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Living Vegetarian For Dummies

By: Suzanne Havala Hobbs Published: 12-02-2009

Practical ways to explore and adapt a vegetarian lifestyle

Are you considering a vegetarian diet for yourself or your family? Wondering if it's safe and how you'll get the right amount of nutrients? This authoritative guide has all the answers you need about living vegetarian, featuring healthful advice as well as delicious dishes involving vegetables, fruits, grains, and dairy.

Inside you'll find expert advice on adopting a vegetarian lifestyle, from creating a vegetarian shopping list and understanding the nutritional aspects of vegetarian eating, to using the right cooking supplies to vegetarian etiquette, eating out, and converting a kitchen-and your family's mindset-away from meat. You'll discover how to make it work when you're the only member of the house who is vegetarian, as well as how to support a family member, including a child.

  • Provides the latest information on vegetarian diets as they relate to health, the environment, and other areas of our lives
  • Includes tips for gradually reducing your meat intake
  • Explains the benefits of a vegetarian lifestyle
  • Offers dozens of new recipes designed to ease the transition from omnivore to vegetarian

Whether you're a long-time vegetarian or just starting out, Living Vegetarian For Dummies, 2nd Edition is your guide to evaluating and enjoying a meat-free lifestyle.

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Living Vegetarian For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Cheat Sheet / Updated 03-21-2022

Switching to a vegetarian lifestyle offers benefits to your health, animals, and the environment. Ensure success by easing into a meat-free way of life, planning your vegetarian diet, and making tasty meatless meals at home.

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Easing the Transition to a Vegetarian Lifestyle

Article / Updated 03-26-2016

Switching to a meatless diet can be difficult if you’ve been raised with typical Western eating habits. Becoming a vegetarian is rewarding, so hang in there! As you strive for the vegetarian ideal, gradually cut meat out of your life, and use these tips to ease the transition: Get educated. Read books, attend lectures and cooking demonstrations, and talk with experienced vegetarians for tips on making the switch. Set realistic expectations. Mastering new skills and changing long-standing habits take time. Don’t be too hard on yourself if you experience setbacks now and then. Keep meals simple. The best recipes use short lists of familiar, easy-to-find ingredients and require no more than basic cooking skills. Be low-key about your choice to go vegetarian. Explain your rationale to adults and older children who ask, but let others decide for themselves what they will and won’t eat.

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Quick and Easy Meatless Meals

Article / Updated 03-26-2016

Great-tasting, health-supporting vegetarian meals can be simple to make. Some favorite dishes have always been meatless, but you can omit the meat from even the most carnivore-friendly meals to come up with new vegetarian classics. Try some of these: Bean burrito with steamed broccoli and fresh fruit salad Black bean soup topped with minced onions, French bread rounds with pesto, chopped green salad, and a slice of cantaloupe Cheese quesadilla, steamed mixed vegetables, brown rice, and apple slices Cooked oatmeal with almonds and cinnamon, orange wedges, and black coffee Hummus with toasted pita points, tomato and basil salad, and rice pudding topped with chopped walnuts Lentil soup, carrot sticks, and a small green salad Roasted vegetable pizza, home fries, and vinaigrette slaw Vegetarian chili, cornbread, spinach salad, and a baked apple Whole-wheat rotini pasta with marinara sauce, sautéed spinach, and a garlic roll

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Simple Recipe Substitutions for Vegetarians

Article / Updated 03-26-2016

If you’re a vegetarian, you probably know exactly how to eliminate meat from your diet. But if you want to cut back on other animal products — like eggs and dairy — you may be at a loss when it comes to appropriate recipe substitutions. Try these clever tricks for replacing animal products in your favorite recipes: Use half of a mashed, ripe banana to replace one whole egg in recipes for pancakes, muffins, and quick breads. Replace cow’s milk with equal amounts of soymilk or rice milk in puddings, smoothies, and cream soups. Instead of beef broth or chicken broth, use vegetable broth in soups, casseroles, and pilafs. Use soy burger crumbles in place of ground beef in taco and burrito fillings and spaghetti sauce. Mash a block of tofu and mix it with a few teaspoons of lemon juice. Use this mixture in place of ricotta cheese or cottage cheese in lasagna, stuffed shells, and manicotti. Replace hard-boiled eggs with diced tofu when you make your favorite egg salad sandwich filling.

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Tips for Planning Vegetarian Diets

Article / Updated 03-26-2016

If you’re considering a vegetarian lifestyle, get individualized advice from a registered dietitian who’s knowledgeable about vegetarian diets. And whether vegetarianism is new to you or you’ve been meat-free for years, keep these general guidelines in mind: Eat a variety of foods, including fruits, vegetables, legumes, seeds, and nuts, and get enough calories to meet your energy needs. Eat plenty of calcium-rich foods, such as broccoli, collards, kale, fortified orange juice, nonfat cow’s milk or fortified soy or rice milk, almond butter, or sesame tahini. Include daily servings of n-3 fats, such as flaxseed, soybean or canola oils, walnuts, or ground flaxseeds. Get enough vitamin D through sun exposure, eating fortified foods, or taking a supplement. Include daily servings of vitamin B12 from such sources as Red Star Vegetarian Support Formula nutritional yeast, fortified soy or rice milk, nonfat cow’s milk or yogurt, fortified breakfast cereals, or a B12 supplement. Limit sweets and alcohol to ensure that you have enough room in your diet for foods containing essential nutrients.

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