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View Poll Results: Could you be a part time vegetarian?
Heck no! I love meat! 13 68.42%
Possibly. 4 21.05%
Meat repulses me. 2 10.53%
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    09-29-2008, 03:23 PM
Green Broke
Any Vegetarians?

I heard that the more one eats meat, the more apt they are of being overweight. With my trying to shed a few thousand pounds, I am willing to try anything, even if it is swapping out a few meals a week to be a part time vegetarian.

Anyone here a vegetarian?
Anyone have any good veggie recipes?
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    09-29-2008, 04:08 PM
Be very careful if you decide to go vege. Talk to your doctor. There are a lot of vitamins and minerals in meat that you don't get in fruits and vegetables. And supplements aren't absorbed well by the body.

Also be careful if you're a child. It's been shown that meat is vital for proper brain development. I heard it on a talk show I listen to several weeks ago. I'll try to find a link to the study. And for men it has been shown to cause a sharp drop in fertility rates.

For the record if you want to lose weight................

I was up to 185 pounds not too long ago. I'm only 5'5". I weighed less than 130 when I delivered each of my first 3 kids. And I weighed 118 when my husband and I started dating 5 years ago. I packed on a lot quickly.

I finally decided enough was enough. I've cut back how much I eat and do all I can to get a minimum of 100% of the RDA of fiber. And it worked. I dropped over 20 pounds in the first month alone. I've gone from a size 16 to a size 8. I'm down to 155 now and still want to drop at least another 30, preferably 40 pounds. It's coming off much slower now, but still dropping. And it's coming off in a way that I'm more likely to keep it off and it's coming off safely.

Also, I'm not exercising at all either. So if you up your activity level that'll drop it faster too. I bought bikes for me and my 2 girls, but it gets dark so early now, by the time I get home we can't ride and the weekends I barely have time to breathe. But once I can start riding it should speed up my metabolism and drop it pretty quick too.
    09-29-2008, 04:15 PM
Green Broke
I LOVE meat, but I've been thinking that maybe I might benefit from a meal or two a week being vegetarian. I'm not saying my husband and son have to eat veggie also, heck, I've been making separate meals now for almost 2 wks now.

I try to get enough fruits and veggies as it is, and I do take a daily vitamin along with vitamin D and my thyroid meds each and every day. And I'm not talking about cutting out meats all together, just a few times a week.

If I can find some good recipes that I like, I'd be willing to give it a shot.
    09-29-2008, 04:22 PM
Veggie Chili

* 1 tablespoon olive oil
* 1/2 medium onion, chopped
* 2 bay leaves
* 1 teaspoon ground cumin
* 2 tablespoons dried oregano
* 1 tablespoon salt
* 2 stalks celery, chopped
* 2 green bell peppers, chopped
* 2 jalapeno peppers, chopped
* 3 cloves garlic, chopped
* 2 (4 ounce) cans chopped green chile peppers, drained
* 2 (12 ounce) packages vegetarian burger crumbles (Boca, Garden burger)
* 3 (28 ounce) cans whole peeled tomatoes, crushed
* 1/4 cup chili powder
* 1 tablespoon ground black pepper
* 1 (15 ounce) can kidney beans, drained
* 1 (15 ounce) can garbanzo beans, drained
* 1 (15 ounce) can black beans
* 1 (15 ounce) can whole kernel corn


1. Heat the olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Stir in the onion, and season with bay leaves, cumin, oregano, and salt. Cook and stir until onion is tender, then mix in the celery, green bell peppers, jalapeno peppers, garlic, and green chile peppers. When vegetables are heated through, mix in the vegetarian burger crumbles. Reduce heat to low, cover pot, and simmer 5 minutes.
2. Mix the tomatoes into the pot. Season chili with chili powder and pepper. Stir in the kidney beans, garbanzo beans, and black beans. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, and simmer 45 minutes. Stir in the corn, and continue cooking 5 minutes before serving.

Sweet Potato Casserole

* 4 1/2 cups cooked and mashed sweet potatoes
* 1/2 cup butter, melted
* 1/3 cup milk
* 1 cup white sugar
* 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
* 2 eggs, beaten
* 1 cup light brown sugar
* 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
* 1/3 cup butter
* 1 cup chopped pecans


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 9x13 inch baking dish.
2. In a large bowl, mix together mashed sweet potatoes, 1/2 cup butter, milk, sugar, vanilla extract, and eggs. Spread sweet potato mixture into the prepared baking dish. In a small bowl, mix together brown sugar and flour. Cut in 1/3 cup butter until mixture is crumbly, then stir in pecans. Sprinkle pecan mixture over the sweet potatoes.
3. Bake for 25 minutes in the preheated oven, or until golden brown.

