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WeeGord Posted on 10/02/2020 09:52
Going vegetarian (kind of)
 
Are there any vegetarian folk on here? I've been thinking for some time about reducing my meat intake and want to trial being meat free for a fortnight or so initially to see how it goes.

A couple of problems I have though are that I'm even worse in the kitchen than Jamie Oliver is and so need some pointers for simple vegetarian meals, and while I don't see myself being vegetarian on a permanent basis I'm hoping to get to a point where maybe I have one day per week where I'll eat meat.

My primary objective for doing so are to lose a few lbs and also to reduce my blood pressure / blood sugars as I've recently been diagnosed with pre-diabetes and I want to get to grips with that.

Any help and advice on the subject would be hugely appreciated [^]
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The_Lizards_Jumpers Posted on 10/02/2020 10:01
Edited On: 10/02/2020 10:07
Going vegetarian (kind of)
As someone who was veggie for 12 or 13 years, but now eats meat, I also try to reduce my meat (especially red meat) consumption.

If you like Quorn or other meat substitutes then it makes it easier.

There's some great veggie recipes out there, but this one one my favorites that is a great substitute for its meat equivalent.

Link: Spag Bol
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EpiphanyProudfoot Posted on 10/02/2020 10:32

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'Any help and advice on the subject would be hugely appreciated'

No problem, most of the veggies I know are fantastic farters. You will always be the life and soul of the party!

Fact!
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1finny Posted on 10/02/2020 10:35
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Going vegetarian (kind of)
Been veggie for over 30 years and now almost vegan.
The good news is you donít need to be anything special in the kitchen.
A simple veggie curry for instance.... you will find loads on line.

Even more simple - grab a cauliflower, cut off all the green bits, but leave it whole.
Put some of your favourite spices in a bowl with olive oil and put it all over the cauliflower - bake in the oven - 180 degrees for around 40 mins.
Serve it with some rice or naan bread.

Variation - cover the cauliflower with balsamic and wholegrain mustard.
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BarryHercules Posted on 10/02/2020 11:26

Going vegetarian (kind of)
Try "the green roasting tin" book available from Amazon
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rkangel Posted on 10/02/2020 12:22
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Going vegetarian (kind of)
I was vegetarian for twenty odd years, but was advised to eat meat again about 15 years ago. I still eat and cook veggie food a couple of times a week. Being a diabetic I've found avoiding carbs has been the best way to cut my blood sugar levels down. Hence my love now for cauliflowers and celeriac. Both roast fantastically with herbs and red paprika..
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1finny Posted on 10/02/2020 12:24

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celeriac mash...Ö gorgeous
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Funky_Chicken Posted on 10/02/2020 12:24

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Proudfoot I hope you donít make it on to the new site [xx(]



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boromike85 Posted on 10/02/2020 12:38

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I think the "Ignore" feature is made especially for characters like EP. I don't mind the trolls and the people that are controversial because it offers something but I really don't understand the point in EP. I can't remember the last time I saw a reaction to one of his posts, either positive or negative, and I don't think I've ever seen him contribute anything sincerely so I definitely wouldn't miss his contributions in any way by ignoring him. Fair play to him persisting for all of these years with the same "joke" but I can't figure out why he bothers.

I also recognise the irony in a post about him never getting any reactions.
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borobuddah Posted on 10/02/2020 12:43

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Lots of beans and pulses absorb flavour beautifully. Try veggie shepherd pie with them, or lasagne.

A box of stuffing mix makes a good base for a nut/ veg roast
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WeeGord Posted on 11/02/2020 12:39

Going vegetarian (kind of)
Thank you [^]

Had myself a vegetable pasta dish last night and just put a vegetable casserole in the slow cooker which will hopefully turn out ok.

Let's hope I can manage the two weeks with no meat.
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1finny Posted on 11/02/2020 12:43

Going vegetarian (kind of)
Was going to suggest that - just in case yours was hard
Aubergine, Onion, garlic, chilli, courgette + peppers all chopped.
Add a bit of oil, mix the veg aroundand pop in oven for around 30 mins.
Mix in a tin of toms until hot
Serve with pasta

Should ne enough to freeze for another day too
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jam69 Posted on 11/02/2020 12:52

Going vegetarian (kind of)
veg chilli, just replace meat with assorted roasted veg, peppers onions courgettes etc.
iam trying to cut my meat intake, though wont be going meat free
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ExFootyLegs Posted on 11/02/2020 13:06

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1 Finny ; have you been to that new Vegan cafe in stokesley ?
I've heard its really good food...
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Cheadle_in_Cambridge Posted on 11/02/2020 13:15

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If itís diabetes that youíre worried about then itís carbs you need to eliminate. Therefore you must look to significantly reduce your intake of bread, potatoes, pasta and rice. I eat a lot of fish with vegetables.
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sheriff_john_bunnell Posted on 11/02/2020 13:37

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I'm not veggie but I have 3 non meat meals a week to save money, and I don't eat processed food.

