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wow we what a page, where to start my pet peeve is wilted greens at the store,

I don't use very many vegan foods just because its expensive and the ingredents arn't any better in my opinoin, so I mostly do without and that way its cheaper and healthier.

So when i started to be vegan this is what I decided, don't use any vegen butter sour cream, mayo, ect

but I still use the fat free butter (its dairy), stopped using sour cream ( dairy) and use the mayo that I have been using (has eggs)

I use some chedder chese or daya cheese

gotta go my students are here type more later.

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Ok, one more recipe before I pass out emoticon

I decided to have a salad for dinner and after I threw it together I remembered that I had no dressing. Oops. I knew I had seen something with tahini and limes so I grabbed and flipped through a few of my cookbooks and found what I was looking for. Seriously, I will NEVER buy salad dressing again! It is that good! And I bet it would be good over whole wheat pasta or veggies, or [insert anything that tastes better with some kind of dressing/sauce ;)]...

Tahini Lime Dressing (from Peas and Thank You)

- 1/2 cup water
- 1/2 cup tahini
- 1/4 cup lime juice
- 1/4 cup (low sodium) soy sauce
- 1 Tbsp minced garlic
- 1 Tbsp agave nectar (alter based on how sweet you like. I used about 1/2 Tbsp)

Throw it all in a blender and mix until smooth and creamy. That's it! And at only about 60 calories for a 2 Tbsp serving. I did add it to Spark Recipes if you want the complete nutrition information.

Really must pass out now. Nighty night :)


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Poor Laura sounds like your in a bind like me lol. My thansgiving plain has tuened to chaos also lol so im on your side ouch. Ugh im thinking temptation abound an im lost as what to do. Ok i understand the meaning of the day but can we fast forward a bit lol. Oh an im with Terry keep making kitchen mayhem we await with bait breath for the next recipes emoticon

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Terry, I'm going to see if I can find any recipes that call for cooking the rice in apple juice, although that sounds kinda weird to me, Lol! I was going to experiment with a couple more recipes tonight but after doing that 10 mile run today I'm kinda wiped out. Think I might just head to bed early and try another round of "Kitchen Chaos" tomorrow ;)

Oh, on another note, my mother-in-law just called and asked me to bring shrimp for Thanksgiving dinner. I told her I had planned on making/bringing something that I would at least be able to eat. She said, "But you love shrimp!" I reminded her that shrimp is an animal, to which she replied (after an uncomfortable pause), "But shrimp aren't farm animals." Ha! Gotta love it!

So now I have to come up with something that will feed 20 people, has to be in the "appetizer" category, and must be something that I will be able to eat just in case there's nothing else (besides salad of course). Ugh!


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Yes, I have an inhaler (which I've used today) and my doctor knows about my asthma and is keeping watch over my condition (and he's labeled it "mild", so it's not the dangerous kind), but I do apretiate your concern. So don't worry about me, you have enough you have to worry about with the pain you have without having to worry about me. And actually, I'm feeling a lot better tonight. I do apretiate your concern, though! emoticon

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Its ok Terry hope you have a inhalier or a nebulizer while at first glance asthma seems much. For example your case youv said it drains you makes you weak thats because your body is oxgen depleted an its dangeriouse it can actuially kill you!!! Sorry dont mean to come off a know it all but health problems i have i study so i know how to deal with them. What to ask the dr ect. Terry please be carefule

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"Terry i try not to whine i def dont need the cheese with the whine lol"

Love your upbeat spirit, Michele!

Sorry you've had so much pain in your life. Pain is no fun, that's for sure, and you've had to endure it for so many years. I know it surely must have been rough.

I actually didn't go to church today because I'm under the weather with my asthma, so I can relate to asthma. Mine is a mild case and I've never actually gasped for breath...I just become very weak, like I have no energy at all. Thankfully it doesn't happen all that much and seems to have a lot to do with weather changes (our temps here dropped below freezing last night outside and sudden changes like that seems to affect it.)

Well, now I'm the one doing the whine and cheese thingy! LOL!!!

