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Hi,

lately I have been thinking it could be nice for us veggie folk here on DW to share our recepies, tips, reasons why we eat this way and more without the need to debate anti-vegan/vegetarian points. So please all of you dear folks, keep those debates for the threads where they belong. This is really meant only as a bunch of people talking about sth they like. If you do not like salads, keep it for yourself the same way you don't crash meetings of train lovers to tell them cars are better.

So some hopefully ice breaking questions: What is your favourite meal? What is your favourite treat? What made you go vegetarian/vegan? Did it help you?

Please feel free to ask your questions, post recepies here or anything veggie related. :namaste:
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So, since nobody has seen it yet, let me begin.

My veggie favourite is probably vegan french onion soup. I put a bit of vegetable stock and miso soup paste into it and it is just glorious. Really probably the first meal I have ever made that made my eyes roll back. Only a shame that I never had the chance to have it with a piece of toast as i always forgot to buy bread. Shame really.

My favourite treat is probably tofu yogurt. My boyfriend made it once for me. He whipped silken tofu and added some cocoa powder and just a bit of sugar into it together with some blueberries. It was really good. I could not believe for a while that it was tofu.
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Könchok Thrinley wrote: Wed Jun 24, 2020 12:55 pm What is your favourite meal? What is your favourite treat? What made you go vegetarian/vegan? Did it help you?

Please feel free to ask your questions, post recepies here or anything veggie related. :namaste:
I like this thread! Thanks for starting it.

1. My favorite meal is Mattar Paneer with basmati rice.
2. Mango on a stick. Once a year vendors would come to my area and bring huge, ripe, sweet mangoes and serve them with lime juice on a stick. Divine!
3. I don't like how many animals are treated in factory-farming situations. I promised that as long as I could stay healthy, I would refrain from meat.
4. Oh yes! It has helped a great deal. I used to get much more colds & flu before I went vegetarian. I ate few vegetables & lots of processed foods. Now I eat a ton of vegetables & fruits and rarely get sick. Also, I just feel better mentally, like a weight was lifted.

Looking forward to others answers!
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My attitude to food mirrors my attitude to life. My body is my house and I'm not trying to put an extension on it. I'm just trying to put out a few fires.

If this were 2015 every meal was a hefty ordeal; a know-nothing three hour surprise and a cupboard full of never to be used again ingredients (too expensive). So my first tip is to roll with common ingredients. Lots of veg go well together: so too pulses. Herbs and Spices are very tricky.

i would consult the cookbook or internet for a general idea of what herbs and spices for what veg. I say general so the recipe is a guideline, not a straight jacket. Cookbooks often contain a lot of filler, so you learn what not to do. Does the recipe require a strong flavour? Is it five lemons? is that a windup?

Going back to my first point a treat would be anything unhealthy. So if it's processed or tasty or something from a vegan restaurant... dunno, pick 2.

Good fast food is wok stir fry, smoothie or fruit salad. Easy, fast nutritious. EXAMPLES: grate beetroot and carrot. Squeeze on orange. Toast crushed walnuts (mix). Very filling: 100 calories. Next marinate tofu in soy sauce add cornflour, and grill with 2 bulbs of chopped fennel.

This is not a grafters food but fruit smoothies and raw veg with nuts is low G.I. and keeps energy high throughout the day. Top up calories after work with chips for a treat.
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I've gone mostly veggie again for my health. My favorite meal is Dahl, or a Channa Masala. I usually throw in some chopped up greens too.
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Nice idea for a thread. :) I've been vegan for over 20 years, and vegetarian for many years before that.

Favourite meal? Oh, that's a hard question to answer! I do like to eat, and my wife is a good cook and the queen of vegan desserts. Some Indian dishes like channa masala or lentil curry come to mind. Or a Thai massamun curry. Or my wife's lasagna. Let me get back to you on that.

Favourite treat? Dark chocolate. I can't help it; I'm an addict. A close second is strawberry-rhubarb pie.

Why did I go vegetarian / vegan? I became a Buddhist. I couldn't bring myself to eat sentient beings. And, as I became more aware, I couldn't bear to have them enslaved in my name.

Did it help me? There is no doubt that it helped me spiritually. It was good for me physically as well, though that was not my main motivation. For years, I had been entering a cross-country ski marathon, and attempting to get my time down to four hours, from four-and-a-half hours, without success. The year after I went vegan, my time dropped from 4:30 to 4:00:12, with no changes in my training.

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Johnny Dangerous wrote: Mon Jun 29, 2020 6:58 pm I've gone mostly veggie again for my health. My favorite meal is Dahl, or a Channa Masala. I usually throw in some chopped up greens too.
oops wrong author Dahl didn't write Iron Man.

