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Saturday, July 14th, 2012

Subject:Curry Quinoa
Posted by:vegantravels.
Time:8:09 am.
Originally posted by vegantravels at Curry Quinoa
Here's a recipe for a pretty cool curry quinoa, that I've tried in Vancouver. We were staying up in North Vancouver, where all restaurants are closed at night, and not so many vegan places were available. So we've been frequenting a local Sobeys deli section. Luckily we found this vegan dish, but I have to say when made at home it's much more delicious! :)

  • 1/2 cup cooked quinoa
  • 1/2 medium white onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1/3 cup virgin olive oil
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp yellow curry powder
  • cayenne pepper to taste
  • black pepper to taste
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 2 large basil leaves chopped
  • 3 tbsp chopped dill
  • 2 white mushrooms, cut 
  • 1 cup frozen peas

Into a large skillet pour olive oil, add chopped onion and garlic, curry and cumin, mix well. Fry for about 10min on low setting. After the onion turns golden, add cut mushrooms, dill, basil, salt, cayenne and black pepper. Add the peas, mix well, and cook for another 3-5 min. After that mix in the cooked quinoa. It's ready! Garnish with basil leaves and some tomatoes :)


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Wednesday, June 20th, 2012

Subject:On again off again, how can I fully commit in a well-balanced way?
Posted by:lantean_breeze.
Time:4:56 pm.
Mood: calm.

Vegan living has been an aspiration of mine for some time now.  I've had times in my life where I've eliminated most meats and all dairy from my life simply because I didn't like the texture or taste.  This started when I was 14.  Since then I've mostly altered between vegetarian and a "regular" American diet.  A little over 5 years ago, I started looking into vegan eating because of what I read about the safety of meat and dairy products in America (and more recently, a movie like Food Inc.).  I'm lucky enough to live in an area where farmer's markets during the harvest months are easy to come by, and you can drive to local farms to pick your own produce and buy it there.  What I'm having a problem with, and this may sound silly, is being able to put it all together. Here are a few questions I have, and I'd be very grateful to any more experienced vegan that can help.

1.  I've read that Vegans usually don't get enough nutrition to sustain optimum health (such as not getting enough iron or b-12 from diet alone), and I was wondering is there a way to eat Vegan and not have to depend on supplements or should I just take them along with my food anyway?

2.  Eating vegan during the summer months is easy enough.  There's more variety in the produce sections of the store, and raw food eating is fairly easy.  My problem is the colder months of the year when I want to eat something hot and have my "comfort food."  During the cold months, the variety in cooking for me is limited, and that's when I start moving into being vegetarian, and then a few old cravings around the holiday season take over and I'm eating "regular American" again. :(  It's hard to make it off of bean soup, vegetable soup, pasta and veggies, and rice and veggies for roughly 6-7 months.  So, I end up giving in.  Are there any affordable and relatively quick vegan recipes that anyone can point me to for the cold months of the year?  Any cookbooks I can buy that have good recipes?  I want to stay away from processed food as much as I can, even the vegan stuff, but I don't mind having it sometimes. 

Thank you to anyone that can help. 
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Thursday, February 25th, 2010

Subject:Favourite Crockpot Chickpea Curry
Posted by:reactoss.
Time:6:41 pm.
I found this recipe years ago on savvyvegetarian.com and have since tweaked it a bit. It's my go-to crockpot curry and tastes fantastic everytime so I thought I'd share it with you all.

Recipe on my blog!

x posted
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Monday, February 22nd, 2010

Posted by:amethystrse.
Time:6:59 pm.
Hello everyone. I'm new here. I'm sort of new to being a vegan.

A bit about me...

My name is Jessica. I first went raw vegan in 2004 while preggo with my daughter. I couldn't eat anything cooked because it made me sick. Shortly after she was born I went back to my omni lifestyle and ate really bad.

Since then I keep on trying to go back to being raw. It was a great experience. My pregnancy with my daughter was the best pregnancy EVER! I believe that raw foods played a large roll in that.

Well, now I'm trying again but I'm taking a different approach. I first went vegetarian. Now I'm going vegan. The step after this, when I'm ready, will be to go raw again.

I'm not a very good vegetarian though. Sometimes I eat meat, even if it does give me really bad stomach pains (doctors can't figure out why). I realize recently though that I have been eating unhealthy, even as vegetarian....even without meat.

