Sunday, August 8, 2010

Archie Bunker on Vegetarianism



Not how Veggyhead feels about the subject, but funny nonetheless.

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Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Hooray for Bollywood

Veggyhead was away for the month of July, so I hadn't seen her for over a month. She's become quite the independent young lady and she appreciates a good meal, even if it's with he carnivore dad. The other day we went down to the Bollywood Grill in Framingham, Massachusetts for lunch. It's an Indian restaurant located on Route 9 in Framingham, across from Shopper's World and behind Legal Seafoods.


Veggyhead loves Indian food since there are a lot of Vegetarian and Vegan dishes on the menu. Daddy, the carnivore, likes the fact that there is goat on the menu! Lunch at the Bollywood Grill offers the option of a buffet. We went with that option; daddy-o has laid waste to many a buffet in his time and today was no exception. 

When we entered the restaurant, we were greeted by an aromatic potpourri of spices and kitchen scents. Our tummies were a rumblin'.

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Sunday, August 1, 2010

Improvising Veggies and Pasta

So Veggyhead was coming to the beach with a friend and I knew burgers and dogs wouldn't be popular dinner fare.

I looked in the fridge and there was one head of broccoli. Not enough for a hungry Veggyhead. Off to the garden I went and found a zucchini, a summer squash, a tomato, a pepper and some beans. There were onions and mushrooms in the fridge too, so I collected the ingredients....



After chopping everything up, I was ready to cook.

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Saturday, July 31, 2010

Boloco's

Any time my family goes out for a quick meal, we skip the fast food joints and head to our local Boloco's. Boloco's is a line of burrito joints, located in the North East. The reason why we love it is because all of their foods start out meat free! I can get my veggie wrap with tofu while my meat loving family can load theirs with steak and pork and whatnot (I don't know the actual meat types- i don't really concern myself with finding meat alternatives). This is definitely a great place for a quick bite to eat or a sit down meal.





And for all you technologically gifted out there, they have Wi-fi Internet access. yay.

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Friday, July 30, 2010

So what exactly is this?

I am frequently asked what I actually eat as a vegetarian, so for all you non-vegetarians, here's the different diets:


Vegetarian: we eat fruits & veggies, tofu & beans, wheat & other grains, and eggs & dairy products


Pescetarian: we eat fruits & veggies, tofu & beans, wheat & other grains, eggs & dairy, and fish (the only thing not eaten is meat)


Vegan: we do not eat ANY animal products, this means no dairy, eggs, fish, and of course, no meat.


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Thursday, July 29, 2010

I want to become a vegetarian to lose weight...

One of the many reasons for becoming a vegetarian is to lose weight and have a healthier diet. But by cutting meat out of your diet isn't a guarantee that you'll just drop the pounds. Sure, if you go from Big Macs to tofu, you're bound to see results, but i know people who've stopped eating meat and gained weight because all they've eaten are carbohydrates. Before you become a vegetarian be sure that you're prepared to eat food besides pasta, you know, like vegetables (it isn't called being a vegetarian for nothing).

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Wednesday, July 28, 2010

I have to eat what?!?!?

I've been a vegetarian since i was in 6th grade, and I've tried just about every meat replacement that money can buy, and let me tell you i wasn't able to stomach most of it. From past camping experiences, I've learned that anything will taste good if you're hungry, but for an everyday affair, who wants to eat disgusting tofu dogs? here's some of the meat substitutes that I've enjoyed:


-Black Bean Burgers

-Meatless Chicken Nuggets

-Tofu in stir fry (i prefer the Thai Kitchen Original Pad Thai stir fry)

-Grilled tofu in a mixed green salad


check in your organic/vegetarian section, their selections are usually the best. And if your first experience with meat substitutes was in your school's cafeteria, don't worry, the real stuff doesn't taste that bad. =D

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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Iron

Your supply of iron mainly comes in a form of meat, but there is also a lot of iron in spinach and beans. So eat up! if you don't get enough iron you could become anemic which causes an irregular heart beat and can make you tired. Personally, i have enough trouble getting up in the morning.



popeye



Popeye needs spinach for strength... and so do you!

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Monday, July 26, 2010

French Onion Soup

I've always loved French Onion Soup, but I can never find a canned vegetarian version! Hope you enjoy!




Time needed: about an hour




Ingredients:


2 tablespoons of olive oil

6 large Bermuda onions, sliced

1 garlic clove, minced

1 teaspoon sugar

3 tablespoons of flour

14.5 ounce can of vegetable broth

2 cups of dry red wine

0.5 teaspoon of salt

0.5 teaspoon pepper


1: In a large flameproof casserole, heat oil over a medium heat. Add onions and cook, while stirring until soft (5-7 minutes). Add the garlic and sugar. Continue to cook, stirring often, until the onions turn an amber color (20-25 minutes). Stir in flour to coat onions and cook, stirring (2-3 minutes).



2: Gradually add the broth, stirring constantly to prevent any lumps from forming. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally, until the soup thickens (5-7 minutes). Add the wine, salt, and pepper. Cover and reduce heat to low. Let simmer for 5 minutes.


Enjoy!

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Sunday, July 25, 2010

Big Vegetable Panini

I love paninis, so I exulted when i found this recipe.