Joking aside, It would be great to get tips on Indian food. One of my colleagues goes to India quite a lot and she still can't make a good curry despite having all the opportunity in the world. Maybe Kathy knows the gist.
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DharmaN00b wrote: Tue Jun 30, 2020 3:12 pm
Johnny Dangerous wrote: Mon Jun 29, 2020 6:58 pm I've gone mostly veggie again for my health. My favorite meal is Dahl, or a Channa Masala. I usually throw in some chopped up greens too.
Was this a freudian slip? We know you're the iron man ;)

Joking aside, It would be great to get tips on Indian food. One of my colleagues goes to India quite a lot and she still can't make a good curry despite having all the opportunity in the world. Maybe Kathy knows the gist.
Ah, yes this is a good idea. Curry is the holy grail of my kitchen adventures, but I am absolutely unable to make a decent one (not to mention I use all sorts of curry pastes to make my job easier).
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The hardest thing about going vegetarian for me is that to a certain degree I have lost all the classical czech goodies and tasty dishes I used to love. Basically everything we eat here has meat in it. No wonder we are also the second fattest nation in Europe. But thankfully I inherited old cookbook from my father (it was his mother's) that was made in like early 1950's and at that time quite a lot of old czech recepies were still around. Mind you most of them had lard in them, but that is easily substituted. So now I can have all the lentil soups, legume burgers I want.

Not sure why I wrote this. Probably just to make you all jealous.
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Könchok Thrinley wrote: Tue Jun 30, 2020 3:34 pm
Not sure why I wrote this. Probably just to make you all jealous.
Oh yeah? I'll see your 'not sure why' and raise you not sure why I'm not sure why...!

Ok, ethics 101. My first job at 15 was working in a 'meaty facility'. Vats of body fluids, freezer units stanking of urea. Blood blisters under every finger from washing up stacks of meaty trays. The final straw, on my last day, I rode my bike to work at 5 am and so tired I went straight into a parked car, splatted and rolled off.

Now, my grandmother always told me you don't know you've been born. Well, you would think I turned began at 15?! Not so. It took me a couple of decades to appreciate her point.

I don't want to set the world on fire...
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It’s all about the grapes for me.
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GrapeLover wrote: Tue Jun 30, 2020 6:16 pm It’s all about the grapes for me.
Shame, if it were crepes we could have been friends. :tongue:
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KathyLauren wrote: Mon Jun 29, 2020 10:50 pm Nice idea for a thread. :) I've been vegan for over 20 years, and vegetarian for many years before that.

Favourite meal? Oh, that's a hard question to answer! I do like to eat, and my wife is a good cook and the queen of vegan desserts. Some Indian dishes like channa masala or lentil curry come to mind. Or a Thai massamun curry. Or my wife's lasagna. Let me get back to you on that.

Favourite treat? Dark chocolate. I can't help it; I'm an addict. A close second is strawberry-rhubarb pie.

Why did I go vegetarian / vegan? I became a Buddhist. I couldn't bring myself to eat sentient beings. And, as I became more aware, I couldn't bear to have them enslaved in my name.

Did it help me? There is no doubt that it helped me spiritually. It was good for me physically as well, though that was not my main motivation. For years, I had been entering a cross-country ski marathon, and attempting to get my time down to four hours, from four-and-a-half hours, without success. The year after I went vegan, my time dropped from 4:30 to 4:00:12, with no changes in my training.

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Cool. :thumbsup:

My answers are almost exactly like Kathy's answers above.

Favorite meal: stir fry tofu with curry sauce
Favorite treat: dark chocolate
Why did I become veg: Buddhism, First Precept; gradually the other issues were a motivation too, the environment, factory farming, nutrition, but the original and main motivation was Buddhism.

I don't do marathons, but have done stairclimbing. I've gone up the 77 story US Bank tower in Los Angeles and the 109 story Strat building in Vegas and some others. I also do weightlifting, lifting more times my body weight than most meat eaters my age.
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Könchok Thrinley wrote: Tue Jun 30, 2020 3:34 pm The hardest thing about going vegetarian for me is that to a certain degree I have lost all the classical czech goodies and tasty dishes I used to love. Basically everything we eat here has meat in it. No wonder we are also the second fattest nation in Europe. But thankfully I inherited old cookbook from my father (it was his mother's) that was made in like early 1950's and at that time quite a lot of old czech recepies were still around. Mind you most of them had lard in them, but that is easily substituted. So now I can have all the lentil soups, legume burgers I want.

Not sure why I wrote this. Probably just to make you all jealous.
Cold climate food has to provide more energy - calories - than warm climate food. That means lots of starchy veg, lots of fat and/or lots of sugar, especially if there isn't much meat. (Meat is energy-dense.) Living in the tropics as I do, I don't want or need Northern-European-style meals but I do see the reasons for the tradition.
And poor people's food was always primarily vegetarian, just because they couldn't afford much meat. Look at all the legume-based soups, as you say, and porridges, or the stews with just enough meat for flavour. Most of that sort of local cooking is pretty easy to adapt to be totally vegetarian, and some will go okay as vegan recipes.

