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How to Have a Vegetarian Christmas

If you are vegetarian or you have a family member that is, this Christmas you might want to think about changing things up a little bit and serving vegetarian only food. You don’t have to go down the usual route of serving a Christmas turkey every year and it would be good to have a little change every now and then, and if you yourself are vegetarian it would mean you wouldn’t need to go to so much effort to cook a Christmas dinner for your meat-eating guests.

There is a huge range of vegetarian foods that you could enjoy with your Christmas meal, whether you want to cook everything from scratch or use pre-prepared foods from popular vegetarian food companies. A lot of people assume that vegetarian cuisine consists of just salad and a few pieces of fruit, but this couldn’t be further from the truth.

Vegetarians are able to eat a very wide range of foods that can be prepared to suit many different tastes. For example, you could prepare a mock-turkey meal with soy products, or you could bake a nut roast that you could add lentils, chestnuts, chickpeas and other pulses to in order to give it a delicious texture and taste.

A lot of Christmas style side dishes are also vegetarian. For instance, you would still be able to have roast potatoes, roast vegetables and other vegetable side dishes, and you could make vegetarian sausage rolls with veggie sausages as a starter. As for vegetarian desserts, you certainly won’t be left wanting! If you would like to go for the traditional jelly and ice cream though, you will need to make sure that the jelly doesn’t contain gelatine. You can find vegetarian jellies very easily these days though, so it shouldn’t pose much of a problem.

You could also create a sumptuous chocolate dessert or some mince pies since, as everyone knows, they don’t actually contain mince! If you will be inviting any meat eaters to your Christmas dinner that really won’t eat vegetarian food, you could always cook a small chicken or some other kind of meat for them. Or, you could ask that they bring their own meat dish to the dinner if you don’t feel comfortable cooking meat.

Preparing a vegetarian Christmas dinner can be much easier than cooking a meaty one, and even if you aren’t vegetarian it could give you a chance to enjoy a different kind of cuisine this Christmas.

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Posted by vegrecipes - September 30, 2012 at 6:30 am

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Planning A Vegetarian BBQ

The British love a BBQ which is quite ironic given our normal weather conditions. In Australia, BBQs are commonplace and even Christmas day brings about many social BBQs and gets the whole family cooking and sharing together. However, Australians can plan their BBQs in advance due to their glorious summer weather, whereas we Brits find ourselves reacting to a glimpse of good weather and all rushing en masse to the local supermarkets to buy bread rolls and meat products. A BBQ doesn’t have to be all about meat though – they are many things that can be cooked for vegetarians too.
Veggie burgers. There are 2 types of veggie burgers – one is the meat substitute which looks, smells and tastes like meat. The other is a burger made from vegetables. If in doubt, choose the vegetable burgers, as some vegetarians don’t like the texture and smell of meat. Cook the same as normal burgers, flipping frequently. Serve in a roll with sauce.
Veggie hot dogs. Big brands sell vegetarian sausages. Make sure you spend a little bit more to ensure the sausage keeps in one piece on the BBQ – some cheaper veggie sausages will fall apart. Cook like normal sausages, turning frequently to avoid burning. Serve in a roll with onions and sauce.
Corn on the cob. Not just for vegetarians. Add a BBQ glaze to the corn on the cobs and grill on the BBQ, turning frequently. Add a knob of butter to melt on the corn for a perfect veggie treat.
BBQ baked beans – cook a tin of baked beans with chopped onions and a dash of Worcestershire sauce for some smoky flavoured beans. A perfect side dish.
Quorn. Buy the larger Quorn pieces and flash fry them on the BBQ to get the classic BBQ black lines. Toss the warm Quorn pieces with a huge salad, add a mango and chilli dressing and you will have a gorgeous vegetarian meal.
Vegetable kebabs. You can use any vegetables for this, but make sure they will stay robust during cooking. Take a skewer and thread on chunks of pepper, onion, cherry tomatoes, mushrooms and repeat until the skewer is full. Brush on a glaze and cook on the BBQ. Serve with rice or a salad.
Just make sure you keep one wire rack for meat and one for vegetarian food and ensure utensils and BBQ accessories are not used for both.

