twisted vegetarianism

Discussion in 'Food & Cooking' started by coolj, Feb 7, 2003.

  1. coolj

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    Okay, let's say a person doesn't eat onions, peppers, tomatoes or zucchini, but they want to have some vegetarian dishes, what do you serve ??. Also how do you balance the proteins and carbs with out eating meat ??.
     
  2. alexia

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    Roast some roots.:)

    Is this you or a guest? For proteins: dairy products, soy, beans, nuts. And get a good book that gives you nutritional information as many foods have some protein, especially if it's for yourself and a permanent change of diet.

    edited to add: there are also some web sites with nutritional info
     
  3. kokopuffs

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    Rice dishes plus salads.
     
  4. pongi

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    As Alexia said, the best way to balance proteins and carbs in a vegetarian dish is mixing a carb source (rice, pasta, grains) with pulse. All the vegetarian populations have invented plenty of such dishes...just think to indian cooking:
    -kitcheree (rice and lentils)
    -chana poori (fried bread and stewed chickpeas)
    -masala dosa (lentil pancakes stuffed with potatoes and vegs)
    and many others.

    Being italian, I can remind you dishes like Pasta e fagioli, Risi e Bisi (rice and green peas), Mesciua (grain and bean soup).
    Otherwise, some other Pasta or Polenta dish with vegetables, or a rich Risotto, or vegetarian Ravioli.
    If cheese is admitted, Melanzane alla Parmigiana, a vegetarian Lasagna, or a "Polenta Concia" (Polenta slices, layered with cheese and tomato sauce and baked...very yummy)

    If you can use eggs...but it's better to stop, or I'll go on until tomorrow;)

    Pongi
     
  5. shroomgirl

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    Those vegetables are nightshades.... prevalent in some Indian vegetarians like Pongi mentioned. Carrot soup, dal, beans and rice....use spices and herbs or flavored oils to flavor instead of onions and garlic. whole grains and beans
    I think eggplants are a nono too.
     
  6. katew

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    In my nutrition class at jwu we learned about something along the lines of what pongi was talking about. Our instructor called them complementary proteins which are two incomplete proteins which, when combined, provide all the necessary amino acids. The examples she gave us were
    Legumes and rice (red beans and rice)
    Legumes and wheat (hummus and tabouli--store bought tabouli does include tomatoes but it is pretty easy to make on your own without tomatoes if necessary)
    Legumes and corn (bean burrito)
    Legumes and seeds (tofu and sesame seeds--because tofu comes from soy beans)
    I hope this helps...