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Make me a vegetarian shopping list!!!!!!!


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Im about to go shopping and I need some new VEGETARIAN foods to add to my list. Please tell me how i could use the food in a meal as well! Thanks!
Edited Feb 24 2008 23:08 by sun123
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Buy vegetables. Look for things that are seasonal (they will taste best) or things that are exotic (hey will be intersting to cook with). Use them to make soups, salads, stir fry, steamed vegetables, fried vegetables.

Buy fruits. Eat them raw, stew them, bake pies, make crumbles, use them to top meusli.

Buy rices, grains and beans. Use them as foundations for your vegetables, add them to soups, bake them into casseroles.

Buy plain soy milk. Use it in place of cow's milk.

Buy ingredients, not processed foods, and you will be sure of avoiding meat, fish, poultry (and/or eggs and dairy). From raw ingredients you can make anything yourself. :-)

If you want a great vegetarian cookbook for reference, I can recommend Mark Bittman's "How to Cook Everything Vegetarian". I don't  refer to cookbooks very often, but I keep picking Bittman up and finding new ideas and techniques. He sticks to basics, explains ingredients well, and offers myriad varations on a theme. It would be difficult to get bored with his book. Though to be honest, I don't like his recipes; but I love his ideas.


My general rule[s]:

If they have more than 10 ingredients, don't buy it [unless of course, stewes with lots of different veggies, vegetarian chilles...]

If a child can't pronounce it, don't eat it.

Find a local vegetable delivery box scheme.  Ours (in the UK - www.riverford.co.uk) is organic and puts a list up of what to expect in the box next time.  Then we just comb through our cookbooks and recipes online and come up with that week's delicious meal plan.  Of course, not everything comes in the box, you have to go to the store to get some stuff that you need for whatever recipe.  But you go to the store knowing exactly what you need so it saves time and money.  Plus, you're forced to use veggies that you may never buy on your own.  Leeks?  WTF do I do with leeks and kale?  Mmmmm delicious soup, that's what.

Kale chips!  Kale chips are SO delicious and SO easy to make!!
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I eat and you could try:

Breakfast: Oatmeal (with fruit, nuts, etc.) Lunch: Sandwich (PB&J, grilled cheese, or veggies) Snack: Fruit, Veggies, Veggie Booty (similar to kale chips), nuts, etc. Dinner: Stirfry (Rice, corn, peas, broccoli, or other), taco salad (beans, cheese, lettuce, etc), pasta, mac & cheese with veggies

this meal plan should equal under 1500 calories. :)

Lol. Ironic you asked. I just made one.

-Kashi Dark Chocolate Cherry Granola Bar

-Plain Cheerios

-Carrorts

-Celery

-Fat free Ranch

-Beans

-Four Bean Soup Mix

-Tomato Soup

-Amy's Black Bean Non-Dairy Burritos

-Danactive Vanilla Shots

-No Sugar Added Applesauce

-Special K Strawberry Bars

-Plain Popcorn

-Rice/Couscous

-Hummus

 

-Soy milk or fat-free milk, gelatin-free / low or fat free yogurt, basically any cheese that is healthy... parmesan, cottage cheese, american...

-Protein drinks on the run... there's Slim Fast, Ensure high protein, and other yogurt smoothies you can get

-Oatmeal (and buy a flavored brand)= great fiber

-low-fat / sugar-free / fat-free ice cream / frozen yogurt. you can get a fair amount of protein from a dairy product.

-whole grain breads, pastas, snack bars (such as Luna), protein bars (these can be quite yummy. Pria is good)

-Whole grain cereals. Best with fiber & protein from granola or nuts.

-egg whites... for a breakfast you can put the egg whites in some sort of wrap, and add veggies such as peppers and tomatoes for a meal

-Nuts. peanuts, cashews, almonds, hazelnut, macademia, pecan, pistachio, walnuts
~also- peanut butter is a great source of protein in moderation

-Veggie burgers- several to choose from... incl. Boca and Morning Star

- or imitation meats from Boca- for example there is sausage, bacon, and other products that are vegetarian

-Beans of course...Incl pinto, black, navy, red kidney, black-eyed, chickpeas, lima, soybeans, lentils... and hummus with the chickpeas ingredient

-Lots of fresh healthy fruits

-Lots of colorful veggies and green-leafed ones.
~Baked potato with skin is great protein and super yum =]

hope that helped
oh and i forgot!...