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Posted by vegrecipes - September 25, 2012 at 7:00 pm

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Vegetarian Omega 3 Sources

Omega 3 is an essential fatty acid that has been studied widely – boasting health benefits like the ability to prevent heart disease, lower cholesterol, reduce inflammation and improve brain function. Everyone has heard of taking fish oils and eating certain fish as a source of omega 3, but what if you’re vegetarian or can’t eat fish?
Luckily there are many non-meat sources of omega 3 that you can eat to gain some of the benefits outlined above. There is a difference however – these sources need to be converted in the body into the right type to help set off the right cascade of reactions that will help your body.
The omega 3 found in fish and some other meats (like kangaroo) is easily utilized down the anti-inflammatory pathways of the body, containing EPA and DHA. The omega 3 found in vegetarian sources most often contains alpha linolenic acid which requires certain cofactors (like zinc and B6) to be utilized appropriately by your body.
Vegetarian or not – some of the following sources of omega 3 should be included daily in the diet to help give your body the essential fatty acids it needs to function well.
Flaxseeds/linseeds – A well known source of omega 3 – these little seeds should be eaten raw and ground up so that you can absorb the oils and other great nutrients they contain. 1tbsp is a good sized serve. Use flaxseed oil only if it is cold pressed and stored in an opaque airtight bottle in the fridge.
Chia seeds – all the craze at the moment, chia seeds are high in omega 3 fatty acids and have many other benefits too! Eat 1tsp-1tbsp a day.
Walnuts – a great source of omega 3 as well as magnesium and other minerals – walnuts should be sourced fresh and kept in an airtight container in the fridge to prevent rancidity. Walnuts should not have a sharp taste – if they do it means they have gone rancid.
Organic eggs – eggs can contain good levels of omega 3 depending on the diet of the chickens they come from. Buying organic free range eggs that are allowed to roam and eat bugs etc. will give you a higher amount of omega 3.
Algae – Algae can be taken as a supplement or as a powder in smoothies or juices. Algae is a microscopic plant grown on water that can contain great levels of omega 3. It’s also incredibly nutritious and very alkalizing, making it extra anti-inflammatory.
For advice on how to improve the nutrition in your diet, make an appointment with a Brisbane Natural Health naturopath. For other health related issues, you may also wish to speak with one of our acupuncture, massage or even a hypnotherapy Brisbane professional.

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Posted by vegrecipes - September 24, 2012 at 9:30 pm

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A Healthy Way to Live With Vegetarian Diet

Today people have become very health conscious hence they go on the aim of going green which means they prefer vegetarian food more as compared to non-vegetarian. Green vegetables sure are very important in meeting our need for the complete nutrition. These green vegetables contain high amount of proteins and nutrients which are very beneficial for everyone’s health and growth. A person who prefers this type of cuisine tends to have a lot stronger immune system as compared to the others who only eat fast food. Vegetarian recipes sure are pretty easy to make, with all the vegetable colours and some spices used into it will make it look better, presentable and delicious. One can surely use their creative skills to create something new in recipes for veg which can also vary the style of cooking you do. Sometimes it is very difficult to keep up with this fast moving world and to maintain our health balance, hence there are a variety of healthy vegetarian recipes which are very beneficial and are easy to cook as well. Now you can go on and act in the sense of your own creativity to prepare something special and healthy for your loved ones.

One can also go on and learn this sort of cooking from the internet, there are many recipes available online for everyone to learn so that they can put variety into their cooking. This can be the best way to learn how to cook, which will save your time and you can learn loads of dishes which suit for different occasions. This style of cooking can be influenced from everywhere because each region or country has their own style of cooking Vegetarian food. Some of the particular vegetarian recipes like vegetable salads and vegetable sandwiches can be used and made easily. These particular dishes can be made by different styles; it may be continental or Indian.

