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From: Leslie (
Subject:         Re: Trying to go vegitarian and need input
Date: October 6, 2007 at 3:25 pm PST

In Reply to: Trying to go vegitarian and need input posted by NewVeggie on October 2, 2007 at 1:54 pm:

Most of the "soy controversy" comes from the use of isolated soy protein, in meat analogs and the like. I personally use mostly more "natural" products, soy milk, tofu, and occasionally tempeh and miso. I don't use the analogs as much but find as I go along that I really don't need them because I am using so much of the more natural foods -- lots of vegetables and fruit, whole grains and beans.

I've been eating this way for around 15 years and have had no problems at all, I just keep the soy to a reasonable amount and concentrate my diet mostly on the unprocessed plant foods mentioned above. When it comes to non-dairy "milks," I use a variety -- almond (Almond Breeze is luscious), hemp, occasionally rice milk. And probably tofu maybe three or four times a week.

You can make a lot of yummy foods with just veggies and grains, get some good cookbooks. I recommend Bryanna's cookbooks (Grogan), Isa Moskowitz has really great cookbooks, and Robin Robertson has a good book, Vegan Planet. If you google vegan cookbooks on Amazon, you can check them all out and in their pages are so many great recipes to try. I don't buy them from Amazon, however, because they sell foie gras, but check out what I want and then go to Border's and order them there.

Cooking vegan can be so much fun and entail so much variety, but cookbooks are essential. Once you get the hang of it, you'll find that you don't have enough days to cook all the recipes you want to try!!

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