/r/vegetarian

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Welcome to r/vegetarian, the community for anyone interested in a vegetarian diet. Being a vegetarian isn't required to participate, but please respect that most of us are, by staying on topic and avoiding encouragement of non-vegetarian food. We are mostly US-based & follow the understanding that vegetarianism could include dairy and/or eggs. Please read the rules & learn about Reddiquette before posting.

Full Rules HERE


Rules of Veggit

1. Be Civil and Follow Reddiquette

Follow Reddiquette and remember the human behind the screen. This means don’t be a jerk, no trolling, bullying, name-calling, hostility, badgering or mocking individuals or vegetarians as a group. People who violate this rule will be permanently banned. Users who harass other users or moderators will be reported to Reddit’s Admins.

2. Vegetarian Requirement

Posts and comments must be directly related to the vegetarian (human) diet (i.e., food). The connection must be clear, relevant and directly specific to a vegetarian diet. Evangelism, proselytizing and/or derailing discussions by arguing against vegetarianism is not welcome here. If you would like to discuss the ethical implications of the various vegetarian diets, egg/dairy industries, pet ownership, fashion, etc., please create a thread on the general subreddit r/vegetarianism instead.

3. Respect Other People’s Choices

If your only contribution to a discussion is to derail it, berate other users, and/or push or encourage a lifestyle or diet without provocation, the moderators will take action. Users who violate these policies will be warned or banned. This includes evangelism, proselytizing, or any other activism with the intent of converting users to another diet or lifestyle.

4. Vote Manipulation & Cross-Posting

Reddit prohibits brigading & vote manipulation, which applies when a call to action is made either directly or implied. This applies either to or from /r/vegetarian. If a post is suspected of such activity, it will be locked, removed & reported to the Reddit admins. Users who violate this policy will be permanently banned. Cross-posts to and from the subreddit must be formatted using a non-participation link: http://np.reddit.com/r/vegetarian/

5. Recipes Requirement

To ensure all meals posted are actually vegetarian, complete recipes & clear titles are required. Photos must present the dish in an appetizing way (i.e., in clean surroundings, not in your lap, on a plate or in a bowl, not half eaten, in good lighting, properly focused, etc.). More info. Low effort/overly simplistic dishes which don't need a recipe (i.e., raw fruits & vegetables or dishes made entirely from store-bought ingredients) will be removed.

6. Vegetarian Grocery Items & Faux Meats

New info about vegetarian products or faux meats being available at grocery stores/restaurants should be given the ‘News’ flair. If you'd like to share a product you tried, please use the ‘Product Endorsement’ flair & include the product name & the name of the store where you purchased it in the title. Per Rule 5, if you use a faux meat, it can't be the main component & must meet the requirements (i.e., homemade spaghetti & meatballs is fine, store bought sauce with Beyond meatballs is not).

7. Restaurant Meals

If you would like to share an experience you had in a restaurant, please use the ‘Travel’ flair and include a good quality photo of the dish prior to being eaten. Add the name and location of the eatery. As with Rule 6, we do not want to be a free advertising channel for big corporations & fast food chains, so pictures of faux meats from chains using Impossible, Beyond, Gardein, Linda McCartney etc., will be removed at moderator discretion. More info.

8. Common Questions

If you’re a beginner, please read this post. If you are new to this subreddit, please consider that your question may have been asked before & perform a basic search before asking your question. Please read our wiki & FAQs before posting. Moderators will remove vague and open-ended or general requests for recipes, advice or meal suggestions.

9. Food Restrictions Beyond a Vegetarian / Vegan Diet If you have specific foods that you are unable to eat for reasons beyond a vegetarian or vegan diet, there are better resources than this subreddit. If due to a medical condition, please seek help from a healthcare provider or post on /r/AskDocs. If due to reasons other than medical, help can be found on /r/PickyEaters and /r/EDAnonymous.

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Anyone with recent experiences with Tasty Bite (Indian meal pouches)?

I am looking for easy options for meal prepping and I was thinking of ordering from Tasty Bite. I've had them before, but it's been many years. Some of the recent reviews indicate that there's been changes to the recipe and the quality has gone down a lot. There were also glowing reviews of course, but there were plenty of negative reviews from the past year or so.

Has anyone had Tasty Bite recently? How's the quality and taste?

16 Comments
2024/04/13
01:52 UTC

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Beef seasoning...

Does anyone have go to seasonings for tofu, Seiten, etc. to give it that beef flavor kick? I am thinking similar to poultry seasoning for a chicken taste.

25 Comments
2024/04/12
23:53 UTC

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Vegetarian recepie that goes well with corn on the cob?

