vegans/vegetarians...

Rosie - posted on 03/05/2011 ( 53 moms have responded )

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all of this discussion has me wondering what you all eat. what types of meals do you prepare for your families-recipes and all if it's a fav of yours. it seems impossible to me to be vegan, lol. plus, i'd like some new ideas for veggies. i'm tired of steamed broccali on the side. :)

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Sharon - posted on 03/06/2011

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I love green beans with sesamee oil, soy sauce and crushed chili pods...

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I want to give y'all a vegan dessert that is also gluten free (and has no refined sugars). I know, sound gross right - nope it's awesome. I make it all the time for people who don't know it's all of those things and they go nuts over it.

http://www.pure2raw.com/2009/11/gluten-f...

I use my own Kamut oil pie crust recipe with it. This recipe also work with sweet potatoes, if you prefer sweet potato pie.

The kicker is this AMAZING vegan whipped cream. WHA? You might ask, whipped cream without dairy, is that possible and do I want to actually eat that. Again, this is a fav with my non-vegan guest. I actually made it and put it next to the real stuff....the vegan stuff was gone way before the real stuff. It's made with coconut milk and fresh vanilla pods:

http://chemistsdaughter.blogspot.com/200...

She uses vanilla extract but I use the fresh stuff. It's so much better. However, if you like peppermint or almond you could add that to this instead and it's quite good as well.

Rosie - posted on 03/06/2011

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loureen those raw brownies were delish!! i admit i had to add a tablespoon of sugar in them, lol! but still, they are yummy!!

Johnny - posted on 03/06/2011

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That's one of my favorites too Sharon. Or with black bean sauce. Mmmm.

I also love rice cakes. I don't make my own, my kitchen simply is not big enough for the entire production. I buy them at the dim sum place near me. You can just slice them up, stirfry them with some bean sprouts, kimchee, and zucchini.

Speaking of kimchee & Korean food (I ♥ Korean food!). Here's a recipe for vegetable pancakes:

1 red bell pepper, cut into thin strips
1 carrot, cut into thin strips
1 zucchini, cut into thin short stripes
2 green onions, thinly sliced
1 T sesame oil
2 eggs
1 c flour
3/4 c water
canola oil

Wash & prep the veggies. Mix together flour, eggs, and water. Heat the sesame oil in a pan and lightly stir fry the veggies until tender. Set veggies aside in a separate bowl to cool.

In the same pan (clean off if there are veggie chunks) heat up a few tablespoons of canola oil over medium-high heat. Place small mounds of veggies in the pan and then pour a small amount of batter over them. Cook on one side until browned, then flip. I found that the pancakes fell apart slightly with this flipping action, but settled together nicely once cooked on both sides.

Keep warm and serve.

Dipping Sauce
1/2 c rice vinegar
1/4 c soy sauce
1 tsp sesame oil
2 T sugar
1 T grated ginger root
1 clove garlic, pressed
1 green onion, thinly sliced
1 tsp red pepper flakes

Mix together and let stand for while you prepare the pancakes.

Sharon - posted on 03/06/2011

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We LOVE baked & grilled asparagus.

Brocolli is usually just steamed

The kids love raw carrots on the side

My mom loves honey glazed baby carrots

I hate squashes mostly. BUT I do like yellow summer squash, sliced very thin, pan fried with a sprinkle of sugar to help carmelization then served over seasoned rice.

Steamed artichokes are yummy and are meal all by themselves. Our way of eating them isn't the healthiest. I use a wire strainer, i put that in a large stainless steel pot, put in enough water to barely reach the bottom of the basket, put in the rinsed artichokes, single level, do not pile them. I usually put them in setting on their bases. Put the lid on and begin steaming. Every so often (depending on size of the artichokes) go in and using tongs, tug on the leaves. When you can partially lift an artichoke before the leaf pulls off, its done. Then we melt butter for dipping. Hubby adds salt to his. You peel off each leaf, dip in the melted butter, and scrape the lower portion of the inside of the leaf with your bottom teeth. My daughter was SO upset when she lost both of her bottom baby teeth a few years ago. After you go through all the leaves, you'll find a weird a hairy center. With practice you learn you how to carefully scoop/cut that off and expose the heart of the artichoke which you then dip in butter and eat. Its the best part.