-light or lowfat POPCORN. lots of fiber and protein...and low in calories if you don't get the highly buttered brands lol.

-light cream cheese. :)
huh?  simple... go into the fresh produce section and get a well rounded selection of:

vegetables.. (that's easy enough, what do you like in a vegetable?)  myself i enjoy artichokes, aparagus, lettuce of all types...  peppers...   peas...  corn, though that's a grain...  still with the veggies.. many things are with the veggies.    spinach, kale, eggplant? (i may be wrong on some things, they may trick me and be a fruit.. but who cares?!

fruits:   oh, well that list is so big i'm going to be diabetic on yah.    i love peaches though, bit ripe, good for dunking into soymilk.    plums, grapes, avocados, blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, nectarines...     bananas...     now there's a toxic combination of potassium overload if i don't mind myself.  can't forget tomatoes, i put them with everything when i'm steaming stuff.

TUBERS!   any tuber any time..   :D

molds, spores..   i love mushrooms...   you can do anything with them...   behind closed doors i mean.

beans...  love those.. again,  you can do as you wish.

of course a good salad with tons of variety is more than enough daily.

but i never ever buy processed junk... (that's not vegetarian, sorry....  soy products are  highly questionable... want soy?  get the real thing without the pretending it's meat or something... though i gave up and got down on my knees for "silk"  soy milk.  i guess it's ok..   my stomach doesn't go gurd on me after drinking it.. i still question it's genuine ways...  

i love 'morning star'  bacon.. but it has CASEIN in it among other dairy type elements.. so that's not VEGETARIAN.

want nuts?  try to get the untouched stuff.. plain, simple and pure..  no canned, roasted, jarred....

if one adds dairy to their vegetarian list..well scratch off the vegetarian...   canned foods?  forget it.. frozen, are YOU kidding me?   soy products in a box, jar or bag?  WHAT?  heh,  yeh give me a break and run 40 laps!

dairy is real bad,  most i know, including myself, who had eaten it aren't the happiest people in the world.   i believe dairy is bad chakra.   but who am i... i just listen to my body.

eggs?  HOOT, yeh, right!  torture a chicken for a ovum!   great deal,  why not pick on a fish while you're at it or beat up on a hormone puffed up cow while you're at it.. have that cow's milk why don't you?  ha!

i think i made my point.

want candy?  OH OH!  kill a pig!   hi mr. piglet,  i like to have some jello and some hard candy... OINK OINK please don't! NOOOO!  

it's amazing to find out what's in foods...  so i go as fresh and simple as possible.

besides my body tells me straight out if there's something iffy.   i'm not sure but i think i have some sort of 'dissagreement'  either allergy or inability to process animal proteins or fats. 

You can buy soy "meat" at your local grocery store.  There are some great imitation meats out there if you crave that old taste. 

What I like to eat-

Stir fry

Tofu lasagna

Veggie Burgers

Grilled Cheese

Granola

Pastas

Beans

Minestrone

Deli style sandwiches with meat substitutes

Stuffed Mushrooms

Salads 

Fruits 

... and the occasional sweets 

 

Good Luck! 

Veggie Curry!  - check out this link from Gordon Ramsay - delicious

Sweet potatoes - make sweet potato chips by peeling, slice thinly, drizzle with one tsp olive oil, salt, and  bake at 350 until curled and cooked  

Eggplant - Slice, salt it, and let it drain for 30 mins, rinse, pat dry drizzle with one tsp olive oil and salt, roast in 400 oven for 25 mins or grill on bbq

Spinach & tomatoes - frozen spinach, cherry or grape tomatoes, saute with garlic and onions, season with salt and pepper

Baby Bok Choy - makes a delicious stir fry, with bok choy, garlic, cashews, sesame oil, and green onions.  Start with 1 tsp olive oil, garlic, add the bok choy, green onion, cashews, stir fry till wilted and sprinkle with sesame oil.