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11/6/11 10:39 A

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Halfast, I had just saw a cooking show yesterday where a lady cooked rice and she made half the liquid (I think it was half) to cook the rice using apple juice...so maybe a person can actually "cook in" the apple juice in this recipe, too? (Might need more juice after it's cooked, too, though.) Like everyone is saying, another recipe that sounds good!

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emoticon Laura this sounds like a yumy recipe anoher one i wont to try. Keep on sharing im sure plenty of us is writen down these wonderful recipes. Thankyou Laura emoticon

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Your welcome :)

Here's another easy one and can be used for either breakfast or dessert. It tastes like rice pudding meets apple pie! Yummy!

Breakfast Warmers (from 21-day kickstart):

1.5 cups cooked brown rice
1 apple, chopped
1/3 cup unsweetened apple juice
2 Tbsp maple syrup
1 tsp lemon juice
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/2 tsp cinnamon

Mix it all together and heat! That's it :)

Makes 2 servings.

I left the 2nd serving on the counter so that it could cool down enough for me to put it in the fridge, but when I came back down it was gone. Hubby liked it too ;)


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Thanks for the recipe Laura! I can't wait to try it.

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Mike i did clariafy under that about medicines being made for one thing an used for other things also. But hnestly no mater how its sliced an diced the dr an pharmest did lie because this med is not a muscle relaxer does not have any thing in it to relax muscles. It works in the brain to help the brain waves controle seizures. Thry have more recently started testing it on patients to see if thoughs same brain waves can also help control pain levels i wouldnt have known none of this had i not researched the med witch iv i have been doing seance i was a teen lol. Iv also learn an am watching really carfully this med had some very dangeriourse life theartng side effects. Im currently exsperiancing the milder ones but oh boy lol. Im holding on lol emoticon

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Hi don't say the doctors lied because they gave you a seizure med, many meds can be used for more than one thing like cymbalta, first advertized as an anti depressant has been prescribed for fibromyalgia pain

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Terry i try not to whine i def dont need the cheese with the whine lol. Iv leave with the illness the pain all the def meds my whole life. its always been. It seems it started i was born with asthma an a very rare heart disease then i started havng sever headachs that landed me in the hospital witch had the red cross call my dad home from vietnam lol every thing wrong with me is non cimurable an pain based so ts hit an miss if the drs can find a med that helps so far theve never found it just found all the bad side effects lol. Not whining like i said explaing the new med is a lie by dr an pharmcist they both told me muscle relaxer but for me new med = research this med is not a muscle relaxer its a very strong anti seizure med lol. But im perfectly aware n medicine the cross meds from one disease use to another im willing to wait out the side effects an see if this will help ok this is long an either or sounds like whining or a stand on a soap box lol. ...... dont forget time change tonight!

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Your right about postage cost ruining the joy of shopping on the internet, Michele. I rarely shop on-line because of the shipping cost. Here's an example: for me to buy a certain grain based coffee on-line would cost me 12 dollars (counting postage), but to buy this same coffee at the store cost me 6 dollars! So yeah, postage really can make on-line products unaffordable.

Oh, by the way...I'm sorry to hear you've been having pain today and that the meds are making you feel "loopy". You still communicate very well in your post even though the meds are making you feel that way. But I am so sorry that you have to deal with all that. Hope one of these days the docs will find better meds for you. (But mostly hope they find a cure for your pain.)

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I agree Mike i pretty much go that away. I use Tofu, soy, coconut, almond milks along with spices, i admit to cerials oatmeal an grits pearl cous cous an brown rice beans fruits an nuts an veggies whole wheat pastas an jar sauses that have no dairy it seems my eating is simple but i can take thoughs things an make alot of varirety. I make up my own recipes for the most part. Heance my name lol. I honestly do live off of natures bounty. Any way I do have another Pet Peeve most of you may also reconize but vegans are not only shunned in grocery stores but what about resturants??? Iv been out shopping with my meds when i take a pill i need to eat a small meal a snack wont do. Youll find me growling lol. I have to try to think ahead plain to rush home on the bus or pack a meal in case once this wasnt a problem. Now however i could go get a salad but going in an smelling the greasy meat oh my goodnesss i got sick on the floor at the counter so that is a no no. So that is a major pet peeve not enough vegan resturant sure im aware of happy cow got there ap i know of sbway but not always close to these places with riding city buses lol