Black bean & corn salad is awesome.

I prefer more corn to beans so usually its two cans of corn to one of black beans.

Using fresh corn is AWESOME and I get this great organic frozen corn that is JUST so sweet! But when I have to use canned corn I add a sprinkle of sugar to the corn before mixing.

henny hoo.

2 cans of corn
1 can of rinsed black beans
1 purple onion
garlic to taste
salt & pepper to taste
cilantro to taste (I FRIGGEN LOVE cilantro!)
Diced tomatoes - my son doesn't care for large pieces of tomato, so I tend to dice these VERY fine.
Balsamic vinegar & EVOO (Extra Virgin Olive Oil)
mix it all together and chill.

I like to add in chunks of avocado. I just eat it with a spoon, hubby scoops his up on salty chips.

Pico de gallo - you got a good recipe earlier - You can wind up with a lot of left over juice - try marinating your chicken in it. I've had good luck with yogurt marinades, my god does it ever make the chicken moist! I've been thinking about making some pico de gallo and then mixing that with sourcream and marinading the chicken in it, then grilling or baking the chicken (or pan fry) and serving with more pico de gallo on top.

We love our salads. Hubby always make some giant concoction with EVERYTHING in it/on it. Some kind of meat, boiled eggs, tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, artichoke hearts, croutons, two kinds of olives, celery, cheese....

My fav is most of that with taco meat, black refried beans, cheese served on doritos. LMAO I know - terrible - but its friggen tasty!

My kids LOVE the multigrain breads. I can't hardly keep loaves or rolls in the house because they just get a few slices or a roll and wander around munching - which drives me SPARE thinking of the crumbs and finding the forgotten crust or bit sitting behind a tv or something. UGH.

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@marina, i will try that in my hummus, might improve it :P

My favorite desert
1 avocado
1 banana
1tbs of carob powder
1/4 cup of almond milk.
Blend for vegan chocolate pudding.
I dont eat sugar so people who do might find the flavor a little off, adding some sugar would balance that out.

I make banana ice cream too
Slice bananas then freeze and blend and a drop of vanilla, its really close to ice cream but better.

Rosie - posted on 03/06/2011

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i love them too dana! most unhealthy way ever, but so yummy!! i cut up some bacon fry some onions with the bacon,and put the beans in there and cover with chicken broth, and a little garlic powder, pepper, and salt. boil the beans till tender. sooo yummy. i took out the bacon to make it healthier and it's the only way i'll prepare green beans now.

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OMG! Who loves green beans? One of my favorite veggies. Parboil them and then toss them in a pan with garlic and olive oil. SO YUMMY!

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I have been a veg. for almost 20 years...my kids are not veggie, but they probably eat way less meat than most...I love Roasted veggies...VERY easy! Throw some sea salt, and rosemary on them cook at 400 degrees for 20 min or so...In the summer, instead of roasting them, we grill them. Red potatoes, cauliflower, red peppers, asperagas. We eat a lot of cheese, a lot of whole grains, pasta dishes, and home made soups with fresh bread. We do pizza once or twice a month, and we do tacos or casserole where I can sub veggie crumbles for ground beef...My husband will bake a Chicken or do a pot roast once in a while...and every sunday we go to family dinner with my parents. There's always meat there. My kids are exposed, and I don't care if they eat it...but when they ask me why I don't, I am honest with them. I know they will make the choice that's right for them...

Minnie - posted on 03/06/2011

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I eat pretty simply. Throughout the day the girls and I just eat when we're hungry and that usually is fresh fruit or vegetables with occasional whole grains like bulgur wheat salad or whole wheat pasta. For dinners we have mostly vegetables- my husband likes chicken and beef so he gets those but the girls and I eat mostly vegetables and fish for dinner. It's pretty mediterranean-style. Baked or grilled fish. We rarely have dairy. Think a slice of cheese once a week.



