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    Default Re: TBF Vegetarians!

    Quote Originally Posted by lilstrlett View Post
    FU when you had children how did you and your husband decide about giving them meat or not? Is he a vegetarian also?

    I was just wondering because I'm sure I will still be one when I have kids one day, but my bf is a meat man, so I'm sure he will not want the kids to be vegetarian. Obviously it will be a while before any of this happens, but I thought it would be cool to get your input on the whole thing :)
    We belong to a Hindu sub-sect where we don't eat meat. Dairy products are OK, as long as the product does not require the killing of another living thing.
    My parents never had meat in the house. My first intro to meats was in school when some of my friends would bring it for lunch. My parents told me that we don't eat meat, but once you grow up you are free to decide for yourself. By the time i was a teenager, i was an animal lover and had no inclination to eat meat.

    My DH grew up in an even more conservative household then me. But when he got to college, he would go out with friends for drinks and started eating seafood and chicken and liked it. His parents knew about it, but did not say anything as long as he did not eat it in front of them!!

    Once we moved to the US (a long time ago) my DH started eating meat because he liked it. I continued to stay vegetarian. I did find it initially tough to eat out in restaurants because they did not have many menu choices. But these days the menus are just amazing so it is not a problem.
    When i had kids, i decided i would not force my ideology on them. I want them to take the best out of our religion which is care and compassion for others and doing your duty (karma). Other things like worship and eating meat i am leaving it up to them to decide when they grow up. When my son turned 2 his best friend in daycare got chicken nuggets and he wanted to eat them. I did not want him to feel different and i did not want to try and explain to a 2 year old what vegetarianism is...so i let him eat it.

    One thing to bear in mind is that to maintain the ecological balance, the world cannot have all vegetarians. we have to have meat eaters too .

    So, i am leaving it till my kids get older to explain to them why i don't eat meats. If they choose to follow...well and good. If not, that is OK too.
    The one thing that is forbidden though is beef or cow meat. Most Hindus worship the cow, it has a lot of meaning in our religious texts, so i will never allow them to eat beef.

    Sorry to ramble on so long, but hopefully when you have kids you and you BF will be able to agree on how you should raise them
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    Wow great story FU! Thanks so much for letting me (and everyone) know your story! I think it's really interesting! I think it's really cool that you want your boys to be able to decide for themselves, and not push what you believe on them. I am the same way - I want people, whoever, to be able to decide thing for themselves so that they know why they're doing something, and probably appreciate it more.

    BF said he doesn't want to be the only meat eater in the family, lol. I just like the idea of giving them veggie options, like Morningstar Chicken Nuggets and Hot Dogs, just because they're a little healthier.
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    Default Re: TBF Vegetarians!

    lils, that baked mashed potato sounds amazing! i'm going to try it tomorrow and telll you how it goes!


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    Default Re: TBF Vegetarians!

    I think I forgot to add milk to this recipe. I made them the other day and they weren't very fluffy. Maybe it was because I didn't stir them well enough. Also the sour cream kind of takes the milk's place, but you could add a little to just give it a little more dairy. I just wouldn't want them to be too liquidy.
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    Default Re: TBF Vegetarians!

    did you use sharp cheddar? or mild or just regular?


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    Default Re: TBF Vegetarians!

    I used mild, just so it's not too strong of a taste. But, it just depends on if you like a stronger cheese flavor.
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    Default Re: TBF Vegetarians!

    Tonight I made this really good dip! It could probably also be used as a chili base or side dish.

    Baked Bean Black Bean Dip
    1 15.5oz sized can of black beans
    1 28oz size can of vegetarian baked beans
    1 cup of corn (yellow or white)
    3 tbsp hot sauce
    Half a yellow onion - diced
    1/2 cup uncooked white rice (1 cup cooked white rice)
    Salt, garlic powder, onion powder to taste
    Mexican shredded cheese (taco seasoned if you prefer, for more flavor)

    This makes a lot once in the pot, so once heated you only need to put in the baking dish as much as you want to eat.


    If your rice is uncooked, cook the rice now so it will be done by the time the beans are done. Follow instructions based on the packaging. If your rice is already cooked, wait for instruction below.

