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Healthy Dining
March 12, 2008 07:13PM
I am vegetarian so I am always trying to make healthy dishes at home. Does anyone have any favorite healthy and easy dishes? Or does anyone have any favorite healthy dining out options that are vegetarian?
Re: Healthy Dining
March 26, 2008 06:20AM
I just got a takeout veggie burger the other night from Ruby Tuesday. The burgers are very large and they can be ordered without cheese. It cost nearly $ 8.00 though!
Some Subways offers veggie burgers at a reasonable price and if they don't customers can petition the store manager to carry them.Burger King also carries an affordable veggie burger. Also, Taco Bell has bean soft shell burritos . I have asked the window waitress to have a refried bean hard shell and my request was honored.
Denny's offers a veggie burger as well!

Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 03/26/2008 06:24AM by mothersson2002.
Re: Healthy Dining
March 26, 2008 02:10PM
Stop eating fast food. They destroy communities, are not healthy, destroy the earth, are evil epitomized. Don't do it to yourself, or suggest it to others. ouch, no offense.

Stef, there are tons of quick and easy type of dishes to make. I can plate dinner in 20 minutes if need be. What types of food do you like and I can try to even match that to what you like in attempts to give you a quick fix idea.
Re: Healthy Dining
March 26, 2008 03:12PM
I made this quick dinner last night that came out really great and was fast and easy (this is by no means a proper recipe, I just threw it together and will try to approximate what I made):

1 c quinoa, cooked (you use 2c water or other liquid per cup of quinoa)
1 can organic garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
organic spring red onions, handful
organic grape tomatoes, handful
2 cloves organic garlic, chopped
fresh ground pepper
ground cumin
oil for cooking

So I cooked the spring onions, sliced in rounds, in a bit of oil on medium until soft and translucent. I added the tomatoes, sliced in half, and cooked a few minutes, them smashed the tomatoes with a fork. (I actually made this mixture for my beans and rice I had for dinner last night and used the leftovers for this quinoa dish.) I then lightly salted and added pepper. Set aside.

In a saucepan, I added a bit of oil then browned up the garlic. I added the tomato/onion mixture and garbanzo beans and heated on medium just a few minutes to meld all the yumminess together. I added the cooked quinoa and then seasoned to taste. Not sure how much I used, start with a large pinch of salt and pepper and maybe 1 tsp of cumin and go from there, based on your taste.

I made a bunch of this so I brought some to work and all my omni friends loved it (they said it tasted and smelled like curry). I plan to try it again with curry powder and maybe some dried fruit. This came out yummy, was easy and quick, and was cheap!!!
Re: Healthy Dining
March 27, 2008 07:58AM
I get a lot of my food from www.veggiebrothers.com. It's delicious and 100% vegan. Healthy fast food that's not fast food! It's a small company that could use support so check out the website!
Mir Mir
Re: Healthy Dining
March 27, 2008 04:36PM
One of my favorite dinner meals is a home made burrito.
You will need:

sweet potatoes (a couple of medium size)
soyrizo (vegan, sold in most stores)

Cook cubes of sweet potatoes in oil (I use frying pan) till half ready and add soyrizo and chopped parsley, cook till sweet potatoes are soft.

Now, get a tortilla out - fill it up with the stuffing, add some chopped avocado, salsa. and vegan sourcream if you'd like, roll it up.

Re: Healthy Dining
April 02, 2008 01:58AM
I made a new dish reccently and here it is :

1/2 cup of cottage cheese
1/2 can of diced tomatoes ,drained
4 big scoops of rocotta cheese
2 scoops of sour cream
a handful of rice puff cereal
1 green pepper
1 leek (white part only) diced
a few dashes of hot sauce for flavor
a bottle of cheese salsa
and egg roll wraps

you mix all the ingrediants together in a small bowl,preset the over to 400 and once its all mixed together you put a nice sized scoop into a wrap and roll it up once you finish wrapping as many rolls you need top them with the cheese salsa and heat for about 20 to 20 mins.
Re: Healthy Dining
April 12, 2008 09:56AM
have you tried falafel?
Re: Healthy Dining
May 09, 2008 12:49PM
New dish I made on a whim last night. Again I didn't have a recipe, but here's what I put in:

Cold Bean and Corn Salad:

1 can whole pinto beans, drained and rinsed
1 can whole kernel corn, drained
1 stalk broccoli, cut into bite-sized pieces and quickly blanched
1 stalk celery, cut into bite-sized pieces
1 whole avocado (you could use more, I felt that it could have been good with a bit more...or you could add some olives maybe instead)
For the dressing, I added red wine vinegar, olive oil (use a good extra virgin since it's for salad), salt, fresh ground pepper, garlic, and thyme.

Some other fun additions might be small pastas, tofu cubes, jalapenos, cooked and cooled cubed red potatoes, etc etc! This can be a very versatile dish and is super easy to make. If you really didn't want to cook anything you don't have to blanch the broccoli either.

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 05/09/2008 12:49PM by Tatiana.
Re: Healthy Dining
May 10, 2008 05:00PM
Some months ago I invented a millet dish: take 1/4 cup pine nuts and roast in a sauce pan untill they turn brown. Add 1 C millet (remember you need to rinse it in a strainer first), and toast the millet. Add 2 to 2-1/2 C water, 1/4 cup dried cherries, 1/4 cup chopped dried apricots (or 1/2 cup of your favorite dried fruits), 1 tbsp nutritional yeast, 1 tsp ground coriander, stir until it boils, then simmer for about 15 minutes.

I tried the veggie burger at Ruby Tuesday's some months back--hated it with a purple passion. It was DISGUSTING. It was just nasty.

If I eat at a chain, it's the black bean tacos at Chipotle (add the fajita veggies).

There's also a small "creative salad" chain called Chop't, which could stand to offer more vegan dressings, but I can get a decent salad from them.
Re: Healthy Dining
May 12, 2008 10:43AM
Ooh, DC Vegan, that recipe sounds good!

I got to Chipotles occasionally, I get the Burrito Bowl thingie, with rice, black beans, fajita veggies, lots of corn salsa, lettuce, and guac, yum. I have to split it into two meals, though!

Lately I've also been doing a lot of fruit parfaits. I made a huge fruit salad with all the fruits I had around (last week was apples, oranges, strawberries, mango, and dates) then when I make the parfait I just top it with a little bit of soy yogurt and a crunchy cereal. Yummy yum!
Re: Healthy Dining
May 25, 2008 05:25PM
A recipe I made up yesterday (based on a recipe, with some changes!):

1 lb whole fava beans
1 lemon
olive oil
salt and pepper
parsley, a couple sprigs, chopped
lemon verbena, a couple tablespoons, chopped (this it totally optional, I had it on hand and thought it would be tasty)
1-2 garlic cloves
2 tbsp red onion

Remove the fava beans from the pods. Boil in salted water for 3-4 minutes, just until tender. Cool immediately in ice water. Remove skins from beans and set aside.

For the dressing, juice one lemon into a bowl. Add a couple tablespoons of olive oil, salt and pepper to taste, minced garlic, and whisk well to combine. Add in the fava beans, onions, and herbs, and toss to coat.
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