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Old January 27 2013, 06:32 AM   #196
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Re: Going Veggie

I went to buy veggies for Rattatouile and this is what I've found. I wasn't sure what it was until I read on its packaging.

Anyone wants to guess?

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Old January 27 2013, 07:04 AM   #197
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Looks like a ball courgette/zucchini

Do any other asparagus lovers get that unfortunate side-effect?
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Old January 27 2013, 07:30 AM   #198
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Re: Going Veggie

Last night we had tacos. Now, I've made tacos hundreds of times. The difference this time, however, was that I used soy crumbles instead of ground beef, and while there was a slight taste variation, no one really seemed to notice enough to comment on it. In fact, everyone seemed to enjoy them, including myself.

I'm going to use them in fixing hamburger helper later this week. We'll see if they notice a difference there. If they don't, or if they don't mind, then I have found a way to enjoy a good supper with my meat loving family instead of always having separate meals. That's less expensive in the long run!
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Old January 27 2013, 08:49 AM   #199
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Looks like a ball courgette/zucchini
It is I never saw a ball-shaped one before. And this one was just next to small green pumpkins, confusing me even more
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Old January 27 2013, 09:46 AM   #200
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Here's my vegetarian and diabetes friendly dinner tonight, spaghetti squash, asparagus, brussels sprouts and pesto, topped with sun-dried tomatoes and aged parmesan flakes:

So...that's squash cut to be like spaghetti? Cool. Also, love asparagus. Entire meal looks pretty delicious in fact!

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I went to buy veggies for Rattatouile and this is what I've found. I wasn't sure what it was until I read on its packaging.

Anyone wants to guess?

That is one round zucchini
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Old January 27 2013, 10:55 AM   #201
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Spaghetti IS like spaghetti It's in thin strings inside.
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Old January 27 2013, 01:00 PM   #202
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Well I feel sheepish.
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Old January 27 2013, 01:02 PM   #203
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:: pinches Emher ::

Or maybe.. mutton?

OH NOES THIS IS THE VEGGIE THREAD!!

Okay, Tofutten.
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Old January 27 2013, 03:44 PM   #204
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Well I feel sheepish.
You're in luck, I'm making lamb tonight.
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Old January 27 2013, 06:11 PM   #205
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Well I feel sheepish.
You shouldn't, it's really nice! After it's cooked (I usually bake it, easy and healthy), the meat of the squash comes out naturally as "noodles."

Here's a good picture I found online:



It's a delicious, if improbable, vegetable, which people often prepare just like spaghetti or other noodle dishes:



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Old January 27 2013, 06:26 PM   #206
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Ah, so it IS actually squash! Neat! Now I just gotta find squash ^^;;

Making corn soup with some sweet chili in it right now. Would probably be called a chowder in the US though, since this is gonna be thick.
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Old January 27 2013, 08:10 PM   #207
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Oh yeah, this definitely qualifies as chowder. Thick and filling! (that's what she said)

May not be the most pretty thing to look at....



...but very good. Recipe is as follows:


Corn chowder with Sweet Chili

1 onion
2 cloves of garlic
½ red chili
About 2 tablespoons of butter
2 potatoes
600 grams och corn (or about two cans)
1 deciliter of liquid vegetable bouillon
½ deciliter of sweet chili sauce
salt and pepper
5 deciliters of water
200 grams of Philadelphia cream cheese.


Peel and chop the onion and garlic. De-seed and chop the chili. Fry in the butter for a few minutes. Peel and cut the potatoes into small bits, then put them and the corn in the pot. Add the bouillon. Let simmer for about 15 minutes or until the potatoes are soft.

Run the soup through a mixer or use a staff mixer until it is smooth. Stir in the sweet chili sauce, the water and the cream cheese. then heat the soup again and taste with salt and pepper. Enjoy



And no, it is not the most healthy thing in the world. But it's so filling it doesn't really matter.
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Old January 27 2013, 11:06 PM   #208
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Last night we had tacos. Now, I've made tacos hundreds of times. The difference this time, however, was that I used soy crumbles instead of ground beef, and while there was a slight taste variation, no one really seemed to notice enough to comment on it. In fact, everyone seemed to enjoy them, including myself.

I'm going to use them in fixing hamburger helper later this week. We'll see if they notice a difference there. If they don't, or if they don't mind, then I have found a way to enjoy a good supper with my meat loving family instead of always having separate meals. That's less expensive in the long run!
So do they know that it is "soy crumbles", whatever they are? Or did they think they were eating ground beef?
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Old January 27 2013, 11:19 PM   #209
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Last night we had tacos. Now, I've made tacos hundreds of times. The difference this time, however, was that I used soy crumbles instead of ground beef, and while there was a slight taste variation, no one really seemed to notice enough to comment on it. In fact, everyone seemed to enjoy them, including myself.

I'm going to use them in fixing hamburger helper later this week. We'll see if they notice a difference there. If they don't, or if they don't mind, then I have found a way to enjoy a good supper with my meat loving family instead of always having separate meals. That's less expensive in the long run!
So do they know that it is "soy crumbles", whatever they are? Or did they think they were eating ground beef?
My mom knew, and she liked it. We've been trying to find ways to get my dad to eat healthier. He's big on snack cakes, fruit pies, bologna sandwiches, chips, pop, movie theater style buttered popcorn for his lunch, and for dinner he likes heavy foods, like fried pork chops, mashed potatoes with beef gravy, buttered corn on the cob, and green beans cooked up with lard. He's from Kentucky, and that's the kind of food he grew up on, and while he says he wants to eat healthier, he hasn't actually made the change to do so over the past couple of years.

In fact, this is what he gets for lunch every day (more or less):

3 cans of diet cola (I successfully made him switch to diet about 3 years ago)
3 ham and cheese sandwiches on wheat (I also successfully made him switch to whole wheat. He much prefers white bread).
1 personal size bag of potato chips
2 Snack cakes (usually oatmeal creme pies or swiss rolls)
1 Banana

That's 5 days a week for a 12 hour day. If it's an 8 hour day, remove one sandwich and one cola.

It's also rather annoying because he is in good health for his age (he's 53). Don't get me wrong, I love my dad and don't want him getting sick, but he has eaten this kind of food for 50+ years and he has nothing bad to show for it. All of his tests have come back in the clear (he's a bit of a hypochondriac). If I were to eat this food every day of my life, I'd likely be dead!

Still, it's catching up with him. Mom, on the other hand, eats what I recommend, though sometimes she can be picky, which I understand. When I cook, I only use lean meat, and low sodium veggies (I buy canned), and when I can, I prefer buying fresh veggies, which I have been doing much more as of late.

I now grill pork chops instead of fry them, and I use a bit of olive oil, and a smattering of instant coffee grounds (decaf) to give that fried "look", and they never know the difference.

As I said, mom's used to it now, and she likes what I cook. Dad's a little tougher to budge. Me? I'm happy with some beans, lettuce, a couple slices of tomato, some cucumber, and a few shakes of the garlic seasoning (no salt).

Still, when I do the meatless dinners, it really is nice to eat the same meals with the family.
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Old January 27 2013, 11:32 PM   #210
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I think it's quite hilarious to substitute like that and I suspect anything with heavy tomato based sauce in it or seasonings would be easy to slip under the radar. Your dad's diet sounds expensive!! Well those snack cakes and sodas would really add up here, even if you bought them in bulk. It's frustrating because if you wanted to spend that much every day on lunch you could eat excellent food I assume. Would he eat home baked cakes? They could have secret fiber added, sugar and fats cut etc.. and probably be cheaper.
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