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Tuesday, June 03, 2008

A Month of Being Vegetarians.

Alex and I have decided to go vegetarian for the next month. I'm fine with it since I basically live on cheese anyway, but Alex loves meat and is anticipating rice-and-bean burnout. Any suggestions for delicious meals, my dears?


Jessica said...

Home made veggie curry! Get some spices, ginger, onions, potatoes, beans and lentils and shove it all in a pot. Sometimes I like to spoon it into a hot chapatti with some mango chutney then roll it up and eat it like a wrap.
If all else fails there's always quorn!

Beck said...

I too am a fledgling vegetarian. I made this last week and it was wonderful, served with lots of green leaves...

Caitlin said...

Lots of eggs...egg sandwiches, hard-boiled eggs, poached eggs and spinach...101 cookbooks, vegan yum yum and orangette are the best sites for tasty vegetarian recipes.

Anna at D16 said...

I was a vegetarian for 17 years (I started eating fish a couple of years ago, and had a brief period of dabbling with chicken, but that's over now), and I honestly have never thought if it as being a limited way of eating. Try not to rely too much on cheese (a lot of it isn't vegetarian, anyway -- those containing rennet are made with the lining of an animal's stomach). You'll probably discover that you really like a lot of different vegetables!

Last night I made tostadas. Toasted corn tortillas topped with roasted corn, onions, salsa, red peppers, avocado, and a couple of chopped up Quorn patties. They were excellent! Tonight I'm making Indian potato and pea Masala burgers (I'll put them in whole wheat pitas with sprouts and a little bit of Greek yogurt) with roasted cauliflower and paprika.

Maybe I should start posting more food entries on my blog. I love to cook with vegetables! :)

p.s. This veggie chili recipe is amazing!! I make it all the time, and everyone loves it, vegetarian or not.

mad architect said...

if you aren't giving up fish, I would suggest stocking up on some sliced fish preferably King Fish if he really is an ardent meat eater. I found it helped me get over the meat cravings

The Lil Bee said...

I'm not a big cook, but my husband and I eat at Candle Cafe about 3 times a week. It is vegetarian...maybe even vegan...and delish. I love pretty much everything on the menu.

My husband also cooks stews a lot, with ocra and carrots and beans, and that lasts a couple of meals.

And I'm a big fan of quinoa, which is a basic grain that you cook like you'd cook rice. SO good though, and goes with anything. I like making quinoa with vegetables and cottage cheese.

good luck!!

Robyn said...

My husband, a noted veggie-phobe, enjoys the Morningstar Farms black bean burgers. I have yet to find a veggie patty I don't like, but am particularly fond of the Gardenburger. They're great for the summer cookout season.

Also, tossing some roasted soy nuts into a stir-fry. Yumm.

lbs said...

I wish I could get my husband to do this. With all the nasty stories lately about animal factories I wish we could just live on salad and fruit. And cheese! I wouldn't be able to go vegan.

JanelleGrace said...

We are being semi-vegetarians. Mostly just to be healthier so we are eating more veggies and fruits. We could never be vegans though, we have to buy milk every day and cheese every other day.

Jeannie said... has amazing vegetarian recipes.

heidi said...

OMG, you are SURROUNDED by so many excellent vegggie & veggie friendly restaurants! Go to Souen for macrobiotic japanese, Mamouns for really great falafel, Sacred Chow, Herban Kitchen, Candle Cafe, Josie's, (both uptown) Hangawi for Korean Vegetarian...if i think of more, i will email.

SW said...

When you two want to go out to a nice dinner without worrying about overloading on pasta go to Blossom Cafe in Chelsea. They have the yummiest vegetarian food. You two should experiment at home cooking with Seitan. It can be cooked like meat, marinated like meat etc. Also Morning Star farms makes super yummy breakfast sausages and chicken patties!

SW said...

