Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Ellicott City, MD
Re: vegetarians in the hizzaus?
My parents pretty much went meatless for a few years there, so I am used to eating little meat. I don't mind eating vegitarian all the time, but I also don't really care if I eat meat. Also I tend to find more interesting things that require meat and are more fun to cook/more flavorful...so I tend to have meat a resonable amount (maybe half my dinners in a week are veg only). My fiance is a little less meat inclined.
Meat substitutes for me are a must when it comes to eating vegitarian. If you do a primary concern is protein and the right proteins. Meat has a number of amino acids that are difficult to find in vegtibles and leggums and unless you eat a wide variety of them. Tofu I think is okay depending on what it is being used in and how it is prepared. The morning star farms grillers and fake chicken are really good as is their black bean burgers, I hate boca burgers...ick (you really can't make soy product taste like flame broiled beef...it just ends up tasting like flame broiled ass).
With few exceptions unless I am using a meat substitute like tofu I eat primarily bean based dishes like veg chile (extra good). A good veg chile recipe is
1 can light kidney beans
1 can dark kidney beans
1 can black beans
1 small can tomato paste
1 large (like 32oz) can of diced tomatoes
1 medium red or yellow onion
4 cloves garlic
2 jalepano peppers
1 tablespoon chile powder
1 teaspoon tabasco sauce
1 beer of some sort (lighter is better for this, so stay away from stouts and porters, a pale ale is perfect)
Throw the beans in a pot with the tomato paste and diced tomatoes and get cooking. Dice the onions, jalepanos, and garlic and throw in a pan and cook till light golden, throw in the pot with everything else. Toss in chile powder and tabasco sauce and let cook for about 45 minutes on medium. Pour about half that beer in and mix it up. Let cook for about another 5-10 minutes.
Yer all done and ready for some good eaten. Corn bread of a light coating of sugar cooked into the top works really well to go with this as does spanish or mexican rice.