Vegetarian Starter Kit
A Simple Way to Start A Style of Cooking
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There are lots of reasons why people change to vegetarian or vegan cooking. It could be due to
health, economical reasons, animal welfare or religious reasons. Whatever the motive, if you have been an avid meat
eater, it can be a bit of a daunting proposition. Hopefully this vegetarian starter kit will help you get over the
initial hurdle – the thought of what to eat.
If you are already having one or two vegetarian meals a week then
you are well on your way. If you don’t then the advise is – take it slowly.
Deciding to start this style of cooking is a fun and
healthy way to explore new foods with the added bonus of it being delicious and tasty. A vegetarian meal can be as
simple as baked beans on wholemeal toast or a good hearty soup to a more exotic meal such as borlotti bean
moussaka. Or roasted vegetable lasagna.
Vegetarian cooking is neither easier nor more difficult to prepare
than a meat meal. Probably the hardest part is choosing what to serve
for dinner as the variety of meals is unlimited.
Here is a quick vegetarian starter kit that will help you to
1. There are a few basic
ingredients that you will need in your pantry and fridge.
- Pecan nuts
- Brazil nuts
- Hazel nuts
- Cashew nuts
- Pine nuts
- Sunflower seeds
- Pumpkin seeds
- Sesame seeds
- Dairy Products
- Rolled oats
- Pumpkin seeds
- Pine nuts
- Lentils - all
- Soya beans
- Haricot beans
- Kidney beans
- Quinoa (perfect)
- Corn kernels
- Dried apricots
- Dates & prunes
Along with a good supply of fresh fruit and vegetables all these
foods contain a good source of proteins, fiber, minerals and vitamins.
Also needed will be a selection of herbs and
spices. These will be added to as you increase your recipes, but the essentials are
- Sea salt
- Black pepper
- Cayenne pepper
- Paprika pepper
- Dried mixed herbs
- Dried parsley
- Dried rosemary
- Dried thyme
- Dried coriander
- Dried basil
- Cinnaman sticks
- Whole cloves
- Minced garlic
- Ground ginger
Herbs are best if they are fresh, but it is always good to have the dried version on
2. Now take a look at what
meals you are already cooking where you could change the meat part. For example you may be having burritos using
mince, so try using a can of refried beans instead. If you have meat patties, try making chickpea patties instead.
Instead of a piece of chicken, try having a stuffed baked potato in which you can add a variety
of vegetables, beans or corn sprinkled with a little cheese and grilled before serving with the normal
vegetables or salad you would usually have.
3. You will now need
to get more vegetarian recipes – there are so many to choose from. If you are serious, then treat yourself to
a really good vegetarian cookbook – one that explains about the food pyramid, the combinations of foods
and their nutritious value (as well as mouth watering recipes).
An essential appliance is a kitchen food
processor - you will find that you will do so much with
The other thing you can think about is to grow your
own vegetables which will keep you in good supply of fresh ingredients. Even a small area or in pots you can
successfully begin to grow your own vegetables.
One last tip. If you have a vegetarian friend, go and have a
cooking lesson with him/her especially with foods you think you may not like such as tofu. You will not only be
surprised but will have fun and see that it really is quite easy.
With this simple vegetarian starter kit you can begin your
So let's start your vegetarian journey with a basic, simple
recipe. You can find more recipes
The Recipe: Chickpea & Lentil Patties.
1/2 cup chickpeas and 1/2 cup of lentils. Put each of these into a seperate
bowl, cover well with water and soak over night.
Rinse well. Put into seperate pots, bring to the boil and simmer gently until soft.
Tip: You can prepare a couple of cups and once cooked and cold, drain and freeze what you don't
wish to use.
For the Patties.
Place 1/2 cup of cooked chickpeas and 1/2 cup of cooked lentils into the food
Add 1 tsp of minced garlic and 1 tsp of your favorite seasoning.
Add 1 egg
Process until all ingredients are blended. If the mixture is too runny, then add about 1 tblsp of
plain white flour.
Using a dessert spoonful, shape into patties.
Fry in a little oil until golden - turning once.
These are lovely served with garden vegetables or fresh green salad. Put a
little sour cream or avocado on top. Quick and easy and a good one to start with.
Now Grab a copy of the easiest Vegetarian
Recipe Book out there:
Living Vegetarian for Dummies
This is the easiest of the vegetarian recipe books that you can get. Includes helpful advice as
well as wonderful recipes.
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