Some of the recipes of Vegetable Recipes like the sarsoo ka saag, makke ki roti may be considered very oily but in fact have many nutritional benefits. Having high content of iron in the spinach one is able to make it tasty with all the Punjabi flavours and its nutritional value remains the same. Now it is your chance where you can make something special for everyone to give them the taste of you own home made healthy food recipes because the Indian way is the best way.

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Posted by vegrecipes - September 22, 2012 at 5:00 am

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PhuketS Amazing Vegetarian Festival 2012

Phuket plays host to many festivals and celebrations – both national and international – annually, but the Phuket Vegetarian Festival is arguably the most fascinating, curious, cultural, and delicious of them all.

Held over a nine-day period in September or October, this festival celebrates the Chinese community’s belief that abstinence from meat, sex, alcohol, and other vices during the ninth lunar month of the Chinese calendar will help them attain good health and enjoy a tranquil peace of mind. The 2012 PVF takes place between the 15th and the 23rd of October.

Though the origins of the festival are unclear, it is believed that the festival was begun in Phuket after a wandering Chinese opera troupe fell ill with malaria while performing on the island. The troupe then kept to a strict vegetarian diet and performed various rituals to two of their emperor gods.
They were soon healed, greatly impressing the local population, who embraced the faith, the ceremonies, and the rituals, which have become increasingly popular over the years. The Vegetarian Festival, called Prapheni Kin Jay or Prapheni Kin Phak in Thai (The Festival for Eating Vegetables), is now one of the major annual events on the Chinese – and the Phuket – calendar.

With its sometimes shocking mix of the gory and the gourmand, the shocking and the salivacious, this is a classic Thai-style festival. Thousands of people converge on the island every year for the festivities, not only to witness the piercing and self-mortification, but to join in a time of cleansing, purity, and abstinence from all vices, or at least any given individual’s chosen vice they decide to give up for a time.

It is no exaggeration to say that you will see believers piercing and puncturing their cheeks with virtually any object imaginable: knives, swords, spikes, machetes, axes, silverware, and the odd rubber snake – and those are just the small things.

Grab your camera, walk around, and you’ll see such sights as people sticking shovels through their cheeks, as well as revolvers, machine guns, maybe the odd gas pump nozzle or perchance a miniature battleship. Umbrellas are popular piercing items, it seems, as are the stalks of pineapples and bananas, fruit still attached.

The local ethnic Chinese population, about one-third of Phuket residents, believes that these sacred rituals will draw the evil away from the community and onto themselves, thus bestowing good luck and fortune to those who religiously and enthusiastically participate in these practices.

Adherents are enjoined to follow the “ten commitments,” which include: abstaining from meat, sex, alcohol, and tobacco; wearing white; behaving properly both mentally and physically; and keeping the body clean and pure throughout the festival. (See the website below for further details and festival etiquette.)

The “ma song” (entranced horses), as the active participants are called, claim to feel no pain and bleed little despite what they are inflicting upon their flesh. They are truly in a state of religious ecstasy, and the evil spirits are said to observe this and are then frightened away.

People in mourning, and pregnant and menstruating women are proscribed from attending or participating in the events, as is typical of many traditional rituals and ceremonies throughout the world.

The main temple for the event is the Jui Tui Shrine, located near the Fresh Market in Phuket Town, although it is now held in areas around the six Chinese temples on Phuket Island. Visitors who want to get the most out of this event should visit the five oldest shrines in Phuket: Put Jaw, Jui Tui, Bang Niew, Cherng Talay, and Kathu Shrine.

The list is a guide to which shrines one might choose visit on which days, when these shrines play host to larger ceremonies and more activities.

Wednesday, October 17 Sapam Shrine
Thursday, October 18 Samkong Shrine
Friday, October 19 Baan Tha Rue Shrine
Saturday, October 20 Bang Neow Shrine & Cherng Thalay Shrine
Sunday, October 21 Jui Tui Shrine
Monday, October 22 Kathu Shrine &Yok Ke Keng Shrine
Tuesday, October 23 Sui Boon Tong Shrine

The TAT prepares an excellent brochure each year with a schedule of events you would be well-advised to consult.

