Why Become A Vegetarian?

Interview with Michael Balducci, Founder of VeggieBrothers.com

Posted by on Feb 6, 2012 in Environment, Ethics, Health, Why Become A Vegetarian | 0 comments

Interview with Michael Balducci, Founder of VeggieBrothers.com

Listen to audio interview with prolific vegan activist, biz guy, and long-time friend, Mike Balducci.  Find out how almost getting hit by a car helped turn him vegan and form the successful upscale vegan meat replacement company, VeggieBrothers.com.

Listen to Interview with Michael Balducci

American Chopsuey

Posted by on Dec 9, 2011 in Lunch, Recipes, Side Dish, Vegan, Vegetarian, Why Become A Vegetarian | 0 comments

This is a famous dish –  an exotic combination of  vegetables, crispy noodles and a tangy sauce.A must try! 

American Chopsuey

Serves 4
Prep time 15 minutes
Cook time 15 minutes
Total time 30 minutes
Allergy Soy, Wheat
Dietary Vegan, Vegetarian
Meal type Lunch, Main Dish, Side Dish
Misc Serve Hot
Website Tarla Dalal Recipes

Ingredients

For The Sauce

  • 1/2 cup white vinegar
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon cornflour
  • 2 tablespoons tomato ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • Salt to taste

Other Ingredients

  • 1 cup finely shredded cabbage
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced capsicum
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced baby corn
  • 1/4 cup boiled and sliced french beans
  • 1/4 cup boiled cauliflower florets
  • 2 tablespoons chopped celery
  • 3/4 cups boiled noodles
  • 2 teaspoons chilli sauce
  • 11/2 cups cups fried noodles
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • salt to taste

Note

American Chopsuey is a delicious preparation of crispy noodles served with a tangy sauce and vegetables.

Directions

Step 1
For the sauce: place all the ingredients of the sauce in a vessel, mix well and put to boil. Cook while stirring continuously until the sauce thickens. Keep aside.
Step 2
Heat the oil in a wok, add in all the vegetables and cook on a high flame for 3 to 4 minutes.
Step 3
Add in the prepared sauce, chilli sauce and salt.
Step 4
Cook for 1 minute and mix in boiled noodles.
Step 5
Switch of the flame and mix half of the fried noodles.
Step 6
Serve hot topped with remaining fried noodles.

3 B Stir-fry

Posted by on Dec 8, 2011 in Health, Recipes, Side Dish, Vegan, Vegetarian, Why Become A Vegetarian | 0 comments

3 B Stir-fry

This healthy diabetic recipe is overflowing with nutrirents from 3 bs – baby corn, broccoli and bean sprouts. This dish is sure to won on all ocassions. A must try! 

3 B Stir-fry

Serves 4
Prep time 10 minutes
Cook time 10 minutes
Total time 20 minutes
Allergy Soy, Wheat
Dietary Diabetic, Vegan, Vegetarian
Meal type Bread, Breakfast
Misc Serve Hot
Website Tarla Dalal Recipes

Ingredients

  • 2 teaspoons oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon chopped green chillies
  • 2 teaspoons chopped garlic
  • 11/2 cups blanched broccoli florets
  • 1 cup bean sprouts
  • 1 cup sliced and blanched baby corn
  • 2 teaspoons tomato ketchup
  • 2 teaspoons vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons soy sauce
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper powder to taste
  • a pinch sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cornflour
  • 1/2 cup vegetable stock

Note

This recipe is extremly good for diabetics and is rich in goodness of bean sprouts, broccoli and baby corn.

Directions

Step 1
Mix cornflour and vegetable stock.
Step 2
Heat the oil in a non-stick kadhai, add the green chillies and garlic and sauté on a high flame till the onions turn translucent, while stirring continuously.
Step 3
Add the broccoli, bean sprouts, baby corn, salt, pepper and sugar, mix well and sauté on a medium flame for a minute, while stirring continuously.
Step 4
Add the cornflour paste and vegetable stock mixture, mix gently and cook on a high flame, while stirring continuously till the sauce thickens and coats the vegetables and bean sprouts evenly.
Step 5
Add the tomato ketchup, vinegar and soya sauce and cook for 1 to 2 minutes.
Step 6
Serve hot.

Chunky Cheese and Vegetable Sandwich

Posted by on Dec 8, 2011 in Breakfast, Recipes, Vegetarian, Why Become A Vegetarian | 0 comments

Chunky Cheese and Vegetable Sandwich

The recipe calls for delicious creamy chunky vegetable spread to be layered upon bun rolls. It is perfect for breakfast and a filling and healthy substitute for an early dinner. 

