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  1. Welcome Bloodgroove! I think we can all relate to the hidden ingredients dilema. Your at the right place for learning about vegan fitness!
  2. Welcome Christine! I think a vegan diet & working out are great starts to regaining your health. I hope you are on the road to recovery! Like JW said, you are not the only old person here! BTW, I love your flying spaghetti monster avatar!!! FSM rocks!!!
  3. Baked Artichoke Dip 1 15 ounce can artichoke hearts (packed in water), rinsed & drained. (I give each one a good squeeze with my hands to get out as much moisture as possible.) 4 ounces Tofutti Better Than Cream Cheese ½ cup Tofutti Better Than Sour Cream ½ cup vegan parmesan – I use Soyco Vegan Parmesan Sprinkles in the little shaker bottle with a purple label. ½ cup Vegenaise 1 – 2 tablespoons lemon juice 1 green onion & top, thinly sliced 2 teaspoons minced garlic 2-3 drops red pepper sauce Salt & cayenne pepper to taste Process the artichoke hearts, cream cheese, sour cream, parmesan cheese, mayo & lemon juice in a food processor until smooth. Stir in the onion, garlic & red pepper sauce. Season to taste w/ salt & cayenne pepper. Spoon dip into a small casserole or baking dish. Bake, uncovered at 350° until hot & lightly browned on top, approx 20-25 minutes. Serve warm w/ assorted veggies, bread sticks or crackers. We love this dip so I double it & bake in a 9x13 pan for about 30-35 minutes. I see no reason why you couldn't add some spinach to this. Have a great party!!!
  4. Thank you so much for this, Nat. Today is payday & I can send a few bucks their way. Wish I could send more. This is just so tragic that Japan is about to take control of the whaling commission. That's like the fox guarding the hen house. I truly hate my species, somedays.
  5. Welcome to VBB, Bryant! I did a colon cleanse once & was amazed at the stuff I expelled. What was most surprising was how fantastic my skin looked & felt afterward, & I have nice skin to begin with. And my hair was sooooooo soft! It was quite an experience - one that I would like to try again, but preferably not while working. I mostly followed Bernard Jensen's cleanse. What has your experience been & what did you do? Did you do any bentonite shakes? Those were the hardest for me to deal with!
  6. Welcome JB! Cool avatar! Once you find replacements for your old fave dairy/egg dishes you'll never go back. The recipe section here is great & here is another site with tons of vegan recipes! http://vegweb.com/index.php?action=recipes
  7. Welcome Adam! Nice Galaxie!! And those fur-creatures are awesome! 12 weeks without chips & salsa???? Guiltless Gourmet makes a decent baked corn chip that is way less in calories. Check them out.
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    Welcome Veganbunny!
  9. The anagram software is cool. BTW, what is the word for phrases or words that spell the same thing forewards and backwards?
  10. Several years ago I bought some magazine subscriptions from a young woman going door to door raising funds for some organization. She was so outgoing & upbeat I couldn't say no. One of the mags I chose was a veggie mag & she asked if I was vegetarian. I said yes, for several years now. She looked me over & said, "You don't look like a vegetarian." I asked her what a vegetarian looked like & she replied, "You know, all sickly with bad skin." I LOL at that & said, "Yeah that's me."
  11. Stir Fried Rice This was really good! 2 cups cooked rice, chilled Earth Balance for sauteing Small onion, diced Garlic – optional Approx 1/3 of a can of frozen orange juice concentrate – frozen or thawed, but not diluted! 1/4 cup soy sauce 1/2 cup cooked garbanzo beans 1/2 cup cooked kidney beans 1 cup lightly steamed chopped broccoli In your wok or fry pan, heat the oil & sauté the onion & garlic. When translucent, add the OJ concentrate & soy sauce & heat till bubbly. Add the chilled rice & stir fry till heated through. Add the beans & broccoli & heat & mix well. BTW, did you know that if you use chilled rice for stir fry, rice salads, desserts, etc, it always turns out better?
  12. HFCS = high fructose corn syrup Blue Sky is sold in HFS & even some regular grocery stores. I think Knudsen's also makes some kind of sparkly drink, although it may be more fruit juice based with carbonated water -- better for you! You can make your own bubbly treat at home. Put a dallop of frozen oj concentrate or other frozen juice concentrate into a glass & pour very cold seltzer water over it. Stir, add a bit of ice, drink. This has probably helped me more than anything, to kick my Coke habit. And btw, Canada Dry Seltzer water is the fizziest seltzer available in my area. If you like Ginger Ale, there are lots of Ginger Beer's available -- usually manufactured by smaller bottlers. Ginger Beer is much stronger than ale & very refreshing, imho!
