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Oct. 19, 2009 11:23 pm 
Updated: Jun. 3, 2010 4:36 pm
Yes, I am welcoming myself!  I am so excited to start this blog!  I have been wanting to document my cooking triumph's and tragedies for so long!  Finally, a good, supportive and friendly place to do just that.  I cook only vegan food for myself and my husband.  We have not gone organic yet, though really only because of finances.  I do my best to buy as much as I can from local farmers.  I am starting to get concerned about the amount of canned food I use.  I cook with a lot of canned veggies and beans just because it is easy and many times cheaper, but the sodium content is making me nervous and I am starting to wonder about the differences in nutrition.  I will have to google this LOL.  Any ideas?  Fresh, frozen or canned?  I would asume fresh is always better but it can be so expensive, even buying seasonally.  I also find that I end up throwing out 1/3 of the fresh food I buy, I just don't get to it in time, and I don't have the time to go to the store daily, sometimes even weekly.  ARGH  I really want to make sure we are eating the best we can! 
Oct. 20, 2009 2:14 am
You could buy freezer bags and freeze your fresh fruits and veggies. You could also learn how to can and can your own foods. Also, if you are too concerned about the price of fresh fruits and veggies, just buy frozen. They're way better than canned. Hope I helped.
Oct. 20, 2009 4:29 pm
Welcome. I am a vegitarian for 12 years. I always use fresh and frozen and cans for beans. I have heard frozen is very close to fresh
Oct. 20, 2009 10:34 pm
I'm guessing you are short on space and time, but you can grow an awful lot of things in pots. I am a big time carnivore, but I would love to see some more good veggie recipes. Welcome to AR blogosphere :)
Oct. 21, 2009 7:25 am
Frozen veggies are just as good as fresh because they are flash-frozen at the peak of reipness. And you don't have to worry about seasonal availibility.
May 7, 2010 6:15 pm
Hi Vegan girl. I am currently transitioning to a more vegetarian diet, but tomatoes are on my "foods to avoid" list. I can't wait to try this recipe!
Joie de Vivienne 
Jun. 3, 2010 4:36 pm
I have read in several reliable sources that frozen veggies are often MORE nutritionally dense, because they're frozen hours after being picked. It's mind-boggling how many nutrients our veggies lose sitting in the fridge. As for canned, be aware... Many canned veggies are outrageously high in sodium (as you mentioned) but others can often contain High Fructose Corn Syrup as well :(
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About Me
I was a vegetarian for 9 years and recently went vegan. My husband is vegan and due to health issues cannot eat any foods in the nightshade family (tomato, potato, eggplant, peppers) so sometimes cooking is a challenge, but I love trying new things and adapting recipes to suit our dietary needs.
My favorite things to cook
Anything vegan. Particularly Indian, Mexican and Chinese cuisine. I am currently experimenting with different types of tofu as well as seitan and tempeh. I am also working on substitutions for tomatoes & potatoes.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I love my husband's Polish family traditions. I love making "authentic" Kraut Pierogi and Kapusta for Christmas.
My cooking triumphs
Vegan Green Bean Casserole ~ Apple Crisp ~ Vegan donut holes ~ Fresh Blueberry Pie ~ Marinated Tofu Stirfry ~ Vegan Chili ~
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