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Going to the in laws who are aware that I'm a new vegetarian. MIL is making shrimp orzo for me. I think she's got that Catholic mentality that fish isn't meat. She told DW what she was making and DW just didn't have the heart to tell her nothing with a mom or dad. Oh well. I don't want to be rude and my choice isn't morally based so it won't be the end of the world if eat this. In order to avoid this, over the next few times I see her I'll work it into the conversation that I'm becoming a "strict" vegetarian. Nothing with a face, and nothing with a mom or dad. (I find those descriptors of ovu/lacto vegetarians amusing).
 

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Just bring your own food <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif"> that's the easiest way. Otherwise you run the risk of starving while everyone else is feasting. Many Thanksgivings ago, after being vegetarian for over 10 years, my mother still refused to accept it and NOTHING on the table was vegetarian friendly except green beans. That was all i ate for dinner. She put some sort of animal product in everything (marshmallows, chicken stock, etc). It was horrible, and probably done on purpose. So, if i am ever invited somewhere, i always offer to bring something that i can eat, just in case <img alt="wink.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/wink.gif"><br><br>
last night for dinner i had:<br>
sesame coated tofu<br>
cauliflower and millet mash with mushroom gravy<br>
string beans<br>
broccoli<br>
corn<br>
vegan pumpkin pie<br><br>
At thanksgiving i had:<br><br>
baked tofu<br>
stuffing<br>
mashed potatoes<br>
broccoli<br>
beets<br>
corn<br>
string beans<br>
brussel sprouts
 

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any friend's houses i have gone to and brought food, my dishes have been hits! I am usually surprised. Last year i brought a barley sweet potato dish to a pot luck and most people had never cooked with barley! The dish was empty at the end of the night. last weekend i brought a lentil dish and it was gone before half the other food was! And I am the only vegetarian at those parties!
 

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I cooked for dinner tonight:<br><br>
ham for the non-vegetarians<br>
Quorn chicken patties for my daughter and I<br>
crockpot baby potatoes with garlic and olive oil<br>
yams<br>
green beans with almonds<br>
whole wheat rolls<br>
gluten free bread for my mom who is gluten intolerant<br><br>
So we all ate happily.<br><br>
Bringing along a dish or two when you eat at a relatives house is your very best bet.
 

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I just realized this was my first holidays as a vegetarian.<br><br>
For Thanksgiving at my mom's house, we brought along Quorn naked cutlets to bake for my daughter and I, and everything else except the stuffing, we could eat.<br><br>
My sister even made a batch of her famous home made noodles in vegetable broth for us.
 

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I did not know mushroom gravy wasn't vegetarian! ha.<br><br><br>
Gravy:<br>
-toasted sesame oil<br>
-1 med onion diced<br>
-pinch sea salt<br>
-12 button mushrooms, or 8 fresh shitake<br>
-2 cups spring water<br>
-2 tbs mirin<br>
-1/4 cup shoyu<br>
-1 drop brown rice vinegar<br>
- 2 tbs kuzu, diluted in 1/2 cup cold water<br>
-scallions for garnish<br><br><br>
Heat toasted sesame oil over medium heat in skillet. Add onion, sald and saute until translucent. Add mushrooms and saute until soft and moist. Add water and bring to a boil. Season with shoyu, mirin, and br rice vinegar. Simmer 5 minutes. Adjust seasonings, simmer 5 more minutes.<br>
(at this point i then blended it with my stick mixer because i did not want a chunky gravy)<br>
Add diluted kuz to simmering mixture and stir continuousl as kuzu thickens and comes to a boil. Once kuzu has boiled, the gravy is ready.<br><br>
This was from Hip Chicks Guide to Macrobiotics by Jessica Porter.
 

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I buy mushroom gravy at the store... just check the ingredients. I bought it in the "natural foods" section this time, but I know there are some "regular brands" of mushroom gravy with no meat broth.
 

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<img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif"> I never liked vegetable broth before I found the organic stuff. The College Inn brand in the can always tasted tinny, like the can, and they add vinegar to theirs, which is nasty. So I always made the mushroom gravy with either beef or chicken broth, depending on what I was eating it with.<br><br>
I think I am going to be brave and try making my own veggie stock this weekend, although I do like the Pacific kind from Kimberton and Trader Joe's brand is good too.
 

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This is probably a dumb question, but what did you season the baked tofu with and how did you do it? Like simulating roast turkey, or was it a Tofurkey? I haven't been brave enough to try that yet.
 

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i bought the baked tofu preseasoned. For Xmas i dipped my tofu (after being pressed for an hour), in tahini and shoyu mixture, then dipped it in sesame seeds and pan fried it.
 

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Mmmm, that sounds yummy. I almost bought the sesame coated tofu today but decided to wait. Do you slice it thinner, like cutlets, before dipping?<br><br>
I am making miso soup for lunch! YUM!
 

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the recipe (from vegetarian times) has you cut it into triangles, 8 per block i think.
 

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I should start getting that again. I subscribed a few years ago when someone's kid was selling magazines for school but I wasn't that into veggie eating so I didn't renew.
 
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