As the title says, I'm craving corn on the cob, it's not a full meal tho; so I'm wandering what to eat it with. So, fellow vegetarians/vegans, how do you eat corn on the cob with?

Edit: thanks for everyone that got back, I read all the comment! At the end we had it with some rice, cheackpeas and roasted zucchini. Where I live black beans are hard to come by :/. I most defenely try some on of the recepie that you guys suggested, thanks again!

75 Comments
2024/04/12
08:37 UTC

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My Vegetarian Story

Hello - I am new to this sub and curious if anyone has a similar experience with vegetarianism to my own or any questions/comments. I was not raised in a vegetarian household and can't say I met any other strict vegetarians until heading to college. I was never comfortable eating much meat as a young child, and once I understood the concept of it I was even more turned away. I believe I took on the vegetarian label around second or third grade. Since I wasn't raised around any other vegetarians, I had to slowly phase out products with animal-based ingredients (gelatin, stock, tallow, rennet, etc) as I became aware of them. Dairy is fine by me, although I generally avoid eggs both by their lonesome and when included as a noticeable ingredient. I can't say I have any need or desire to consider changing any of this. thanks!

7 Comments
2024/04/12
05:28 UTC

237

Invited to a very non-vegetarian birthday dinner

Hey all! I’m in a bit of a pickle…I was invited to a friend’s birthday dinner, hosted by another friend, and found out that they will be serving soup that is very much not vegetarian. This is the only thing being served as far as I know, so my usual tactic of just making a meal of vegetarian sides does not apply. I don’t want to ask that they make the dish vegetarian, because this dinner is not for me, it’s our mutual friend’s birthday! (Everyone there knows I am vegetarian).

When you find yourself in this situation, what do you do? I was thinking of just eating before I get there, but I will feel awkward sitting at the table while they eat, and I don’t want to make a big deal of it. Is it rude to make a small dish for myself and bring to eat it? For the record, I am already bringing the dessert.

Edit / Update: thanks everyone for the advice and encouragement! I spoke with the host, and I’m going to bring a small vegetarian version (the dish is pho for those who were wondering) as well as some vegetarian spring rolls to share with everyone! I felt like this made it so I could participate in the meal with everyone else (it’s a small 5 person dinner party) and also doesn’t exclude people from what I bring! Honestly it’s more than I wanted to spend, but it saves me from my own awkward self and keeps me from second guessing if I’m being rude.

For anyone else that finds themselves in a similar scenario, I would second the advice that you should communicate with the host before you bring anything. In my case this is more informal than most birthday dinners I’ve been to or hosted, but I think most people appreciate a heads up so they can make sure they can accommodate room for the dish / make sure to make time to reheat what you bring.

107 Comments
2024/04/11
13:28 UTC

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Storage and preservation of produce

Hi Y'all,

I am not a vegetarian, but I am looking to increase my plant matter. Currently, I eat very little in terms of fruit and vegetables.

I live in Alaska and have to drive about 3 1/2 hours to buy produce that isn't insanely expensive. In my local market, a red bell pepper runs about $6 each.

Unfortunately, I only get to make that trip every other week or so, so I am looking for as much info as I can get on how to help fresh produce last more than about 5 days without becoming unappetizing.

I was not raised eating produce but know that processed meats are not my friend, so any help I can get would be appreciated.

28 Comments
2024/04/10
21:49 UTC

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Miso butter

I have been seeing lots and lots of recipes using miso butter, and I;m excited to try some. But not one of the recipes has indicated what kind of miso! I would think some recipes work best with red, with yellow, with white... but every recipe I've seen just calls for miso.

How do you decide which miso to compound for which dish?

6 Comments
2024/04/10
20:36 UTC

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Do you miss marshmallows in your cereal? Try Off Limits Pancake and Marshmallow cereal

No I don't work for the company and it is $7 a box at Whole Foods but man is it fun to have marshmallows in your cereal. Vegan and gluten free. I am curious of the opinions of those who have tried it.

27 Comments
2024/04/10
15:58 UTC

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Who do you follow on Instagram?

I am new to this and am doing it for medical reasons. I am the only one that is veggie in my house. I want to cook more complete meals and get away from the substitute stuff I've been eating.

I am also new to Instagram. I was wondering who to follow for some good recipes or meals. I do have some vegetarian meals my family will eat but I'd like more.

Thanks!

38 Comments
2024/04/08
18:25 UTC

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How to make the veggie mince in my cottage pie less dry

I made a cottage pie with Buds veggie mince (an Aussie brand) and it's alright but the filling is quite dry. I've never had this problem with the mince before but I've only used it to make bolognaise. Does anyone know what I could do to make it less dry? When I still cooked meat I found the meat juice was enough to account for that, but apparently not here.