There is also important advice on behavior and dress, which should of course always be observed, such as wearing white, and maintaining exceptional personal cleanliness. The festival is in essence a time of renewal, rejuvenation, and the refreshing of one’s mind and body.

For more information on dates and events, please visit http://www.phuketvegetarian.com

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Posted by vegrecipes - September 21, 2012 at 7:30 am

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Varieties of Vegetarian Recipes in India

The Country India is famous for its various finger licking, rich cuisines. Indian cuisine recipes can make you awestruck. You will surely be craving for various delicious dishes of India once you eat them. The very first and plus point with the Indian food is that there is a lot of variety of recipes in India that can be offered to the guests and visitors by the Indians. Indian usually offers the food which is rich in herbs, fruits, vegetables and most importantly the spices. These are the spices that makes Indian food tasty, better from other cuisines and finger licking. However there is a misconception spread all over the world that all the Indian recipes are vegetarian. In spite of being a large of vegetarian recipes there are also a lot of non-vegetarian recipes as well. However all the recipes either veg or non-veg are having a different taste.
Indian food full of vitamins and calories
Really there are number Indian vegetarian recipes that can give you calories and vitamins both. The spices used in the cuisines empower the immune system. The vegetables and spices are mixed in the recipes in such a ratio that they can give you the best possible diet. These vegetarian recipes are started by the Hindus in India. The usual Hindu is a large scale devotee of God and are faithful and honest. They consider that all these properties will automatically be introduced in the thinking if a man if he is vegetarian. In this way he would be living a happy and joyous life and they think that the Indian food they eat is responsible for this. Sambar, Rajma, Veg stew, Ghever and Daal Baati are the mainly used recipes of India. These recipes are cooked by using various spices and oils produced in India itself. This is why they can give a large amount of calories to the person who eats them.
The delicious meal of India
All around the world there are not so many choices in front of many persons to choose and eat the delicious food of their own choice. Even in United States the vegetarian peoples are eating the packed food in search of some veg food. However this is not the case with Indian cuisine recipes. A great range and variety of recipes are available to eat in India. Along with these numbers of recipes available, no Indian vegetarian will feel bored with eating the same recipes every day. It is said about India that there are so many Indian food available that you can cook a different veg recipe on every day of your life. The richness, flavor, texture and aroma found in the cuisines of India are in comparable to the cuisines of any other country. Various basic Indian herbs like coriander leaf, Pudina (mint), bay leaf, and the leaves of curry are used in the cuisines to make them special. All these herbs can be found at every place and at the garden of every house of India.

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Posted by vegrecipes - September 19, 2012 at 12:30 pm

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Enjoy the Flavours of India With Vegetarian Thali

Veganism is an extreme form of vegetarianism that follows complete avoidance of flesh in the food. This form of diet has recently gained prominence worldwide but decades ago certain parts of India and eastern Mediterrian regions have adopted this way of food consumption as a way of life. Certain sections of people practicing Buddhism, Jainism and Hinduism have adopted this way of life to keep them from killing animals for survival. This methodology passed on to the current generation as well, hence communities in Gujarat consume gujarati food that is light, fresh and purely prepared by mixing fruits vegetables and Indian spices to add the flavour. This cuisine is like a detox diet as it can help cleanse the body without compromising on flavour. Gujarati customs suggest that individuals belonging to the clan must keep their body clean and pure by not consuming the flesh of animals. Certain section of the community carries out rallies to spread veganism on a public level. This cuisine has become a global favourite as foreigners too enjoy the lightness in textures and the blend of the spices with vegetative ingredients.