My advice

Indian food is the best veg food. They've got thousands of years experience of not eating meat. It's pretty easy to cook and you can just go to a local Indian shop and buy up a load of spices and lentils. Pick up a few books on dhall and off you go. Freezes and microwaves well.

2nd place is Italian. The thing is you need good fresh ingredients. If you make a pasta with week old broccoli it's going to taste XXXXXX. Make sure you cook the pasta in the sauce for a couple of minutes when it's al dente.

And remember to use salt. Salt is your friend.

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sheriff_john_bunnell Posted on 11/02/2020 13:40

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Although salt may be bad for diabetes. [:D] not sure. Chilli is used in a similar way if your foods tasting bland as an alternative to adding salt.
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Cheadle_in_Cambridge Posted on 11/02/2020 13:51

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Saltís bad for increasing your blood pressure.
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1finny Posted on 11/02/2020 14:23

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Ex footy - thanks for the recommendation. Will check it out next time I'm up
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Jostler Posted on 11/02/2020 14:27

Going vegetarian (kind of)
Don't listen to all the rubbish about Tofu being bland. It's a sponge for flavour.

toss it in some corn flour and then marinate with soy sauce and some asian spices. Throw into a baking tray and bake until crispy.

Cook up a stir fry with some noodles (plenty of recipes for amazing sauces out there for stir frys) and throw the tofu on top.
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Clingon33 Posted on 11/02/2020 17:33

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Cathedral City contains only vegetable rennet.
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Smogga Posted on 11/02/2020 17:42

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Another [^] for new Stokesley vegan cafe, it's out near the industrial estate. Spot on
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ExFootyLegs Posted on 11/02/2020 18:32

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Smogga Have you been to the stokesley Vegan cafe ?

Heard from someone at work itís a very interesting menu and really good food?

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Tacker Posted on 12/02/2020 13:12

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If you're a user of social media, I'd highly recommend you look up Phil Graham (Instagram: philgraham01). He offers some great advice with regards to dietary changes whilst suffering with all diabetes.
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Kinky_Maccarone Posted on 13/02/2020 21:00

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Hi WeeGord

I know of people who keep a few pans of mashed potato in the kitchen and think this is a probably the best route for you to go down.

Its ideal for an energy boost after physical exertion and also suits a night in and a good book.
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jcjc Posted on 13/02/2020 22:14

Going vegetarian (kind of)
wife swears by linda mcartney sausages and burgers 3 packets for fiver at farm foods
we both enjoy boil beetroot liqiuidise add garlic and chilli to taste pour over a bowl of hot pasta and sprinkle with fete cheese
can freeze the beetroot liquid aswell
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bungydinsdale Posted on 14/02/2020 04:54

Going vegetarian (kind of)
Been vegetarian for more than 40 years now.
I found all the Moosewood cook books great and most vege Indian cookbooks will set you up for a lifetime of great meals.
Most proper (ie; not your standards smorgasboard, MS stewed rubbish) Chinese vege dishes are great too, but can be a bit spicy for some.
I'm now in my mid-50s and have no health issues at all, other than being a bit overweight. That's mainly down to my liking of beer, especially in hot summers like this one, and hatred of exercise and a largely desk job.
The Quorn and other vege stuff (Frys, Linda MaCartney, Bean Supreme etc) these days is really good too.
One thing you will notice though if you stop eating meat for a few weeks is that you will go to the toilet far more often than dead body munchers do.
It's because your food is digested and back out again within 24 hours whereas your meat takes longer to digest.
This is also good for gut health as doesn't leave rotten, fetid flesh decaying in your stomach.
Oh and yes, you do tend to fart a bit more...
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Jostler Posted on 14/02/2020 06:09

Going vegetarian (kind of)
Coincidentally had this Vegan Jerk curry last night which was nice! The mother in law is on a low GI diet and happened to be vegan for my missus so win / win and marinated some chicken in jerk seasoning for me. Served with Cauliflower rice (low gi). Iíd recommend.

I added some hot sauce and garlic too and roasted my own peppers rather than from a jar

Link: Jerk
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expat_smoggie Posted on 14/02/2020 06:19

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Best way to go vegan is first go lentils and mushrooms ó itís still pretty tasty and nourishingó weight will drop off you after a few months ó I bet youíll still meat cravings though... after all we are human.
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ZippytheHippy Posted on 14/02/2020 07:42

Going vegetarian (kind of)
went pescatarian last year. got kind of tough at times but hung on in there. feel a lot better and list 2st without trying. get some recipe books and don't bother with the late Mrs McCartney tosh.
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