I've read about health and how to plan a healthy meal. I found a book and some websites with awesome vegan recipes that I can't wait to try. I feel that if I have enough good food on hand then I won't be tempted to eat meat. I hope. I already love veggies and fruits and nuts and most beans. So that's good. I've never had tofu so I'm a little nervous about using it.

Well that's me. :)
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Tuesday, December 22nd, 2009

Posted by:kaitlyn_lehman.
Time:4:30 pm.
 Hello all!  My name is Kaitlyn and I'm a 19 year old student at a University in New Jersey. I've been going randomly vegetarian for a few years now but I've never been able to stick to it. I've always wanted to live a meat free lifestyle but because I've never had the opportunity to really buy my own foods it's always been difficult. Lately though, and after some research and discussion with a vegan friend, I've been wanting to go vegan. I just watched an amazing documentary called Earthlings which I'm sure many of you have seen. I was moved to tears by the cruelty humans bestow on animals and I was angered at the indifference I once had for it. With all of this in mind, I have decided that I want to live a vegan lifestyle. I know that it'll be hard but in the end I'll not only be helping animals and the environment, but myself. My friend gave me a great list of vegan literature, movies, websites and so forth but any new stuff would be greatly appreciated.  Thanks!
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Sunday, November 1st, 2009

Posted by:fauncheeks.
Time:3:56 pm.
Hullo! I bought some carob chips and am looking for some tasty recipes to use them in. I'd really like some baked good recipes. I was thinking about using some of my old cookie/loaf recipes. However, carob chips seem to have a very distinct taste that doesn't always work in just anything. 
Thank you for any input! 

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Thursday, October 15th, 2009

Subject:carob powder
Posted by:see_kret_nono.
Time:3:08 pm.
I've recently acquired some carob powder and have no idea what to do with it.

I really really dislike dates and raisins. And whilst I have found lots of dessert recipes with carob, they usually contain dates/raisins too. =\

Any recipes to share? thanks.

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Wednesday, July 15th, 2009

Subject:Newbie and a request!
Posted by:wannablessedbe.
Time:12:14 pm.
Hi, my name is Erica and I just joined and thought I'd introduce myself. I am a current vegetarian leaning into veganism and plan to be fully vegan as soon as I can. I moved to Portland, OR a few years ago and this place is littered with vegan foods and restaurants. Even the grocery stores are full of vegan options. I had never even heard of tofu or tempeh or soy milk growing up in a small east coast town. I grew up at a slight disadvantage because my mother was the sole cook and shopper and I never had the experience of having to shop/choose for myself. After reading about the health environmental benefits, and benefits to the animals I decided to give this a shot. I dropped red meat from my diet last December and proceeded to drop a few more meats a month since then. I decided to drop dairy this month. Pretty much all I have to do is adjust the diet nutrition-wise and sort out if anything I currently think is vegan actually is not.

My main problem is I now feel like I don't eat very healthy. Breakfast is cereal, lunch PB&J, and dinner is usually a Boca Burger or pasta with veggies (usually corn or carrots) and a fruit for dessert. I'm mainly eating starches, little protein, and certainly missing a ton of nutrients. I've tried cooking and I seem to fail at cooking veggies and meat substitutes. I have wasted so much money on tofu that's been burned, undercooked, or I never ate because the way I cooked it just made it taste bad. Ditto on picking out fruit/veggies that are over or under ripe or just plain bad.

Can anyone recommend a book on going vegan nutrition-wise? And one on how to select and cook vegan foods? Websites would be fine too! I've been to bookstores and find myself facing shelves of cookbooks that already assume I know what I should be eating and how to cook it and are just offering ideas. I'm not looking for a huge recipe book, more of a guide book.

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Tuesday, July 7th, 2009

Posted by:reservedlullaby.
Time:4:20 pm.
Hiii! I just joined a few minutes ago and I'd like to introduce myself.
My name is a mystery, my age is infinite and I want to explore a new more earth friendly and kinder lifestyle.
(Name's Marie, hehe, and I'm 19.)

Pleased to meet you! If anyone could point me in the direction of a good vegan/vegetarian website or suggest some cookbooks... or even both would be very much appreciated!