Artichokes are soooo easy. Not much to them though! I just steam mine until tender. You have to cut off the spikey parts. My five year old dies for artichokes. Eat just the fleshy base of the petals.

Charlie - posted on 03/06/2011

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LOL One of my old flatmates was Israeli and he always had Hummus with EVERYTHING , my god it was almost Zohan style LOL.

Sal - posted on 03/06/2011

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at the moment we have loads of zuccini so are carrot and zuccini ribbons, (or zuccini fettucinni as the kids call it) use a vegi peeler and make ribbons then gently saute, in a little olive oil or butter, garlic, my girls love them as a side, this week we also had red lenti and potato soup, very basic stuff, red lentil, potatos, (red sweet and/or white potato, onion or leeks, fav herbs (i used rosemary) and garlic, stock, (veg or chicken) water and if your not veg a bacon bone, cook until all lovely and soft, add a table spoon of vinigar (cider or brown nothing too fancy) salt and pepper, then puree when done a little cream or sour cream if you like...yummy
i also tend to add a lot of bean and lentils to most meat dishes like spag bol, curry's, casseroles, shepards pie, so even though our diet isn;t vego i do tend to use lentils a lot, my hubby has a cholestrol problem so i thorw them into everything, i always have a load of dried and tinned beans and lentil in the pantry, and spinahe and ricotta cannaloni is a big fav, and really easy, mix spinache and herbs (what ever you like) into ricotta, maybe an egg depending how you like the cheese set, fill canniloni tubes, put into baking dish, add a tomato sauce (home made or bottled depending how much time to have) then spinkle with cheese and bake (cover with foil first half of cooking) until pasta is soft and yummy....

Johnny - posted on 03/05/2011

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Hummus makes a great substitute for cheese and tomato sauce on a pizza shell (you can still add cheese too if you want). We make our own spelt pizza shells and top with really garlicky home made hummous and roasted veggies.

Mrs. - posted on 03/05/2011

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Kind Diet Caesar Salad



My fiance bought me Alicia Silverstone's Kind Diet book. The caesar dressing and croutons kick ass. You dump the eggs and all that crap from the dressing and you have a dressing I prefer to the original. She says to add "shoyu" to it, which is just soy sauce, I make it with brown rice miso instead. Although I'm not crazy about her obsession with Earth Balance "spread" and things like Gardein (might as well eat the meat with that much processed crap in it) - I do like the cookbook.



http://www.katu.com/amnw/recipes/6520907...

Mrs. - posted on 03/05/2011

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This one of my fav recipes from the Veganomicon (which is an awesome cookbook. We use this one all the time. We like to make it with a vegan jalapeno coleslaw (no mayo) and eat them together. We serve it with corn chips or with buns (Grainfield's in Ontario make the best yeast free Kamut buns).
Vegan Sloppy Joes or Snobby Joes:

http://www.theppk.com/recipes/dbrecipes/...

coleslaw:

http://www.tastebook.com/recipes/889167-...

We add carrots to the coleslaw too.

Joanna - posted on 03/05/2011

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I'm not vegan/vegetarian, but I am dairy free right now.

Let's see...

I'm on a sweet potato kick right now. Poke a sweet potato all over with a fork, and bake at 350 for 40-45 min (depending on size). Make an x mark with a knife, open the skin. Sprinkle salt and pepper, a pad of butter (I useEarth Balance olive oil spread), and a spoonful of brown sugar! Mmmmm!

My favorite fruit salad... Strawberries, blueberries, and mandarin oranges. Chops and mix together. In another bowl I mix some orange juice, iced tea (I use chamomile citrus), and honey. Toss it together with the fruit. Good as a side or dessert.

I also love asparagus. I toss it in olive oil then spread on a pan. Spritz with lemon juice, sprinkle on salt and pepper. Bake at 350 for 10 minutes. Then sprinkle on parmesan cheese and cook 5 more minutes.