Indian cuisine is predominately famous for its vegetarian curries and kebabs that are a unique characteristic in this culture. The vegetarian craze began from Indian cuisine and spread internationally as well. The thali is one such delicacy that is only available in India. The single platter containing variety of vegetables, curries, flat breads and sweet dishes in small proportions is what represents a true Indian thali. Vegetarian thali consists mainly of 5-6 different vegetable preparations and curries accompanied by 2 or sweeter dishes to balance the sweet and savoury elements. The key to a well-balanced thali is the fusion of the right proportion of sweet, sour and spicy components. Once the knack of putting this platter together is learnt then the basic concept of flavour amalgamation becomes simpler. Visually the platter looks to be cluttered but the mixture of flavours eliminates the thought almost instantly. India’s pride and honour of food is exemplified through this preparation.

Gujarati food is a mixture of sharp flavours subdued by the layers of spices and herbs. This type of meal is a local favourite owing to the vibrant flavours. This cuisine has spread on an international level as well on account of its light flavours and unconventional taste. This cuisine has made its name in the food industry owing to its unique textures and unusual intensity in flavours. Vegetarian thali is another form of vegan food that is visually pleasing, utterly delicious and blends will with the local cuisine as well. This delicacy has become an eminent version of vegetarian food that balances the essence of Indian textures rather well. Vegan diets have become a trend and people are converting to this form to adopt healthier eating techniques. As a result cholesterol related ailments can be side tracked easily. With substitutions like soya and goat cheese, chicken and meat can be avoided to eliminate the chances of clogging of the intestines. Vegetarian eating has its perks if cooked wisely!

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Posted by vegrecipes - September 8, 2012 at 6:30 pm

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Vegetarian Is God’s Plan for His People

These opinions conflict in the said groups, even among their peers. What does God say on this subject? Genesis 1:29 shows God speaking to Adam and Eve where he outlines the perfect diet for his newly created children. “Behold, l have given you every herb bearing seed which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed: to you it shall be for meat.” Herb bearing seed refers to grains, legumes and seeds. Fruit of a tree yielding seed refers to fruit and nuts.
In Genesis 3:18, the Bible speaks of another food that was introduced after 5 sin entered. “Thou shall eat the herb of the field.” This verse is referring to vegetables, especially the greens. Notice the last phrase of Gen 1:29 “…to you it shall be for meat.” The newer versions state more accurately ~ “…food”. It is in the seed that we find the protein component of food. The seed is the reproductive part of the plant, a bit like a chicken egg. To be able to reproduce, the seed must contain all the essential amino acids that make up protein, otherwise life could not come out of a seed. Here God is stressing the importance of protein.

I would like us to consider some scientific facts about protein. The membrane surrounding every cell in the body is 50% protein and 50% fat. The DNA in the nucleus of the cell is programmed to repair and uses amino acids to repair.
The little furnace inside the cell where glucose and oxygen are burnt to produce energy is conducted through a chain of chemical reactions which all require different amino acids. The neurotransmitters which are the chemical messengers relaying communications from nerve cell to nerve cell are made up of amino acids.
The liver is designed to break up poisons, converting them from a fat soluble state to a water soluble state enabling them to be easily released out of the body via the sweat glands and the urine. This is accomplished in three phases. In the second phase the metabolite produced in phase one is joined together with amino acids. This union creates the water soluble state. Without sufficient protein the amino acids are not available and so toxic build up results in the body. This is one of the causes of sickness today. Many proteins function as enzymes. Examples of these are salivary amylase, pepsin and lactase, which are enzymes involved in the digestion of food. No wonder God said the seed with all its amino acids is important. In Australia and New Zealand today a large amount of people are eating meat from animals to get their protein. ls this a viable option? How does it compare with vegetable protein? There is no mention of animal protein in the Garden of Eden. There was no death and only through the death of an animal can the meat be available. There are many negatives surrounding the death of an animal for meat. Was the animal diseased or well? Disease abounds in the animal kingdom with a large proportion raised in feed lots and. production lines. This results in environmental poisons, antibiotics, growth stimulants and a lack of proper food, to name a few. Animals experience fear. When the overcrowded trucks arrive at the abattoirs the animals smell blood and death. The fear it experiences affects the meat. Diseased body parts are discarded. The rest of the body is used with the same blood and tissue that was previously connected to the diseased sections.Mad Cows Disease is alive and well. The prions that cause MCD cannot be destroyed. Many cases of alziemers and senile dementia are MCD. Howard Lyman, a fourth generation cattle farmer who ran feed lot operations for twenty years, expertly shows the dangers of meat eating and the real threat of MCD in his book Mad Cowboy.The gastro intestinal tract of humans is not designed for meat digestion.

