Friday, August 4, 1995

Vegetarian - keeping my diet full of protien and keeping me healthy?

Today is my first day of being a vegetarian.
My sister is one as well, and has been for a few months.

Since I won't be eating any meat or fish, I realize I need to figure out how to include PROTIEN in my diet.

I really only eat vegetables, but once in a while i may eat shrimp or crab. (no complaints please, i don't need to hear it)

So basically, any ideas on tofu recipes and other tastey ways to keep my diet healthy and full of protien so I don't get sick?

Thanks (: Best answer will be chosen.

Answer on Vegetarian - keeping my diet full of protien and keeping me healthy?

Tempeh. It is so versatile and can be fried, baked, sauteed, etc... I generally marinade it using: shoyu, balsamic vinegar, agave nectar, spices, sesame oil, and nutritional yeast. IMO tempeh absorbs flavors better than tofu. It also has a pleasant nutty taste and texture that I find better than tofu. Tempeh also has more protein than tofu, and fermented soy is generally considered healthy even by people that are somewhat scared of soy.

Some tempeh ideas (in addition to marinade above)

-tempeh burger (using marinade above which makes the tempeh taste very meaty/savory) with melted cheese and all the fixings
-tempeh asparagus stirfry (tempeh cubed, asparagus, vinegar, chilli flakes, soy, agave nectar, sesame oil, garlic.) This tastes like the Sischuan Asparagus at PF Changs- yummy
-Veggie tempeh sandwich (avocado, sprouts, lettuce, tempeh fried with garlic salt and olive oil, tomato, etc on a toasted bun)
- Pizza topped with tempeh and veggies (beleive me, its good, just cut it nice and thin)
-tempeh baked with Italian spices with pasta.

Basically anything you like to eat will go good with tempeh in it. Its hard to mess up. If there is a Whole Foods near you I know they stock it (I like the organic tempeh with added grains), but any health store should

Here is the wiki article for more info: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tempeh

Whole foods carries lots of different types. I like the organic three grain blend (has grain in addition to the bean)

Other sources of protein are beans. Here is a yummy bean dip I like and other recipes:

-cannelini beans (or any white bean) mashed up with olive oil, herbs, garlic, salt, pepper and balsamic vinegar.
- bean fritters: mash up some canned beans and mix with herbs, onions, and bread crumbs (or polenta). Form in to patties and fry up.
-veggie tacos: black beans, avocado, lettuce/cabbage, salsa