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Old 02-17-2013, 06:36 PM   #61
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made miso soup for the first time today, and oh my was it good! this will be a regular thing for us!

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What kind of miso did you use? I bought a white miso paste that was non-msg at the Asian Market, but the flavor of the soup I made wasn't quite what I have liked at restaurants.
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Hi mamas! I'm going to try and join you here. I've been watching some documentaries, reading, and watching Youtube videos and I think I'm finally convinced this is the way to go. I think I've always known it but not been able to really follow through because of where I live. I live in a very rural area in the deep South so it's difficult to be different and do anything besides the typical Western diet. I did a veggie stint in high school but not for the reasons I'm wanting to now. I feel like this is the best choice for my body health wise.

My kids are still very young but have eaten meat since about a year old. They are both big milk drinkers. DD will try anything and likes lots of veggies. DS is two so he's a little more difficult when it comes to convincing him to try things. DH is a great sport - he likes lots of different foods and is willing to try anything but will definitely not want to give up anything. I'm not trying to change them because I feel the decision is totally up to the individual. I just want to figure out a way to feed myself a vegan diet 100% of the time but not isolate myself and irritate my family. I figure I'll need to do some big veggie meals for the family (but still cook meat fairly often to not bother the DH too much) and eat a lot of that as leftovers.

Any suggestions for meatless recipes to try for the whole family? DH is used to a meat and two sides. I'm looking to keep him pleased but not have to cook as much meat.
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Hi mamas! I'm going to try and join you here. I've been watching some documentaries, reading, and watching Youtube videos and I think I'm finally convinced this is the way to go. I think I've always known it but not been able to really follow through because of where I live. I live in a very rural area in the deep South so it's difficult to be different and do anything besides the typical Western diet. I did a veggie stint in high school but not for the reasons I'm wanting to now. I feel like this is the best choice for my body health wise.

My kids are still very young but have eaten meat since about a year old. They are both big milk drinkers. DD will try anything and likes lots of veggies. DS is two so he's a little more difficult when it comes to convincing him to try things. DH is a great sport - he likes lots of different foods and is willing to try anything but will definitely not want to give up anything. I'm not trying to change them because I feel the decision is totally up to the individual. I just want to figure out a way to feed myself a vegan diet 100% of the time but not isolate myself and irritate my family. I figure I'll need to do some big veggie meals for the family (but still cook meat fairly often to not bother the DH too much) and eat a lot of that as leftovers.

Any suggestions for meatless recipes to try for the whole family? DH is used to a meat and two sides. I'm looking to keep him pleased but not have to cook as much meat.
Here are my current favorites that might work for you

http://www.familyfreshmeals.com/2012...agna-soup.html (she has instructions on how to make vegetarian)

http://budgetbytes.blogspot.com/2013...2-serving.html (replace milk with soy milk or other substitute and butter with a vegan substitute)

http://vegweb.com/recipes/mouthwatering-meatball
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Here are my current favorites that might work for you

http://www.familyfreshmeals.com/2012...agna-soup.html (she has instructions on how to make vegetarian)

http://budgetbytes.blogspot.com/2013...2-serving.html (replace milk with soy milk or other substitute and butter with a vegan substitute)

http://vegweb.com/recipes/mouthwatering-meatball
Those look awesome! Thank you!

I'm going to have to find a source for TVP. I've been seeing some recipes that call for that and I certainly can't find it around here. I may order it from Amazon?
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Those look awesome! Thank you!

I'm going to have to find a source for TVP. I've been seeing some recipes that call for that and I certainly can't find it around here. I may order it from Amazon?
Healthfood stores and some grocery stores have it often in the baking or natural food section of the store. Bob's Red Mill is a common brand. Good luck!
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I'd love to join you guys here if you don't mind! I made the decision about a month ago to eat mostly plant-based, mainly to get healthy and hopefully lose some weight. I haven't read through this whole thread yet, but I'm hoping to get some support and find some veg/vegan dinner entrees that I can cook and keep on hand for just myself - dh, ds(4), and dd(14 mo) all are still meat eaters. I'm finding it hard to cook 2 meals every evening, and I've gotten lazy a few times and just eaten whatever meat I cooked instead. I desperately want to set myself up for success!

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Hi mamas. I'm not really sure what I am. I have been "pescatarian" as dh calls it for several years now only eating fish, eggs and some dairy. I would eat turkey or chicken on rare occasions if some one else made it (so for special occasions or if at a friends mostly, probably 3-4 times a year like Thanksgiving). 2 weeks ago I decided to go on an elimination diet and went vegan plus soy and gluten free. Dh and both of the boys are doing the diet with me. For the first week I felt pretty awful, had a headache every day and felt pretty bad when it came time to hit TKD. Not sure if I wasn't getting my calorie intake right or my balances of protein/fat/carbs or what but it was just bad. For the last week the headaches have been gone but I do occasionally still get dizzy for feel a bit yucky come work out time. I have surprisingly not lost any weight in the last 2 weeks despite the abrupt diet change. I'm not over weight really but have a bit I could lose and was hoping this would help get me past the plateau I've been on for the last 6 months or so. The real reason for the change was my horrid stomach pain. I do not typically take in a ton of calories and I work out 2-3 hours about 6 days a week. I will not be able to maintain this type of diet long term if I cannot figure out why I'm having the dizziness and weak feelings when working out or doing heavy yard work. I will say that my stomach is doing much better so I have either eliminated whatever food was causing my trouble or it is a cycle related issue and I will start having pain again in a few days (I ovulated today). I was hoping to see behavioral changes in my boys, so many people with SN kids rave about dietary changes but it has done absolutely nothing for them. I did let them cheat on the dairy Friday, we were running so many errands and then had to get to a Derby bout, just didn't have time to go home to eat. We ate at Jason's deli and they had Turkey Sandwiches on gluten free bread with cheese. Didn't do anything to Kearnan but Tharen had so much gas and stomach pain after. I already knew he was dairy sensitive but he hasn't had a serious reaction like that in a while. I guess being completely dairy free for two weeks made him more sensitive. Dh has the same problem but will not give up dairy entirely (he is off right now but will go back to it in the end).

I am interested in suggestions on how to eat plant based and stay healthy. I don't know that we will keep doing this forever after I pinpoint what exactly is making me sick but I do want to keep our diets far cleaner than they have been in the past. I would like to be able to eat out sometimes (because we are so active with Derby and TKD it is hard to be tied to home all of the time) but it has been good for us having to eat more at home too.
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