I forgot one! Kate's Joint in the East Village has the best non turkey Club BLT. It is huge and they serve it with a side of mashed potatoes and mushroom gravy!

Vain and Vapid said...

You must take you husband to Planet Thai in Williamsburg and have him order the Vegetarian Duck. It is soooo delicious and it looks and tastes so much like meat it should help him get over his meat cravings. I usually don't like fake chicken and fake or tofu meats but this stuff is so yummy.

.Manon. said...

thats sounds like a great idea. I might join that.

littlebyRD said...

It's not exactly soup weather but thre are so many good recipes for veggie soups and usually they are really easy to make and tatste really good!

Anonymous said...

Morning Star makes all kinds of delicious meat substitutes. I am particularly fond of their "veggie cakes". A little mustard and you're good to go! Their corn dogs, hot dogs, etc are all really great. I am also a big fan of hummus and avocado sandwiches...esp with garlic hummus!

Gina Kay said...

large quantities of steamed vegetables with a peanut dipping sauce (protien)

hummus on everything

guacamole on everything

stache cashews in your pants pocket to nibble on.

Anonymous said...

it does sound like a good idea...i shall join you as well.

leya said...

tons of different salads...sesame noodle salad, couscous salad, pasta salad, blanched green beans with toasted almonds and cherry tomato salad, the list goes on and on.

alyson. said...

vegetarian!! how nice! and let Alex know, it's really not too tough. my boyfriend didn't think he would last, but he hasn't said a peep about meat in over a year! but, when becoming a vegetarian, I felt that I really was forced to cook more, so that I could find great recipes that filled me up.
101 Cookbooks is a GREAT place to start. she's a vegetarian and posts amazing meals which I'm sure you know.
for me? mushrooms are meat! last night I had pasta with olive oil, chopped portabellos, shallots, and vegetarian sausage. {field grains sausages are an excellent brand. I use the Smoked Apple Sage and the Italian flavors a lot.}
seriously, email me if you need any recipes or check out my food blog, milk eggs chocolate.

Joslyn said...

I'm with Caitlin...eggs are our definite "go to"...we also do lots of hummus and whole wheat pasta with squash and huge salads with hearts of palm and walnuts and goat cheese and shallot, champagne vinegar and walnut oil dressing...yum
Have fun!

Abbey Goes Design Scouting said...

black beluga lentils from trader joes -- cheap and AMAZING. I use them as the basis of most meals these days....

DeeDee said...

Sweet potato-black bean burritos! Cook and mash a few sweet potatoes, puree a can or two of black beans and mix them together with chili powder, coriander and whatever other spices you like. Roll the mixture up in tortillas, top with cheese and bake until cheese bubbles. Eat with sour cream and salsa. Yummo!

I agree with other commenters suggestion of checking out 101 Cookbooks, it's an awesome site.
Good luck!

jo said...

i´m like you, i mostly live on cheese and could do it forever, hehehe!

Anonymous said...

i grew up in a vegetarian household which was easy to do because my parents are Indian and the diet lends itself to it very easily. Indian food I think is key to eternal vegetarian happiness: there is such a variety of food, so many spices, and between the breads, rice, yogurts and chutneys, there is nothing you'll really miss. Buy a few of the key Indian spices (let me know if you'd like me to email them), buy a cookbook and try it out! I promise you it's not as hard as you think, and really, is there a better tasting cuisine?

Kathryn said...

Quesadillas with corn kernels (you can use fresh or frozen), caramelized onions, and cheese. It's also good with chicken, but since this is the vegetarian version, you might add avocado. I use whole wheat tortillas, but white tortillas would work too. Serve with salsa fresca.

Allison said...

This blog is amazing:

It's vegan, but it will give you tons of non-meat inspiration.
It makes me salivate daily.

Yum yum.

