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vegetarian update [Aug. 23rd, 2004|10:05 am]
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The results of a few experiments:

I picked up a little Braun juicer at a garage sale, and did what one does: I tried juicing a bunch of stuff.

1. Carrots -- surpisingly sweet, though I was using organic locally-grown carrots. I've always found grocery store mass-market carrots kind of bitter. I'll do this more, but no more than a couple times a week, lest I turn orange.

2. Parlsey -- very green tasting. Not something I'd drink every day for refreshment, though with the massive quantities of clorophyll, vitamin C etc it's no doubt good. Kind of like drinking your lawn, and doesn't taste as good as munching on parsley.

3. Radishes -- whoa. A shocking pink color, with a head of foam. The taste? Seems to magnify all the reasons people dislike radishes -- kind of skunky, with a slight wasabi burn to it. It was 3pm and I'd last eaten about noon, and all of a sudden I felt uncomfortably full, and got cold sweats, so there's something in it that isn't in the standard nutritional information. Definitely a drink I'd imagine The Grinch drinking.

4. When we can get good ones, everyone in the family likes artichokes. The traditional dip is hollandaise, which is kind of the anti-diet: egg yolks and butter. We generally use mayonnaise, which with egg whites and vegetable oil is kind of the anti-holandaise. I tried something a little different: I blended soft tofu with yoghurt, added some good prepared mustard, olive oil, salt and pepper. The result had the texture of thick ranch dressing and tasted quite nice, though everyone else opted for mayonnaise after trying a couple of artichoke leaves with my stuff. It would probably be a hit on salads, even for people who aren't trying to diet or limit fat intake.

5. We had shrimp & pasta last night. Shrimp is very low fat, but apparently high in cholesterol, and today I don't feel that great -- like fuller than I should for what I ate, and kind of slow and bloated. I'll give shellfish a pass in the future.
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[User Picture]From: m3ani3
2004-08-23 08:42 am (UTC)
Kent, I have quite a few really good recipes if you'd like. This pad thai one I have is awesome. =) Cheeseburger pie is pretty good too.
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[User Picture]From: bitterwhiteguy
2004-08-23 10:20 am (UTC)
Since you had shrimp, I'm guessing you're just laying off 'red meat'? /U
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[User Picture]From: chaircrusher
2004-08-23 10:31 am (UTC)
I'm trying to eat no animal fat.

Secondary to that I'm trying to avoid cholesterol.

I'm not ideological about eating any kind of meat. I eat yoghurt and skim milk, and I'll probably do a few eggs a week to fill in proteins.
I bought a vegan cookbook and I've been disappointed by all the food that's just there to fill that 'meat void' -- I just don't have that visceral distaste for dead animals that's apparently a prerequisite for some people.
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[User Picture]From: bitterwhiteguy
2004-08-23 10:45 am (UTC)
My girlfriend found this 'fake sausage' that tastes just like the real thing. (f7) If I find out what it is, I'll pass it along. Chili's has a black bean patty that you can substitute in any of their burgers that's pretty good too.
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From: elkay
2004-08-23 11:21 am (UTC)

juicing

carrot/orange is really good, and throw in a bit of ginger for extra zing, and also it's good for the digestive system.

i quite like mint/melon and other cooling things in the summertime.

had celery/parsley/soemthing else made for me by a friend once, very intersting and good.

a lot of juicer juices turn out really concentrated, diluting with water or sparkling water can turn them into something amazing if they don't taste right straight.
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