Time needed: about 25 minutes



Ingredients:

0.5 pounds of green beans, cut into small pieces

4 ounces of unsalted butter (one stick)

6 garlic cloves, crushed with a press

0.25 cup finely chopped parsley

6 freshly baked paninis (check with your local bakery or supermarket)

0.25 cup oil-cured black olives

2 ounce jar of diced and drained pimientos

2 hard-boiled eggs, chopped

4 ounces of crumbled feta cheese

.33 cup of bottled vinaigrette dressing

2 medium tomatoes thinly sliced

1 medium sweet onion, very thinly sliced



1: Preheat oven to 300 (F). In a medium saucepan of boiling salted water, cook beans until tender (4-6 minutes). Drain, rinse under cold water, and drain again. In a small bowl mix the butter, garlic, and parsley. Set this aside.



2: Cup open panini and remove most of the soft dough inside. Butter the inside of each roll generously with the garlic butter. Place on a baking sheet. Heat in oven for 5 minutes.



3: In a medium bowl, mix the cooked green beans with olives, diced pimientos, hard-boiled eggs, feta cheese, and vinaigrette dressing. Toss to mix.



4: Remove rolls from oven. Fill bottom halves with equal amounts of the green bean mixture. Top each sandwich with sliced tomato and sliced onion. Cover with the other half.



Enjoy!

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Saturday, July 24, 2010

Viva la salsa!

This salsa is perfect for a party or just hanging out.
Time needed: about 15 minutes

Ingredients

4 medium tomatoes
2 tablespoons of chopped cilantro
1 tablespoon of grated onion
2 teaspoons of lemon juice
0.5 teaspoons of marjoram
0.25 teaspoons of salt
1/8 teaspoon of sugar
1-2 drops of Tabasco
For a spicier salsa add in some finely diced jalapeno peppers

1) Peel tomatoes ( soften before hand in a large pot of boiling water for about 10 seconds to make it easier). Cut out their stems and cut them in half. Squeeze gently to remove seeds. Chop tomato and drain for about 10 minutes.

2) In a medium bowl, mix tomatoes with cilantro, onion, lemon juice, marjoram, salt, sugar, and Tabasco.

Enjoy!

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Friday, July 23, 2010

Famous Vegetarians

Some of the world's best and brightest were/are vegetarians! I think we know what that means... =P

-Charlotte Bronte -Brad Pitt
-Henry David Thoreau -Pamela Anderson
-Sir Isaac Newton -Steve Martin
-Mahatma Gandhi -Liv Tyler
-Mark Twain -Michael J. Fox
-George Bernard Shaw -Jerry Seinfeld
-Leonardo Da Vinci -Richard Gere
-Vincent Van Gogh -Natalie Portman
-Susan B. Anthony -Yoko Ono & John Lennon
-Bob Dylan -Paul & Linda McCartney
-Elvis Costello -Ringo Star & Barbara Bach
-Billy Idol -Princess Diana

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Thursday, July 22, 2010

Veggyhead Orange Stir Fry Sauce

You like the sauce? Veggyhead does, cuz it's YUMMY!

This Orange sauce can be used with stir fried veggies & tofu. When cooking for Veggyhead and the troops, I cook the meat in a little soy sauce and garlic in a separate pan so the carnivores can be satiated. They can just pour the completed stir fry over their meat of choice and everybody's happy.

This is a favorite with vegetarian and carnivore alike!

For the stir fry:

One Table spoon Sesame Oil
One Onion, chopped
Five Large Carrots, Juliened
Three Large Parsnips, Juliened
Half a bunch of celery or bok choy, chopped
Cup of Pea Pods
Clove or two of Garlic (to taste), minced
Cup of Bean Sprouts
Package of firm tofu, cubed

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What's Up with Veggyhead?

I gave this URL and designed this little blog for my Daughter's 15th birthday. She liked the idea of having a website of her own to share vegetarian recipes and the angst of being a teenage vegetarian in a red meat family. At the time, she had ambitions of crafting a vibrant blog. Her description of the blog follows:

Everyone has their own story on why they became a vegetarian (or some other meat lacking diet) but I became one simply because I was sick of meat. After 11 years of feasting on Whoppers, McNuggets, and fillet Mignon, I put down the steak knife and became a veggy head, as my friends like to call it.

Now this wasn't easy news to break to my very Italian family. Oh, and my dad owns a hot dog truck. Doesn't sound like the greatest support system, eh? After a year or so of arguments and threats of starvation, my family finally came to accept my choice of diet. Now and then we even have a completely vegetarian meal, or get pizza without the pepperoni . If my family can accept my choice of diet, I'm sure yours can too.


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Playlist for Veggyhead Cookin' with the Dead Live at Gaelic Park on 1971-08-26

Veggyhead Cookin' with the Dead: Grateful Dead Live at Gaelic Park on 1971-08-26 (August 26, 1971) My favorite Uncle John's Band EVER! Run time: 177 minutes.




Set 1:
Bertha
Playing In The Band
Mr. Charlie
Sugaree
El Paso
Big Boss Man
Big Railroad Blues
Hard To Handle
Beat It On Down The Line
Loser
Sugar Magnolia
Empty Pages
Good Lovin'
Casey Jones

Set 2:
Me And My Uncle
China Cat Sunflower ->
I Know You Rider
Deal
Cumberland Blues
Truckin' ->
Drums ->
The Other One
Next Time You See Me
Me And Bobby McGee
Uncle John's Band
Saint Stephen ->
Not Fade Away ->
Goin' Down The Road Feeling Bad ->
Not Fade Away

Encore:
Johnny B. Goode

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