Joanna Goddard said...

wow, you guys are THE BEST!!! thank you so much!!!!

lillie said...

i'm a semi-vegetarian also. yes, 101cookbooks is fantastic! i also love LOVE the Moosewood Collective's cookbook series -- try getting your hands on a copy of their Moosewood Restaurant New Classics, great inspiration for simple, creative no-meat meals!

I *Heart* You said...

one of my favorite meatless dishes is cold sesame noodles. i could eat them everyday!,,FOOD_9936_29531,00.html?rsrc=search

there is also no meat in key lime cheesecake! :),,FOOD_9936_11176,00.html?rsrc=search

Thaozle said...

I'm a meat-eater, but I used to date an ex-vegetarian who had great food sensibilities. He would make these vegetarian meatballs by tossing walnuts, mushrooms, onions, garlic, breadcrumbs, and an egg into the food processor. I actually prefer them to actual meatballs; filling and comforting, without the meat!

Jessie Cacciola said...

great idea to try it out for a month. soy can come in any substitute -- cheese, burgers, chicken patties. quinoa is a great base for cereals, or anything you would use for rice or grain. egglant is a good meaty vegetable. are you doing fish and eggs? Like everyone's been saying 101 cookbooks is fantastic. Also, check out '' and search vegetarian, or the above ingredients. I'm also so happy to see Moosewood on lillie's comment because the restaurant actually started out in my college town of Ithaca! :)

Good luck and have fun with it!

- Jessie -

PrettyLittleWorld said...

We've been vegetarian for a bit over a year now, and it was much easier than I anticipated!

A great "fool you" recipe: Tempe Reuben Sandwiches

1. Marinate some tempe (it's a soy thing) in soy sauce and minced fresh ginger (leave it to m. overnight if you can)
2. Lightly grill or pan cook the tempe
3. Lightly toast rye bread
4. Put together with: sauerkraut, thousand island dressing (or mustard, if you prefer), and swiss cheese

*I've also had them with cooked spinach added, which was tasty as well

Good luck!

amy said...

how very courageous of you...
actually, we don't eat that much meat anyhow, so i think it's totally doable... for a month ;) my mother in law went veggie for a long time, she basically made lots of curries and stews but substituted the meat with tofu... it was good!

Prêt à Voyager said...

I love all these little projects/challenges you guys give yourselves :)


Anna at D16 said...

In addition to the other great restaurants that have been mentioned, definitely check out Gobo (it's vegan, even though they don't advertise themselves as such):

I had my wedding reception there (at the West Village location) a few years ago, and nobody could stop talking about how amazing the food was. I don't even think anyone realized it was vegan!

amy korngiebel said...

hoo-ray for you guys!
my two cents...
vietnamese food has a ton of great veggie options.
and, quinoa. lots of quinoa.

Kate said...

In terms of restaurants, I'm sure you've been to Red Bamboo in the w village? THE BEST fake meat ever. And Candle Cafe for fancy healthy, and the eat me hotdog joint on st marks for the best effing veggie dog/corndogs I've ever had.

I just started eating meat again after about 6 years, which makes me feel 50% sad but 50% more in love with food. I can't help it!

pia said...

good luck! looks like you have enough yummy vegetarian tips for a LIFETIME (i shouted then so alex could here me). :-) xx

Alex said...

Not an auspicious start, however: Last night I was home in Brooklyn without a cell phone, so i couldn't order in, and the cupboards were nearly bare. I ended up making a three-bean salad with olive oil but no balsamic (didn't have it). It tasted like horse chow--greasy horse chow. Then again, things can only get better from here!

PB Chick said...

I'm pretty much the anti-vegetarian. BUT, one of my favorite dishes is to make fresh linguine, chop up some tomatoes (okay more than some, a lot), add chunks of brie and a little balsamic vinegar and a tiny bit of oil. Salt and pepper and fresh basil. The pasta melts the cheese - yum. yum.

sevenravens said...

Veggie Sushi is fun to make at home! You can get little inari tofu pouches and stuff them with rice- so yummy. I've been a vegetarian since I was 12, and it really isn't that difficult once you get used to it. I haven't missed meat in years.

recovergirl said...