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Interesting reading.

I am trying to beat my own personal best marathon time and - from an ethical standpoint - have been interested in giving up meat for a while now. I tried this in January this year and my body went into meltdown and could barely run at all...

From a purely physiological perspective, does anybody have any handy tricks to get your body to acclimatize to a vegetarian diet without crashing whilst engaging in endurance sport? I caved after only a couple of weeks, but I would like to try again!

Tofu stir fry is yummy and spelt flakes with soya milk is my go-to breakfast.
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Paul2020 wrote: Sun Aug 23, 2020 11:23 am Interesting reading.

I am trying to beat my own personal best marathon time and - from an ethical standpoint - have been interested in giving up meat for a while now. I tried this in January this year and my body went into meltdown and could barely run at all...

From a purely physiological perspective, does anybody have any handy tricks to get your body to acclimatize to a vegetarian diet without crashing whilst engaging in endurance sport? I caved after only a couple of weeks, but I would like to try again!

Tofu stir fry is yummy and spelt flakes with soya milk is my go-to breakfast.
When I was on sattvic diet for 13 years (lacto-vegetarian, no eggs, no onions /garlic), I was very strong but thin. I had good endurance against heat and did hard gardening work daily. But I never did sports. And I couldn't do long fasting, only one day. I was eating very much within the frame of my diet.

From my external observations, I doubt everybody could stand vegan diet for decades. But maybe food improves nowadays. In my younger days vegan diet was not invented, I believe. And lacto-vegetarian diet was very exotic already.
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DharmaN00b wrote: Tue Jun 30, 2020 3:12 pm
Johnny Dangerous wrote: Mon Jun 29, 2020 6:58 pm I've gone mostly veggie again for my health. My favorite meal is Dahl, or a Channa Masala. I usually throw in some chopped up greens too.
oops wrong author Dahl didn't write Iron Man.

Joking aside, It would be great to get tips on Indian food. One of my colleagues goes to India quite a lot and she still can't make a good curry despite having all the opportunity in the world. Maybe Kathy knows the gist.
I can pass on a few tips. I cook “Indian” a lot, and I am told it tastes pretty authentic.
1) Buy a good pestle and mortar and a saucepan with a robust bottom. Use these to first gently dry roast your fresh spices and then to grind them. Do this in small batches, enough for a few meals. Keep the ground spices in a jar with a lid.
I make a basic mix of cumin seeds, coriander seeds, cloves, turmeric, fenugreek, and cinnamon all slightly toasted and ground.
I make a paste by adding oil to a portion of the spices and add a little fresh grated ginger and crushed garlic and ground chilli to
make a paste which I fry gently before adding veg/tofu/quorn etc.
2). Ghee. If you are not vegan use a little ghee for an absolutely authentic touch. A little is good for you, and is far less in the way of saturated fat than any meat source. Preferably make your own ghee. It’s easy and tasty. Failing that it’s easily obtained nowadays.
3) Again if not vegan a tablespoonful of thick yoghurt makes a good topping to any curry just before serving...Just serve it on top.
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Könchok Thrinley wrote: Wed Jun 24, 2020 12:55 pm What is your favourite meal?
Don't have a favorite. :)
What is your favourite treat?
That changes every couple weeks! Currently, it's red grapes. Previously, it's been bananas, peanuts, cashews, mixed nuts, apples, cantaloupe, celery w hummus, fruit smoothies and probably some other things.
What made you go vegetarian/vegan?


Learning and seeing what goes on at a slaughterhouse...
Did it help you?
Never really even considered that question because it's not for me or about me. It's only for the animals. It's got nothing to do with me. :smile:
Ayu wrote: Sun Aug 23, 2020 11:32 am In my younger days vegan diet was not invented, I believe.
The term was "invented" in 1944 but there is evidence that the whole concept has been around since circa 300 AD. :smile:
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Paul2020 wrote: Sun Aug 23, 2020 11:23 am From a purely physiological perspective, does anybody have any handy tricks to get your body to acclimatize to a vegetarian diet without crashing whilst engaging in endurance sport? I caved after only a couple of weeks, but I would like to try again!
You might be missing the high protein foods, which can easily be found in vegetarian and even vegan foods. There are nuts and also the vegan meat-substitutes. If you like them there are now vegan burgers that taste very similar to meat, including Beyond Burger and Impossible Burger. There is also falafel and other ethnic type foods, Indian foods which are delicious, filling and full of protein.
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I make a basic mix of cumin seeds, coriander seeds, cloves, turmeric, fenugreek, and cinnamon all slightly toasted and ground.
I make a paste by adding oil to a portion of the spices and add a little fresh grated ginger and crushed garlic and ground chilli to
make a paste which I fry gently before adding veg/tofu/quorn etc
Quantities for all these?
And I'm guessing you're adding coconut milk to the paste?
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