23 Comments
2024/04/08
10:02 UTC

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Raw Tempeh

Okay so much conflicting information out there. Is it safe and nutritious to eat store bought tempeh raw?

I may have been doing this for quite some time…

8 Comments
2024/04/07
11:20 UTC

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At my local *chain of popular cheap pubs* (UK)

What in the name of non-vegetarian limes has the world come to??

31 Comments
2024/04/06
15:36 UTC

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Requesting recipe for hibiscus tacos

I used to get great hibiscus tacos s a restaurant I FL. I moved to AZ and no one served them. I tried an online recipe and the hibiscus came out chewy and gritty. I soaked them longer than the asking time. Any advice and/or recipe is appreciated. Thanks in advance.

9 Comments
2024/04/05
19:16 UTC

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Modern Southern / Cajun / Creole / Soul Food cookbooks

Apologies to grouping these cuisines all together but I'm UK based.

Can anyone recommend a good modern cookbook for Southern US food that is specifically vegetarian and not vegan?

Bonus points for originality and a mix of both everyday recipes and more complex - even michelin standard - recipes for entertaining.

Thanks in advance.

8 Comments
2024/04/04
21:34 UTC

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Tofu is back on the menu!! I finally figured out how to make it taste great for me.

Over the years, I've given up on tofu dozens of times but I keep coming back to try again because it's so cheap, you know? This time, I think I found a winning method -

First step is to buy tofu packs and shove them straight into the freezer, unopened. Leave them in there until you're ready for some tofu. It doesn't actually have to be frozen, I just like keeping it on hand in the freezer instead of the fridge.

Second step is critical, BOIL YOUR TOFU!! Apparently this is how Chinese restaurants prepare their tofu, they blanch it. I broke my tofu block into generous pieces and boiled it in salted water for 15-20 minutes, gentle boil. Drain and rinse in cold water until the pieces can be handled.

Put the pieces on a towel or press and drain. Drain it as much as you desire; I left mine tightly rolled in a towel for a few hours.

Cook the tofu however you like. I coated mine in a coconut flour/oat fiber/psyllium husk powder blend with spices, airfried at 425F for 15 minutes, coated the pieces in sugar-free mongolian sauce, then back into the air-fryer for 5 minutes.

It's soooooooooooooooooo freakin yummy and not even a hint of soy flavor. The boiling really removes the majority of the soy smell and flavor imo.

40 Comments
2024/04/03
22:43 UTC

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Help making a dish vegetarian with fish sauce replacement

Im making eggplant glazed with a fish sauce caramel for a vegetarian banh mi sandwich. I need a good veg replacement for fish sauce that comes as close to the real thing as possible. Any suggestions??

Fish sauce caramel im doing is sugar, star anise, cinnamon, Sichuan peppercorn, red onion and rice vinegar.

2 Comments
2024/04/03
15:35 UTC

4 Comments
2024/04/02
21:29 UTC

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Yellow lentil recipes that are not daal

Had a huge bag of yellow lentils (daal!) and don’t really have a taste for typical daal but I have to use them up. What else can I do with them? I’m allergic to milk, so no dairy please!

42 Comments
2024/04/01
22:11 UTC

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What are you serving/eating for Easter (if you celebrate)?

My wife and I are doing some non-traditional Ottolenghi dishes from Plenty and Flavor. Black Pepper Tofu, Asparagus Pancakes and Watercress, Pistachio and Orange Blossom Salad along with a dessert of Orange Blossom Water Buttercream Carrot Cake with Pecans (I just took a basic carrot cake with buttercream recipe, but subbed vanilla in the icing for orange blossom water & added pecans).

59 Comments
2024/03/31
01:06 UTC

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do unsmoked bacon alternatives exist in the uk?

hello! i’m looking for a bacon alternative that doesn’t have a smoky flavour, but i really can’t seem to find any! even when i ate bacon i always hated it being smoked, so wondering if i should just give up with bacon alternatives or if there are any good ones. thank you :))

8 Comments
2024/03/30
09:16 UTC

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HELP PLEASE! What are you Favorite Vegetarian BBQ Recipes? :)

Hi everyone, I come from a big meat eating family and I am hosting a BBQ this weekend. We have a relatively new in-law attending that is vegetarian and I want to make sure they feel welcome and well catered for. All the sides will be vegetarian but I’d love for you to please share your favourite BBQ recipes?