Also, a great veggie cookbook is the Moosewood Cookbook, as well as The Enchanted Broccoli Forest. I don't know if the Broccoli Forest is completely veg, but many of the recipes can be made veggie, if they aren't already. The great thing about veggie recipes is that you have tons of freedom to mix and match, add, and adjust. Hope this helps

    09-29-2008, 04:31 PM
Originally Posted by Moxie
I LOVE meat, but I've been thinking that maybe I might benefit from a meal or two a week being vegetarian. I'm not saying my husband and son have to eat veggie also, heck, I've been making separate meals now for almost 2 wks now.

I try to get enough fruits and veggies as it is, and I do take a daily vitamin along with vitamin D and my thyroid meds each and every day. And I'm not talking about cutting out meats all together, just a few times a week.

If I can find some good recipes that I like, I'd be willing to give it a shot.
Well that's a horse of a different color GF!!

I'm all for cutting out red meat for most of the week. I try to not eat it more than twice a week, and then eat chicken or pork a few times a week, and then meatless a couple nights. I say go for it!
    09-29-2008, 05:57 PM
I'm a vegetarian, and my little advice for you is (and I know this has already been stressed, buuut): Talk to your doctor first!! Never ever ever EVER decide to go veg without talking to one before hand--something really fatal is bound to happen to ya! ;)[/u]
    09-29-2008, 06:31 PM
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Something really fatal? That sounds really bad!

I need to look up a proper recipe, but somebody once told me that a healthy alternative to french fries is to peel and cut butternut squash into french fry sized pieces and bake them. I've never gotten it quite right, but it's delicious even when they're still a bit mushy! It's a bit of work, relative to microwaving some kind of garbage, though. :P If I were less lazy I'd make it all the time!
    09-29-2008, 06:47 PM
I don't think I could ever be a vegetarian, but I usually don't eat meat anyways. Who knows, maybe I'll become one when I move out on my own because I can't handle raw meat. :P
    09-30-2008, 05:11 PM
Well, in my modification of health behavior class at school we've been talking about nutrition the last couple of days and vegetarianism has been a big topic in there.

Now, before going vegetarian yes you need to talk to a professional because you could become deficient in some vitamins etc..But it is NOT true that you can't get them all from veggies. You CAN get them all from veggies but you need to have the right combination. A nutritionist or some other professional can help you set this up.
There is a nice little chart they gave us for some combinations you can use to ensure you are getting enough protein but they stress going to a professional.
The jist of it is eat enough grains, legumes, deeds and nuts and other vegetables.
For grains they say Barley, Bulgur, Cornmeal, Oats, Rice, Whole-grain Breads, Enriched Pasta and Tortillas
For Legumes they say Dried Beans, Dried Lentils, Dried Peas, Peanuts and Soy products (tofu)
For Seeds and nuts they say Sesame seeds, Sunflower seeds, Walnuts, Cashews, Other nuts and Nut berries
And for Other Veggies they say Leafy greens, broccoli and others (wow, descriptive lol)

Also, it is true that the more red meat you eat the heavier you tend to become.

And as for me..I do eat meat but I definitely could get by without it. :) I love my fruits and veggies WAY more than meat.
    09-30-2008, 06:49 PM
You can be perfectly healthy as a vegetarian. Some people are under the impression that vegetarians eat salads all day long... You have to make sure that you mix your fruit and veggies with plenty of grains, nuts, and soy. Don't forget your dairy unless you are going vegan...which is much harder. I'm a semi-veg. I never eat meat for breakfast or lunch...and I limit meat intake to about 4 oz at dinner time. Usually we have meatless dinners a few times a week. I also limit all my meats to ultra-lean cuts. Most of the chemicals and other junk that go into animals are all that gross stuff is in the fat. And I NEVER eat pork. I exercise quite a bit so I can't say that my diet mattered much...but I only gained 40 lb during pregnancy and I lost it all and was back to 130 lb 6 weeks after birth.

One really simple recipe that I love..and kids seem to love it...

Saute a chopped zucchini in 1/4 cup of Kraft Zesty Italian Dressing until crisp tender. Make a Mac and Cheese dinner just like the box says. When done mix mac&cheese, suateed zucchini, and a chopped tomato. Wam...bam...done in 8 minutes.

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