Charlie - posted on 03/05/2011

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No milk , eggs or flour and it is sweet and filling I love them .

You can actually buy it packaged here but it is so expensive so it is easier and cheaper to make .

Charlie - posted on 03/05/2011

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Do you know what is awesome ?

Raw chocolate brownies YUUUUUUM.





1+1/2 cups raw walnuts, unsoaked

Dash salt

12 pitted medjool dates, unsoaked

1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa or carob powder

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 teaspoons water

1/2 cup fresh raspberries for garnish (optional)



Blend walnuts and salt in a food processor until finely ground. Add dates, cocoa powder and vanilla, process until mixture begins to stick together. Add the water and process briefly.

Pack mixture firmly into square container. Chill for 2 hours.

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Veggie stir-fry is super easy and a great side dish for fish. Jason doesn't eat corn so I leave that out. I'll just copy and paste from the website.



1 cup brown rice

1 cup fresh or frozen broccoli

3 carrots

3 T. olive oil

1 cup sweet corn

½ t. garlic powder

½ t. sea salt

¼ cup soy sauce



Boil two cups of water. Stir in rice. Turn heat down, cover and simmer rice for 45 minutes. Cut broccoli into bite sized pieces. Peel and cut carrots into thin slices. Stir-fry broccoli and carrots in olive oil and garlic powder for 4-5 minutes. Stir in rice, salt and corn. Heat through. Add soy sauce and serve.



credit:http://heavenlyhomemakers.com/rice-and-v...

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Cauliflower soup! It tastes amazing smothered over pork chops. I don't have exact measurements because I adapted this recipe to make it fit our diet. I got this recipe from a sweet old lady in my church.



1 bag of frozen or cut cup cauliflower head

flour (about a cup)

milk (about a cup)

seasoning

cheese (about a cup)



Put cauliflower in pot and cover with water (just until covered, you don't want too much). Once it's boiling, stir in some flour and milk until it's thick. Add in seasoning (I use creole seasoning, Tony Chachere's or Slap Ya Mama) and about a cup of cheese or more.



The original recipe:

Boil the cauliflower. Mix a packet of white gravy mix and a cup of milk. Stir into pot until thick. Add cheese and seasoning. Stir until cheese is melted.

Charlie - posted on 03/05/2011

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I make a kick ass vegetarian lasgana with grilled eggplant , roasted tomatoes , spinach and mushrooms with wholemeal pasta and riccotta instead of bechamal sauce and a red capsicum sauce , it is delish !!

Jenny - posted on 03/05/2011

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Tonight's dinner is rib eyes, lobster tails(I've never had lobster and it was on sale), quinoa tabbouleh and grilled zucchini to keep it healthy.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 03/05/2011

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Best and most simple fruit salad

Strawberries cut up small bite size
grapes quatered
kiwi small bite size

Just toss all together. The juices of all three taste really excellent together and do not need anything else added to it. If you want to make it into more of a "dessert" get shortcake shells, put the mixture in and add some cool whip.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 03/05/2011

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Kati, I can give plenty of other healthy options...if you want to spice up your veggie selection...just pick your favorites and saute with garlic olive oil, onion...and place over rice. have some beans on the side. This is healthy, quick, packed full of protein and you can even have cheese on top to complete your meal. Got your grains to.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 03/05/2011

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MmMMMMmmm...hummus....Before making it yourself, buy it at your local grocery store....great for dipping tomatoes, cucumbers, pita bread or pita chips...or on a sandwich like Julianne said. If you try it, just start with the original garlic....yummy.

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Jennifer, hummus us a dip or spread made using cooked, mashed chickpeas and seasoning.