Is ezekiel bread vegan?
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Monday, June 29th, 2009

Posted by:____hissunshine.
Time:11:21 pm.

 My fiance is looking for a good tasting cheese for grilled cheese sandwhichs that is vegan of course. He says "please ask someone that has had and liked dairy cheese before cause I want it to actually taste as close to that". We tried rice cheese and it was good but I don't think it is vegan. Thank you for all your help. http://www.galaxyfoods.com/ourbrands/usa/rice.asp <- Vegan or not?

ingredients - rice base (filtered water, rice flour), maltodextrin, rice bran oil, pea protein, tricalcium phosphate, contains 2 percent or less of carrageenan, salt, mono and diglycerides, sodium polysophate, natural flavor, lactic acid, sodium phosphate, food color (carotenal) calcium chloride. 

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Wednesday, June 24th, 2009

Subject:Sour Cream
Posted by:kivawildrose.
Time:3:29 pm.
Mood: curious.
Does anybody here know if sour cream has dairy/animal products in it?

I dont' eat that much if it anyway but I like it on taco salads (sans meat plus beans of course) and taco salads have been sounding good.
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Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009

Subject:hi again
Posted by:starkmadgemini.
Time:10:02 pm.
I started leaning towards veganism a few months ago, and finally took the plunge last week.

I'm working at a summer camp, and during the first week (before the campers got here, during our staff orientation) the food was great! Lots of vegan options. And I've been eating 1-2 salads every day-- WAY more than I ever ate in my whole life, plus lots of deliciously prepared tofu, cous cous with veggies, and tons of other food.

But now the options are skimping since the cooks aren't trying to impress us anymore, and are focused on feeding 200 children. I really hope I don't have to start making my lunches just salads, and my dinners just salads and fries or veggies. :/ I would eat more sandwiches, but I'm unsure of the vegan status on the bread. I believe at least the wheat bread is vegan, but it includes mono and diglycerides... but truthfully, I'm trying to be healthy and keep my energy up at camp and will probably not worry about those things right now.

I do feel really good though because I'm turning away all foods that I know for sure have milk and eggs and cheese in it. I even turned down my own birthday cake! (ouch... I did give it away to all my fellow staff workers, though, so they loved me for that. haha).

I started taking a daily vitamin supplement, though I don't know if its enough. I don't get that much B12 from it, but I do get a lot of other important vitamins. I guess when I get back home from camp (2 months from now), I'll be able to eat better and find better vitamins.

So once again, HI! I'm Meghan, 22 years old, and I hope to remain a healthy, lifelong vegan!
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Posted by:kivawildrose.
Time:4:06 pm.
Mood: hopeful.
As stated yesterday, it was my one month vegiversary. I can't describe how much better I'm feeling knowing that i'm not eating another living creature. Of course I am very aware that in some of the products I use I'm using animal byproducts but I'm trying as much as I can to weed those out as well. I don't drink cow milk anymore but have been CRAVING Silk Soymilk-Vanilla flavored. I love the stuff and don't know why I quit drinking that. Even my grandma (who's a big suporter of eating meat) drinks that stuff. Actually she's the one that introduced me to it!

It's been on my mind to do so these past few days so I'm going to try to tell my mom tonight about my eating vegetarian. I'm not going to mention Vegan yet, I'm going to give her time to adjust to the vegetarian thing. But I am paying more attention now to what I'm eating. I don't eat jello or any "gummy" candy because they generally contain gelatin. I do enjoy Swedish Fish though =D I've eliminated mayo from my diet and have cut way back on my cheese in take. I used to think cheese would be my biggest hurdle but now I'm beginning to think chocolate will be. Time to search out a chocolate subsittute me thinks.

And I don't know if it has anything to do with the vegetarian thing or not but...I've had so many more creative ideas lately. Mainly because I seem to be thinking clearer. Which probably means I can hear my thoughts and ideas more. Plus I've been working with Brighid lately so that probably helps a bit hehe.

