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Philly cheese steaks—hold the steak!

By Penelope Wall, March 17, 2010 - 11:20am

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Penelope asks: What kind of vegetarian are you? What are your favorite meatless meals?


Im a "weekday vegetarian", which means I break my cycle on weekends sometimes. My boyfriend on the other hand is completely vegetarian and he doesnt pressure me to go meatless, but he does make me try everything he cooks. When he is in the kitchen I get to try all kinds of tasty twists on traditional meals without meat, including his "Utopiazza", a sauceless tofu and vegetable pizza. YUM!


09/21/2012 - 1:00pm

great recipes! i have been a full vegetarian in the past and didn't miss the meat. there isn't alot of meat in my diet these days and i consciously keep it to a minimum. eating animals is not a problem for me, i choose to be more practical; loading up on the veg and reducing the meat is healthier for the body, impacts the ecology much less and reduces incentives for scientists and corporations to tweak animal genetics very much.
i like variations on mac and cheese and make a great lasagna using mushrooms and beans for meat as well as thinly sliced eggplant to substitute for noodles (allergy to wheat) makes a great change to a classic. many people think that vegetarian means eating unusual foods, but if they looked at what they already ate i am sure they'd find many dishes that are meatless. i pointed this out to a few people in the past and it changed their view a bit on what vegetarianism meant. i guess it seemed closer to home then and not so foreign.


10/18/2010 - 11:40pm

Beginners, not totally


08/17/2010 - 3:36pm

I'm partial vegetarian. I don't like to the touch or smell of raw meat but I love veggies. I'll eat fish, but only if it is very fresh. However, once or twice a year I'll get a craving for a cheese steak. What can I say, I'm from Philly :)


07/21/2010 - 12:14pm

I'm a 24/7 vegetarian :) All it took for me was seeing some video footage on the news one night (about 2 or 3 years ago) of a cow being pulled down a ramp that was sick and had fallen to it's knees and was being shocked over and over again all over it's face and body by a slaughter house worker. After that I had to know what other animals were being treated like- and what I was paying for and what I being a part of. I looked into how pigs are treated (they stand all day on concrete floors and their anxiety is so great they gnaw off each other's tails). Then I looked into how chickens are treated (they live in wire cages stacked on top of each other-never to walk outside- and are made to grow so quickly that they can't stand up. They have their beaks cut off, and many lay dead in their cages, smothered to death from being packed together with so many other chickens). Cows are electrocuted in the head ("stunned") in the hopes that they are dead before they are disemboweled, but the person behind the stunning often doesn't do it right and the cow is still alive moments later when the next assembly line worker begins to slice open the cows stomach. It's true what they say, if slaughterhouses had windows we'd all be vegetarian. On the hopeful side, all of this suffering can be stopped just by what you put in your mouth at your next meal- and on the reverse- all of these animals are tortured and suffering just so you can have that fleeting taste of meat across your tongue.
It's not hard to make the switch to meatless, there are so, so, many wonderful meatless prepared foods these days that you don't even miss it! My favorites are Morningstar Buffalo Chik'n tenders and their b-b-q ribs, portobello-balsamic ciabatta sandwiches, Amy's All-American Organic (fake) Hamburgers, and my newest discovery that excited me like crazy: Quorn Chik'n tenders - I bread them and make Sweet and Sour "Chicken" and they taste just like chicken :) And if your husband -or whoever- drags his feet about going meatless, just show him some slaughterhouse footage.


06/22/2010 - 2:08pm

I'm a "Cajun" vegetarian; I only eat seafood on occasion - crawfish, shrimp, crab and fish. Enjoy your recipe ideas, thanks!


04/20/2010 - 2:08am

I am an octo-vegetarian and I'm always looking for new delicious tofu recipes! I think I would like to see more sandwich inspired dishes and less pasta dishes.


04/02/2010 - 1:25pm

I am a part time vegetarian... less red meats, more fish/chicken/beans
One of my favorite vegetarian meals is: taco salad/haystacks

1/2 can refried beans, pinto or black warm
mix a good tablespoon & 1/2 (preferably soy) sour cream w/ 2-4 tblspoons of salsa together
put evenly over beans
add whatever salad combination you have on hand,
cheese is optional
no added salad dressing

sometimes I cook 1# of ground turkey adding 1/2 pkg of taco mix
add 1/4-1/3 over warm beans b/4 adding the rest...

sometimes w/ corn chips or whole wheat tortillas heated in a dry skillet maybe dipping in salsa

good eats


03/30/2010 - 7:26pm

These are awesome. I am not a vegetarian, but a family who is trying to eat more healthy. This is sure making it easy to convert... even my 2 teenagers enjoyed them


03/30/2010 - 4:18pm

ha, i'm exactly what you are. a used-to-be-meat-free-sidetracked-by-the-bacon vegetarian. i love black bean burgers (honestly i love black bean pretty much anything). it is hard to go completely meat free too often in my house because the SO is a hardcore carnivore, but i'm getting pretty good at sneaking less and less meat into everything. bulgur wheat into anything with ground meat, black beans for half the meat in tacos etc. and he hardly ever notices!


03/30/2010 - 4:17pm

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