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Posted by vegrecipes - September 6, 2012 at 11:30 pm

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Switching on to Vegetarian Recipes

The topic in itself might have suggested a lot to the readers who generally in place wants to get acquainted about as to what a healthy recipe is all about. The thing is; excess of anything and everything is harmful. This means that a person needs to get over his excessive feeding habits of unhealthy feeding to himself, in case he wants to lead a healthy and a satisfying life ahead of him. This can be achieved only in the case where a person does know all about how and what harms his body and his physique in general. It is the non-vegetarian feeding diets and the overly contamination of the blood level. The healthy vegetarian recipes are the ones that can be used in order to improve the human shape, and hence, it is better that when time remains, a person in general sticks to the Recipes for veg available and improves his living.

There are quite a number of sites that can provide a various amount of Vegetarian Recipes for the people who are desirous of the vegetarian recipes as such. All that is really required is to spend a keen amount of time: that is it. Then one can go on to proceed with the checking of the proper amount of time and ingredients that is actually required to be put into. As it is the amount of the varieties that are already present on the Internet will definitely allow a person to consider a lot of time in the picking of any one of the entire available recipes on the Internet. To derive a complete conclusion of the thing, we need to consider the entire facts into perspective. The non-vegetarian diet has largely been causing a lot of harm and physical looking degradation to the body shape; not to mention the health of a person. Many medical conditions that are been forced at random, mostly have been done to those people who are on a regular state of non-vegetarian diet. The best option that is available for a person is to try out some recipes for veg. The healthy vegetarian recipes are one of the many possible options that a person has in order to improve upon his physical and mental state, not to mention the keeping of a doctor, or a medical practitioner away at most of the times as such.

As it is the amount of the varieties that are already present on the Internet will definitely allow a person to consider a lot of time in the picking of any one of the entire available recipes on the Internet. To derive a complete conclusion of the thing, we need to consider the entire facts into perspective. The non-vegetarian diet has largely been causing a lot of harm and physical looking degradation to the body shape; not to mention the health of a person. Many medical conditions that are been forced at random, mostly have been done to those people who are on a regular state of non-vegetarian diet. The best option that is available for a person is to try out some recipes for veg. The healthy vegetarian recipes are one of the many possible options that a person has in order to improve upon his physical and mental state, not to mention the keeping of a doctor, or a medical practitioner away at most of the times as such. As it is the amount of the varieties that are already present on the Internet will definitely allow a person to consider a lot of time in the picking of any one of the entire available recipes on the Internet. To derive a complete conclusion of the thing, we need to consider the entire facts into perspective. The non-vegetarian diet has largely been causing a lot of harm and physical looking degradation to the body shape; not to mention the health of a person. Many medical conditions that are been forced at random, mostly have been done to those people who are on a regular state of non-vegetarian diet. The best option that is available for a person is to try out some recipes for veg. The healthy vegetarian recipes are one of the many possible options that a person has in order to improve upon his physical and mental state, not to mention the keeping of a doctor, or a medical practitioner away at most of the times as such.

