Hey Vegetarians! How do you get your protein?

United States
December 10, 2006 10:55am CST
I've been a vegetarian for 28 years (pretty much my whole life!) and have always been asked, "How do you get your protein?" I eat a lot of peanut butter and beans, as well as veggie burgers. So now me let me pose the question to you...how do you get your protein?
8 responses
• United States
11 Dec 06
I've been a vegetarian 14 years. I eat hummus, peanut butter, black beans, Morning star and boca products, some tofu (when I'm out, I have no idea how to cook it), seeds and nuts, protein powder (ick!), seitan, and some weird grain product I can't think of the name at the moment... it's not millet... oh! Quinoa.
• United States
11 Dec 06
Ooh! I like quinoa, though don't know how to cook it or where to buy it other than the Whole Foods food bar. Don't know how to cook tofu either though it pretty much absorbs the taste of whatever it's cooked with. Seitan is high in fat, so I haven't tried it.
• United States
11 Dec 06
I don't eat Seitan regularly... I don't know how to make that either. Once in a while I get fajitas made with seitan from the cafe at one of our health food markets. You cook seitan like you do rice. My fiance steams it for me in our steamer. I prefer to eat it with a little brown sugar like oatmeal... I had some hippies that lived with me for six months and they made all kinds of interesting tofu. Unfortunately I was out all the time so I never saw them make it.
@babykay (2133)
• Ireland
10 Dec 06
I don't really make an effort to get protein, I just eat normally. Cereal for breakfast, fruit, lots of potatoes, the odd bean casserole and the odd brocolli curry! I eat quite badly actually, need to do something about it fast...
• United States
10 Dec 06
Hey babykay! Have you heard of Goji berries? They're quite good, high in protein, and you can carry them with you wherever you go! Take care, ThatJerseyGirl
@danny500 (145)
• United States
23 Dec 06
I eat a lot of tofu and seitan. It's pretty easy to make your own seitan- it can be pricey otherwise. I like seitan with a nice mushroom sauce over rice or noodles. Do you eat nutritional yeast? It's great on popcorn or in "cheese" sauces, and it has a lot of B vitimins. Any nuts and nut butters are good too- it's also pretty easy to make your own almond butter in a food processor. almonds are awsome.
@luzamper (1360)
• Philippines
20 Dec 06
I believe that people can survive without meat. Daniel and his friends refused to eat the meat the king gave to them for good health and they were healthy. Meat is not the only source of protein. Yes, peanuts and beans are good sources and I eat these too in addition to some amount of meat where I get protein. Adam and Eve did not eat meat for it was not yet given then by God for them to eat. But after the great flood, God allowed people to eat meat, only, that the blood should be poured out into the ground.
@bridgeb (23)
• United States
20 Dec 06
I get protein from nut butters, tofu,seitan,veggie burgers and subs, beans. Why do you say seitan is fatty, it is made from vital wheat gluten, I don't understand what would make it fatty. I make my own, maybe that's the difference. This is a good tofu recipe, I like tofu better if you freeze and then use. Tofu nuggets 1 14-ounce package of extra-firm tofu 1/2 cup bread crumbs 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder 1/4 teaspoon pepper salt, to taste 1/2 cup soy milk or water Unwrap the tofu and shake off any excess moisture. Place the tofu in a freezer bag or wrap well in plastic, then freeze the sealed tofu for at least 24 hours. The next day, thaw the tofu, gently squeeze out any excess moisture and cut into 1-inch cubes. Preheat the oven to 350°F. In a shallow bowl, add the bread crumbs and spices, mixing well. In a separate bowl, pour 1/2 cup of soy milk or water. Dip each piece of tofu first into the water, lightly shake off any excess water, and then coat with the seasoned bread crumbs. Put the breaded tofu cubes on a parchment lined orlightly oiled baking pan and bake 25 to 30 minutes, until golden brown and crisp. Serve with a dipping sauce such as sweet and sour or barbecue, or spicy mustard.
@acosjo (1904)
• Canada
14 Dec 06
One of my friends is a Vegan and she suggested I try it out. I thought that might be a good way to keep trim but I don't know if I could really stop eating meat. Especially being in my family where we have lots of get togethers and the main dish is always chicken, pork, beef, steak etc.... Why did you shose to be a vegan? Health? Don't like meat? Is there such a thing as a part time vegan?
@pennycan2 (251)
• United States
13 Dec 06
I am not a vegetarian (yet) but i LOVE the boca and morningstar products. there are also soy meats and cheese that offer a fair amount of protien. I like soy milk also with bran cereal it really sweetens it up without using sugar. I've thought about 'crossing over' a few times, but my hubby lives for meat and meat so i can't take that away from him. he barely eats veggies at all. only corn if you can call that a veggie and potatoes. so it's starch starch starch and meat at my house every night. i do use the veggie stuff though durring the day to try and eat sensibly. it's really a whole lot better than people think.
• Philippines
12 Dec 06
i just been a vegetarian this year and im liking it. when it comes to protein i eat tofu and beans. wow! almost your whole life! i salute you!