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First Foray into Semi-Vegetarianism 
Jun. 26, 2010 6:21 pm 
Updated: Jun. 27, 2010 1:00 pm
Yesterday I made my first recipe from my Vegetarian Times Cookbook! I made Summer Rice Salad as our main dish, and we had pita with hummus dip and Green Onion Pancakes on the side – kind of a hodgepodge of strange things but we had just been grocery shopping and wanted to use some produce. I didn’t have some of the ingredients called for in the salad, like jicama, which for the life of me I cannot find anywhere around here! Anyways, here’s what I did, with the changes – it’s the same idea but tailored to suit what I had on hand and to our personal preferences. I posted it here so I can reference it later, if you want to try!

2 cups cooked brown rice
1/3 cup minced green onion
1/3 cup minced red bell pepper
1/3 cup coarsely grated carrot
1 tsp dried parsley
1 tsp dried basil
1/4 cup light mayonnaise
1 tsp soy sauce
1 tbsp lemon juice
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper

In a bowl, combine all ingredients and toss well.

How easy is that! It was a nice light summery dish, I'm making it again later this week as a side to veggie burgers. I completely forgot to take a photo before we scarfed it down, so hopefully when I make it again I'll have my camera ready. It has a great presentation with all those colourful veggies! It's not the healthiest of meals but using light mayo and low-sodium soy sauce really helps. I'm trying to think of a way of reducing or replacing the mayo with something even healthier, while still maintaining that creamy quality... if you have any ideas let me know!

I read a statistic in my Vegetarian Times Cookbook that I thought I’d share... this book is of course biased, so take this with a grain of salt, but it’s at least something to think about. Apparently to feed a meat eater each year requires 3.25 acres of agricultural land. A vegetarian requires only half an acre. And a vegan... only one sixth of an acre – that’s less than 20% of the meat-eaters! This boggles my mind. I’m definitely going to make an effort to consume less meat – especially mass-produced meat from supermarkets or large chain restaurants. I’m usually not a nut about local food products because I simply cannot afford to be – more often than not, locally grown = more expensive, and I am a starving student, so to speak. (I’m not actually starving... the poor needle on my bathroom scale can attest to that!)

So, I hope to make at least three vegetarian dishes from this cookbook a week. I’m going to have to stock up on produce! Thanks for reading everyone!
Jun. 26, 2010 7:18 pm
That's a really awesome goal to have. My grocery bill has gone way down since I started eating mostly vegetarian/vegan meals, I love it! Keep it up. :)
Jun. 27, 2010 3:24 am
I think eating vegetarian is great! I tend to eat vegetarian more often than not. Grumpy is the meat and potato man and he has a hard time when I don't cook meat - but is actually not as against the idea as he used to be. That statement you quoted at the end is probably pretty true. :)
Jun. 27, 2010 1:00 pm
I have been trying to do 2 or 3 meatless meals each week and I have found some really good recipes right here. You might consider fat free greek yogurt mixed in equal parts with fat free or low fat sour cream for a mayo replacement. Or even just a lower fat mayo. As you become accustomed to the lower fat you don't even miss it.
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I'm a 22 year old novice cook - I live with my boyfriend in a small apartment with a teeny kitchen. Right now I'm trying to eat healthier and cut some meat out of my diet - I'm writing a blog about cooking my way through a vegetarian cookbook! I love trying new recipes, and adjusting them to suit my tastes.
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I love BBQing, making casseroles, and putting together any kind of soup. I'm also trying to get into baking - my kitchen is tiny so I have to use simple recipes, but I love making muffins and cookies to share.
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When I was little my mom taught me how to make brown sugar syrup for our homemade pancakes - everytime she made pancakes at home, I would make the sauce to go with them.
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Lasagna Day - My first ever dinner party in my apartment, I made spinach salad, stuffed mushrooms, lasagna from scratch, and apple crisp. It was a hit with my friends, I got so many compliments!
My cooking tragedies
When I was in high school I decided to make some cinnamon buns, but the only recipe I could find was a huge batch, so I cut it in half. However, when I went to mix the ingredients, I found myself adding the full amount of some but only half of others, and I couldn't remember how much of each I'd already done. I tried cooking them anyways, but they were terrible!
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