There are quite a number of sites that can provide a various amount of Vegetarian Recipes for the people who are desirous of the vegetarian recipes as such. All that is really required is to spend a keen amount of time: that is it. Then one can go on to proceed with the checking of the proper amount of time and ingredients that is actually required to be put into. As it is the amount of the varieties that are already present on the Internet will definitely allow a person to consider a lot of time in the picking of any one of the entire available recipes on the Internet. To derive a complete conclusion of the thing, we need to consider the entire facts into perspective. The non-vegetarian diet has largely been causing a lot of harm and physical looking degradation to the body shape; not to mention the health of a person. Many medical conditions that are been forced at random, mostly have been done to those people who are on a regular state of non-vegetarian diet. The best option that is available for a person is to try out some recipes for veg. The healthy vegetarian recipes are one of the many possible options that a person has in order to improve upon his physical and mental state, not to mention the keeping of a doctor, or a medical practitioner away at most of the times as such.

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Posted by vegrecipes - September 5, 2012 at 4:30 am

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Where to Go in Brighton If You Fancy a Vegetarian Meal

It’s no big secret that we’re not all vegetarians at Food for Friends, in fact even 70% of our customers claim to be meat eaters.
8 years ago, Ramin and Jane wanted to take over a restaurant in a great location in Brighton and chose this ‘hippy student veggie cafe’ in the middle of the bustling South Lanes. They decided to keep the name (it’s a winner!) and gave the decor and menu a drastic facelift while keeping the dishes vegetarian and vegan.
The focus at Food for Friends isn’t on health but on tasty and modern vegetarian cooking using the freshest and, where possible, most local ingredients we can find. The fresher the produce, the tastier it is. It’s also true that produce loses its nutritional value over time so buying fresh is very important for taking as many nutrients as you can for a healthy immune system. We love using fresh watercress in summer because of its fantastic peppery and mustard flavours, at the same time it’s rich in nutrients including iron and calcium. Take butternut squash in winter with its nutty taste, while also providing us with a great source of dietary fibre.
Flavour is essential for cooking all types of dishes but we think it’s especially important to use the best combinations of spices and fresh herbs in vegetarian dishes to make the ingredients really shine! This is even more important with meat replacements such as tofu which doesn’t stand out on its own but with the right flavour friends it can really sparkle. Coriander, for example, is a rich source of minerals and promotes digestion. Paprika is a regular player on our menu for its smoky kick and is well known for its antibacterial properties. There’s no denying the fantastically aromatic taste of ginger and it’s also great for the stomach and for fighting colds!
At Food for Friends our priority is definitely making delicious and original fresh vegetarian dishes which have the bonus of using healthy ingredients. Some dishes are pretty indulgent and perhaps nutritionally challenged (take our Gooey Hot Molten Chocolate Pudding with Baileys Ice cream) but we are firm believers that all foods are fine in moderation. The pure enjoyment of food and relaxed smiles on faces is surely a big health benefit in itself.
Looking for somewhere to eat after a strenuous morning’s shopping in the Brighton Lanes, we stumbled across Food for Friends. It’s difficult to miss, sitting proudly on the corner of one of the South Lanes cobbled streets with Perspex hanging signs and white scribbles of their new dishes in vast curved windows.
After much deliberation and careful arrangement of our shopping bags (bless the waitress for her unfaltering patience), we decided to go tapas style and share some starters before indulging in some afternoon tea and scones. The Thai Platter was almost too pretty to eat, an inviting pile of sweetcorn fritters, delicately drizzled with coconut satay sauce, nestled by a vibrant papaya salad and a glistening cup of Tom Kha soup which turned heads with its fabulously exotic aromas.
This left a perfect amount of room for our afternoon tea which for 50p was upgraded to cappuccino and scones. And what scones they were! Delightfully fluffy with a slightly crispy shell and obviously freshly baked that morning. Great coffee too and we spied some rather splendid looking espresso martinis float by which we resisted but will definitely come back to indulge..
All-in-all it’s a slickly run establishment with a really homely, unpretentious feel. The exciting menu has some clear customer favourites (the Portobello Mushrooms flew out the kitchen!) but also combines some more ambitious ideas such as caramelised onion jelly and goat’s cheese whip. Rest assured we’ll be back.

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Posted by vegrecipes - September 3, 2012 at 9:30 am

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