Buy the book -- The Flexitarian Table for inspiration. Fresh corn on the cob and Fried Zucchini. Annie's Spinach Frozen Pizza. Fresh fruit and a high end grilled cheese for dinner. Watermelon, cherries, grapes and cut oranges are incredibly good right now. Granola, yogurt and fruit is surprisingly filling.

Jeannie said...

Alex loves meat? I do, too! But, I find mushrooms are a GREAT "replacement." :)

Veggie pizza is delicious and healthier for you, too!

Joanna Goddard said...

yes, mahon and gina, join! it would be fun to all do it at the same time.

thank you for these AMAZING recs, everyone! i'm going to click over to 101 cookbooks right away. you are all so helpful and inspiring!!!

joanna xo

Joanna Goddard said...

ps. i mean manon...xo

design for mankind. said...

CRAZY--- I'm goign gluten-free this month! Wowza--- we will have some VERY starved blogs. ;)

The Girl: said...

i'm probably repeating all of the comments i was too lazy to read but i've been a vegetarian for about 4 years now and i love these to pieces:

vegetarian sushi
veggie pizza
sweet & sour rice & veggies
vegetarian lasagna
and basically anything with spinach involved.

sushi & vietnamese food is the best!

good luck!

Graziella said...

i agree with the vegetable curry suggestion. me and my friend went to gingergrass in silverlake last weekend and their vegetable curry is awesome! also, sauteed vegetables in sesame oil and oyster sauce is surely yummy.

kajola said...

I’m not vegetarian myself, but often cook for vegetarian friends and I’d recommend quinoa. It’s a complete protein! And can be made savory or sweet. I made a quinoa and apple salad with curry dressing from Martha Stewart and it was delicious. There was also a recipe for making quinoa burgers which is next up on my cooking list.

I've also picked up the Moosewood Restaurant Simple Suppers book and it's fantastic. Have fun trying out new recipes!

hannah said...

polenta sauteed with shitake and kale (sub chik both for veg.):

japanese soba noodles (leaves you very full but light, energetic and not that too-full-sickly feeling if you overeat, as i tend too):

Muriel Mercurial said...

When my fiancé and I went vegetarian a few years ago it was really tough at first, we backslid twice the first week, but we haven't had problems since. We used to rely on Garden Burgers and Tofu Scrambles a lot, but we've finally begun to appreciate vegetables, fruits, beans and tempeh quite a bit.

I suggest researching Indian food recipes, like; or trying the recipes on, trust me, even though the recipes are vegan a lot of them are easy and delicious.

Oh, and too.

A Print A Day said...


i don't eat red meat and poultry myself, and am in the process of phasing out seafood. i can't eat red meat because it does really weird things to my tummy. poultry is okay, but i took it out anyway. i rarely eat fish too. but so far, shrimp has been the only animal item i've been eating.

i grew up purely vegetarian, as was most of my family, and did so 'til i was in high school. and my mom would often make veggie meat steaks (which are awesome!!!), portabella steaks, and boston baked beans...they are awesome! i can ask my mom for recipes and i can email them to you if you'd like :)

oh, and as for frozen stuff, morning star makes AWESOME veggie spare ribs and of course they have the usual veggie burgers and "chicken" patties.

personally, i'm just happy with fried rice, sauteed asparagus, and portabella mushrooms with olive oil. so yummy!

neutron said...

Hi Joanna, going veggie for a month is a great idea.

Definitely the way to go. They've got a mean hummus recipe too.

Danette said...

Masala veggie burgers (from Trader Joes frozen section), a layer of hummus, tomato, spinach (raw or steamed, your preference) or arugula (yum), thinly sliced red onion, served on a toasted onion bagel or a toasted english muffin. Enjoy and you're welcome!!!

