How to Be a Vegetarian (and like it!)
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How to Be a Vegetarian (and like it!)
Find out the best recipes that do not contain meat. And it still tastes great!
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Baked Ziti I Recipe -

Baked Ziti I Recipe - | How to Be a Vegetarian (and like it!) |

I absolutely loved this recipe. Between 3 people, it was gone in two days! Mind you, it's a 9x13 pan and it's almost overflowing the pan. SO good.


It was modified from and here are my suggestions to make it the best.

1) Let's tackle the meat issue first. Just substitute the meat with Morningstar or Boca meat crumbles. These are available at all major grocery stores and commissaries in the frozen food section.

2) When you come to the part of the recipe of actually assembling the baked ziti, layer it as follows: 1/2 of the ziti, 1/2 sauce mixture, Provolone cheese, sour cream, remaining ziti, mozzarella cheese, remaining sauce mixture, Parmesan cheese. This way, the sauce will be able to surround the ziti and the ziti will not dry out from the Provolone cheese layer.


Just to let you know, you can also use rotini pasta as well. I made it once with rotini because I didn't have the ziti pasta noodles at the time.


Also, do you know what al dente means? Maybe some of you do, but just in case... "Al dente" is an Italian phrase that means "to the tooth". When cooking al dente, you cook the pasta until it's tender, yet still firm to the bite. Easiest way to do that? Bite one when you think it's about done (usually about 7-8 minutes.)


To get to the recipe, please click on the picture. Thank you and enjoy!

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Happy Belated World Vegetarian Day!


Did you know yesterday was World Vegetarian Day? So... Happy Belated World Vegetarian Day! I decided to create this "scoop" to inform people who are looking for recipes that taste great, is affordable, yet do not contain meat and is good for you. That's right, you read correctly. Yummy food, while remaining in your budget, and still being healthy, all while not containing meat. Sounds too good to be true? Nah. I'm doing it and so can you.


But before posting some delicious recipes, I should address the concerns that many of you may have. Why convert? Why become a vegetarian? Why give up meat when it tastes so good? What good can possibly come from that? Why on earth become a veggie lover?


Good question! Let me tell you why I became a vegetarian. 


It all started long ago (about eh, four years or so) when I was...well, a bit overweight. Not by much. I got away with being called "volumptous" or "curvacious". But while I had some wonderful curves (complete with a ghetto booty), I was jealous of the insanely skinny girls. You know the type. They turn sideways, and they disappear. In my mind, I would silently curse them, calling them, "Skinny bitch". But as much I loathed them, I always wanted to know how to become one. 


Well, I walked into a bookstore one day, and lo and behold.... There. On the bookshelf. A book titled, "Skinny Bitch". I ran to it and picked it up, eager to learn the secrets of a "Skinny bitch".  Here was the premise for their book...


"If you can't take one more day of self-loathing, you're ready to hear the truth:You cannot keep shoveling the same crap into your mouth every day and expectto lose weight.


Authors Rory Freedman and Kim Barnouin are your new smart-mouthed girlfriends who won't mince words and will finally tell you the truth about what you're feeding yourself. And they'll guide you on making intelligent and educated decisions about food. They may be bitches, but they are skinny bitches. And you'll be one too-after you get with the program and start eating right." 


I was, naturally, intrigued, and immediately bought it. 


This book was nothing short of amazing. The authors tell you how to change your diet (better yet, your lifestyle!) into becoming a vegetarian or a vegan and why it's imperative that you do. They went into explicit detail of all the horrible things that are put into the meat and dairy products we eat. Yet, at the same time, the book was hilarious. The authors do not mince words with telling you exactly how it is. It was as if a close friend who was funny and blunt was holding a conversation with me on how to become a vegetarian and why. 


So I decided to give it a try. I was pleased (esctatic, even) to discover that I began to lose weight. What was more, I felt GOOD. Not like "Oh yay, I've lost some weight" way. More like "Oh my! I can't believe I feel this healthy! I could run for miles and not be tired ever! I never felt this great!" The absence of meat made me lighter and less tired. I was able to focus more and I became more energetic than ever before. It was awesome. 


What really surprised me is how much I do NOT miss meat. I mean, I was a hardcore "I gotta have the meat" girl. I loved the greasy hamburgers from Rally's. I still have a soft spot for Big Bufords, which is why I will never ever go into Rally's again. I have too much pride to give up four years of being a vegetarian for a solitary, albeit delicious, hamburger. When I was pregnant with my daughter, I only craved meat. Hamburgers, hot dogs, and meat lover's pizza were my daily staples. (And no, I will not tell you how much weight I gained during those nine months. Let's just say I was still fighting the weight I had gained when I became a vegetarian.) So to say I needed vegetarian food to be delicious for me to stay vegetarian is an understatement. But the recipes I have found leave nothing to be desired. Plus, if I do want the taste of meat, all I have to do is substitute Morningstar or Boca items for the meat within the recipe. It tastes just like chicken! (Or hamburgers! Or sausage links! Or corn dogs! Well, you get the idea.) 


Anyways, I will start posting my favorite recipes on here. Let me know what you think. If you have a suggestion for a recipe, or an upgrade from mine, send me an email. I would love to hear from you. Hell, maybe I'll even post it. We'll see. ;-)



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Beef and Cheese Manicotti

Beef and Cheese Manicotti | How to Be a Vegetarian (and like it!) |

Beef and Cheese Manicotti. Modified from Food Network's Giada De Laurentiis' recipe. Make one change and you have an absolutely delicious manicotti that is meat free!

It's so simple. Substitute the beef for either Morningstar or Boca meat crumbles. (Personally I prefer Morningstar, but Boca is cheaper by about 50 cents. So take your pick.)

Also, as far as the Parmesan cheese goes, you can either use grated or shredded. Whatever you have on hand.

This is a great dish for adults and kids alike. My daughter ate it up and actually thanked me. THANKED ME. I mean, seriously, how many meals do you get a response like that from a six year old???

One of my favorites. Yum!

To get to the recipe, just please click on the picture. Thanks.

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