Chunky Cheese and Vegetable Sandwich

Serves 4
Prep time 5 minutes
Cook time 10 minutes
Total time 15 minutes
Allergy Milk, Wheat
Dietary Vegetarian
Meal type Bread, Breakfast
Misc Serve Hot
Website Tarla Dalal Recipes

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cups grated cottage cheese
  • 1/4 cup boiled and chopped carrots
  • 1/4 cup red, yellow and green capsicum, chopped
  • 1/4 cup boiled corn
  • 1/4 cup boiled green peas
  • 2 tablespoons chopped celery
  • 1 teaspoon chopped parsley
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 2 tablespoons grated mozzrella cheese
  • 2 teaspoons butter
  • salt and freshly crushed pepper to taste

Note

Creamy chunky vegetable spread that is layered upon bun rolls make this recipe a real treat.

Directions

Step 1
For the chunky vegetable spread, mix all the ingredients in a pan and heat for a few minutes till the cheese melts. Keep aside.
Step 2
Cut each hard roll into half. Only the bottom half is used in this recipe. The top half may be used for some other recipe.
Step 3
Scoop out the centre soft portion of each bottom half.
Step 4
Brush with melted butter.
Step 5
Bake in a hot oven at 200°C (400°F) for 5 minutes.
Step 6
Reheat the filling and spoon a little of it in the centre of each scooped bottom half of the roll.
Step 7
Garnish with a sprig of parsley and serve immediately.

Tomato Omelette

Posted by on Dec 6, 2011 in Recipes, Snack, Vegan, Vegetarian, Why Become A Vegetarian | 0 comments

Tomato Omelette

Eggless omelette, quick and simple to make, sinfully delicious, suitable for both vegans and vegetarians.  

Tomato Omelette Recipe

Serves 4
Prep time 10 minutes
Cook time 20 minutes
Total time 30 minutes
Allergy Wheat
Dietary Vegan, Vegetarian
Meal type Breakfast, Snack, Starter
Misc Serve Hot
Website Delightful Cooking

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Gram Flour
  • 1 Onion finely cut
  • 1 Tomato finely cut
  • 1 Tomato sliced
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3 teaspoons Oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon Turmeric powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon Chili powder
  • Bread slices as needed
  • salt to taste

Note

Though the name omelette, it has no eggs at all. Delicious, yet quick to make, it is suitable for both vegans and vegetarians.

Directions

Step 1
Mix gram flour, tomato, onion, turmeric powder, chili powder, oil, salt, baking soda and water into a medium thick batter.
Step 2
Heat a skillet or non stick pan, smear it with oil, spread the batter and place a tomato slice in the centre.
Step 3
When cooked, pour a teaspoon of oil over it and flip it over.
Step 4
Cook until done and serve with tomato sauce and toasted bread.

Vegetable Fried Rice

Posted by on Dec 6, 2011 in Lunch, Main Dish/Entree, Recipes, Vegan, Vegetarian, Why Become A Vegetarian | 0 comments

Vegetable Fried Rice

Vegetable fried rice is a versatile and easy dish perfect for vegans and vegetarians, and kids love it too. 

Vegetable Fried Rice

Serves 4
Prep time 10 minutes
Cook time 20 minutes
Total time 30 minutes
Allergy Soy
Dietary Vegan, Vegetarian
Meal type Lunch, Main Dish
Misc Serve Cold
Website Delightful Cooking

Ingredients

  • 3 cups mixed vegetables, chopped finely ((could be carrots, beans, cabbage, peas, cauliflower, capsicum, cabbage))
  • 11/2 tablespoons finely chopped ginger
  • 11/2 tablespoons finely chopped garlic
  • 2 cups rice
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons oil
  • Salt to taste

Note

This dish is much more simpler to make than it is usually thought. Cook rice on a high flame and cut the vegetables small and you are ready in no time.

Directions

Step 1
Cook the rice until just done, and immediately spread on a plate to cool. A day old cooked rice is best for making fried rice
Step 2
Heat oil in a wok and when hot, drop the ginger and garlic in.
Step 3
When light brown, increase the heat and start adding the vegetables, stirring vigorously. Put in the hardest vegetables first, followed by the lighter ones by turn, after about half a minute of stirring; for eg., carrots will go in first, followed by cauliflower, beans and then capsicum.
Step 4
Add the rice and stir so that the colour is well absorbed. Add more soy sauce if needed.
Step 5
Add salt to taste, and serve hot.