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11/5/11 7:52 P

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Hi your way is best, it is simple using simple unprocessed foods, just the way good intended.. I read in a WEB Griffin book one of his characters has the philosophy that friend should be allowed one major flaw

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Ummm Terry lol lets not get me startd on the internet yep great place if your made of money for food. Its one of my great pet peeves lol. Iv tried to be polite an not bring it up ugh. They dont taje foodstamps, youvpay twice as much in most cases for shiping the stuf to you than you do for what youv ordered iv resrched it. I had thought about trying it for myself nope not a chance i cant even try alot od these things yall talk about ivwill have to stick with my fruit , veggy, beans, brown rice lol emoticon

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Today i feel like i am in the twilight zone lolbthanks Laura for the yumy sounding recipe when i can im def gonna write it down. An Terry dobt feel liker the ranger 10 steps from my door is my bestfriend she doesnt accept the vegan way an is always trying to trip me up lol. I beleave we all have one. Ugh

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"My pet peeve too is the scarcity of vegan options in regular grocery stores"

Oh, I totally agree with you on that, Bonidale! And to make matters worse, in my area a couple of the local grocery stores are "trying" to copy health food stores like Whole Foods Market (we don't have one in our town, but theres one an hour away). Well, one of those grocery stores has already closed out on their healthy/vegan items because they weren't selling well and I think the other store will go the same route. (And even though these stores have "some" vegan items, they still don't have a lot of what a true vegan needs).

Vegetarianism is just not popular in this area and Veganism is virtually unknown...so it's an uphill climb. Thank goodness I have the internet, so I can order some of these items on-line if they become totally unavailable here.

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Thanks Laura for the awsome sounding recipe when my hands will let me write again lol ill come back an def write this down. The sounds so good. I know in vegas we can probably get any thing lol but with no car its alot like living in a small town lol. Or at least for me.nn Not whining just facts iv spent all day in bed todaybwith pain new med is making me drunk like an alcholic an not helping pain lol. I have no clue aboutvtempa , tvp ect i pretty much live in mmy own vegan world of tofu, beans , brown rice lol an a friend Terry who is 10 steps from my door who trys to sabatoge me so i can relate. But my current problem meds have robbed my appetite so thqts my pet peave lol

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My pet peeve too is the scarcity of vegan options in regular grocery stores. I have to travel over half an hour to find stuff at a Health Food Store and you're right - vegan cheese is an awful price. Not enough people buying it I guess.

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Halfast, thanks for the "nutty taco meat" recipe...I'm actually very happy to get that! Thanks! It sounds easy, pleasy and that's me all over! Ha!

Keep me posted about the non-tofu inventions or recipes you come up with, and I'll do the same for you! (Since we both aren't huge fans of tofu!) Vegans just simply need more alternatives and getting your taco meat recipe has thrilled me! Thanks!



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Phraser, the "Nutmeat" sounds like something along the idea I was thinking...something easy a bachelor like me can pick up and bring home and make a meal out of. (And your right, we don't have that here as far as I know.)

Tempeh and canned chickpeas are available in my local town, and I like them both (although I'm still learning how to prepare and cook tempeh). Tempeh only became avilable here recently.

Seitan is not available here (except maybe in packaged veggie meats). I tried making it myself once from a recipe and it turned out pretty good...but everytime since that I've made it, it's been a disaster! (Turns to rubber!) Not sure what I'm doing wrong.

I guess when I ate meat I was so used to going to the grocery store and picking up a package of chicken breast or a package of ground beef and I wish the vegan options were more like that...a large "hunk" of veggie meat or something.

