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July 10th, 2012, 10:31 AM
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Ok I am trying to make my shopping list for two weeks.So I have to make meal plans...I've been working on it.Breakfast went easy.When It comes to lunch and dinner,its more complicated.I am use to working my meal around meat.Now I am at a loss.Do I just do couple of like sides with bread...this is a little harder than I thought.I also realized there is a lot of vegan meals that is really fattening also trying not to get that either.Any ideas of what I should look for to base my meal around..also what are the main ingredients that you keep in your house .Thanks
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July 10th, 2012, 01:05 PM
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Well, its really easy. Just make sure for every meal you have some sort of protein, veggie, fruit, grain and dairy substitute.

This sums it up well:


So to answer your question, if you wanna replace the meat part of your meal, do it with some sort of protein...
Protein in the Vegan Diet -- The Vegetarian Resource Group

In my house, we usually have tofu, seitan, beans, nut butters (peanut or almond, mostly) and some dairy-free yogurt or cheese as protein.

Also, if you combine grains and beans in the same meal, that is equal to a complete protein, as you would get from meat.
Building Complete Proteins from Nuts, Grains and Legumes / Nutrition / Proteins

EDIT: Oh, its even easier if you are just going vegetarian and still eat eggs and dairy. You have protein there too!
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July 10th, 2012, 03:39 PM
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Well I know it sounds like I am air headed or something lol...I have a lot of recipes and I don't know what to put for main or side ya know..lol...They all look like sides to me I guess.lol. I got most of my list done.Its just so new to us but I am very excited and wondering what a meal would be like in your house.Thanx
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July 10th, 2012, 05:14 PM
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I make most of my recipes from fat free vegan's blog and those are healthy and not fatty. you can have a protein and sides, like you would with meat (like baked tofu, sauteed seitan, bean dish, etc) or you can do a mixed meal, like black bean enchiladas, rice and beans, a casserole, vegetarian bean chili, etc. You can do a lot of sandwiches like hummus wraps, chickpea "tuna" salad, etc. Also check out Happy Herbivore, she has a lot of healthy recipes. She has a really easy tempeh loaf (like a vegetarian meat loaf) that is good and a good centerpiece for the meal. I like making loaves, they are easy, nutritious, cheap, and feed us for several meals.
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July 11th, 2012, 06:08 AM
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That reminds me, I need to make a new seitan loaf for a slow-cooker roast in a few days. Mmm!
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July 15th, 2012, 07:24 AM
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Like the others said just build your meal around a protien. Stir fry with tofu and veggies, chili, beans and rice, lentil soup, etc. this gets much easier with time.
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