Question for vegetarians: What do you eat???

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    May 14, 2013 3:01 PM GMT
    Hey guys -

    I've been lacto-ovo vegetarian for many years. I'm tired of what I eat. I need ideas!

    All the forums about reducing belly fat advise cutting out bread and dairy.

    I don't want to starve! hahaha

    Because I don't eat meat, bread and cheese are pretty much staples, but I'd love to get that flat stomach too. icon_lol.gif

    So the question it, what are your best non meat food ideas?

    Thanks a lot!

  • HottJoe

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    May 14, 2013 5:22 PM GMT
    Lettuce---and lots of it!
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    May 14, 2013 5:27 PM GMT
    There are wide range of veg foods...all you need is to look for

    http://www.youtube.com/user/NishaMadhulika
    you can subscribe to her videos(if you like Indian cuisines), she speaks in Hindi with Eng subtitles...
    all her recipes are vegetarian

    I eat only south Indian foods http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/South_Indian_cuisine, rarely go to North Indian style and very rarely to western style (exuding bread)
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    May 14, 2013 5:31 PM GMT
    I'm pescatarian, and I think the best thing I've had since I stopped eating meat would in most likelihood be an eggplant panino.
    Grilled eggplant, roasted red peppers, spinach, tomato and melted asiago cheese on Ciabatta bread. Serve with coleslaw.

    As for cutting bread and dairy, it's essentially impossible. I don't understand how someone can do it. Granted, I could survive off of eating nothing but salsa, but I don't think anyone else could. Unless you'd like to switch to an entirely veg/fruit diet, it's kind of a moot sentiment.
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    May 15, 2013 11:26 PM GMT
    I'm Mexican so all my vegan foods are Mexican. I was vegan for a couple of weeks my favorite food was vegan curry and mole.bean tostadas and vegan shrimp-less cocktail, chile relleno with soy meat or cheese you can even cut veggies really small and that can be your filling. Vega tacos you can use the soy meat or just cut veggies really small and add taco seasoning with this you can also use Romain lettuce instead of tortillas. Another food i really like is ratatouille. lentil soup, veggie soup, tofu and eggplant from panda express. I don't know what else. just eat a lot of fruit also.
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    May 16, 2013 12:20 AM GMT
    Doritos
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    May 16, 2013 12:55 AM GMT
    Ma mama brought me up on lot of carbs.
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    May 16, 2013 1:20 AM GMT
    Hi,

    Eating veggie is not hard, as long as you can compromise. Eat simple.

    Avocados are by far the best food that has helped me stay vegetarian. Beans, lentils, quinoa are also great when eaten in salads or cooked with spices, and vegetables.

    Flaked or Baked yeast is a cheese substitute - for cutting out cheese. As for bread, eat whole grain bread... It is way healthier.

    Most of what I put here is also great for a budget.



    Hope this helps.
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    May 16, 2013 1:32 AM GMT
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    A good raw vegetable is a sweet potato. You peel it and put it through a spiralizer (shown below) and you get something like shoestring potatoes. You serve it raw and just add some lemon juice. This is really good! People don't know how good sweet potatoes are for them! Add other raw vegetables as shown above. This is really a great way to eat - although I still eat some chicken & fish.
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    May 16, 2013 1:48 AM GMT
    I plan my meals around the protein because if you don't, you probably aren't eating enough. Red beans, in quantities to meet my protein needs, soya granules, in quantities to meet my protein needs...etc.

    Staples are red beans and soya granules, and to a lesser extent dry milk and cottage cheese. Lots of oatmeal, brown rice, fresh chopped veggie stir fry, frozen berries icon_smile.gif

    Way cheaper than eating meat.
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    May 16, 2013 1:48 AM GMT
    I like this thread. I still would like to know what actual vegetarians (no meat or fish, and if no dairy) eat, who are fit, and particularly if muscular, can build solid muscle, bodybuilders, so forth.