(I'm just a lazy bachelor, what can I say! LOL!!! )

But I am glad to hear you do have tempeh, seitan, and nutmeat available to you...things like those help make the vegan diet more exciting, I think. (Now I need to look up a recipe for "Nutmeat" and see if I can copy it! Ha!)





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As I'm still a newbie to the vegan lifestyle, I'd have to say my biggest peeve is labeling. For instance my non-dairy creamer has casein in it, which I just discovered IS dairy!

Terry, I'm not a fan of tofu either. I use TVP, portobella mushrooms, or chickpeas as a replacement. I have a couple recipes for different alternatives I'm going to be making over the next few days as well. One is a nut-based "taco meat" mixture, and sounds pretty easy.

Here's the recipe if anyone is interested:

- 1/2 cup raw almonds
- 1/2 cup walnuts
- 1/3 cup sun-dried tomatoes
- 1/2 tsp chili powder
- 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
- 2-4 Tbsp olive oil
- pinch of salt

All you do is combine everything in a food processor. Start with 2 Tbsp of oil but if it seems to dry, add the other 2. I will probably use canola oil instead (or coconut oil) of olive oil, and sub pistachios for the almonds. I LOVE pistachios :)

I'm not sure how many servings that recipe is supposed to make, as all I did was jot down the ingredients, and now I can't remember where I saw it. By looking at all the ingredients I'm thinking it's probably enough for 4 good-sized burritos or tacos?

Oh and Phraser, I've tried that Mimicream stuff and was not impressed, at all.




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Yes, the stickers are bad.
I also hate it when you can't buy the fruits and vegetables loose - they are all pre-bagged or plastic wrapped on a foam tray. Why can't I pick my own vegetables and use my own bag (or choose not to use a plastic bag)? What if I only wnat two mushrooms, not 20?

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yea I hate those stickers

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My pet peeve is when every single piece of fruit in the store has to have a sticker on it, then when I try to take it off, my nails dig into it and mess it up. This has been happening a lot lately here in Cali. Very annoying.

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My pet peeve is recipes that sound wonderful, but require specialist ingredients that are not available here, or are so expensive that they have to be very rare treats (eg vegan cream cheese, any kind of vegan cheese product, almond milk, mimcreme etc)

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Terry, my tofu alternatives are
1. Tempeh
2. Canned chickpeas
3. Seitan (I have to make my own but I understand it's easily available ready made in the USA)
4. Nutmeat (a canned meat replacement product available here, made from peanuts and wheat gluten)

All of these are packaged, generally easily available, and can be used to replace tofu!

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Michele, you are so creative! You come up with some cool topic ideas!

Okay...lets see...what peeves me off in the vegan life? Here's a list:

1. Even though I'm learning to like tofu in some things, it's always kinda frustrated me that there's not two or three alternatives to tofu in the vegan world yet, ya know? (I'm talking about something packaged, like tofu is, that would be an easy alternative I could pick up at the grocery store.) Vegan recipes are "tofu this" and "tofu that". We NEED more options!!!

2. I get peeved that one of my best friends sometimes tries to sabatoge my diet...encouraging me to "try their chicken here, it's GOOOD!!" or "Hey, let's grab a burger today at Wendy's!" He knows good and well I don't normally eat meat, and yet he keeps tempting me to break my rules!

3. I get peeved at myself for breaking my own vegan rules lately. It just seems so easy to eat whatever is set in front of me or whatever my family is eating. But I know that, for me, this will only lead to health issues, so I'm putting a stop to that. It's no fun being peeved at myself! Ha!

There may be other things, but those are the main ones, for sure.

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Iv heard that befor Mike an it dont help im already sick but for me i always say. With what life i have id rather enjoy good clean food an good quality of life thats what makes me happy. emoticon

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I think the thing that bothers me the most is my wifes attitude towards health. My bother to be healthy you have to die of something, might as well enjoy your self

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I know as plant people we all run across defferent things, people, questions, foods ect. That just get the best of us. An i know its healthy to be able to exspress it. So i thought why not here. We all understand. lets get our pet peeves out... emoticon

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