Going Veggie

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The recipes I post here are my favorites: not my favorite veggie recipes, but favorites period. I won't post recipes that I think are "good enough" considering the constraint of not cooking with meat. Oh no. These are dishes I cook because they are delicious and nutritious, with the added benefits (see below) of being vegetarian. The icing on the cake is that it's also frugalicious.

For household budget reasons alone, going veggie saves enormous amounts of money. There simply is no comparison between buying meat or having beans & rice (the two together make a complete protein equivalent to meat) for dinner.

We consider our kitchen at home a vegetarian one, where meat (beef, pork, chicken, fish) is not prepared in it at all. We do consume eggs and dairy products.

I don't eschew meat entirely (if I'm eating out at a restaurant and the beef bourginon sounds good, I order it) but my grocery bill is very low because of our vegetarian kitchen rule. Maybe you're already cooking most of your meals at home to save money; you can literally trim more fat from the budget by swapping a few vegetarian entrees into the mix.

I struggled for years to be vegetarian: for health reasons, not wanting to support the meat industry, not wanting to eat by taking animal life. When Zed and I decided to share a living space though, and he was fully vegetarian, it was just the impetus I needed to go veggie all the way with my cooking.

People new to vegetarianism complain about being hungry all the time --- when I hear that, I know it's because there's not enough protein and fiber in the meals they're consuming --- the two together provide a long-lasting feeling of satiety. Let me assure you that I do not consider a green salad and a slice of melon a meal.

So I hope you audition the recipes I post here because of the frugalista aspect, but I hope they become part of your cooking canon because they're delicious (but they're also high in fiber, low in saturated fat, and have a low glycemic index to boot).

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