 Hope this helps, they are really easy to make.  One more note, try to stay away from alot of substitutes when going vegetarian in other words go for whole foods, not just replacements.  For example use soy cheese  to make a roasted red pepper, tomato, and mozarella (soy cheese)  appetizer. But try not eat only soy corn dogs, soy burgers, etc...instead of whole foods.  These are great as treats or limited quanities.

my standard shopping list is:

  • spinach
  • carrots
  • cucumbers
  • green & red peppers
  • onions
  • bananas
  • apples
  • berries
  • whole wheat tortillas
  • black bean dip
  • hummus
  • greek yogurt
  • stonyfield yogurt smoothies
  • cliff zbars or luna bars
  • eggs
  • cheese (kind depends on my mood)
  • tofu
  • frozen pizza
Original Post by toadstirfry:

huh?  simple... go into the fresh produce section and get a well rounded selection of:

vegetables.. (that's easy enough, what do you like in a vegetable?)  myself i enjoy artichokes, aparagus, lettuce of all types...  peppers...   peas...  corn, though that's a grain...  still with the veggies.. many things are with the veggies.    spinach, kale, eggplant? (i may be wrong on some things, they may trick me and be a fruit.. but who cares?!

fruits:   oh, well that list is so big i'm going to be diabetic on yah.    i love peaches though, bit ripe, good for dunking into soymilk.    plums, grapes, avocados, blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, nectarines...     bananas...     now there's a toxic combination of potassium overload if i don't mind myself.  can't forget tomatoes, i put them with everything when i'm steaming stuff.

TUBERS!   any tuber any time..   :D

molds, spores..   i love mushrooms...   you can do anything with them...   behind closed doors i mean.

beans...  love those.. again,  you can do as you wish.

of course a good salad with tons of variety is more than enough daily.

but i never ever buy processed junk... (that's not vegetarian, sorry....  soy products are  highly questionable... want soy?  get the real thing without the pretending it's meat or something... though i gave up and got down on my knees for "silk"  soy milk.  i guess it's ok..   my stomach doesn't go gurd on me after drinking it.. i still question it's genuine ways...  

i love 'morning star'  bacon.. but it has CASEIN in it among other dairy type elements.. so that's not VEGETARIAN.

want nuts?  try to get the untouched stuff.. plain, simple and pure..  no canned, roasted, jarred....

if one adds dairy to their vegetarian list..well scratch off the vegetarian...   canned foods?  forget it.. frozen, are YOU kidding me?   soy products in a box, jar or bag?  WHAT?  heh,  yeh give me a break and run 40 laps!

dairy is real bad,  most i know, including myself, who had eaten it aren't the happiest people in the world.   i believe dairy is bad chakra.   but who am i... i just listen to my body.

eggs?  HOOT, yeh, right!  torture a chicken for a ovum!   great deal,  why not pick on a fish while you're at it or beat up on a hormone puffed up cow while you're at it.. have that cow's milk why don't you?  ha!

i think i made my point.

want candy?  OH OH!  kill a pig!   hi mr. piglet,  i like to have some jello and some hard candy... OINK OINK please don't! NOOOO!  

it's amazing to find out what's in foods...  so i go as fresh and simple as possible.

besides my body tells me straight out if there's something iffy.   i'm not sure but i think i have some sort of 'dissagreement'  either allergy or inability to process animal proteins or fats. 

OK I don't know where you live but "vegetarian" means someone who eats eggs and dairy but not animal meat. What you are describing is vegan.

-Tofu
-Boca chick'n patties
-Dr. Praeger's veggie burgers
-Lightlife Hot Dogs
-Oatmeal
-Canned pumpkin
-Nature's Promise (Stop and Shop brand) Ranch soy crisps
-Black Beans
-Frozen vegetables!
-Apples, bananas, clemintines...my favorite
-Peanut butter Puffins
-Almonds


Just some of my favorites...

I'm sure everyone has listed out all the good foods that a vegetarian can eat, so I'll just list out my favourite stuff:

  • Mock fish meat (over here, it's usually some kind of a soy product)
  • Firm tofu
  • Egg tofu
  • Golden mushrooms
  • Chinese mushrooms
  • Bamboo shoots
  • Bananas
  • Strawberries
  • Kiwi
  • Spinach
  • Chinese bok choy

Dearest Toadstirfry,

You're confusing VEGETARIAN with VEGAN. In addition, people can utilize animal byproducts without causing pain or harm to the animal. I have chickens, they lay eggs, we don't force them to. They're happy. I don't like cow's milk, but if cows don't get milked, their glandular system becomes susceptible to infection.  And it's a proven fact that frozen vegetables retain their nutrients better than fresh ones, just sayin'. If someone doesn't eat meat and considers her/himself a vegetarian, well, they have every right to. And you have NO right to tell them otherwise. The post requested a shopping list, not a lecture from someone who doesn't know what they're talking about. Stick to itemizing foods, and leave out your opinions next time. Thanks!!