    Anyone can think of or find a vegetarian meal for a meal, but to solely be vegetarian is another story. Protein.

    For example, Bill Pearl, a bodybuilder who wrote Getting Stronger years ago, wrote that he is a vegetarian, or was when he wrote the book, if he is still around. I think he was a serious competitive bodybuilder, not sure. He is highly muscular.

    (Problem for me is, though I like dairy, I am not supposed to eat much of it because of my problems calciuria (which leads to stones), and so forth. Plus on testosterone replacement therapy, which as it often does, raised my estrogen levels to high. Dairy, soy makes the problem worse. Soy is controversial to start, was the big healthy food years ago and now is not supposed to be good to eat for some reasons. Other part is high glycemic foods, particularly rice, and also bread, which despite what some say, do cause uneven spikes and falls in insulin levels in people who eat it. Makes me wonder what is left to eat, how to get carbs, so forth. The vegs with higher carbs are the ones that happen to be high glycemic.)
  • Hazuki

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    May 16, 2013 1:56 AM GMT
    Hey!
    I typically follow a vegetarian diet. These days I usually eat lots of Nepali food (dal bhat or dal bhat tarkari—rice with lentils, and several types of vegetables) and then whatever I can get readily where I happen to be living, but I think there are many options. Be sure to check out:

    Indian food—(especially South Indian food…dosas are to DIE for!!!!)

    Japanese food—this is tricky outside of Japan, and even then you’d need to steer clear of restaurants for the most part…anything that is traditional Japanese, but before meat was eaten commonly is fair game. To name a few dishes, you might try: okara (though it is bland unless you add something to it), various types of tofu, various types of vegetable croquettes/korokke, inari-zushi, kampyo-maki, kappa-maki, okonomiyaki, and of course any of the noodles (as long as you make sure you’re getting broth made from wakame or mushrooms).

    Korean food—various types of kimchi, kimbap/gimbap, chijimi/pajun/pajeon, tteokbokki/ddukbokkie (sorry not sure if these Romanizations are right) …also, any of the noodles are good (I LOVE mul naengmyeon), but you may have to take care of what type of broth is used if eating out.

    Ethiopian food

    Tibetan food—vegetable momo, thukpa, tsampa (though just a head’s up, it is QUITE bland)

    Middle Eastern food—falafel, hummus, couscous

    Greek food—spanakopita (there’s a Turkish version of these that are good too!)

    Mexican—bean burritos, etc.

    Italian—lots of options here, but I like eggplant parmesan, manicotti, lasagna, and gnocchi

    French – I like savory crepes

    Canada and U.S.—You kind of have to be creative with your local vegetables, and can always have soups, stews, stir-fry, casseroles, or veggie-burgers (black bean, tofu, boca etc.) as your “main” dish!
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    May 16, 2013 2:09 AM GMT
    I NEVER thought this thread would yield such interesting results!

    Thanks so much everyone.

    Today, I went to a health food store and bought Gluten-Free pasta and Quinoa for the first time. I also got some almond milk.

    I'm curious to know how I'll like them.

    Any ideas on how to dress up Quinoa?

    For the record, my usual diet consists of:

    Oatmeal, fruit and coffee in the mornings
    Eggs (been cooking the whole thing, but my trainer told me to just buy cartoned egg whites & to not eat yolks)
    I do eat salmon.
    I eat a lot of almond, cashews and raw vegetables.
    I do eat pasta and stuff too. And I love cheese pizza.

    I have a feeling I'm going to be eating a lot more interesting stuff now thanks to you all.

    That potato spiraler - I am going to get one. That thing looks cool!!

    Oh: My kryptonite: Ice cream and Peanut Butter Cups.

    Deadly.

    Thanks guys - keep em coming!
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    May 16, 2013 3:17 AM GMT
    silent_weapon saidI'm pescatarian, and I think the best thing I've had since I stopped eating meat would in most likelihood be an eggplant panino.
    Grilled eggplant, roasted red peppers, spinach, tomato and melted asiago cheese on Ciabatta bread. Serve with coleslaw.