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Our diet varies quite a bit from one person to the next.
Myself - no dairy, low protein, low fat, high carb. Ramen noodles are good for me! I don't eat a ton of fruit, but do eat quite a lot of veggies. I love stir fry and chicken.
My husband - reacts to dairy but likes it, and loves his meat. He snacks a lot, and we've changed the household snack foods from chips and junk to nuts and fruits.
My 2 oldest boys - pre teens going on growth spurts! They eat high protein, drink milk only at school, have rice milk at home. They do get cheeses as snacks, and nuts, fruits, veggies.
Middle girl - she's underweight and we struggle to get her weight up. She is the only one in the house that gets cow's milk, because the protein need is much greater than her calcium need at this point. She gets Carnation Instant Breakfast mixed in 1-2 glasses of milk per day, cheese as snacks, meats like sausage to snack on, crackers. Meals, she gets more of the meat but also must eat her serving of bread or grains, veggies, and fruits.
Youngest boy - lives off EO28 splash and his diet is supplemented with unprocessed ham, turkey, chicken, fries cooked without being uncontaminated, veggies which are steamed and not contaminated with gluten or tomato or citrus or soy, peanut butter.
Our youngest girl gets low protein - mushrooms are her diet base, and Cyclinex-2 with ProPhree.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 03/05/2011

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No tahini in your hummus Julianne? You should try adding some greek olives to it.....yum...m

Jenny - posted on 03/05/2011

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I'm in the process of changing our diet. We used to eat a lot of meat and potatoes. I do make everything from scratch and we don't own a microwave.

Now we eat stirfrys, stews (I'm hooked on rhutabega right now), grilled chicken kabobs and veggies over brown rice, pastas, chilies, soups etc.

I just bought a big bag of organic quinoa from Costco I am googling recipies for as well as several bags of various beans and lentils. I'm doing a big garden this year and we hope to fill the freezer during hunting season for our meat. It doesn't get any healthier than bush meat.

Rosie - posted on 03/05/2011

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i would like to try it, just don't even know what to prepare it with! would you use it like you would rice?

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I cook and make everything at home. I eat soups, chili, spaghetti,baked veggies, stir fry and rice, salads i don't really follow a recipe though for soups. Just throw a bunch of veggies in a pot, whatever i have on hand. One of my favorite snacks is spicy fries.

potatoes

sweet potato

carrots all cut into fry shapes

olive oil

parsley

garlic(the fresh stuff)

and chili peppers

mix everything together

i don't measure anything though...

bake for 20mins flip fries, than 20 mins on other side.



My favorite sandwich is cucumber, tomato, spinach, with hummus on toasted spelt bread. i make the hummus at home with just chickpeas garlic and lemon juice.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 03/05/2011

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Pinto beans...I like goya...get whatever brand you want
3-4 cups worth
clean them...wich means on the counter seperate the good ones and the bad ones...I get rid of half ones, wrinkled ones, and unhealthy looking ones. Sometimes they will contain rocks also.

Rinse a few times and let soak a little while to get all excess dirt off.

In a large pot, fill about 1/2 way, maybe more. (start with less, you can add more water if you need to...but if you do add water, make sure it is boiled hot...never add cold water to boiling food...it will stop the cooking)

Once water is boiling, add beans...bring to a simmer and stir...reduce heat to a simmer (low heat or medium low)

First couple of times making them, you will need to keep an eye on them to make sure you have enough water.

cook for about 3 hours, then add salt and 1-2 cloves of garlic whole or cut in half.

cook for about 1/2 to1 hour longer....taste at some point to make sure you have enough salt. You do need more than you think.

Cook rice seperately however you like it. Serve as a meal.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 03/05/2011

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Another quick one is to cut up broccollie and cauliflower into bite size pieces and wash thoroughly...I use my salad spinner to dry it....

I like the ziplock bags that you put your fresh veggies into then pop into the microwave. Before sealing bag, put some Mrs. dash on them..then steam in microwave. If you like, add shredded cheese on top when done cooiking.

I like dipping in homemade ranch dip..yummy.

Rosie - posted on 03/05/2011

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i love most all types of beans, NO lima beans though. i've never had black eyes peas. garbonzo beans have a weird texture, but i can eat them. i love black beans, kidney beans, navy beans...

