Are you aware ...

@marguicha (94728)
Chile
September 11, 2009 12:34pm CST
...that to make a good legume meal with the necessary esential aminoacids, you have to mix lentils and rice (or wheat bread), garbanzos and rice, dry bean and pasta? Vegetarian food is a lot harder to make until you learn the essencials because you might not be eating what your body needs. Do you take care of doing this? Did you know about it? How do you prepare your vegetarian food to meet the protein standards? Share please
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@catdla1 (6005)
• United States
11 Sep 09
I'm not a vegetarian myself, although I enjoy a vegetarian meal now and again. Native Americans relied on the 'three sisters' to supply the essential amino acids when meat was not plentiful. The 'three sisters' are corn, beans and squash. Those three vegetable where even grown together. Corn was planted, then the beans were planted so that they grew up the corn stalks, and the squash was planted around both. Corn actually buts nitrogen into the soil, which the beans require. The surrounding squash, being a trailing leafy plant kept rodents out of the garden, because many will not venture into areas where they cannot see the ground to step on. So, not only were they cooperative in the diet, but in the way they grew together as well.
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@marguicha (94728)
• Chile
12 Sep 09
That´s interesting, catdla. And I can imagine how beautiful they looked, when the sun ripened the fruits! . I´m not a vegetarian but I´m not eating as much meat as I used to. Now that I live alone, I ask myself what do I want to eat and make all sorts of different things. For lunch I ate garbanzo beans and I did not want to eat too much at night. So I made me a sort of italian quesadilla: I used a mexican tortilla and filled in with a bit of ham I had left, some cheese, some black pitted olives that I bought on sale at the super and dry oregano. It tasted wonderful. I eat a lot of corn too, for the fiber. I love a corn and tomato salad or a corn and green beans salad. Take care
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@maximax8 (28247)
• United Kingdom
11 Sep 09
Hello my friend. I have a vegan diet these days. I started off as a vegetarian when I was four years old. I eat lots of salad and I add nuts to it. I eat packets of sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds and soya nuts. I love to eat pasta with a mushroom sauce. I take vegan vitamin pills daily and vegan iron tablets. I make sure I get enough iron and vitamin B12. Hug.
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@marguicha (94728)
• Chile
12 Sep 09
What is the exact difference between vegetarian and vegan, Maxine? I started to see the word "vegan" in English When I started posting, so I don´t know the extension of the term. Hug.
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@malpoa (1218)
• India
12 Sep 09
We make this easy but protein rich food called khichuri which is made by tossing in rice along with all possible lentils and grains. Some people also add vegetables like green peas, tomato, cauliflower to make the dish look ravishing with contrast colours. We eat it with fired eggplant and beef kabab or eggs.
@marguicha (94728)
• Chile
15 Sep 09
It sounds wonderful! I love dishes that are colorful! Would you send me the recipe?
@malpoa (1218)
• India
15 Sep 09
Oh it is made by frying a small onion (sliced) with a red chilli and then add salt, turmeric powder, a portion of rice and a portion of lentils. Add hot water to cover them until water stands one inch above rice, cover and cook on a low flame till it is over done. You can add tomatoes, cauliflower, bell pepper,potato to the rice mix. Serve hot with fried egg plant. or even scrambled eggs go well with it. I make this when I am lazy, because it is very easy and all together rice,lentils and vegetables are cooked at the same time with least effort. hi hi
@mrakobesie (1246)
• United States
11 Sep 09
I usually mix many different grains, nuts and beans to get all the amino acids. I make my own bread and i always use whole wheat flower plus i add some sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, sprouted grains and sometimes okara that i get after making soy milk. This bread ends up being so high in amino acids that i can get enough just from bread alone. I do make other meals that are high in protein though, vegan meat balls are simply priceless, mixing all types of beans, herbs, spices and you end up with a masterpiece. I love adding different vegitables to my meals too, i just made a great pumpkin bread for example and couple of days ago it was zucchini bread it ends up being simply great. Both my boyfriend and i are doing heavy lifting exercises and we can feel when we don't get enough of something, but mixing different sprouted grains and seeds solved that problem once and for all. We now get every little thing our body needs and feel great.
@marguicha (94728)
• Chile
12 Sep 09
Your answer sounds very tempting. I´ll try to use some of those ingredients in my cooking. I use zuchinni a lot but have never tried to make zuchinni bread. In my country spring is just starting. I´m planning a nice vegetable garden and zuchinni and eggplants will have their place of honour there.
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• United States
12 Sep 09
i'fe beed addicted to eggplant since i was little :) eggplant caviar that my grand mother used to make was so good... I tried adding eggplant to bread instead of zucchini and it worked perfectly. I think i'm going to buy more eggplant today :) For us season of fresh fruits and veggitables is almost over, only a month or two left, so i'll be trying to get as much as i can while it lasts
@Hatley (164654)
• Garden Grove, California
12 Sep 09
yes I am indeed aware you must mix lentils and other things like rice and corn or dry beans. I am diabetic so have got a lotof info from the American Diabetic Assoc and they say vegetarianism is okay if you get the right mix for all the different amino acids. I also use barilla plus pasta as its full of extra protein so you can have it without meat if you wish. its really very good.