    As for cutting bread and dairy, it's essentially impossible. I don't understand how someone can do it. Granted, I could survive off of eating nothing but salsa, but I don't think anyone else could. Unless you'd like to switch to an entirely veg/fruit diet, it's kind of a moot sentiment.


    I'm essentially a Pescatarian too, but this way of eating is NOT a subcategory of Vegetarianism. Just so you know.
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    May 16, 2013 11:48 AM GMT
    timct saidI love this thread. I still would like to know what actual vegetarians (no meat or fish, and if no dairy) eat, who are fit, and particularly if muscular, can build solid muscle, bodybuilders, so forth.

    Anyone can think of or find a vegetarian meal for a meal, but to solely be vegetarian is another story. Protein.

    For example, Bill Pearl, a bodybuilder who wrote Getting Stronger years ago, wrote that he is a vegetarian, or was when he wrote the book, if he is still around. I think he was a serious competitive bodybuilder, not sure. He is highly muscular.


    There are quite a few vegan bodybuilders.

    http://www.veganbodybuilding.com/

    And don't forget Indonesian food - vegetarian Gado Gado is my favourite!

    If all else fails, you could always look for a veg*n BF who loves cookingicon_exclaim.gif
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    May 18, 2013 1:14 AM GMT
    Thanks, that is an interesting and informative site.
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    May 22, 2013 7:09 PM GMT
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    Any ideas on how to dress up Quinoa?



    Here's a cool quinoa side dish for 4. It's my vegan substitute for mac and cheese.

    1 cup quinoa, rinsed
    2 cups water or stock (omit salt if stock is used)
    1 medium white onion (diced)
    1 tablespoon olive oil OR coconut oil
    2 cloves of garlic (minced)
    2 teaspoons chives (minced fine)
    ½ teaspoon black pepper
    ½ teaspoon salt
    ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
    ½ cup ground almonds
    1/4 cup nutritional yeast flakes

    Step 1: Rinse the Quinoa in cold water.
    Step 2: Heat up your olive/coconut oil in a large sauce pan and saute your onions for 4-5 minutes. Throw in your garlic for a minute, stirring so it doesn't burn.
    Step 3: Add in your water and quinoa and cover the pot, bringing the water to a boil.
    Step 4: Bring down to low and allow to simmer. Quinoa should take about 15 minutes to cook or so- but you'll know when there is a ring around the outside and the center is clear- plus about all of your water should be absorbed.
    Step 5: In a small bowl, mix together the ground almonds and nutritional yeast. Vegans sometimes call this "almesan". Mix the salt, chives, black & red pepper, and 1/3 cup of your almesan into the pot. If you want it a little more creamy, go ahead and add more! Step 6: Dish it up while hot and sprinkle with pepper and cheese for garnish.
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    May 22, 2013 7:13 PM GMT
    Also, I seldom leave my house without bringing home-made trail mix with me. Just mix 2 cups of dried fruit (I usually go for a mix of cherries, strawberries, blueberries, and raisins) with 1.5 cups toasted nuts of your choice (I prefer almonds, walnuts, and pecans) and 0.5 cups of a seed of your choice (pumpkin, sunflower, etc). Add in 0.5 cups freshly grated and toasted coconut and give it a pinch of cinnamon and paprika.
  • reptile18

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    Aug 01, 2013 11:22 PM GMT
    Any seitan fans here? I recently mastered it (before it kept smelling/tasting like play-doh and and the texture of taffy, but now it's a lot better).

    My other favorite sources of vegan protein are tofu and nutritional yeast. Haven't tried tempeh tho, not sure where to find it.

    As for bodybuilding, I'm not sure what the issue is... if you're VEGETARIAN, milk is okay. So just get the whey protein powders... That's where bodybuilders get their protein, not from their regular diet.