  13. Koll, can you get Blue Sky soda in your area? I like the premium Ginseng cola. http://www.blueskysoda.com/ Of course, they do still have HFCS.
  14. I posted this here some time ago, but it is always relevant when discussing goal setting. === In First Things First, Stephen Covey tells a great story: One day an expert in time management was speaking to a group of business students. As he stood in front of the group of high-powered overachievers he said, "Okay, time for a quiz." He then pulled out a one-gallon, wide-mouthed Mason jar and set it on the table. He produced about a dozen fist-sized rocks and carefully placed them one at a time into the jar. When the jar was filled to the top and no more rocks would fit inside, he asked, "Is this jar full?" Everyone in the class said, "Yes." Then he said, "Really?" He reached under the table and pulled out a bucket of gravel. Then he dumped some gravel in and shook the jar causing it to work down into the space between the big rocks. Then he asked the group once more, "Is the jar full?" By this time the class was on to him. "Probably not," one of them answered. "Good!" he replied. He reached under the table and brought out a bucket of sand and started dumping the sand in the jar until it filled the spaces left between the rocks and the gravel. Once more he asked the question, "Is this jar full?" No!" the class shouted. Once again he said, "Good." Then he grabbed a pitcher of water and began to pour it in until the jar was filled to the brim. Then he looked at the class and asked, "What is the point of this illustration?" One eager beaver raised his hand and said, "The point is, no matter how full your schedule is, if you try really hard you can always fit some more things in it!" "No," the speaker replied, "that's not the point." "The truth this illustration teaches us is that if you don't put the big rocks in first, you'll never get them in at all. What are the 'big rocks' in your life? Your children, your loved ones, your education, your dreams, a worthy cause, teaching others, doing things that you love, your health; your mate. Remember to put these BIG ROCKS in first or you'll never get them in at all. If you sweat about the little stuff then you'll fill your life with little things and you'll never have the real quality time you need to spend on the big, important stuff."big So, tonight, or in the morning, when you are reflecting on this short story, ask yourself this question: What are the 'big rocks' in my life? Then, put those in your jar first.
  15. Funny about that, huh? Welcome to VBB, Brent.
  16. Hey, VG2006, I cooked some Boca chick'n patties in the micro at work & one of the employees from the back of the office searched me out to ask if I was eating fried chicken. I'm reading the ingreds panel now & they list all the spices as "spice." Onion powder, black pepper & paprika get mentioned separately. I've tried one other chick patty & the Boca is better. Here is a recipe for vegan fried 'chicken' from VegWeb. A friend raves about this recipe & there are lots of online raves, too. http://vegweb.com/index.php?topic=7534.0
  17. This is the busiest post I've ever seen! Nat is downright obsessive with these party animals! Good work on the papers, Nat!
  18. "101 Things You Can Do to Save the Animals" -- a Peta book. Probably the hardest book I've ever read. The chapters were short, 1-2 pages only, but each one left me weeping. I was stunned at how all encompassing animal cruelty & exploitation is in our society. I read it shortly after becoming vegetarian & even though I continued to eat cheese for some years afterwards, I switched to rice milk & I got rid of all my clothes & beauty products that were not vegan. Another moving book, Mad Cowboy by Howard Lyman. The chapter titled Bovine Planet is our future if we don't alter our course. on edit: I'm about half way through When Elephants Weep. Another great book -- one that was recommended by someone here, btw.
  19. I had to train some newbies on our software last week. They came in at noon & brought their fast food lunches with them. I had to excuse myself & tell them we would begin training after everyone ate. The one girl had a sandwich with piles of lunch meat on it, which grossed me out to look at it, but the stench was ing! Even when they were finished I had to move the trash can to another room. The smell of the meat department at the grocery store bothers me so much I have mapped out different routes in each store to avoid the departments of death.
  20. I love Soy Dream! As for your buns, I've had the best luck with local bakeries. Many of them sell their goods in the major grocery stores, too.
  21. I would love to start a garden but find it intimidating. I am going to try some basil this year as I've been making homemade pesto & am tired of paying $4 for a handful of the stuff. Kathryn, your garden sounds wonderful! I love coneflowers!
  22. Sea, I'm gald to hear your sister is improving. I'll continue to hold you & your family in my thoughts.
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