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This year sucked. I tried twice to go vegetarian , but it never lasted more than a few months. But I'm happy because I talked to few friends at the time about how I was trying, and one of them told me last weekend that thanks to me she was considering it, so we are trying yet again together.
I am absolutely disgusted by the mere sight and smell of it. Lord knows, I've forgotten what meat tastes like as it's been years since I've tried any. I can't fathom how anyone can find the taste of meat appealing so I am unable to empathize with you.

I do wish you good luck in your endeavors and hope your attempts to abstain from meat are successful. =)

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Hey, I know Thanksgiving is coming up, usually a bad day for Vegans/Vegetarians but I found this great site which has lots of good recipes for Turkey Day.

I myself and going to be making the butternut squash soup, garlic mashed potatoes with mushroom gravy, roasted array of vegetables, cornbread herb and apple sausage stuffing and maple-pecan pumpkin pie. I can't wait!

Here is the website:
http://healthyvoyager.com/2.0/2010/1...ksgiving-menu/

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vegetarian for over a year and a half and goning strong! don't miss meat one bit! never liked it anyway so that made the switch easier.
feel so much better for it

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Hey, I know Thanksgiving is coming up, usually a bad day for Vegans/Vegetarians but I found this great site which has lots of good recipes for Turkey Day.

I myself and going to be making the butternut squash soup, garlic mashed potatoes with mushroom gravy, roasted array of vegetables, cornbread herb and apple sausage stuffing and maple-pecan pumpkin pie. I can't wait!

Here is the website:
http://healthyvoyager.com/2.0/2010/1...ksgiving-menu/
Thank you.

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I'm trying to cut down on soy milk as well; almond milk is rather expensive and making my own isn't cheaper either.
Coconut milk seems to be a good replacement, you can find it at Waitrose and Holland&Barrett and it's about £1.35-£1.50.

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^why do you cut down on soy milk ?

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Seems like these days everything that has got soya in it is highly processed and soya itself isn't as healthy as it's commonly thought.
I've been reading about it for a while and trying to cut down on soya products in general.

http://www.livestrong.com/article/43...e-of-soy-milk/

http://www.kimberlysnyder.net/blog/2...own-right-now/

http://mynewroots.blogspot.com/2009/...-milk-101.html

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Non-dairy "Milk" experimentation
Long time vegetarian, vegan as of 5 or so months ago.

On non-dairy "milk":

Over the course of about a month, I decided that I would exhaustively experiment with various vegan milk offered on the market. I tried each for baking, cooking, and caffè lattes. I tried coconut, almond, rice, hemp, and tried 'n true, soy.

SOY MILK is by far the best. I enjoy Kirkland's organic vanilla for baking, cooking, and caffè lattes. Rice and almond are great for pastry making and anything that requires rich binding. Coconut, as well, but not if you're not a fan of the flavor; I love to use it in my Indian curries. Hemp, hemp, hemp... hemp is by far the most foul tasting. I couldn't stomach it for anything, but it didn't hinder my baked goods. I made croissants well with it.

You really can't go wrong with soy. I can make yogurt and curdle it like cow milk and the flavor is just right for me. Baked goods always turn out perfectly with soy milk. Also, soy has the best nutritional profile; from high protein, little fat, vitamins. Rice and Hemp are slacking in those categories. Soy just reigns supreme. I'm sure if you stick with organic then you'll be fine. I have used cashew creme, by Mimi, and I think you can skip it. It's good, but unnecessary and probably only decent when cooked. The cashew flavor is a little too strong for me.

Just thought I'd share .

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I was raised vegetarian, my whole family is vegetarian. - I eat meat sometimes, but not around my mom and dad. I also don't really like to cook it, I'm afraid of being the lapsed vegetarian who gets food poisoning. It would be too ironic.

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I'm not convinced on the studies in the media re: soy to cut it out completely. [I did a recent search on PubMed for evidence-based studies linking soy and cancer last week, most recently.]
I prefer almond milk and coconut milk to soy milk, however.
We watched "Forks Over Knives" this weekend and I highly recommend that movie to get anyone inspired over the health benefits of going vegan.
It is a challenge, however, and I'm farrrrrrrrrrrrrr from perfect but better than most (of the ppl we know).
Another challenge is trying to find websites that have (GOOD) recipes that do not incorporate sugar or considerable added oils. Really trying to get my fats through whole foods (nuts, seeds, avocados, etc) as compared to EVOO or coconut oil. And "sugar" through fruits (ie, applesauce for baking) or through maple syrup and agave.

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its so funny that you mentioned the forks over knives documentary because thats what scared my partner into going vegan!

i love silk soy milk! growing up i always thought i had a lactose intolerance. my parents used to pressure me into drinking cow milk as a child (or i would have to give up dessert at dinner if i didnt finish my milk) i used to have to pinch my nose and quickly gulp the milk in order to actually finish it.

my next objective is to purchase the babycakes cookbook. babycakes NYC is a famous manhattan bakery that is glutin free and vegan.

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A few blogs I visit to get some good gluten free/vegan/raw recipes [not all of them are both gluten free and vegan but most of the time it's easy to find replacements]:
http://ohsheglows.com/
http://sketch-freeveganeating.blogspot.com/
http://happyherbivore.com/
http://mynewroots.blogspot.com/
http://thefruitpursuit.com/ & http://some-like-it-raw.com/all-recipes/
http://rawcandy.wordpress.com/
http://vivelevegan.blogspot.com/
http://www.kimberlysnyder.net/blog/category/recipes/
http://theveganstoner.com/
http://veganyumyum.com/
Hope you'll find something

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I just checked out theveganstoner.com

the illustrations are super-cute!

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lucy92, BabyCakes is good, but I've had and bake better desserts than many of it's items; for a drastic fraction of the price, I might add. However, their mint brownie muffin is TDF!

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Thanks for all the links. Some blogs are really interesting and inspiring.

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