 

Love,

Me

 

Happy Hunting!!

Thanks for reaffirming that I am a vegetarian. I was reading Toadstirfry's post and was getting nervous.  Anyway, I love this site, I have been a almost vegetarian for years, only ate beef, but in the last 6-8 months, beef has grossed me out, so I need all the help I can get. After reading your posts, I am not doing too bad.

Eggs gross me out too, because they come out of chickens, Isn't that odd, my body just reacts like this and I can't help it.

I have one question, I eat the morning star and boca burgers, they do not taste like any type of meat to me.  What does the hot dogs, sausage taste like.  There are times, few and far between, that I have the urge for a hotdog with ketchup, but I am scared to bite into the soy ones. I am normal otherwise!!:)

thanks, Jane

janie,

smartfood veggie hot dogs are God's gift to vegetarians. i find they have the best "real" taste. get some!

eggs have always creeped me out too. eggs = chicken period. bleh.

to annoyedbyignorance,

thank you! That person clearly doesn't understand that animals produce eggs and milk naturally, it's not cruelty to eat or drink their products. the cruelty comes from certain big name companies that are abusive to the animals. People shouldn't assume that any one who farms or consumes animal products is a horrible person. I am a vegetarian, when i was vegan when i was 15 i also tried to scare people into not eating animals, since then i've learned to let others live their own life and i can live mine the way i want.

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Original Post by toadstirfry:

huh?  simple... go into the fresh produce section and get a well rounded selection of:

vegetables.. (that's easy enough, what do you like in a vegetable?)  myself i enjoy artichokes, aparagus, lettuce of all types...  peppers...   peas...  corn, though that's a grain...  still with the veggies.. many things are with the veggies.    spinach, kale, eggplant? (i may be wrong on some things, they may trick me and be a fruit.. but who cares?!

fruits:   oh, well that list is so big i'm going to be diabetic on yah.    i love peaches though, bit ripe, good for dunking into soymilk.    plums, grapes, avocados, blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, nectarines...     bananas...     now there's a toxic combination of potassium overload if i don't mind myself.  can't forget tomatoes, i put them with everything when i'm steaming stuff.

TUBERS!   any tuber any time..   :D

molds, spores..   i love mushrooms...   you can do anything with them...   behind closed doors i mean.

beans...  love those.. again,  you can do as you wish.

of course a good salad with tons of variety is more than enough daily.

but i never ever buy processed junk... (that's not vegetarian, sorry....  soy products are  highly questionable... want soy?  get the real thing without the pretending it's meat or something... though i gave up and got down on my knees for "silk"  soy milk.  i guess it's ok..   my stomach doesn't go gurd on me after drinking it.. i still question it's genuine ways...  

i love 'morning star'  bacon.. but it has CASEIN in it among other dairy type elements.. so that's not VEGETARIAN.

want nuts?  try to get the untouched stuff.. plain, simple and pure..  no canned, roasted, jarred....

if one adds dairy to their vegetarian list..well scratch off the vegetarian...   canned foods?  forget it.. frozen, are YOU kidding me?   soy products in a box, jar or bag?  WHAT?  heh,  yeh give me a break and run 40 laps!

dairy is real bad,  most i know, including myself, who had eaten it aren't the happiest people in the world.   i believe dairy is bad chakra.   but who am i... i just listen to my body.

eggs?  HOOT, yeh, right!  torture a chicken for a ovum!   great deal,  why not pick on a fish while you're at it or beat up on a hormone puffed up cow while you're at it.. have that cow's milk why don't you?  ha!

i think i made my point.

want candy?  OH OH!  kill a pig!   hi mr. piglet,  i like to have some jello and some hard candy... OINK OINK please don't! NOOOO!  

it's amazing to find out what's in foods...  so i go as fresh and simple as possible.

besides my body tells me straight out if there's something iffy.   i'm not sure but i think i have some sort of 'dissagreement'  either allergy or inability to process animal proteins or fats. 

OK I don't know where you live but "vegetarian" means someone who eats eggs and dairy but not animal meat. What you are describing is vegan.

 i was thinking the same thing, i stopped reading after the 3rd time he said it.

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