Vegans and vegetarians living in Texas and the challenges of being vegan in a state that loves it beef!
Latest Activity: Aug 31
Started by Felicia Paquette. Last reply by Felicia Paquette Jun 2.
Hi everyone!I'm living in Amarillo, and there are close to no vegetarian/ vegan restaurants in my area. I'm in the heart of cattle country!Continue
SO I thought this group might help all us Texans give support and help each other out. Maybe share our favorite eating spots, grocery stores and recipes. IF nothing else, meet new people in our areas. I live in South Texas and believe me it has been a challenge to find the things I need to support being Vegan. With a little driving and research I have been able to find enough to get me started.
Nice to meet both you guys. I hope we get more members and are able to help each other out.
Hey Guys! So I was just curious how everyone is doing? Im in week 3 and so far so good. I did come across a recipe for vegan spinach-artichoke dip, which I love!!!! It called for somethings I was not able to find but with some compromise I was able to pull it off. I thought I'd share it with you guys.
SO heat some olive oil in a pan and add minced garlic (i just roughly chop fresh garlic cloves). let cook about 3 mins...dont let it burn if you can help it.
I then add chopped onions, chopped and drained artichoke hearts (i like the marinated ones in the jar for flavor) heat thoroughly.
I add onion powder, garlic powder, salt and pepper to taste. right at the end I add chopped fresh spinach but frozen spinach thawed will work too. a little lemon juice and vegan cream cheese ( i think you could do this with vegan sour cream too)
Serve with chips or cut and toasted french bread. WIth left overs I spread them onto to french bread slices and place in the oven at 350 for a few minutes.
Sorry for bad punctuation, but I hope you guys get a chance to try it and enjoy!!
So has anyone come up with vegan/vegetarian versions of their favorite bbq recipes yet? With summer now here my husband and I host the weekend get togethers with friends almost weekly. So I have now found myself trying to come up with items I and others can enjoy easily without having to make it to obvious that it's vegan. I've come across some great black bean salad ideas, the spinach artichoke dip (my fav), and of course my vegan burgers and hot dogs. Any other suggestions anyone can think of?
Got your email. I understand where you are coming from. It can be very difficult to start a vegan diet and stick to it if you aren't really prepared. I would suggest starting with Oprahs vegan grocery shopping list. Stocking your fridge and pantry with fruits, veggies and vegan snacks and needs will be a big help in the first two weeks. Also check out the PETA's accidently vegan list. It helps to have a few things you are used to that you didnt even know were vegan to begin with. If you have an IPhone or Android phone there should be some useful apps if you do a vegan search. I found one that list all animal ingredients so when I shop I can know what to look out for. They even have apps to help you find local restaurants that have vegetarian vegan friendly menus. Don't be afraid to try your favorite recipes using meat and dairy alternatives. I've done this with several of my favorites like shepherd's pie and spinach artichoke dip. Hope this helps and remember we are here to support each other, share recipes and ideas to keep us on track.
Thank you Cynthia. I like the idea of having info easy to obtain on my iPphone. I'll check into that. I'm hoping I can find some of the meat alternatives in Waco. I don't really like the idea of having to shop in Dallas all the time. I've been a closet semi- vegetarian for quite sometime. I finally decided to take the plunge for health's sake. But the movie was also eye opening to animal cruelty. That's hurt my heart - made me want to hug my dog even closer.
Check out peasandthankyou.com and ohsheglows.com for good vegan recipes. Those were the two blogs that I started out with and the food there is pretty delicious.
I'm in Houston so though it isn't as awesome as Austin for vegan fare, I count myself fortunate.
If you can't get grain meats over where you are, start with beans. They're really more healthy than processed grain meats anyways.
Week 2 and this Vegetarian is going strong. Sadly I found out the "organic/vegetarian/vegan store about 45 minutes from me has turned into a GNC type store. I will persevere however. My sister has been very helpful in locating stores near her. She's not a veggie, but sure did like my black bean burrito with carrots & sweet potatoes!
Great Tip Amorette! I'll have to check out those blogs too. I'm glad to see you found some helpful support Stephanie! I know having my family support even if they don't understand it has been really helpful. Good luck to everyone and lets keep supporting each other!
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