Rosie - posted on 03/05/2011

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i was thinking about trying the first one, just putting the tomatoes in a blender like i always do when i make tomato based things.:)

~♥Little Miss - posted on 03/05/2011

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Do you like beans? Like pinto beans? I make them from scratch, and then make them into refried beans for sunday breakfast...or burritos.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 03/05/2011

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If you don't like chunky tomatoes you will not like the first recipe....they go really soft and dissolve better when you use the petite cut. My hubby is the same way as you, but this is one of his favorite dishes.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 03/05/2011

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The pico de gallo should have an equal amount of jalepeno, onion and tomatoes...oh yeah, you can serve this on steak. I hear it is good.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 03/05/2011

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fresh pico de gallo

2 jalepenos (or more) deseed devained
1/2 small yellow onion
2-3 small tomatoes deseeded
fresh cilantro
1 lime
salt
pepper

cut up onion, jalepeno, onion really small....add more of any of them that you think you need once in the bowl....cover with salt and pepper (or season to taste)

roll lime on counter to loosen juices up...cut in half and squeaze 1/2 onto mixture

get a 1-2 table spoons (or just finger fulls? I eyeball it) cilanttro, rince..cut up fine...add in and mix all together.

the juice should be really nice and tangy, but definatley seasoned with salt and pepper...the cilantro makes it so fresh..

this dish and the one before I learned from my MIL who is Mexican....yummy

Rosie - posted on 03/05/2011

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meat, lol!! i like green beans, broccali, carrots. i'm not big on squash-any type of squash. i try and i try and i just can't get over the ickiness of it. fried zucchini's alright, but it's fried,and covered with ranch, lol.

i've never had an artichoke, i'd like to try one, but they scare me. oh, i loathe mushrooms as well. tomatoes raw are gross, but as a base for something cooked i ;like, i just have to puree them, i don't like chunks of tomato.

am i weird?LMAO!

~♥Little Miss - posted on 03/05/2011

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I have alot of wonderful recipes....what type of food do you enjoy?

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This is a hot dish



3 stalks celery

2-3 jalepenos (deseeded and devained)

1/2 to full green pepper(deseeded devained)

2-3 roma tomatoes (deseed)

1/2 yellow small onion

1 clove garlic

1/4 can of tomatoe sauce

salt and pepper

slices of muenster chees



cut all veggies 1/4 inch wide but long...leave onions long..not minced..mince garlic



Put some oil (I like first cold pressed olive oil) bottom of skillet...let get hot....



add all veggies...wait to add tomatoes...add them about 2-3 minutes into cooking.



Once onions go clear (other veggies will still be firm except tomatoes may totally dissolve that is fine) add your 1/4 can of tomatoe sauce to about 1/2 to 3-4 cup of water and add it to mixture...add salt and pepper...sorry but use a fair amount of salt...don't over due it...you will be able to tell



Let simmer for a little while....once it is cooked to your liking, turn off and cover with muenster cheese....do NOT mix cheese in. Let sit until cheese melts.



I have a picture of this on my face book page, I will try to upload it....wicked yoummy!



Serve with warm tortillas, and some nice rice...fantastic

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I would love to give you some recipes....here is one...simple crock pot idea...it involves canned stuff..but still yummy

1 can garbanzo beans drained and rinsed
1 can red kidney beans drained and rinsed
1 can petite cut tomatoes ( I prefer sodium free) 15 oz
1 can jalepeno (or mild chile) tomatoes 15oz
1 small can tomatoe sauce
oregeno, parsley, garlic (you can do fresh or shaky type)

cook on low for 4 hours or 5, cooks some elbow pasta seperate (not all the way...still a little bit undercooked) add to mixture..wait 5 minutes serve with cheese on top

I also like to add morning star crumbles...less than 1/2 bag...I do this about 1/2 hour before done cooking. I know some of you don't like processed soy like this...but I do...I do ALOT of fantastic dishes with it.

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