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A call for help: looking for healthy plant-based recipes 
Dec. 15, 2011 12:28 pm 
Updated: Jan. 13, 2012 8:40 am
My last post closes with a passing observation that I've yet to find a recipe on this site that fits in with my new way of eating.

To review: my new way of eating is entirely plant-based foods. This includes things like fruits, vegetables, grains, legumes, seeds, nuts, spices, herbs, and not much else unless I cheat (which I've been known to do and will no doubt continue to do because I wouldn't be me if I didn't add a touch of tequila and salt to black bean chili). By the way, salt isn't considered a plant food, and sugar is considered bad for you. Dates, however, turn out to be a terrific sweetener.

I'm also drinking fruit and veggie juices because they're packed with micronutrients. These are important for people (like me) who've been diagnosed with 3 entirely different breast cancers over the last 11 years and who's opted to deal with post-operative treatment by focusing on boosting my immune system with diet, rather than chemotherapy (see a prior post for more thoughts of that if interested).

Which brings me back around to this site, which has been my go-to site for recipes for many years. I've looked for recipes I could modify to suit my current interest/need.... I really have. But so far I'm finding the recipes include either dairy, or processed ingredients, which puts them outside my new rules.

This, then, is my plea to those of you who want to focus on a plant-based diet. I'm hoping you'll post what makes you swoon and we can bounce ideas off one another. If there's no interest here, I figure it'll be time for me to move to another site... leaving behind good thoughts and lovely memories of using this one.
Me, after my first diagnosis, 2001
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Dec. 15, 2011 1:18 pm
I am exploring a plant based diet. I recently picked up some TVP (texturized vegetable protein) I made the Red Beans and Rice (tweaked) from off the package and it turned out really good! (I added more onion, some celery, which I did saute in a small amount of safflower oil) I also added tomato bouillon and some cajun spice mix. I tried TVP many years ago and liked it, but my ex meat eating husband did not. So, I'll be "playing" with it. This is the best price I've found for it. http://www.vitacost.com/Bobs-Red-Mill-TVP-Texturized-Vegetable-Protein . . . locally it sells for 3.95 pkg.
Dec. 15, 2011 1:19 pm
A substitute for dairy I have concocted, but far from perfected, is to liquify two medium potatoes, one med-small carrot and 2 tsp arrowroot. Bring to a boil then simmer for consistancy.I don't have measurements because it remains an experiment, but I have used it with modest success. Maybe your hubby and his juicer can pick up on it. ...
Dec. 15, 2011 2:21 pm
Just a caution- talk to your doctor before relying on soy products. There are conflicting options regarding soy's estrogenic effects for women and young men. This can be especially true for women with a breast cancer diagnosis. I love the taco lentils from this site. Vegetarian Times is another a great source for recipes. The Kind Diet is another great source of tasty recipes. Wishing you the best of luck.
Dec. 15, 2011 2:47 pm
By searching "Vegan" on AR, I had 10 pages of recipes pop up. I didn't try vegetarian.
Dec. 15, 2011 3:37 pm
I made Ratatouile from this site last night, the recipe called for canned diced tomatoes and tomato paste, but certainly you could use fresh tomatoes instead. I added mushrooms and curry powder and it was really good, had it with rice on the side, would have been good with potatoes. Those are all plant based right? Try it if it fits into your requirements. Good luck.
Dec. 15, 2011 4:22 pm
http://allrecipes.com/recipe/quinoa-with-chickpeas-and-tomatoes/detail.aspx ~~~ http://allrecipes.com/recipe/butter-chickpea-curry/detail.aspx The canned soup and milk is easily replaced with crushed tomatoes. Either omit the milk or use soy or rice milk. ~~~ http://allrecipes.com/recipe/espinacas-con-garbanzos-spinach-with-garbanzo-beans/detail.aspx I make this with fresh spinach -- sooo good! ~~ With a small amount of tweaking there are quite a few recipes here that could fit in with your food plan.
Dec. 16, 2011 11:08 am
I've found quite a few healthy recipes on wholeliving's website. They also have some good tips if you're interested in making other lifestyle changes (eco friendly, excercise, etc). I've also been able to find some good recipes on here though.
Dec. 17, 2011 7:48 am
Hm...what about almond or coconut milks, too?
Dec. 17, 2011 3:42 pm
Thanks all. Great suggestions. As it happens, I AM shy of soy products (allergic to some degree), so I'm beginning to feel like a pilgrim.... wondering what the ladies back then had already figured out!
Dec. 18, 2011 6:01 am
http://allrecipes.com/recipe/breadless-stuffing/detail.aspx .... I would tweak the seasoning in this next time but it was pretty good. I did not use the egg and I'm sure it would be good with veggie broth rather than chicken broth.
Dec. 18, 2011 6:02 am
We love this.... http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/sweet_potato_black_bean_chili.html
Dec. 18, 2011 6:14 am
Ellen, my prayers and support go out to you even though I don't have a recipe to offer. You are a beautiful young woman, and your courageous attitude is admirable. Keep up the good attitude, and keep us posted about your health improvments!
Jan. 3, 2012 2:47 pm
Hi Ellen, good to see your still fighting the good fight. Several years ago, I got the book Eating Well with Montel by Montel Williams. It has a lot of good information and recipes for plant/vegetable based diets. You might want to check it out. Still praying for you, dear.
Jan. 6, 2012 1:14 pm
Hi Ellen. I just found your site. I miss chatting with you. Hope you are hanging in there. I looked for your blog and after a few searches came here. So glad I did. I think of you often and pray for you every night. How are you?
Jan. 6, 2012 9:01 pm
I hope you have been doing well finding recipes you like. I have many posted at blogspot as Genius Cafe: www.cindyloocolleen.blogspot .com which may help. They are mostly converted versions of traditional family favorites.
Jan. 13, 2012 8:40 am
Ellen have you checked this site out? www.delectableplant.com It looks quite good with a lot of recipes as well as many categories. I hope you get this. You're in my thoughts everyday and my prayers every night.
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I've loved cooking since I was a kid, and still have my first (very battered) cookbook. Other than cooking, I adore interior design, writing, and playing bridge. Oh... and tasting new wines (or old favorites).
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As I've grown older, my tastes and philosophy have changed. I now use organic ingredients whenever I can, and I prefer using unprocessed ingredients.
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Well, my mother (bless her) had 8 people to feed, so she made foods that were easy to prepare. My favorites were her baked ribs with barbecue sauce; english muffins topped with cheese, tomato, and bacon, and then broiled; and spaghetti noodles with tomato soup and cheddar cheese stirred in. I wouldn't make these dishes today, but they're full of fond memories.
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Adding orange juice to diced tomato sauce • Adding Cointreau to fresh fruit salads or a chocolate sauce • Adding tequila and bittersweet chocolate to chili • "poaching" salmon in orange juice, sprinkled with Old Bay and tarragon • adding cidar vinegar and soy sauce to vegetable soups • adding fresh mint to steamed red potatoes • knowing how to bail out a botched dish (example: over-steamed broccoli mashed with bleu or swiss cheese isn't nearly as bad as over-steamed broccoli on it's own).
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Over-steaming broccoli and most any other veggie... and a lasagna that was so loaded with oregano, no one could eat it.
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