Building A Support System

Posted by on Sep 30, 2011 in Environment, Ethics, Health, How Do I Become A Vegetarian | 0 comments

Building A Support System

How Do I Become A Vegetarian: Building A Support System

One question I get asked quite a bit is “how do I meet other vegetarians?”

And it’s a great question.  If you’re doing anything by yourself, you’re less likely to succeed.  But if you’re surrounded by people you can talk to about going veg, you are more likely to do it well and stick with it.

So, how do find those people who are doing the veg thing?  Well, it depends (more…)

Conversation with Vegan.com’s Founder, Erik Marcus

Posted by on Sep 30, 2011 in Environment, Ethics, Health, How Do I Become A Vegetarian | 0 comments

Conversation with Vegan.com’s Founder, Erik Marcus

How Do I Become A Vegetarian: Thoughts from the owner of Vegan.com

Today I had a conversation with Erik Marcus, renowned vegan author, lecturer, and owner of the long-term vegan authority site, Vegan.com.  And it was really, really great.

The full conversation will be available through the upcoming WhyBecomeAVegetarian.com podcast.  But I wanted to give you a couple sneak previews and share a couple of Erik’s insights that he talks about in his new book: The Ultimate Vegan Guide: Compassionate Living Without Sacrifice.

One idea that really struck me was Erik’s approach to making the change to vegetarianism or veganism.  First, he made it clear that he doesn’t guilt ANYONE into being one thing or another.  He said if you’re making any effort at reducing your meat consumption or cruelty towards animals, you’re doing the right thing and should be congratulated.

But more importantly, he talked about how so many people look at going veg or vegan as a sacrifice; that they have to give something up in order to gain the health, ethical, and other benefits of that change.

Essentially, Erik takes a much more positive spin.  Basically, he says, you’re not giving up meat; you’re exploring a new lifestyle full of great new tastes and textures.  He said that as he slowly began to edge meat out of his diet (which happened over a period of time), he started finding more culinary diversity and unique tastes than ever before.  And he said you don’t have to become a professionally-trained chef to be able to enjoy these tastes.

Erik suggests you find ways to “edge out” meat so that, as you’re incorporating other foods into your diet, you begin to not need it anymore.  It’s almost like getting rid of friends who don’t add anything to your life by meeting new people and hanging out with them more.  It’s not always the easiest process, but it’s all about growth and change.

For some people, going veg is easy — they just drop the meat and, well…done.  For many people, though, it’s a scary proposition.

But cutting meat out of your diet doesn’t have to be a life-changing strike.  Just start exploring new tastes and foods, and be open to whatever shows up.  Then you can kiss your old pal, Mr. T-Bone steak, bye bye.

The podcast should be out in a couple weeks.  If you want to know when it drops, subscribe to the RSS feed here: http://feeds.feedburner.com/WhyBecomeAVegetarian or check out the Facebook page.

How Do I Become A Vegetarian: Thoughts from the owner of Vegan.com

 

 

How do I STAY a vegetarian?

Posted by on Sep 28, 2011 in Environment, Ethics, Health, How Do I Become A Vegetarian, What Can Vegetarians Eat | 1 comment

How do I STAY a vegetarian?

How do I STAY a Vegetarian?

I got a question recently that I thought was particularly poignant and relevant to us veg-types.  I’m planning on doing a video response, but wanted to put out a written one as well.

Here’s the question.  It’s from Sean here in Austin, Texas.

He asks:

I wanted some advice about this.  I’ve encountered several “ex-vegetarians,” or people who claim they used to be a vegetarian for several years.  But I wonder what made them choose to stop?  Is it true that (more…)

What Made Me A Vegetarian

Posted by on Sep 23, 2011 in Ethics, Why Become A Vegetarian | 0 comments

What Made Me A Vegetarian

People often ask what made me become a vegetarian.

It was December of 2005, and I was living in my hometown of St. Louis, Missouri.  Little flecks of snow were fluttering down outside, but my warm apartment and the after-effects of a toasty meal — mashed potatoes and a grilled chicken sandwich with cheddar cheese melted all over it — had me satiated for the evening.

I plopped down in front of the computer and started meandering around around various sites and stories on the Internet, waiting for something to catch my attention.

About 10 minutes later, I happened upon an article online that described, in detail, what happens when a lobster is cooked.

The article claimed that (more…)