125 Comments
2024/03/29
01:36 UTC

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Refried Black Beans with Sweet Potato and Spinach

Serves 2-3

Ingredients

  • 1 15oz can black beans
  • 1 whole sweet potato
  • 1/2 cup fresh spinach leaves
  • 1/2 of a red onion
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 3 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon lemon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt to taste
  1. Place one tablespoon of olive oil in a small pot over medium heat
  2. Add onion, garlic, cumin, two teaspoons of chili powder and lemon pepper. Stir until fragrant and onions are soft.
  3. Add black beans, stir to combine. Wait 3-5 minutes, then mash until beans form a paste. Salt to taste, then reduce heat to low to keep warm while cooking sweet potatoes.
  4. Chop sweet potato into 1/2 inch chunks, toss with remaining olive oil, remaining chili powder and cinnamon.
  5. Heat a large skillet on medium, add potatoes. Leave still for 4-5 minutes.
  6. Stir potatoes, then cook for 3-5 minutes. Check for doneness.
  7. Add spinach leaves, then cook for additional 1-2 minutes until spinach is moderately wilted.
  8. To serve, spread black beans on plate with back of a spoon. Add potatoes and spinach on top.
11 Comments
2024/03/28
03:23 UTC

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Pinto posole garnished with avocado, radish, & pickled red onion

5 Comments
2024/03/27
23:41 UTC

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Internet food trend rant

I’m annoyed about people on the internet telling me to go keto or eat low carb high protein. I’ve been a vegetarian for 12 years.

I’ve even tried a high protein low carb diet without meat and I gained weight. Not everyone benefits from that type of diet. People just need to eat healthy in a way that works for them.

I’m sick of fake counter culture where people think eating pounds of animal meat a day is healthy and I’m sick of people thinking everyone’s bodies benefit from the same diet. This is a trend that needs to go away and people need to stop giving unsolicited health advice.

Do y’all have this experience as well?

36 Comments
2024/03/27
15:14 UTC

192

Travel/coworker rant

Went on a work trip recently and it was the greatest hits of omnivore nonsense.

“Look! A salad bar! You must be so excited!” As if the salad bar is the beginning and end of vegetarian cuisine.

“I just don’t know why they call it chicken if it’s not chicken.” Because it sets expectations. How is that not obvious?

“Can’t you just pick the meat off?” No, that’s gross.

“You can have the vegetarian delight stirfry!” Yes, I also instantly recognized the single vegetarian option. Thank you for your service.

“So why are you vegetarian anyway?” I’ve known this person for decades. We’ve covered this many times. And it’s the most basic reason ever. The answer is animal welfare 99% of the time.

And so many vegetarian options when travelling are way lower in calories, so I was hungry a lot of the time. They don’t replace the meat with anything. It’s just less food and nutritionally deficient.

Also, Carnival cruise lines has a vegan menu, which is pretty neat. But, everything I ordered was either not vegan, which was fine for me but sucks for vegans, or what was served simply wasn’t what was on the menu. It’s like they made the menu with no plan to actually offer it and scrambled when presented with the request.

I’m so tired of everyone glitching out when meat is eliminated as an ingredient. So happy to be home because I’m a great cook and my food is balanced, delicious, and satisfying.

119 Comments
2024/03/26
20:47 UTC

120

Wanna talk hippie food?

I'm missing my mom and feeling nostalgic for all of her crazy hippie food today. I was born in the 80s so her kitchen and recipes had that unique 90s feel. I think a chickpea salad sandwich on sprouted grain bread with onion, lettuce, cucumber, tomato, and alfalfa sprouts needs to be in my immediate future lol so seriously satisfying

She had this one cookbook that I'm pretty positive was from a commune, but it wasn't The Farm and it wasn't any of the Moosewood ones... If anyone has ideas or just wants to share any old vegetarian hippie cookbook, I would definitely like to expand my collection and possibly track that one down.

Any dishes, recipes, ingredients, trends, or cookbooks you love/miss from that era? Any lovely people that have been making veggie food since the 90s or before? <3 tia

Edit the cookbook I was looking for was Laurel's Kitchen! I think I misremembered/had memories of two different books mixed up together, but this is for sure the one I wanted. :)

55 Comments
2024/03/25
15:02 UTC

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Best sauce to go on top of tofu?

Yes I know, you should freeze it, marinade it overnight, bake it, etc etc but sometimes I just can't be bothered, or my child is whining at me, and so I just fry it up plain, and drizzle some sauce over top. And honestly I like tofu enough that this is fine. Usually I use hoisin but wondering what else might be a good option?

51 Comments
2024/03/25
05:30 UTC

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