    Open can of black beans and drain out liquid.
    Open baked beans and keep liquid.
    Pour both cans into a medium sized sauce pan.
    Stir beans together, and add in corn. If corn is frozen, that's fine because they will thaw and cook in the pot.
    This will be your major components of the dish, so start heat on medium so that it will heat up.
    Dice onion and mix into the pot.
    Mix in salt (1-2 tbsps to taste), garlic powder (1 tbsp), and onion powder (1 tbsp). These ingredients will add a touch of flavor but be barely detectable once done.
    Mix in 3 tbsps of hot sauce. I use Frank's Famous because of the flavor, but whatever your choice is fine. This also adds a minimal amount of heat, but it's more for flavor, to counter balance the sweetness of the baked beans.

    Heat oven to 400 degrees.

    Heat all of these things up in the pot, stirring so that nothing sticks, and the flavors get mixed together. I like to boil this a little bit so that some of the liquid gets thicker. Once heated, pour the desired amount into a baking dish. Mix in rice so that everything is well distributed, and sprinkle cheese on top. The cheese amount will vary depending on how much you like. I tend to just do a small layer. Once the cheese is melted on top, remove from the oven and let cool for a few minutes. Then serve and eat with any kind of taco chip. I like to use Tostitos Scoops fort his since it's a hearty dip.

    This is actually really good, and a semi healthy option. The vegetarian baked beans are fat free, and both those and black beans are high in protein. You can get a low fat cheese for on top as well. Tostitos also makes a whole grain chip, so this could get healthier with those options. Enjoy :)
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    Default Re: TBF Vegetarians!

    That sounds delicious! Thanks for posting!

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    Default Re: TBF Vegetarians!

    Well i am a vegan since the past 1 year.how many amongst you do not consume any milk products?

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    Default Re: TBF Vegetarians!

    Thanks for sharing Lils!! Matty LOVES black beans so I am definitely going to make this!
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    Default Re: TBF Vegetarians!

    Alex, your recipe sounds really yummy, and easy! I think I have all those ingredients lying around. This might sound like a dumb question, but what's the difference between "vegetarian baked beans" and just regular "baked beans".


    Last night I made Chickpea Cakes.

    What you Need:
    - 1 tbsp oil
    - 1/4 cup diced onion
    - 1/4 cup diced green pepper
    - 1 celery stalk, diced

    - 28oz chickpeas, rinsed and drained

    - 1 tsp thyme
    - 1 tsp paprika
    - pinch of cayenne pepper (I put a big pinch in)
    - 1 tsp hot sauce
    - 2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley

    - 2 tbsp flour
    - 1 tbsp cornstarch
    - salt and pepper to taste

    - oil for frying

    Saute onion, green pepper, and celery for 8 mins, until softened. Remove from heat.

    Get out your food processor and Pulse the above mixture with the chickpeas, until no longer whole. Not too much though!

    Mix together the above with the spices, hot sauce, and parsley.

    Then toss in some flour + cornstarch = mix well. Set in the fridge until your ready. Atleast 30 minutes.

    Heat oil in frying pan over med-hi heat (350 degrees).

    Shape mixture into mini paddies, about 12-15. If your paddies are being stubborn and falling apart, add a little bit of cornstarch.

    Then fry 'em up! 2-3 mins per side, or until crispy and browned.


    They are so filling, and make a great left-over snack.

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    Default Re: TBF Vegetarians!

    Regular baked beans have animal fat or animal product in them, or are cooked in it. Here's a good link I found that can probably better explain:
    The difference between vegetarian beans and regular beans?-for Modern Women
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    Default Re: TBF Vegetarians!

    Oh wow, that's interesting read. I had no idea.

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    Default Re: TBF Vegetarians!

    ^^^ Really? You can usually taste the "porky" flavor in them. I'm not a vegetarian, but I do ask for the "veggie" beans when we go out to a eat at a Mexican restaurant. I don't like that "porky" taste.

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    Default Re: TBF Vegetarians!

    My worst experience was when we went to Vegas. I ordered the 'cabbage soup' after the waitress told me "yeah Honey, that is vegetarian." I made sure it did not have beef or chicken stock in it.
    When the soup came, i had one spoon and then saw something floating in there. called the waitress and asked her what it was. Reply was "Oh, that is panchetta! i guess then that is not vegetarian." There was no point complaining about her. She was just dumb as a doorknob, so i let it go.
    I don't know if it was psychological, but after we got back to our hotel, i threw up everything i ate that day.

    Now i make it a point to ask for an ingredient list when i am doubtful
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