Wish me luck with the mom thing that she doesn't just start lecturing me on the importance of meat. I have counter arguments of course but I'd rather not argue. I want her to just respect my dietary choices. I'm not forcing them on her or anything, just wanting her to let me choose my own way. I really hope this goes a bit better than I think it will...
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Friday, June 19th, 2009

Subject:I'm new. :]
Posted by:xxemmxx.
Time:11:09 am.
Mood: lonely.
Hii there, my name's Emma, and I'm 13.
I've never cared much for meat or dairy, so a few months ago I cut meat out my diet. Slowly I've been eliminating dairy, as well. But under my circumstances, it's very hard. There are so many products that contain (cow's) milk that I wasn't aware of -_- Plus, I live in a small country town without much variety in grocery stores, and my family isn't the most wealthy around.
But I really want to go vegan.
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Thursday, June 18th, 2009

Subject:Vegan Cookbooks
Posted by:jay_kateel.
Time:7:53 pm.
Tomorrow is my one-month anniversary of going vegan and I've done really good! I have screwed up a few times when I discovered (cow's) milk in things I didn't expect there to be milk in. (Whey. Damn you, whey. *shakes fist*) But otherwise, it's good! I'm celebrating by eating at the Greens Cafe with my wonderfully supportive friends (one who is vegetarian and one who is part-time veg!)

I wanted to ask for recommended cookbooks. I'm hispanic, so I love, love Mexican food, but I'm also a big fan of Chinese/Japanese food. Sadly, most of the books I've seen cater very little to those ethnic food groups. Can anyone recommend a cookbook they highly recommend for a (hispanic/asian-loving) month-old vegan?
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Monday, June 15th, 2009

Subject:vegan living at camp
Posted by:starkmadgemini.
Time:7:26 am.
I just moved to northern Wisconsin for a great summer job at a camp. Luckily, the camp caters to staff/camper dietary restrictions, so I have informed the cooks and even a couple other staff know I am vegan.

I literally just started the vegan thing yesterday. I had been slowly weaning out dairy and eggs from my diet, and I figured I would fully commit here at camp since I don't even have to cook for myself all summer!

Thing is, I guess I don't really know what's vegan and what's not unless I ask the cooks everytime... I guess I don't really mind doing that. Are there any foods you can think of that are NOT vegan that a noob might mistake to be vegan? I'm mostly just going to try and not eat processed stuff... but I am thinking the cooks may use butter a lot in their cooking... and I don't want to starve this summer if they do it for all their food.

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Saturday, June 6th, 2009

Subject:Invitation to join discussion on environmental and sustainable eating
Posted by:ecobranches.
Time:4:51 pm.
Debate on Environmental and Sustainable Eating.

Dear Starting_Vegan Community

This is an invitation for your online group to take part in testing an environmental community forum found on Ecomotion, which is in its developmental stages.



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Posted by:percievedfate.
Time:10:47 am.
I've just joined, my name is Gina and I'm 18 living in the UK.

I'm planning on converting to veganism by October (when I move to university) and will become vegan for life, starting whenever everything I have is used up, but realistically starting when i move out of my parent's house. At the moment, I'm in the process of using up all of my products and foods that have animal products in, once they are gone they will be replaced with vegan alternatives.

I have found vegan shampoos, soaps and face washes however, I was wondering if anyone knows of vegan friendly make-up? I'm going to look in to the mineral make-up ranges that are out and see if they're vegan, but I was hoping someone would already know.
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Tuesday, June 2nd, 2009

Posted by:kivawildrose.
Time:10:22 am.
Mood: disgusted!.

I'm doing some research on the environmental impact of the meat industry because a few of my friends like to say that being a vegetarian/vegan doesn't help the environment any. Anyway I came across this line:

Cheese is often made using animal rennet, which is traditionally made with the lining of a calf’s stomach.

Huh??? Excuse me?? YUCK!!! I'm never eating cheese again...eww!!!

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Friday, May 29th, 2009

Posted by:peacerocket.
Time:6:58 pm.
Just had to share two things:

1. I tried unsweetened, vanilla-flavoured Almond Breeze (from Blue Diamond) recently and I love it. If you haven't tried it as a milk substitute, go out and get some.

2. I need a replacement for cheese in my salads. The only soy cheese I can buy here contain gelatin and whey, which *kind of* defeats the purpose. :( Also, the only nutritional yeast available is way gross. My favourite salads are lettuce w/ walnuts+raisins+balsamic vinegar+cheddar/goat cheese. Any ideas for way to replace the cheddar cheese and goat cheese?

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