Poppy said... has amazing recipes, my favourite being the pumpkin, chickpea and banana curry!

Marianne said... is the place. I love her recipes!

Laura @ Shore Chic. said...

Oh, yay! I've been veg since I was 10 years old...more years ago than I care to count...and you're lucky that it's much, much easier now! I agree with lillie -- Moosewood books are still by far my favorites, and I think it's because they've been doing it longer (and better!) than anyone else.

Try not to overload on processed stuff, BUT Zen Burger on Lexington at 46th St. has some stuff that will amaze your meat-loving husband (I've been able to convert a couple of my office mates, albeit temporarily :-)

Good luck!!

Brittney said...

hummus pizza:

I used tomatoes, green pepper, and onions. Very tasty.

Anonymous said...

good for you being a vegetarian is SO much better for you health. meat has so many hormones in it and it just clogs your body up. also considering going vegan because dairy is also so bad for you...the cholesterol alone is enough. good luck!

WendyB said...

I'm into eating animals, so no suggestions, but I do love this photo!

Fredde Ahlstrom Cooney said...

Oh Man! There's soo much.
Get your hands on a Greek Cookery book.

Okra in Tomatoe sause is devine.

Grilled zuccini, augbergines and Bell peppers bruched with olive oil and salt. Add Feta cheese and capers.

Chickpeas, rosemary and chopped garlic heated in olive oil.

Roasted turnips, red beats and carrots. Drizzel with honey and oil.

Fry up some onions, add spinache.
Chuck it in a medium hot oven with wallnuts and Gorgonzola.

See if you can get some turkish black olive (with stones) They taste like raisins.


neena said...

vegetarian lasagne...spinach and cheese.!
make salad and soup.
and try indian food.
some curries.dal.with rice.
its really healthy and yum!

Anonymous said...

On a lark, I decided to go vegetarian 2 years ago during Lent. I wasn't a big red meat eater, but I lived on chicken and turkey. The first week was difficult: I craved like crazy!! The second week got easy in terms of cravings, but was difficult to remind myself not to eat meat. After that, it was smooth sailing.

When Easter rolled around, I didn't even care if I ate meat anymore, but I had a small piece of turkey breast. A couple hours later I was in terrible stomach pain for the rest of the night. I went without meat for another week, when I decided I wanted a chicken burrito from a health-mex restaurant. The texture of the meat in my teeth just totally freaked me out. I haven't eaten meat since.

I always had the reservation: I'll eat meat if I want to. But I have never wanted to go back.

Just make sure you compensate for protein, which can be found in plenty of nuts and soy-based foods. There's millions of delicious things you can eat without meat!

:) Cari


If you live near a Whole Foods, they sell a brand someone else mentioned called Quorn. It's great fake meat (the fake Turkey loaf you cook in an oven and slice is deeeee-lish!). I use it as a holiday supplement and in sandwiches. Yummmmy!

Bill said...

There are so many things you can do. Try cooking with whole grains and legumes. I just made a very simple Lentil dish:

Take a cup of lentils and put in a pot with 3 times the amount of water. Add a whole garlic glove and a quarter of an onion and a couple of sprigs of rosemary and 2 tablespoons olive oil. Bring to a simmer and cook for about ten minutes. I cook lentils like I cook pasta al dente. You need to keep an eye on them or they become mush. When they are done strain them and reserve the cooking liquid. Reduce the cooking liquid in a pan until almost syrupy.

Dice some red pepper, yellow pepper, kalamata olives, green olives and cherry tomatoes. Mix together in a bowl and drizzle with good quality olive oil. Add a teaspoon or so of balsamic vinegar and season with salt and pepper. You can also add fresh herbs such as basil or Italian parley.

When it's time to eat:
Place spoonful of lentils in the middle of a white bowl. Season with salt and pepper and drizzle with some of the reduced cooking liquid.
Top with the pepper and tomato mixture and for the finale garnish with crumbled goat cheese.

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