame Seeds
1 15oz block Extra Firm Tofu (Bridge), flat bite sized pieces
2T Canola Oil
2c Broccoli Florettes
1/4c Water
1 Bullion Cube (Knor)
2T Soy Sauce
1T Brown Sugar
Rice, cooked

Heat a tall pot to med high heat. Add in sesame seeds and shake pan breifly till roasted. They turn darker and emit a nutty smell. Empty into small bowl and set aside. Make sure all seeds are out of pan and return to heat.
Add oil to pan bring up to med high to high temp. Carefully add in tofu. Let fry till side is browned. Flip and continue to cook till evenly brown. Remove from pan to paper towels.
In a microwave safe measuring cup add the water and bullion. Heat 2 min or until bullion cube is disolved. Remove from microwave and add soy sauce and sugar. Set aside.
Carefully toss broccoli into pan and stir constantly. Once broccoli is bright green remove to paper towels.
Add reserved sauce to pan. Add golden fried tofu back to pan. Stir gently but constantly. Sauce will carmelize onto the tofu. When it is mostly absorbed add in broccoli. Once sauce is no longer visible on the bottom of the pan, remove from heat and sprinkle roasted sesame seeds on top.
Serve over rice.

Tofu Smoothies / Pudding
Smoothie: 1/2 block silken soft tofu, 1/2c Strawberries, 1/4c Pineapple, 1/4c other fruit (Mango, peach, blueberry), 1/2c Juice. Blend till smooth in a blender. If using frozen fruit no need to add ice!

Pudding: Simply replace half the milk with tofu!

Rice & Beans
White Rice & Black beans, season with salsa.
Brown Rice & Pinto Beans, season with cumin.
Jasmine Rice & Canalini (sp?) beans, season with saffron.
Basmatti Rice & Chick Peas, season with basil and garlic.
(You get the idea, easy 1 pot protein)

Mong Dal (Indian Lentils) I will have to find my recipe at home. It is simple though! Saute onion, add spices, lentils, tomato and simmer for 90 minutes. Fabulous over rice.

Edamame (In pod soy beans): Buy frozen Edamame, follow package instructions and boil 5 min, drain, salt and serve. To eat pop each bean out of the pod and discard pod.